Central Otago photographers Todd and Sarah Sisson have fulfilled both lifestyle and professional goals by opening their Folklore business in Clyde’s historic precinct.
Todd and Sarah have been working from a studio at their home between Alexandra and Clyde for the past seven years, and are thrilled now to be operating from their purpose-designed store.
The traditional shapes in the bespoke building fit perfectly with the atmosphere of Clyde’s historic precinct, and inside Folklore has modern, clean Scandinavian lines, with monochrome black and white, vaulted ceilings, a polished concrete floor, exposed steel beams and a mezzanine office.
It achieves the informal, relaxed, welcoming feeling Todd and Sarah want visitors to experience when they enter Folklore.
“We feel like we’ve ended up with a building that people are really comfortable in.”
It is a cherished development in the journey of Todd’s and Sarah’s photography, which started when they were travelling in Canada in 1997. The pair transitioned to professional photography in 2001 when they opened their commercial and video studio, Lighthaus, in Dunedin, and they have had a busy and illustrious career, producing images that have been published locally, nationally and internationally.
In 2007 they decided to focus on their first photographic love – landscape and nature photography. Their images have since appeared on more than a million postcards, bookmarks and greeting cards, and the Sissons launched an online store in 2009 to cater for demand from those who want quality reproductions of their images as premium fine art and canvas prints.
The Sissons are loving life in Central Otago with their two children, Jack (10) and India (9), and excited about the journey ahead. The Alexandra-Clyde area represents their ideal for family life, they say.
“It’s just a really good, solid, safe and relaxing community. It’s a nice place to raise our children.”
The area is also perfect for business, they say.
“There’s such a great feeling in Clyde. It’s very vibrant and perfectly located for the tourist market – it’s just taking off. It’s such a stunning location, to have our business in the centre of Clyde. It’s a great time to come here. We feel very lucky.”