Fresh ideas for capturing and sharing family memories

    CALGARY, June 8 /CNW/ - Many busy families store a multitude of photos
from their digital camera in a haphazard way on the family's computer. They
know there are a lot of great shots that could be on display or printed and
shared as gifts for family and friends. Their dilemma is how to get them off
the computer and creatively display them.

    Responding to the needs of busy families, Black Photo Corporation is
unveiling its new concept store and fresh ideas to help families think outside
the photo box, including:
    -  software to turn photos from those haphazard files into organized,
       beautiful keepsakes by creating one of Black's new PhotoBooks,
    -  the ability to take their own photos and creatively decorate walls in
       their home with Black's exclusive PhotoWallpaper,
    -  the ease of capturing a "Life Experience" family portrait at Life
       Photo Studios located next door to the Black's store, and
    -  the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of frames, albums and
       accessories to display their memories or create gifts for family and

    "Our new software and new stores are designed to make the digital
photography experience easier and to inspire our customers to capture and
share their memories with family and friends," said Murray Souter, Black's
president and CEO. "We are committed to providing Canadian families with the
best technology and imaging solutions that help them capture family memories
and more."
    Black's new concept store at 11632 Sarcee Trail NW (in the Beacon Hill
Centre) combines leading edge photo imaging solutions with a portrait studio
managed by Life Photo Studios. Although separate stores, a common foyer link
the two allowing customers to have photos taken at Life and then they can
visit Black's to choose their frames, albums and accessories.
    "The beauty about this store concept is that anyone can walk into either
store and know they have the help they need to creatively express their
memories," said Life president, Lenora Kingcott.
    During the grand opening weekend, Black's has planned a multitude of
activities, including a children's scrapbooking workshop, a child
identification event, digital camera information sessions and a barbeque in
support of the Burns Memorial Fund which helps widows and orphans of deceased
police officers and firefighters (see schedule of events below).
    "We are delighted to unveil our new store to Calgary families to help
them capture and share their memories and, at the same time, support a
worthwhile organization like the Burns Memorial Fund," said Souter.

    Black's is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Film Canada and operates 117
stores across Canada, under the Black's and Astral banners. Since 1930,
Black's has been helping Canadians capture and preserve those special moments,
as Canada's leading national retailer, with over 1,800 employees coast to
coast, offering photofinishing and digital printing, cameras and accessories.
For a complete listing of stores, visit or call

    Life Photo Studios is a new company owned and operated by Calgary
entrepreneurs, Lenora Kingcott, Kathy Desilets, Andras Schram, Rhonda Ealey
and Kristy Brown. LIFE is a state-of-the-art portrait studio accommodating
both individuals and families. The stylish and spacious studio also hosts
birthday parties and special events featuring "celebrity" photo shoots
complete with all the frills. For more information, visit

    Schedule of Events

    Friday, June 8: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    -  Grand Opening Celebration, Ribbon-Cutting, Hands-On Demonstrations

    Saturday, June 9: 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    -  Calgary Police Child Identification Event - Free Child Identification
       Kits including finger prints and a photograph
    -  Children's "Create a Page" Scrapbook Workshop
    -  Barbeque in support of the Burns Memorial Fund (co-sponsored by
       Calgary Co-Op)

    Sunday, June 10 - 12:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    -  Digital Camera Information Sessions - representatives from Nikon,
       Pentax and Olympus will be on-site to assist with new digital camera
       purchases and give tips on how to get the most out of digital cameras

    All Weekend (June 8, 9 and 10)
    -  Proceeds from all "Life Experience" photo sessions purchased at Life
       Photo Studios during the Grand Opening weekend will be donated to the
       Burns Memorial Fund.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Bev Shaw, Cohn & Wolfe/Calgary, (403) 228-6688
(office), (403) 462-2306 (cell),

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