TAMPA — Alicia Fernandez received photography training at the "most magical place on earth," Disney World.
Now she will replace the backdrops of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot with the buildings and parks of downtown Tampa.
Fernandez will locate her first studio, The Fine Art Photography Company, at 2610 W Kennedy Blvd.
"My whole family is here," said Fernandez, co-owner and founder. "So I decided to start it here with my husband, James Fernandez, who simultaneously works a full-time job as well."
After working out of their home for the first year and a half, Fernandez will now move closer to some of her favorite shooting sites such as Waterworks Park.
"I love the area, the proximity to Hyde Park, St. Petersburg and Clearwater," Fernandez said. "A lot of clients are coming over the bridges. It's just easy to get here from all areas."
The Fine Art Photography Company offers a full service studio that will walk clients through the entire process, step-by-step.
Once the photos are finished, they will even install them, and replace them if something happens to the color, the frame or if a disaster hits the home.
They will celebrate their grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9 with a wine-tasting, face painting and a booth setup by the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.
Guests are asked to bring clothing, jewelry or shoes to donate as part of Fernandez's Potraits for Victims initiative. She will use the donations during sessions for the families and individuals who have been victims of domestic violence.
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