C&H Photo: La Jolla’s ‘neighborhood camera store’ has moved to a new location
By Marti Gacioch
C&H Photo owner Leon Chow likes to describe his Girard Avenue shop as a traditional neighborhood camera store like everyone remembers.
“It’s a store where you’ll see not only cameras, but customers being educated on how to use them, along with all the different accessories,” Chow said. “We don’t want to just sell you a camera; we want to show you how to use it correctly, and every camera purchase comes with two free classes.”
C&H Photo recently moved from its location of seven years on Fay Avenue to its new home at 7442 Girard Ave. in La Jolla Village. The store has an inventory of more than 20,000 items, including more than 50 cameras models to choose from. The shop is well equipped to fulfill every shutterbug’s needs — from the studio professional to budding hobbyist — with a wide range of products and camera classes.
And with their full-service laboratory, C&H Photo can process and print film and digital photo files, as well as handle video transfers, photo archiving and in-house custom restoration of damaged photos.
“We’re doing a great deal of photo archiving now because people are bringing in boxes of old photos of generations past that they want scanned into digital format,” Chow said. “And we’re more than happy to work with people on their projects combining film, slides and narrative to commemorate an event, a person or a wedding.”
According to Chow, his shop’s personal attention to customer’s needs sets C&H Photo a cut above Internet photo sites.
“When people buy a camera online, they often get upset with the product because it won’t do what they wanted it to because they might have been thinking only about the lowest price and didn’t get the information they needed to make the right choice,” Chow said. “Whatever they thought they saved on the Internet, they end up spending on a second camera to get the one they really needed.”
Located near both La Jolla Elementary School and the Gillispie School, Chow said that his typical customer is a soccer mom.
“It used to be that photography was dominated by men, but now it’s the savvy mom who’s attending the school events and taking most of the activity photos,” Chow said.
• Address: 7442 Girard Ave., La Jolla
• Phone: (858) 729-6565
• Website: candhphoto.com
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