The Studio at Aperture to Pixels Photography!

Life in the Studio The history of the building

The Aperture to Pixels Studio finally became a reality in August 2013.  For the first year the studio was located in the Pawtucket Armory and hosted by the Pawtucket Armory Arts Association.

In September 2014, the studio moved to the Pearl Street Lofts in Providence, RI.  This move afforded an upgrade in studio space and a closer location to Downcity Providence, a thriving arts district.

The space now being in a top floor loft of an old manufacturing facility, has 15 foot ceilings and large north facing windows for superb natural light all day long.

Protected by the resident security guard, Elliot (the Aperture Cat), the gear is safe and sound.  He spends many hours a day guarding the state of the art computers that are used to process your pictures, mostly by sleeping on the keyboard.

The space has been specifically designed to be dynamic and flexible, but always offer the perfect lighting for any portrait.  With numerous strobes, reflectors, backdrops and props, there probably is not a shot that can't be done.

Also, partnering with local hair and makeup artist Shannon Ames and our friends at BorrowLenses, anything is possible.

From the National Register of Historic Places

New England Butt Company is a historic factory building at 304 Pearl Street in Providence, Rhode Island.

The building was constructed in 1865 by Spencer P. Read. The New England Butt Company manufactured machinery for braiding and stranding wire. Many of the machines are still used today by wire companies throughout the world.  

The drawings for all of the stranding machinery were sold to Watson Machinery International in Paterson, New Jersey in the mid 1980s. The drawings for all of the braiding machines were sold to Wardwell Braiding Company in Central Falls, Rhode Island, at the same time.

From the 1981 Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) Industrial Sites Report:

Established in 1842 by N.A. Fenner, the New England Butt Company manufactured cast-iron butt hinges. By 1880, however, the introduction of cheaper, stamped-metal butts rendered cast-iron butts obsolete, and the company turned to the manufacture of braiding machinery.

The oldest building in this complex is the much altered 2-story, monitor roofed, frame building in the center of the block on Perkins Street, built between 1849 and 1857. The main building, constructed in 1865 from plans by Spencer R. Read, is a handsome, gable roofed, brick structure with corbelled brick cornices, brick window caps, and arched door surrounds. This building, fronting on Pearl Street, was originally used for machining and assembling. A long, brick two-story wing built at the same time behind the main building was later raised to three stories. Although this building has window caps identical to the main building, it may incorporate an older structure. In 1951 a large, flat one-story glass and brick structure replaced the foundry on Perkins and Rice Streets.

By 1901 the New England Butt Company employed 200 skilled workers in the manufacture of braiding machines for silk, worsted, and cotton braid as well as telephone, electric light and crinoline wire. The Wanskuck Corporation bought the New England Butt Company in 1955 and until 1983 the factory continued to produce braiding machinery and cabling machinery at this site.

Most recently, the building was home to Harold’s Furniture store just before becoming Pearl Street Lofts in 2002-2004. The architect on the project was DBVW Architects in Providence, with the Armory Revival Company as the lead developer.

Clients of the studio include Highliner Foods America, Ziontific Productions, TempleCon, Rhode Island Pickup (Ultimate Frisbee League), Laurel Casey (Performance Artist), St. Paul's Episcopal Church, The Providence Theological School, TerrorCon / RI ComiCon, as well as countless models, couples, families, and others.

Bands who have had their concerts covered by Aperture to Pixels include The Feel Goods (NH), The Alchemystics (CT), Santagata (RI), Quick and Dirty (RI), and Reel Big Fish (CA).  Plus just about every band at the Ziontific Summer Solstice Festival!