Hayward Gaude Photography has moved to a new studio at 555 W. Bitters Road, Suite 109, in the Alley on Bitters.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hayward Gaude and his wife, Shannon, relocated to San Antonio and eventually started a photography business in 2009. Their latest spot debuted in April.

Gaude, a photographer, specializes in portraits in fine prints, while his wife handles client relations and marketing.

Together, they work to capture special moments and produce fine art that will last a lifetime, the couple said.

“We’ve learned through our own experiences that preserving special times in families’ and children’s lives is really important,” Shannon Gaude said. “To be able to display that and share it with other people is something that is very valuable.”

Hayward Gaude uses 100 percent cotton papers from Europe for his fine-art prints. Those can last for centuries, given the proper care, the photographer said.

“It’s very important to us that photography not be strictly confined to digital because of the opportunity for loss,” he added. “Even though a lot of photography originates in digital, it’s very, very important that people have fine-art prints.”

“My goal with my photography is to be timeless,” he said. “Photography provides a way to create a legacy that cannot be done any other way. It allows people to create a visual history for their lives.”

The studio also hosts Café la Photographie, a free event held 10-11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month, to share photography ideas and advice.

It features refreshments as well as special offers and gifts from surrounding businesses. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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