TRADITION: Stuart Rayner celebrates 50 years of Geoff Rayner photography.
TRADITION: Stuart Rayner celebrates 50 years of Geoff Rayner photography. Liana Walker

Rayners celebrate 50 years of photos

IF there's anyone who has captured the Granite Belt over the years, it's second- generation business Rayner Photography which is celebrating 50 years of business this month.

They've gone from the box brownie cameras to the latest DSLRs but Stuart Rayner said each photography phase held a special place in the heart of the business.

The late Geoff Rayner opened Rayner Photography in 1968 in Stanthorpe at the bottom of Maryland St but his son, Stuart, runs the business from its High St location.

No matter what location, Mr Rayner said the busiest times had always been when it snowed.

"People just go nuts,” he said.

"You've got to have a supply of batteries and memory cards because people leave Brisbane without a memory card or they've grabbed the camera and the battery's still in the charger.”

Mr Rayner has seen all sorts of phases come through the shops doors.

"The transition from film to digital is the biggest thing,” he said.

"There are always many different mediums and processes.

"There's slides, positive film, black and white film, different sized films, cameras change - different everything.”

The business has always been about all things photography, from taking photos to producing them and selling photography equipment.

Whether it's scrapbooking, digital frames, Polaroids or photo gifts, they've endeavoured to supply what people need.

But running the business comes with challenges.

"There are people wanting to take supersonic photos of space or birds that require awesome equipment and they don't have awesome equipment, so it's telling them straight out,” Mr Rayner said.

Alongside the challenges come highlights. Mr Rayner said he always looked forward to taking photos.

"It's always the photo assignments, they're always different,” he said.

"Some people are hard to photograph, some make it super-awesomely easy.”

Mr Rayner said helping capture special moments was the best part of the job.

"What is important to somebody we might not think is as great as it is to them,” he said.

"Pet dogs, births, deaths, marriages, it all brings something to the table.

"That's why we're still here, we do that in and out every day.”

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