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Business Spotlight: The Studio

Heather Clements has more than 16 years of experience as a photographer. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Hope and Texarkana with an Associates in General Studies.

Clements is a talented photographer and an avid collector, but first and foremost, she is a mom. Clements says that her four boys, Joshua, Cole, Trace, and Cash are the joy of her life. She has been married to the love of her life, Daniel, for over 20 years and she says that he is her number one fan, always encouraging her to pursue her passions. Clements says that her family always comes first, and she wouldn’t be able to make it without their love and support.

Photography is something that Clements sort of fell into. She says “I have always been creative and I quickly developed a passion for art”. Clements first started photography as a hobby out of her home, later opening her first studio in Downtown Hope. She began spending time learning from a mentor named Bill Russell, who was a professional photographer around the time her career began. “Bill really took me under his wing and taught me so much about not only photography, but business as well.” said Clements. She takes pride in the fact that she has been through the photography change in the last decade. She started shooting photography with film and has evolved with the art into shooting photography digitally. Clements is a strong believer in the fact that the photography business is always growing and changing and that there is always something new to learn.  

Clements’ main goal in her career as a photographer is to capture memories that people can cherish forever. Clements told us, “I want to make my clients feel special, because at the end of the day, my work is centered around them and their moments. I love seeing my client’s reactions to their photos and I really get excited about being able to provide them with that.” Clements is also very passionte about print products and hopes she can interest her clients in heirloom quality prints or canvases. “Instead of forgetting about photos on a flashdrive or a DVD, I encourage my customers to proudly display their memories in every part of their home or even their office.”

After moving to her current location in downtown Hope on Elm Street, Clements realized that The Studio’s new building had plenty of room for not only one passion, but two. Clements has always been a lover and collector of antiques, and when she moved to her new storefront, she realized that she could combine two of her interests beautifully and successfully. The Studio carries items from antiques, collectables, and local arts to home decor and gifts. 

Clements partners with local vendors in an effort to support others in the community. Grapes Mighty Oak Soaps provides Clements with luxurious, hand-made, organic soaps. Paula Rashke offers handmade jewelry that is as beautiful as it is unique. She also has a vendor, Van Stueart, who provides Clements with a booth made up of fun and quirky antiques. We featured photos of all of these artist’s works in the photo gallery below. We have also featured Clements seated in her favorite item in The Studio, a Betty Boop stool.

The Studio is a must stop shop, whether you are a Hope native or a Hope visitor. You never know what kind of treasures you’ll find in Clements one-of-a-kind store. While shopping, you can meet Clements, who extends a warm welcome to all of her customers and is always happy to visit.  Stop in and see her today, you won’t leave empty handed! 

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