Studio Space: Before & Planning

Exciting news! I've signed a lease on a studio space! My photography business has grown enough to support the costs, and it's at a point where I'm going to need a studio space to grow my business more. It's a small start, but I'm glad I'm able to take it. I thought it would be fun to blog the process of making this place my own. It's going to need some work, and I'm going to need to the support. It's a space with good bones, but it's going to need a bit of elbow grease. Here's some before shots! The previous tenant is still in the process of moving out. She's a seamstress moving into a different space. I feel like the fact that she's a seamstress might be good luck though?

It's a long space with lots of windows and good natural light. It's going to need a nice coat of white paint on the walls, and I'm planning on painting the floors a light gray. I love the exposed rafters and can't wait to photograph them. I'm toying with the possibility of stringing bulb lights through them. I have to work with the shop light, the extensions cords aren't attached and are just strung up there by the previous tenant. The light is hard wired. I'm thinking maybe some artful draping could make it better, or suspending something below it with wire, maybe a lattice tile? I'm totally throwing a chandelier up from on the rafters though, which will be awesome! Anyway onto a rough plan I've worked up to keep me on track. 

It's minimal, but that's good for a photo studio. I'd like to put a dresser and some prints up in the entryway. A good first impression, and storage from examples of the products I offer. Next to that near the first window I'll put an upholstered chair and side table. Good little shooting vignette space. Further down that wall I'm searching for a chaise to add. Does anything scream boudoir photography more than a chaise? Total must have.

The alcove next to the door will be storage space. I plan on curtaining it off. Things like headboards and props will end up stored there.  Next to the storage space will be the dressing room, which is what the previous tenant used it for as well. 

On the other side of the wall adjoining the dressing room we'll have our hair and makeup area. A full length mirror that can also be used for posing will fit perfectly here. There's a narrow built in next to the mirror, that will be good for holding beauty gear. 

The main meeting area will also be the main shooting area. While the layout will be great for client meetings, every piece of furniture is chosen to also double as shooting space. The convertible sofa will be able to be made into a really glamorous bed set with the addition of any of the number of headboards and backdrops we have. The upholstered slipper chair and bench are also great posting pieces. I love things that have more than one function. 

I'm so excited to get started! I'll keep you guys posted on the progress!