This section is from the "Studio light a magazine of information for the profession 1923" book, by Sara F. T. Price. Also see Amazon: Studio light a magazine of information for the profession 1923.
When a photographer hears the name Spellman he at once connects it with Detroit. Mr. D. D. Spellman, whose pictures it is our privilege to reproduce in this issue of Studio Light, is very well known in national photographic circles and has been located in the city of Detroit for the past twenty-five years.
That he is as well known today as a dozen years ago is undoubtedly due to the fact that he is a progressive and successful business man as well as an excellent photographer.
It is business instinct that reaches out for new fields, demands a strategic location, takes up with new ideas, employs modern equipment and materials and insists upon a never ending flow of publicity. The artistic instinct, of itself, is often satisfied to rest on its laurels.
One either moves forward or backward and Mr. Spellman has always been with the progressive element. He adheres to a strictly honorable, definite method of doing business, dealing honestly and fairly with customers and making work that is worth the price asked.
Thirteen years ago Mr. Spellman built one of the largest studios in the country used exclusively for the photographic business. The four floors are completely equipped for all kinds of photographic work but the main part of the business is portraiture both in the home and in the studio.
PORTRAIT FILM NEGATIVE, VITAVA PRINT
By D. D. Spellman Detroit, Mich.
In portrait work Mr. Spellman's specialty is child portraiture. His unusual success with children has won for him the title "The Child's Photographer" and this is an asset well worth striving for. Everyone wants photographs of the children and as they change so rapidly they should be photographed often.
It may also be interesting to note here that the studio is always closed Sundays and no sittings are ever made on that day.
Mr. Spellman has given freely of his time for the advancement of photography, having served on the National and State Society Boards. He is a past president of the 0. M. I. Association and is now the president of the Michigan Photographers' Society.
It has been his privilege to visit many parts of the world, always making it a point to visit the leading studios. This has given him a wide acquaintance both with photographers and the classes of work made in various countries, all of which has had a broadening influence on his own work.
He is a believer in all forms of good advertising, through publications, direct by mail, and by word of mouth, depending upon the quality of his portraits and the satisfaction of his customers for the latter.
Mr. Spellman is an extensive user of Portrait Films and Vitava and Artura Papers.