When I took my son Josh to his first Detroit Pistons basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills back in December 2005 everyone soon knew about it. It was Christmas Day, but the Detroit Jewish Federation arranged for a special Hanukkah celebration on the court following the game since it was also Erev Hanukkah. All kids were allowed to shoot a basket after singing some Hanukkah songs. When Josh took his shot (actually his first of about five) he was photographed by one of the best photographers I’ve seen — Fred Levine who owns The Ambassador Group. Fred’s photo of Josh (right, click to enlarge) was published in the Detroit Jewish News later that week and almost took up the entire page. Only after I visited Fred’s company’s website and saw a photo of my wife’s cousin Hillary did I realize that he also photographed her bat mitzvah in August 2005.
BUSINESS NEAR YOU: West Bloomfield studio owner is an experienced shutterbug
BY CAROL CAIN
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Company: Ambassador Group, 5570 Drake Road, West Bloomfield.
Owner: Fred Levine, 55, of Farmington Hills.
What he does: Levine is a professional photographer who runs the 800-square-foot studio he opened in July 2005.
His specialty: He shoots events such as weddings, birthday parties and corporate gatherings. He was just signed by the Michigan Republican Party to photograph their fund-raisers.
Early days: Levine has always been a shutterbug, getting his first gig as a 16-year-old, when he was paid $50 to shoot homes for developer Al Taubman.
Though he always loved photography, he joined his family’s business, Embassy Mechanical Contractors in Detroit, and worked there for 28 years until his father became ill with Alzheimer’s disease and was no longer able to work. Fred Levine closed his family’s business in 1999.
After other work, including odd jobs for other photographers, he decided to open his studio.
Though he isn’t yet making money from his year-old enterprise, he hopes it will become profitable as he pursues more corporate work.
For more information: 248-661-5600 or www.ambassadorgroup.net.