Kim Thomsen with large negatives that have been preserved and kept on file.
Kim Thomsen with large negatives that have been preserved and kept on file. Robyne Cuerel

Photographer Kim Thomsen is carrying on family tradition

FOUR decades after Thomsens Photographic Gallery opened for the first time, Kim Thomsen is still capturing the biggest moments in the lives of Maryborough families.

The second-generation photographer officially opened the business's latest studio on Saturday night, five years after taking over from her parents.

The Tinana studio, a modified shed, includes decade's worth of carefully-stored negatives, showing weddings and other events going back to at least 1980.

The business has chronicled generations of the same families in its 43 years.

Mrs Thomsen said children of couples whose weddings her parents captured on film were now themselves getting married, with Kim behind a digital lens.

Other families of whom she took baby photos are now getting graduation and formal photos.

Saturday night's ceremony included a special presentation on the history of the company, including articles on her award-winning father Wilson Thomsen.

"It was groundbreaking, what he was doing," she said.

Mr Thomsen died before she was able to officially open the studio.

"It is such a shame he can't be here for it, but he will be in spirit," Mrs Thomsen said.

Kim Thomsen perusing an album of photos taken by her late father Wilson, who is her main inspiration.
Kim Thomsen perusing an album of photos taken by her late father Wilson, who is her main inspiration. Robyne Cuerel


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