A peek inside my studio!

I have had so many of you ask what my studio looks like. H-U-M-B-L-E is the first word that comes to mind. While I would really love to have an in-home studio for the majority of my career, I would like a bigger in-home space, lol! For those of you that think you can’t have a modest home-studio and run a high-end, boutique business, think again! Our clients are those who really appreciate fine-art portraits and they are willing to make an investment in that kind of art for their homes and they come to me because I provide that plus a great experience, even out of my small space.

My tiny studio space is a total of 12.5′ x 18′ (that’s a whopping 225 square feet) and it is housed in an addition to our home that was meant for a second living space. When we first moved in, it looked pretty sad – super-dark wood paneling and grey industrial-grade (think office-supply warehouse) carpet. It’s what I had, though, and I was determined to make the best of it! With paint, laminate floors (my hubby’s Christmas present to me last year) and organization, it functions well for now! Here is an image looking into it from the main entrance (the kitchen):

You’ll notice that I have a ceiling track for my backgrounds, which is nice because it keeps them wrinkle-free and off of the ground. On the left I have my main light (fitted with the biggest White Lightning box they offer). On the right is my reflector that provides accent/rim lighting plus a bit of a hairlight if I tilt it down. What you can’t see is a fill light on an umbrella which would be directly where I am standing when I took this image. You can also see my little chair (for mommas waiting while their babies portraits are taken) plus a small collection of my Wild Sorbet frames (the best frames in the world!). On my right is a HUGE window that I sometimes (but not very often) open for a bit of mixed lighting.

From the far left corner, this is what the front looks like:

You can see my bookshelf that houses smaller products we carry (cards, albums, etc) + a few supplies. There is also my heater and fan and part of my trunk collection. (I love them!) On the mantle is MY baby’s newborn portrait (sorry for the flare!) and one of his more recent photos. To the right of this is the entrance to my kitchen and where that umbrella would be. The fireplace is on an angle, which cuts into the space even more . . . so the space really is probably closer to 200-210 square feet. *sigh*

I hope this inspires those of you who think you need a really glamorous space in order to be a boutique business to reconsider. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again . . . I truly believe anyone in this business can be successful with the right combination of strong photography skills, amazing service and a strong business plan. Have a great weekend mommas, and for those of you who observe Easter, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family!

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April 22, 2011 - 11:48 am

Staci Ford - Hi Emily! Thank you tons of times over for being so open and shareing what you have. I bought your ebook, and LOVIN it so far! This morning i opened my very first business bank account and am following (one step at a time) your advice for a strong business foundation. YAY! Thank you again! (your studio is AMAZING, BTW!!!)

April 22, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Emily - Staci – thanks so much for your kind words! Let me know about your successes as your studio grows – I love to hear about other photogra-mommas doing well! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day!

April 25, 2011 - 9:19 am

Tracy Dietrich - great post Emily – know you from PTP – I just moved my studio into my home after having a very $$$$$$ studio space that was 40 minutes from my home. It is very humbling and I’ve only used this space a couple of times now I’d love to share my pix of it. Thanks for reminding us we don’t need all the bells and whistles and overhead to be great!

May 2, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Jennifer Sagle - Hi Emily! I just recently set an indoor studio & purchased lighting & backgrounds. I did some research & everything I read said to start out with continuous lighting setup while learning..not flash lighting. I have now had a few people (friends) who know a few seasoned photographers telling me that I wasted my money on the continuous lighting & that I need a strobe set up. I have been shooting ONLY outdoors for 3 years. The whole indoor studio/lighting thing is completely foreign to me. Any words of wisdom??

May 4, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Emily - Hi Jennifer! I don’t think there is a right or wrong here . . . I know some really amazing photographers who use continuous lighting (Ed Pierce, Rod Evans and Jeff & Julia Woods, for instance) and there are many others who use strobes. I currently use strobes, but plan to switch to continuous lights in the next few years! Good luck with everything!

May 8, 2012 - 7:34 pm

TJ - What kind of reflector is it?

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