The Norman Transcript

Commerce

February 10, 2007

Maxwell Eek Design Photography branches out its services

By Bunmi Ishola

Transcript Staff Writer

His favorite are the ones made in Italy.

He also has some that are rustic, distressed, elegant and ornate.

These are just some of the different frame molding styles Konrad Eek now has to offer his customers when they come into his store.

His showroom is lined with displays featuring a large variety of choices which are produced all over the world.

Maxwell Eek Design Photography has branched out its services, now offering custom framing. Their slogan, “A new approach to a timeless craft.”

Having spent about 20 years in photography, with almost a decade dedicated to running his own business, Eek said framing has “been a real nice compliment” to what he already does. It was a logical progression from making photographs to presenting art, he said.

Eek specializes in commercial photography, doing catalog work, as well as some art projects with Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

What makes commercial photography so much fun, Eek said is that he gets to see things that a lot of people don’t get to see. When working for museums, he gets to be in close proximity to the art work, while if he were a regular visitor a velvet rope would create distance.

“Just being in a small room with a Van Gogh is a treat,” he said.

However, a lot of things have changed in the business of photography since Eek first started. Finding new clients and making a large profit was becoming a little difficult.

“Revenues were slipping because of the cheap digital cameras coming out,” Eek said.

While he and his wife, Darra Maxwell-Eek, who helps with the business, have been able to keep overhead costs down by working by appointment only and generally doing most projects without outside help — there is even a kitchen in the studio for Eek to prepare food for certain projects — the changes in technology required that they extended their services.

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