Snap happy

Louisville couple put clients
at ease for unique photo sessions

Generations Old Time Photo Parlor
offers a fun way to create memories

By Tara Gentile
Contributing Writer

(June 2009) – John and Lauri Maeder have a knack for getting people to relax. And it’s a talent they put to good use any time someone steps into their new Madison, Ind., business – Memories of Madison Generations Old Time Photo Parlor, 133 E. Main St.
The couple helps people get through the sometimes awkward experience of getting their photo taken by allowing customers to get all dressed up in various types of Western costumes. The Maeders’ particular style of photography is significantly more fun than most other types of portrait taking because it involves saloon girls and cowboys.

Lauri and John Maeder

Photo by Tara Gentile

After all their travels, Lauri and John
Maeder have found a new home on
Madison’s Main Street, where they live
and have opened their Generations
Old Time Photo Parlor.

Not that the Maeders don’t take it seriously. They’ve spent most of their lives working in the photography business. Before moving to Madison, they toured the country, stopping at county fairs to sell their humorous and nostalgic photos to the locals. The couple estimates they’ve taken more than 100,000 pictures since they first began.
“It’s pretty complex when you look at it,” says Lauri. “It’s very personal – getting your photo made. The portrait needs to be fun but dignified.”
After Lauri dresses and poses the customers, John snaps the shot, and by the time the customer has undressed, their photo is ready for purchase.
“What I do is nothing compared to what Lauri does,” says John. “She is one of the best, if not the best in the business. She really knows how to customize a picture for the client.”
Generations has more to offer Madison than most old time photo parlors.
“We’re trying to give people more posing options,” said John. “Instead of the typical saloon poses, we also use props that personalize the portraits.”
The Maeders plan on bringing in antique sports clothing and old bicycles for their athletic customers, banjos and fiddles for the musically inclined, and several paintings that portray historic Madison sites. In fact, they hope that by highlighting the historical significance of the town, they will draw more tourists to their shop.
“It’s one of the reasons we chose to open an old time photo parlor in Madison,” John said. “We really want the historical aspect of the area to play a role in the pictures we take.”
On display in the front of the shop is a beautiful collection of valuable antique phonographs. They range in size, model and age, but all are in excellent condition. John has been collecting since he was 10 years old.
“We have something of a miniature museum here,” says John as the crackling music pervades the shop.
The Maeders, like many Madison shop owners, live above their store.
“We just love it here. It’s just one of the most beautiful places. With all the people here during the summer for all the festivals, we just thought we could probably make a go of it,” says Lauri, who along with John, are natives of the Louisville, Ky., area.
The Maeders also provide digital restoration of old photographs. Appoint-ments are unnecessary. A one-person photograph costs $20, two-person photo is $25, three-person is $30, and a four-person photo is $35. Extra prints are $10.

• For more information, call the Maeders at (502) 410-9269.

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