Arrow Camera Digital Imaging Center
Locally owned & operated since 1952, Arrow Camera takes great pride in our high quality production, extensive product knowledge & friendly, professional service.
We are on the leading edge of photography & digital services today, allowing us to deliver the finest results in the shortest possible time.
Arrow Camera is one of the oldest businesses in Santa Maria. In 1943, Wynn Bullock, the famous photographer, founded Arrow Photo then located at 120 Church Street, Santa Maria.
Hank Datter, bought the business from Wynn Bullock in 1952. In order to facilitate the addition of color processing, the company moved to 207 West Main street which used to be the Santa Maria Times where processing was done in the back of the building. As the company grew, the lab was relocated to 105 South Broadway in Old Orcutt, while the retail business grew on West Main Street.
With a larger lab, Arrow did most of the processing for the camera and drugstores up and down the central coast.
The first one-hour photo-processing lab opened in 1983 in the target shopping center, additional 1 Hour-Processing Labs opened shortly later in the Acorn plaza in Orcutt and Atascadero.
In 1994, with the changes in the photo finishing industry, the one Hour locations were closed. Arrow Photo then moved from its original location on Main Street to a former bank building with a drive up window at 429 east Main We currently have a large retail store, a portrait studio, digital imaging lab and a traditional processing lab.
For the last fifteen years we have been aggressively working toward the digital age.
Our store is set up with several computer stations and three self-service kiosk station. Our staff is knowledge and eager to help you with all you photo and digital need.
We offer Traditional I Hour Processing and printing from digital files on photographic archival paper. Restorations, copy prints and picture transfers to create a DVD to create slide shows. Recovering deleted digital files. Our Large Poster Printer allows us to print archival (appr.80 Years) giant enlargements and in house Canvas prints (gallery wrap) up to 44 inches wide.
Custom design, collages, web design, pamphlets, flyers and business cards. We are on the leading edge of photography & digital services today, allowing us to deliver the finest results in the shortest possible time.
General photography from product, corporate, high school seniors, passport and family pictures.
We can manipulate, restore, enhance and create your pictures.
By working with one full-service source for all of your photographic, print, marketing & web design needs, you save time & money while ensuring superb quality.
In April 2011 Hank Datter died at age 90. The Manager Margrit Holmes who has worked for the Company since 1979 took over the Company to keep his Legacy going. The company relocated to 700 East Main street Suite 103 and is curanltly operating a Quality Photo Lab and Portrait Studio.
We are dedicated to give you the best quality and fastest Services in town, often while you wait for it.
Again thank you for your support and we, at Arrow Camera, look forward to a continued business relationship with you.