Our Story

The Past:

The Company was started over 20 years ago by Gino Startari. Photography was one of Gino’s many hobbies so he decided since he liked it so much why not start a business. This way not only would it keep him busy but it would also keep him in touch with people which is what Gino was all about. He named his business Gino Startari Photography. Over the next 20 years he became one of the most respected photographers in the area, not just for his pictures but for his personality and how he treated people.

In 2005 we were introduced to Gino. Even though he loved it he knew that he didn’t want to be shooting forever. He had a wife and kids and soon to be grandkids that wanted his time too. So fortunately for us he saw something that he liked so he took us under his wing and taught us all he knew not only about photography but about people and life, and we would like to think we taught him a few things as well.

Over the years we became so close and did so much together whether it be taking pictures, attending family events, golfing or sporting events, that there wasn’t a day that went by when we didn’t talk or see each other. However, over the last few years Gino ran into a few speed bumps with his health and in June 2010, Gino found out his cancer had returned.

At this point he knew that it was time to retire and concentrate on getting healthy. He instructed us to take charge full time immediately and for the switchover to JN Photos to take place as of September 1, 2010. Unfortunately, Gino passed away on September 8, 2010. There are no words to express the sorrow that we feel every day that Gino is gone or the gratitude that we have to him for giving us this opportunity not only to run the business but to grow the business as well.

Gino will never know how many peoples lives he truly touched. Everything we do not only today but in the future will be done to make Gino proud.

The Present:

JN Photos is one of the largest sports photographers around the area. It is run by Eric & Jodi Nichols. Jodi was born and raised in North Braddock and graduated from Woodland Hills High School. Eric was born and raised in Manor and graduated from Penn Trafford High School. We were married on October 23, 2004 and have a daughter Arabelle. We currently live in Penn Township.

The Future:

JN Photos future is bright. We have begun expanding our horizons with Senior Pictures, School Pictures , Seasonal and Family Portraits in hopes to become one of the most well-rounded and cutting edge photographers in the area. We will be looking for studio options in the very near future so that we can give our customers the option of an indoor and outdoor shoot. And as always, there is no future for JN Photos without you so we would like to extend a Thank You ahead of time for the business you provide and if you or any person or league you know would benefit from using our services please feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone. Any feedback that you give positive or negative will help us better serve you, and is welcome anytime.

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