Award-winning Don Chambers is known today for his dynamically honest people photography. His training at the Art Center College of Design followed by his 3 year stint of assisting back in Hollywood, prepared him well for the scope of production that often rolls into his studio. Perpetually energetic, Don is well known for bringing out the best of every person who steps in front of his lens. A more relaxed, cooperative and funny photographer you will be hard pressed to find.
Parlee Chambers has spent her lifetime in creative endeavor. Her many years of production, photography, painting, art direction and styling work making her someone you will be grateful to have handling the many facets of any project you might throw her way. She creates each still life with the heart of a painter, the eye of a stylist and a calm and easy attitude that both clients and crew appreciate. Every shoot and it’s pre-production are bettered by her creative mindset, tip-top organization and the attention she pays to the needs of crew, agency and client.
Dustin Chambers is the next generation of talent, so far winning awards in both film and photography. He captures people and places with a sophisticated edge yet full of emotion. His editing and videography is charged with energy and both find their way into both news sites, broadcast and now advertising assignments.
With their years of collective experience, added to a perfectly matched crew, Don, Parlee and Dustin make each advertising, editorial or annual report image count and ensure that the client sails home with exactly what they were looking for, and then some. At Studio Chambers, talent, skill and a happy atmosphere brew up amazing imagery.
Somewhere in time, right after surf woodies were still easily spotted on Pacific Coast Hwy and substantially before Valley Girls emerged, you would have found Don and Parlee Chambers growing up in Southern California: He on Manhattan Beach and she in the orange-groved San Fernando Valley. Back then, beach cottages merged with inland storefronts of deco design and, further in, fields and farms were gradually dotted by streets of post-WWII houses. Dirt boulevards and roadside stands, surfing long boards and hunting grunion aren’t just a part of family lore but of their own memories. Raised by parents who were also born in LA, (back in the 1920’s), the memories, spirit and roots of the very early California experience are very much a part of who they are.
Surprisingly, however, in the face of choosing the best city for a new commercial photography studio, the waves being made in Atlanta are what lured Don down to the “real” South. Success happened fast. Highly regarded photography, great people, 2 kids (Lily and Dustin) and the perfect dog, has made Atlanta home. To be sure, that bold move in ’83 was a sweet decision.
Now, 24 years after freshly rolling onto Peachtree Street, and with the notable success of the former Pelosi & Chambers studio under their belt, Don and Parlee have created Studio Chambers. Located in Atlanta’s historic Inman Park, the comfortable, state of the art, 4500 sq ft studio is an expression of all that has brought them to this new place in time.
Don and Parlee Chambers have renovated and transformed the long time Electric Motor Repair shop into their advertising photography studio. By day, this space serves their photo shoots for food and people assignments, in the evenings and weekends, it is a venue like no other. Walk in, and you will see a space that feels 1 part: advertising studio, 1 part: best-loft-ever, and 3 parts: Hollywood back lot. Like an old soundstage, the 3000 sq ft interior houses a southern farmhouse with rocking porch, NY brownstone, a factory office, 60’s chill room & make up/wardrobe space. It is so wonderful that people really barely need to decorate. A 20ft cyc wall provides a great backdrop for your band or dj, as well as being the perfect surface on which to project movies, slides, and presentations. (Indoor “screen-on-the-green” events have been very popular.)
Our sound system can be tapped into by your laptop, or an ipod if you just want to use a playlist. In addition, you will have use of an eclectic, modular living area, a conference area illuminated by a surfboard chandelier, and a full professional kitchen.
Yes, there is plenty of free parking.
The Studio is located in the historic area of Inman Park. It is a stone’s throw from The Old 4th Ward, Cabbagetown, and the restaurant/bar hubbub of the Highland area. This is a corner of Atlanta that is bustling with inventive, creative energy.
Come visit, and you’ll see what we mean.