MOUNT VERNON — From headline news pictures to seasonal images to athletes in action, Mount Vernon News readers can now purchase photos taken by Mount Vernon News staff photographers and reporters through the Photo Store on the News’ website.
Assistant Publisher Liz Lutwick said Photo Store was launched as a service to the readers. “I’m very excited about it,” she said. “We have needed something like this. We’ve had requests for pictures from our paper for as long as we’ve printed. We haven’t been able to supply them all to our readers, for their use. There are so many things there, so many memories that could be captured. We hope that people will look at our website; it’s so easy for them to purchase a picture.”
“Any picture that appears in our paper will be available for purchase,” said Webmaster Joshua Morrison. “We will also have other pictures from covered events, like track and field or baseball — additional photos that we normally wouldn’t have room for in our paper will be available through the photo store.”
“I think Photo Store is great,” he added. “It will add another dimension to our website, another digital aspect to everything. If we made prints, we would only have one of those prints. Here, on Photo Store, people can purchase as many photos as they want, send them to family and friends as gifts. We are also offering more products.”
For a reasonable price, plus shipping and handling, customers can purchase prints up to 8-by-10 inches in size and choose from matte, glossy or lustre finishes. Customers can also opt to use their favorite photo to personalize mouse pads, key chains, luggage tags, buttons or coffee mugs.
“I particularly like the coffee mugs,” Lutwick said. “They make great gifts. Someone years ago gave me a gift of one of my horses on a mug and it’s still my favorite mug.”
Current categories of available photos include baseball, softball, sports and general news. This spring and summer the store will have photos of parades and festivals and other events. Plans are also in the works to expand to include archival photos and to eventually include photos from News photographer Virgil Shipley’s archives from more than 50 years ago to date.
Morrison said the photos can be located on Photo Store by the date they were published in the newspaper or by the event it depicts. [Note: If the photo appeared in black and white in the newspaper, the image available will be in black and white.] For assistance in locating a desired photo, e-mail Morrison at email@example.com. Also, photos that have expired from the current list can be restored for purchase upon the customer’s request by e-mailing Morrison.
All ordering goes through MyCapture Inc., Morrison said, and payment is also all digital. Customers should receive their orders within a week or two, and can check their order status on the Photo Store site.
To check out Photo Store, click here.