Jeff Wenzel, owner of JW Portrait Studios, says he is passionate about helping families document and capture special times in their life.
If you have visited many of the Topsail area businesses, you have probably noticed that several of them have beautiful aerial drone photos hanging on their walls, and that they’re for sale. The amazing images are of many of the scenic spots in Pender and Onslow counties. You may have noticed the creator of these canvases is Jeff Wenzel, who also happens to be the mayor of Holly Ridge. Let me tell you about Wenzel’s portrait studio, which can be found on U.S. 17 in Holly Ridge.
After the success of his drone photography, Wenzel began his portrait studio in 2018. His goal is to offer a large variety of portraits, not just beach family portraits. At JW Portrait Studios, he specializes in high school senior portraits, family portraits and sports photography.
He also serves local businesses and artists by offering headshot photography inside the studio or on location.
When asked what makes his studio unique, Wenzel says, “We put art on walls. All divisions of my company specialize in displaying art to be seen, not just on digital devices. This is important as all pictures are now digital or on the web. Pictures are taken, then posted online and within a couple of days they are not seen for another year until they pop up as ‘memories’”.
Wenzel says he is passionate about helping families document and capture special times in their life.
“Whether it is a family vacation, a time of transition such as graduating high school or ensuring an annual family picture is taken to be able to look back and see how the kids have grown, we want to help,” he says. “We jokingly say we want the art we create to be the thing the kids fight over when mom and dad pass away!”
Wenzel’s team at JW Portrait Studios, all artists in some medium, make pictures that hang on walls.
“We are a full-service portrait studio, meaning we not only take great portraits, but we guide our clients through the process of getting the images printed and displayed to be enjoyed every day for years and years to come,” Wenzel explains. “Pictures are important. Life can get busy and many times moments pass that we wish had been documented. Many people delay getting their portraits taken for various reasons that seem important at the time, but later they wish they would have had the photos taken.”
Wenzel’s studio has also found a way to utilize new technology.
“We are excited about a new service we offer where we are able to show what a client’s portrait will look like on THEIR wall,” he says.
The client downloads an app on their mobile device and then takes pictures of walls they are thinking of hanging a portrait. At the viewing and ordering session, Wenzel and his staff can show the client virtually what a specific portrait will look like on their wall and scroll through sizes to ensure the perfect size is chosen for their space.
“We take great pictures and go the extra step to ensure they are printed and displayed to be enjoyed every day for years and years to come,” Wenzel says.
JW Portrait Studio
301 U.S. Highway 17, Suite 2C, Holly Ridge