For Sale: Captured Images

Captured Images Studio, 118 S. Main. File photo.

Gary Palmer, who has been in the photography business for several decades in Bourbon County, is selling his business and taking a new career path.

“Over the last 25 years I had the pleasure to serve the community of Fort Scott and the surrounding area with professional photography, portraiture, graphic design, printing and host of other services at Captured Images,” Palmer said in a press release.

Captured Images has defined Palmer for many years, he said.

Gary Palmer submitted photo

“However, it is time for another to take the reign of the studio,” he said. “It is my hope that someone will acquire Captured Images and continue its tradition of outstanding service to the community.”

“Rest assured, regardless of what the future holds for Captured Images, I and my wife Kylene are fully prepared to fulfill every and all obligation previously committed by the studio,” he said.

All school pictures and yearbooks that Captured Images completes will still be completed by the Palmers at the studio.

All weddings and ‘Watch-Me-Grow’ baby programs will still have Palmer taking the portraits until the completion of the programs. Whether it be a school dance, the school yearbook, sports photography, etc., for all commitments,  Captured Images will fulfill every obligation through the 2019-2020 school year, according to the press release.

The new decade has brought a new opportunity for Palmer.

He has formal education in business administration and marketing. He also has exercised leadership in many civic and private roles in various capacities during his time at Captured Images. He has completed leadership training at the Kansas Leadership Center and has been allowed to utilize his skills in marketing, human resource management, and leadership in another industry, according to the press release.

But now he will be working for Dirk’s Dozing and Excavation Company, Butler, MO.

“I will continue to live in Fort Scott,” Palmer said. ” I have always been a strong advocate for Fort Scott and the great people here.  I plan to continue to be involved in our great community in various capacities.  I will be commuting to my new job.”

“Our farm, Freedom Farms, is growing and we are hopeful to use the sale of the studio and the coffee shop building to grow our farm operation,” he said.

Palmer will be the chief administrative and marketing officer for Dirk’s Dozing and Excavation Company.

Dirk’s currently services are heavy equipment site work and construction preparation.

“The Dirk’s business services much of the Kansas City Metro area with site preparation and construction,” Palmer said. They also specialize in pond building, municipality water and sanitary sewer systems, and site preparation for major construction projects.”

“I’m excited to be a part of a thriving industry,” Palmer said. “The Dirk’s business is growing exponentially and I’m honored to utilize my skill’s in business administration to create a team of highly skilled operators to perform tasks that will impact the growth of local communities.”

Marketing the Dirk’s business is also a primary role for Palmer.

Thanks To Customers

“I would like to take an opportunity to thank every one of my customers over the years,” Palmer said. ” Each of you has trusted Captured Images to record your engagements, weddings, the birth of a newborn baby, your family groups, senior portraits, special occasions, and memorable events. Each event you have allowed me to memorialize precious moments-in-time, forever, in print form. This is not a task I have taken lightly. Getting to know my customers through all of life’s amazing moments is an honor. Often I have laughed, cried, and shared in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Moments that make customers, family. I am honored to have provided professional experience along with high-quality printed portraits to my clients for many years. I hope I have created a lasting impact on those we served. I’m excited about the next phase of my career. On behalf of my family, I am extremely grateful for your patronage over the years.”

Coffee Shop Building For Sale Also

Common Grounds Coffee Company, 116 S. Main.

The Palmer’s will also be selling the building where the current Common Grounds Coffee Shop is located in downtown Fort Scott, next to his studio.

“It has 7,000 square feet with a full basement,” he said. “When the coffee shop moves location, it will be available for tenants.”


“It is a turn-key operation and up to code,” he said. “There are rental properties on the second floor. This is an excellent opportunity for owner-operators or investors.”

The Common Grounds Coffee Shop is owned by the Fort Scott Nazarene Church and will move to 12 E. Wall as soon as the building renovation is complete, possibly in January, according to the building owner, Jennifer LaRoche.


Contact Palmer at 620.223.5375 for more information.



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