Baldwinsville: Capturing memories

WMF Photography invites Baldwinsville businesses to get into the spirit and decorate their windows for the holiday season.

The photography studio has decked out five windows with different holiday scenes, creating a stir in the Town Center plaza off Smokey Hollow Road. The WMF Photography team was brainstorming ideas to encourage the community to shop locally this holiday season when they developed the idea for window displays.

"We've got these great big windows that can act as a great big billboard," said Connie Mezzo, a manager at WMF. "We would love to see more businesses decorating their windows for the holidays."

Mezzo described a vision in which all Baldwinsville businesses decorated their windows for the holidays while residents and visitors strolled the streets enjoying the atmosphere.

"Wouldn't it be wonderful to have beautifully decorated windows to look at as people are shopping in B'ville?" Mezzo added.

The business has already seen the effect the windows have had on the community.

"We see cars slowly rolling by so they can check out our windows," Mezzo said as she vowed the windows would never be bare again. "After Christmas we are planning a display with snowflakes and family portraits to promote our contest, then we will display our Valentines Day portraits."

To further encourage residents to shop locally, the WMF team decided to hold a portrait contest for all to enter. Participants fill out an entry form, drop it off at the studio and become eligible for the grand prize of a free portrait sitting and photo package valued at $275.

"We have a great team," said Lisa Williamson, a manager and photographer at WMF. "Some one mentions something and we all start brainstorming."

With more than half their employees residents of Baldwinsville, WMF is getting more involved with the community. This past summer, the business lent a hand to the Baldwinsville Rotary Club's annual Seneca River Days by taking photos of the duck race on the Seneca River.

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