White's Studios was established in 1898 by the current owner's grandfather, Albert White, who was involved in several aspects of photography, including x-ray, portraiture and early photo finishing. In 1921, Albert moved his family and photography abilities to California, settling in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, where he became further involved with photography at the White Photo Art Shop. In 1930,Albert officially opened White's Studios for business, using the same logo we still use today. Nine years later, Albert, along with his son Douglas, opened new studios in the North Hollywood area.
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Douglas White prepares the studio for an upcoming commercial photo session.
By now the San Fernando Valley was beginning to develop - replacing orchards with new modern homes - and the father-son team saw a golden opportunity to grow the business. By 1939, Douglas turned his growing passion for school photography into the studio's first high school client, North Hollywood High.
As the Valley continued to thrive post World War II, new high schools were being built to accommodate the burgeoning population and White's Studios was there to service them. And while the San Fernando Valley's population soared, so did White's Studios reputation for excellence in school photography and customer care. Times certainly have changed since then, but White's Studios still holds fast and true to grandfather Albert's philosophy: "offer big company service with a small company's touch." Keeping that spirit alive today, White's Studios continues to specialize in school photography, creating memorable experiences and lasting images that are as unique as the schools and students themselves.
Albert White prepares one of our first
cameras for a Senior Class Panorama.
Awaiting the arrival of the Senior Class, Albert finishes setting up the panorama.
Today, the current owner and president of White's Studios is Kevin White, Douglas' son. Kevin spent most of his childhood working in the studio, learning from his grandfather, father, and the many of the photographers who worked in the studio. Kevin has been successfully running the company since 1971, keeping alive the rich tradition of photography excellence and customer care for the area’s schools. Under his direction, White’s Studios now works with most of the Valley’s high schools, an accomplishment his grandfather and father would certainly be proud of today.
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