THE CURTAIN is coming down on Malaysia’s biggest wedding studio.
The Chan Sam Lock wedding photo studio in Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, which was accorded the recognition by Malaysia Book of Records in 1997, will be closing down on Aug 31 after operating for 71 years.
Studio director Chan Mun Loong said the family-run business decided to call it quits about two months ago due to poor business.
“We’ve actually been suffering losses for about two years. With the advancement in technology, particularly with smartphones that come with advanced camera functions, fewer people are developing photographs,” Chan said
He said the company expanded into making LED signage but the venture was not sufficient to keep the company going.
“With the poor economy, people also preferred not to spend unnecessarily,” he added.
In its heyday, Chan Sam Lock was one of the leading wedding studios in the city and the first to use digital imaging technology for its portraits.
The wedding studio also took photos for families, graduations and other social events and provided fast colour print services.
Chan feels reluctant to close the business, but it would appear to be the best way to cut his losses.
“We’ll probably rent out the building for other businesses,” he said.
Chan said one of his most cherished memories was being chosen to take the investiture ceremony photographs for the late Sultan Azlan Shah.
“Hong Kong actor Simon Yam, who is a brand ambassador for Canon cameras, also came to our shop many years ago to do some promotional work,” he said.
Chan reminded customers who may still have photos in his studio to pick them up before Aug 28.
“After we close, the uncollected photographs will be discarded.
“For those who signed up with us for wedding portraits, we have asked them to come for the photo shoots as early as possible,” he said.
“If they are unable to do so, they can get a refund from us,” he added.