Mirrorslap Photography To Open Monterey Studio

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The old saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and Highland County will soon have a new photography studio to help capture those special images.

David Cockerham of Monterey is the proprietor of Mirrorslap Photography, which will be opening its own studio and gallery in town this weekend. He spoke about what brought him to Highland, and sparked his interest in making photography a profession.

“I moved to Highland in 2007, and bought the bed and breakfast right on Main Street, The Arbogast Inn, and that’s what brought me to Highland in the first place.

“People say I always have a camera in my hand. I love the art of photography – it’s all about capturing the moment in time. I kind of got into landscape photography at first, and progressed into portraits and weddings. I also do pet photography – I do a lot of volunteer work at The Humane Society, so I’ve kind of perfected the art of taking kitten and doggie photos as well.”

He talked about the studio’s grand opening, and effect on his business.

“Well, I haven’t had a physical location – I’ve kind of done some studio work in my own home, but I’m going to be opening up right behind Evelyn’s Pantry, which is located at 125 West Mill Alley in Monterey, VA. The grand opening is going to be on August 26th and 27th, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. I’m going to be giving away some door prizes, going to have food and drink, and the first 50 visitors each day will get a free postcard, which I have two different versions to choose from.

“Opening my own location actually gives me a presence in Monterey. Everybody has a camera these days – to be a professional photographer, sometimes you really do have to have your own studio.”

Mr. Cockerham had some advice for those wanting to improve their photography skills – practice, practice, practice.

“I would say to repeatedly take as many photos as you can. I know right away when I’ve got a shot that I can sell as a landscape photo – it just feels right when you see it. But the photo that I sell, it’s probably like maybe 100 photos that you don’t see that did not turn out. So my advice would just be keep on taking photos.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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