After Ritz Camera dissolved Shadi Sayes, one of Image One’s owners, decided it was time to have an all-inclusive photography experience to stand in its place. Image One Camera and Video is the only one of its kind in the I.E. Their official opening was on August 13, 2014 and they have been flourishing ever since.
Locating Image One in the Arlington area of Riverside was an easy decision for Shadi. Sayes says, “My business partners and I recognized that there was a market for camera and video equipment in the Riverside area.” The owners at Image One knew many local photographers making the long commute to L.A. to find the quality equipment and knowledge they were searching for; this would be the catalyst for creating a camera specialty store in Riverside. Shadi explained, “We felt there was an unmet need for these products, services, and expertise in the Inland Empire”.
Sayes has an established history with photography as his father was a notable photographer for the King of Jordan. His Father passed on the love of this art and has sparked a diverse photography career for Shadi spanning from wedding portraits, fashion, sports, and more. He gained his knowledge base and experience managing camera stores through working at Calumet in Hollywood and Samy’s Camera. Mike Miller, co-owner of Image One, is a CPA, CMA, and CIA with expertise in managing businesses large and small. Miller takes responsibility for the business processes and ensuring the computer systems support the business’ services and products. Samantha Alesi is also a co-owner bringing her experience in retail, customer service, human resources, and accounting to the Image One team. Together, with their employees, they work to bring the vision of an all-encompassing photography store to life.
Shadi alongside Mike and Samantha, have a passion for the photography business that makes them stand out among other stores with camera services. Image One is your “one-stop-shop for all of your camera and video needs.” Their spacious store site and knowledgeable team hosts a wide variety of services including new camera equipment, classes and training, printing services, studio rental, rental equipment, and pre-owned equipment.
Image One Camera and Video are known for going the extra mile with their service and with the local community. They are enthusiastic supporters of their community, partnering with schools and sponsoring local camera clubs. Image One desires to grow their reach further into the Inland Empire and beyond. One way they are accomplishing this is through their comprehensive website: www.imageonecamera.com. They are currently working to make their website a fully integrated e-commerce platform that will expand their business nationwide.
Image One contributes their accomplishments to their dedicated owners and team that are personally invested in the community and in growing the business. Sayes explained, “We would not have achieved the success we have so far without such dedicated team members and a great community like Riverside and the Inland Empire.”