Over the next few minutes you will hopefully learn at least a little something about where to buy cameras and take photos in Des Moines. You will also read about everything we could think to include on the topic at hand.
We will start this off by listing some of the best local photographers for when you need wedding pictures, graduation pictures, or want to capture memories at any special events. After that where to go for photo printing whether you want to print something off your phone, get a passport photo, need digital marketing materials, or whatever will be discussed, and they will be followed up by photography studios.
You can always try to “develop your skills” by taking lessons at the best photography classes in your area, sorry, we really tried to hold that corny joke back but couldn’t. Even if there aren’t many left these days the best places to buy cameras and repair shops near you will also be discussed. You can expect them to also sell new lenses, cleaning supplies, covers, stands, and more equipment and accessories.
After all of that is out of the way it will finally be time to get you out of here with a list of places to take beautiful pictures, plus where you can buy some loosely related items like camera phones or security cameras. Some of the places we mention could definitely be in multiple lists but we will do our best to put the right shops in the right lists and let you know when a place can handle multiple needs.
You can also expect to find a local map at the end of the post to help you figure out where all the Des Moines camera and photo places we list are located. This region of the world is one that we have written many other guides for in the past for those that are interested.
There is no better way to commemorate a wedding, graduation, or other special event then to have a great photographer near you capture the scene:
- Kirstie Veatch Photography
- ZTS Photo
- Anna Jones Photography
- Red Door Photo
- Amelia Renee Photography
- Black Photography
- Extreme Photo
- Ryan Damman Photography
Kirstie Veatch strives to take beautiful and emotional pictures that tell a story and highlight the beauty of both the people in the images and the world around them. Tanner and Sarah Urich at ZTS Photo are wedding, portrait, and commercial photographers in your area.
Wedding and engagement photography, children and family photos, and boudoir photography are all covered by Black Photography. Red Door Photo is a multi-award-winning married pair that likes documenting memorable moments and occasions. Since 2009 they’ve photographed over 400 weddings, 800+ senior portraits, and many families, newborns, and dogs.
William McVicker is the proprietor of Extreme Photo and has been a full-time professional photographer near you for over 30 years specializing in senior portraits, modeling, and weddings. Ryan Damman is happy to shoot your wedding, engagement, or family pictures.
To get any kinds of photos printed, processed, or developed head to:
- Christian Edwards Print & Graphics at 2700 Bell Ave
- Sprint Print at 210 Euclid Ave
- Copycat Prints at 2415 Ingersoll Ave
- Carter Printing at 1739 E Grand Ave
- Des Moines Printing at 814 SE Alice’s Rd
You should be able to get quality local photo printing from any on that list. Whether you need color or black and white images they can probably print them on just about anything.
Every day they are printing thousands of brochures, pamphlets, books, wall graphics, posters, passport photos, digital prints, real estate advertisements, and all kinds of marketing materials so they can probably help you too. They should also be able to assist with scanning, restorations, enlargements, processing, digital repairs, and more.
If you have any unique photo printing or developing needs we recommend that you browse those links and find a place that offers exactly what you’re looking for.
Studios For Better Pictures
Book some time at a photography studio in your area if you have serious matters to attend to:
The Farmhouse Studios provides their clients with packages that have a more affordable experience while still receiving the most authentic coverage and service. Anna Jones founded The Whistler Studio in the spring of 2019 and the space was formerly a bank and has its original hardwood and tile floors, wide west facing windows, 16′ ceilings, and vast white walls housed within the historic Teachout Building.
The area is saturated with natural light and it also has a curated prop collection, mobile backdrop walls, backdrop supports, and studio lighting to meet even the most specialized requirements.
Get better by taking classes at a Des Moines photography school or find an instructor who gives private lessons by contacting:
Ivory House Photography strives to create an atmosphere that encourages sincerity and self-assurance. Not only are they committed to providing excellent service during your session but they also strive to win their clients’ trust by providing swift responses, flexibility, and accommodation, as well as a short turnaround time on products.
Camera Stores & Repair Shops In Des Moines
Visit one of these stores when you want to buy a new camera, rent one, or get repair work done:
Steve and Marianne Alexander own and manage Alexander’s Photo to help you locate equipment, accessories, instruction, and printing of the highest quality. Christian Photo is a local camera shop big enough to serve you yet small enough to get to know you.
Best Places For Selfies
Here is a list of great places to take beautiful selfies in your area:
- Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden at 909 Robert D. Ray Dr
- Pappajohn Sculpture Park at 1330 Grand Ave
- Gray’s Lake at 2101 Fleur Dr
- Greenwood at 4500 Grand Ave
- Clare & Miles Mills Rose Garden at 4500 Grand Ave
The Botanical Garden is a beautiful setting for a variety of events including corporate gatherings, weddings, and other celebrations. It is also one of the best places to take selfies in your area.
The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park contains artwork by 25 of the world’s most renowned artists. It is unlike any other sculpture park in the United States because of its accessible location, skillful landscape design, and high-quality art making it a perfect place to take beautiful pictures near you.
Where To Buy Camera Phones
The newest cell phones have some really nice high megapixel cameras these days and these stores should have what you need:
- Celltec at 2901 E University Ave
- KB Wireless at 1517 2nd Ave
- Mobile Spot at 8421 University Blvd #B
- Target Mobile at 5901 Douglas Ave
The highest megapixel camera phones with bluetooth, cheaper budget options, and everything in between can be purchased at any of the above.
You can either buy security cameras or get the services that go along with them at:
- Walsh Door and Security at 2600 Delaware Ave
- ADT Security Services at 1239 73rd St # L
- Strauss Security Solutions at 4663 121st St
- Astra Security at 114 NW 5th St #203
Some of those will be good stores to buy security cameras in your area while others will take the next step and monitor what is going on. Some of you might also want to check out our posts on:
- Renting Photography Studios in Omaha
- Renting Photography Studios in Kansas City
- Renting Photography Studios in Minneapolis & St Paul
- Renting Photography Studios in Madison
Enjoy Taking Photos With Your New Camera
We hope you learned a little something about cameras and photos in your area today. You read about all kinds of topics like where to buy cameras, get them repaired, photographers for hire, printing, developing, studios, classes, places to take selfies, camera phones or security.
Anyone that is still here probably has a solid grasp on the local photography scene themself. If so don’t be shy, tell us what we got wrong or share your own tips in the comments.
We hope you have fun buying cameras and taking photos in Des Moines.