Grand opening welcomes two new businesses downtownLong-time friends Carrie (King) Van Dyke and Marnie Matz have joined their creative spirits with the grand opening of their two businesses, Marnie Marie Photography and Studio CJV Creative.
By: Margaret Ontl, Hudson Star-Observer
Carrie (King) Van Dyke, a 1995 HHS graduate, met Marnie Matz, in 1998. Matz, originally from Sabin, Minnesota, moved to Hudson in the mid 90s. The two women have been friends for over a decade.
This week they joined their creative spirits with the grand opening of their two businesses, Marnie Marie Photography and Studio CJV Creative in the same studio location at 431 Second Street S., Suite 103, below the Dragon Pearl Restaurant.
Studio CJV Creative
For Carrie Van Dyke, being creative was in her nature.
“From an early age being creative was just natural to me,” said Van Dyke, who graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in marketing and communications and a minor in art.
“Design was my chosen area of marketing,” said Van Dyke. After having a successful career in the marketing field working as special events coordinator in the Twin Cities, Van Dyke took some time off to raise her children. Now with her youngest heading to school this fall the timing was right to ‘dive back into the fold.’
“Print design is my specialty,” said Van Dyke. “Logos, banners, signage, brochures, promotional items and completing branding are all part of what I can do for a client.”
Studio CJV Creative is a perfect match for small to medium businesses looking for a creative edge.
“I want to help them have a professional look and feel,” said Van Dyke.
“Making people feel good about their business is part of the process,” said Van Dyke. “Their logos and marketing pieces are a reflection of them.”
You may contact Van Dyke by phone at 612-963-0418. Coming soon will be her website at www.studiocjvcreative.com
Marnie Marie Photography
Marnie Matz never planned to be a photographer, however her clients are happy she found an unexpected niche. The 1990 graduate of Moorhead High School admits she had no interest in photography and even less in art.
In an attempt to defray wedding costs she bartered with the photographer, working off the expense of her wedding photos by ‘working for him.’ That initial experience lasted two years, after which she went to work for a studio photographer shooting medium format images.
“I missed the passion of wedding photography and being able to shoot my way and have fun with it,” said Matz. Subsequently she started to work out of her home, as Memories by Marnie, building a successful clientele locally and in the Twin Cities metro area.
This week, after a successful rebranding, now Marnie Marie Photography has a new home downtown.
“I am constantly educating myself,” said Matz, who prefers to use available light, shoot on location and tell a story with multiple images for family portraits as well as weddings.
“It is all about the story for me,” said Matz, who can now project images for clients so they can see how they will look on the wall and in various sizes.
When it comes to wedding day, Matz takes charge and makes sure there is no stress for the bride.
“I will give 150 percent to make sure she enjoys her day,” said Matz, who admits it is about orchestrating the whole day, including hustling up the catering staff if needed. “If they are enjoying themselves, the photos will reflect that.”
From personalized books and wrapped canvas images to Christmas cards and framed images, Matz is all about making the photography experience fun and memorable.
For more information you may contact Matz at 715-381-7318 or 651-216-0534 or visit her website at www.marniemariephotography.com
You may join Matz and Van Dyke, this Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the grand opening of their shared studio space at 431 Second Street S. Suite 103.