Terry didn’t know it at the time, but that was the beginning of his love affair with photography.
“Seeing it at such a young age, I became interested in it myself,” he said. “It sparked something in me until I could afford to buy myself a proper camera.”
That spark lingered until he finished high school in Ringgold, Ga., attended Gadsden State Community College and landed a job and could finally afford to buy himself a “proper” camera.
That all happened about the time he married his sweetheart, the former Wendy Houck.
“Ever since I’ve known him, that’s all he studies,” said Wendy. “He’s always read up on anything that has to do with photography.”
For several years the couple had talked about starting their own photography business.
“Finally,” said Wendy, “one day I said we’re going to do it or not. We’re not riding the fence anymore. So we went ahead with it.”
Wendy made that statement in 2008. In a short time they had Ladiga Portrait Studio Inc., up and running and Terry found himself an extremely happy – and busy – man.
His work with Ladiga Portrait Studio Inc., begins after he leaves his job at Honda in Lincoln.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” he said. “Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to retire early and do this full time. There’s nothing like it when you do a good portrait. There’s nothing like seeing that. But it takes a considerable amount of time, more than anyone realizes actually.”
While Terry takes care of taking the photos, Wendy is in charge of sales.
“He’s trying to teach me about it,” she said. “He’s very patient. I mostly go through and do the touch ups, takes blemishes off, and fix the lighting, then he goes trough and puts in his creative twist. It’s a real joint effort.”
Wendy said she’s happy that both of them have all the patience in the world when it comes to photographing children who sometimes don’t want to be photographed.
“When we get a little one that doesn’t want to sit still, we have to work with them,” she said. “That’s the fun part though. I love working with babies and small children. We did a session not long ago and one of the parents said that Terry has the patience of Job.”
Terry said he studies everything he can get his hands on about photography. He attends workshops and seminars sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America, of which he is a member, to learn the latest in photography techniques and cameras.
“We try to keep up with it,” he said. “It’s a changing field. These days, with digital cameras, you get to process your own images, where you used to have to hand them off to the lab and wait to get them back.”
Terry said in these days of digital photography, many have imagines on their phones and computers, but they fail to make prints. If something happens to the phone or, in many cases, to the computer, the photographs are gone forever.
“For instance,” he said. “one of the best things my grandmother and grandfather (Clyde and Odis Minton) did was they went out and got a photo made and gave one to each of their children, so now everybody has a picture of them. I’ve heard so many stories of people not having photos of their loved ones, except maybe a little faded snapshot.”
He encourages everyone to have prints, even extra prints, made of all their photos.
“Whether it’s me or someone else who does it,” he said. “everyone needs to have those prints.”
Ladiga Portrait Studio Inc., is located in the Young’s home in the Ladiga community. They can be reached at 283-7974 or 447-2493 and can be found on Facebook at Ladiga Portrait Studio.
Photography and Honda don’t take up all of Terry’s time. He likes anything scientific, playing the guitar, wood work and is an amateur radio operator, whose call sign is KG4TJQ.
Wendy likes to bake cakes for family and friends. She had always like to bake, but got more into it when Terry bought her a cake decorating set for her graduation from Spring Garden High. She likes to ride horses and read. Nora Roberts is one of her favorite authors. She worked at Springs for 15 years.
Wendy’s parents are Roland and Linda Houck. Terry is the son of the late Kenneth and Kay Young. They met through Wendy’s sister and Terry’s brother, Penny and Scott Young, who are married to each other.
Terry has a sister, Sheron Hill.
Terry and Wendy will be married 24 years on June 3. They attend the Piedmont Church of God and have three children. Morgan Harden and her husband Adam live in Spring Garden. Their sons, Adam, 16, and Nicholas, 8, attend Spring Garden School.
Contact Margaret at email@example.com.