August 29, 2019
After posing for retro photos, singer Kacey Musgraves is helping the shop owner who took them.
While recently searching for a one-hour photo lab in LA, Musgraves stumbled upon an old-school shop that still offers retro portrait sessions complete with backdrops handmade by the owner.
After learning that the owner’s business was struggling, the singer decided to use her fame for good.
“We were just in LA and needed to find a One Hour Photo place quick,” Musgraves wrote on Instagram. “Sandwiched between little bodegas, my sister randomly found this place on Beverly Blvd in Korea Town called Tom’s One Hour Photo & Lab. It’s one of those rare mom-&-pop gems that has lasted thru trends coming and going and weirdly has come back around again without even realizing it.
The owner, Tom, was SO adorable. He not only does film developing but (cheap) and nostalgic portrait sessions too. (He gave us digital files and we edited these but he’ll shoot on film if you ask him to.) Pick your favorite background! He made them all himself. It’s cash only and he has no internet.
He sadly told us his business used to be really busy back in 1991 when he opened but has slowed way down since the digital wave. So, like any good millennials would do we started an appreciation Instagram for him. @tomsonehourphotolab. Not sure he’ll even see this. Stop by, tell all your friends, and don’t forget to tag. Let’s keep this charming business afloat!”
The Instagram account Musgraves created for Tom has more than 18,000 followers.
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