Maineline Studio, Hockmeyer Studios Merge

By Jayna Smith

Maineline Studio recently announced its merger with Hockmeyer Studios.  With the merger comes the closing of the long-standing business' Main Street location.  (Photo by Jayna Smith).

Part of downtown Calais for years, Maineline Studio owner Trina Nielsen has announced it has closed its studio at 387 Main Street.  Nielsen told The Calais Advertiser that although the physical location will no longer hold the photography studio, Maineline Studio has not closed, but has merged with Hockmeyer Studios headquartered in Amesbury, Massachusetts. 

 “(The merger) will allow me to provide the same great customer service to the schools with the added bonus of new background and product options,” Nielsen stated, adding, “It is going to provide the same services in a more cost effective manner.” 

 Nielsen purchased the photography business five years ago from Steve Schaefer and Steve Takach who became owners in 1975.  The location, however, has been home to a photography studio for years, Nielsen said. 

 Elizabeth Hockmeyer-Williams, Chief Operating Officer with Hockmeyer Studios, is optimistic of the continued quality and service customers will experience.  “We are excited to be partnering with Maineline Studio.  We are a slightly larger studio so we can offer more options.  We are thrilled,” she stated.  She added the Schaefers are close family friends, as Nielsen has become. 

 Nielsen said she will be having on-location specials throughout the year with dates and locations to be advertised on the Maineline Studio Facebook page.  Inquiries can be made to Nielsen via email at or by calling (207) 692-0080.