Kearney photographers discover it takes more than a studio | Local News

KEARNEY – Partners McKenzie Cuba and Brooke Anderson discovered a niche in the Kearney business scene and named their business The LightBox.

As photographers, women often need studio space, so they think other photographers are the same.

After a few weekends of hard work cleaning and tidying up a second-floor suite in St. James Square, Anderson and Cuba now have the space they’ve been looking for for their own photography businesses and, as they suspected, a other photographers also need a studio. space.

“We rent out to other photographers and videographers,” Anderson said, but LightBox’s usefulness isn’t limited to photography.

They also rent The LightBox for other events such as baby showers, hen parties and other gatherings where guests are looking for a different vibe from hotels or other gathering spaces.

They held their grand opening two weeks ago. It was an opportunity to show off the 1,200 square feet of The LightBox. Partners say the juice is flowing and they imagine a variety of uses. For example, bridal parties need a place to dress up and get ready for weddings, so why not The LightBox?

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The place is available for rent seven days a week.

Cuba and Anderson were familiar with similar studio rental operations in Lincoln and Omaha, so they think the idea is worth trying in Kearney.

“We always wished there was somewhere we could go to take pictures,” Anderson said.

McKenzie Cuba, left, and Brooke Anderson have teamed up to open The LightBox.

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“We’ve had a few bookings recently and for the future,” Anderson said.

“We promote with social media,” Cuba said.

Word-of-mouth could also be good for The LightBox, when people had the chance to experience the many ways the space will be used. In November, the LightBox will likely transform into a shop where vendors can showcase holiday merchandise.

St. James Square stands on the southeast corner of 25th Street and Second Avenue. The building was originally a Catholic school.

“My husband’s friends did all the work. Someone did the floor and someone did the electrical, etc. Anderson said.

They removed a drop ceiling and exposed steel beams which give the space character and visual appeal.

“We just got really, really lucky with the space,” Anderson said. “We wanted an open, clean and welcoming place.”

The LightBox address is 124 W. 25th St., Suite B3. The company can be reached at 308-650-1770, 308-5488122, online at and on Instagram at

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