photography

Taylor Elchert Photography

Meet Taylor Elchert Harrison, owner of Taylor Elchert Photography, located at 113 Melmore St. in Tiffin. Taylor began taking pictures as a hobby, and nine years ago, at the age of 15, launched her own business out of her parents’ home.

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“It was fun,” she said. “My parents were very supportive, and I was so young I didn’t have that pressure to make money.”

Taylor’s family is no stranger to entrepreneurship – her father is the owner of Fort Ball Pizza. Though they have two very different businesses, Taylor said she learned about owning a business watching how hard her dad works at it. “I am inspired by my dad,” she said.

Taylor decided while going to college that she wanted to make photography her profession. “At first I was planning on doing it on the side,” she said. “When I decided it was a full time career, I got serious about it. I needed a storefront.”

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The studio space allows her more freedom in her photo sessions and props. Her building houses a plethora of props, and there is always a seasonal set in place. “The set is real, that’s really important to me,” she said. “It’s all about the experience for the client.”

Taylor specialized in capturing “milestone” moments in peoples’ lives. Her services include photos for maternity, family, births, newborns, and children.

One unique aspect of Taylor’s studio is the finished product and her push away from digital files. “Digital doesn’t last forever. I provide my clients with wall art, and a variety of other tangible products,” she said.

Check out Taylor’s work on her website or Facebook.

The Poignon Project

PoignonMeet Ryan Poignon, founder and owner of The Poignon Project, an art studio and gallery located at 227 E. Perry St. in Tiffin. Ryan and his wife moved back to Tiffin from Pennsylvania 4 years ago and opened the Retro Rabbit to save up for The Poignon Project. “It’s affordable to have a business in Tiffin, and there are so many resources available,” Ryan said.

Ryan specializes in glassblowing, which he does in the shop, as well as screen printing, woodworking, photography, cremation jewelry, personalized journals, art made of repurposed items and much more. His wife also makes home decorations and custom orders. They also display pieces created by local artists.Through their Etsy store, the Poignons sell items in all 50 states and internationally.

Recently, they started offering painting classes with Chelsea Bickelhaupt. Ryan said he would like to expand the classes and include glassblowing. They are always working on new projects, like noise instruments for a music circle, and a special Ouija board.

The Poignon Project is open Thursday 12-8, Friday 2-9, and Saturday 12-8.

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