The first Lawrence Photo store was opened in Wichita, Kansas in 1888 as a local drug store. The owner, Charles Lawrence, carried a small line of photographic equipment. Lawrence had the first Kodak franchise west of the Mississippi which was signed by Kodak’s founder, George Eastman. After the turn of the century, the drug store became a full line photo supply store.
Lawrence Photo & Video of Springfield was opened in July of 1973 with Charles Hoag as the manager and only three employees. The operation continued to grow and expand and outgrew it’s location.
The store was relocated to the present location at 2550 S Campbell in 1979. Hoag Enterprises, Inc. purchased the business in 1986 operating under the name of Lawrence Photo & Video, a division of Hoag Enterprises, Inc. In 2008 it was purchased by Operations Manager Fred Terry, Kathy Delicato, & Claire Gibson. The corporate name was changed to Lawrence Photo & Video Inc.
Lawrence Photo & Video continues to be locally owned while serving the Ozarks area with a dedicated staff of sixteen full time associates who have a combined photo experience of over 400 years! It remains Southwest Missouri’s largest Camera Specialty Store. The store covers over 11,000 square feet and is stocked with digital cameras, accessories, camcorders, telescopes, binoculars, professional lighting equipment, over 500 frame styles, several lines of photo albums, and nearly everything a photo enthusiast would like to own.
The first Lawrence store in Wichita began by selling wet plates to the early photographers. Today we are a full line camera and video store offeringstate-of-the-art photo and digital equipment and technology. Our in-house full service photo lab is staffed by a team of certified technicians who specialize in digital restoration, video transfer work, copy work and custom black and white and color printing as well as package printing for the professional.