Monday, December 5, 2022

This store is the last of its kind in Hampton Roads

Chuck's Camera Plus sits on a stretch of stores in downtown Hampton. (HNNDaily photo/courtesy of Chuck Marshall)
Chuck’s Camera Plus sits on a stretch of stores in downtown Hampton. (HNNDaily photo/courtesy of Chuck Marshall)

Chuck’s Camera Plus in Hampton is the last remaining camera store in all of Hampton Roads, according to its owner, Chuck Marshall.

Opening in 2014 after a five-year stint working in information technology with Canon and flipping houses after that for extra money, Marshall was able to purchase the space he needed for his store.

This is the third camera store he has owned.

He chose the downtown Hampton location after deciding that the draw of the Virginia Air & Space Museum as well as the marina would bring some clientele.

His shop isn’t the only place you can buy his equipment, though.

Marshall also sells his camera equipment on Ebay, Amazon and on his website.

In addition to selling his camera equipment, Marshall has been a freelance photographer for 35 years. He works with clients and photographs weddings, parties, headshots and more.

Chuck Marshall sells equipment from all major brands. (HNNDaily photo/courtesy of Chuck Marshall)
Chuck Marshall sells equipment from all major brands. (HNNDaily photo/courtesy of Chuck Marshall)

Marshall said he has photographed more than 1,000 weddings and attributes that to his steady clientele.

“People tell me that they hope I stay in the business,” he said.

Marshall sells all major camera brands as well as accessories, but he doesn’t just sell his equipment.

He said he will answer any questions his customers might have, show them how to use the equipment and, if they need anything repaired, he refers them to H&S Camera Repair in Norfolk.

Being able to come in and see how a new lens might fit a camera, or seeing how a strobe light works in the studio is what people enjoy about his shop, Marshall said.

While His most common customers are photographers looking for accessories, others also come in for his freelance studio work or after visit his website.

Marshall’s goal for his shop is to sell it to someone else in the business so that he can take a step back.

“I’ll never retire though,” he said.

To learn more about Chuck’s Camera Plus, visit the store at 555H Settlers Landing Road or visit its website.

Bryan DeVasher
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Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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