So here it is, the new studio reveal. As I stated in a previous post, I had recently found out that the studio I had been renting for the past 2 years was in a building that was recently sold. We had until the end of December to get out and for me, it was the perfect time to finally take the step to get my own studio. I was sharing the other space (renting from another photographer and other photographers also used it) so it was hard to personalize it. While I could keep all of my props and everything I needed there, it also meant setting up and breaking down before and after each session. While perfect in ways (it was beyond stunning), it wasn’t the perfect fit for me.
After I posted that I was going to need a new studio within 2 months (all while still booked solid with shoots), my clients and friends all put out feelers. I received emails and texts almost daily with leads. While some were great, none were really panning out. I was on Craigslist daily, crossing my fingers, and going to bed with nothing. One day I took a break from editing to check the listings, expecting nothing once again, and found a new listing. It was in a location and building I had looked at before but didn’t see openings in. It was the perfect price range and sounded beautiful. I set up an appointment to look at it the next day. While it wasn’t ideal, I talked to the owner and after coming to terms on what could be done to make the space what I needed, I signed the lease. My mother, her friend, and I worked non-stop for a week straight renovating it. The space shares a wall with an amazing coffee shop next door (soon to sell wine and beer!) but it wasn’t a complete wall. The owner’s husband repaired part of the wall and removed another part for me to have a dressing room. We painted, cleaned up, and Andy, his friend and his wife and I moved in the following week. 2 days later I had my first session. Needless to say it has all been a whirlwind. I would wake up at 6am and drive to a shoot, go to the new studio after my shoot to do renovations, go home around 6pm to eat and email clients, and go to bed. Rinse and repeat for a week straight.
We’ve now been in the new space for 3 weeks and I could not be happier. The community that surrounds it is amazing. A lot of women owned businesses (a salon, coffee shop, wine/oil/vinegar shop, vintage stores, etc.) and everyone welcomed me with open arms. The women there are so supportive and have been amazing with making me feel right at home. We are all chatting about hosting girls nights, making gift bags, etc. Of course, after the holiday rush – but I can sense only good things to come. The clients we have photographed so far in the new space have absolutely loved it. While it is smaller than the other space, it’s character and charisma makes up for the size. I can now set things up how I want them, have samples hanging on the wall, and make it MY space. Jade has her area for hair and makeup, the natural light is beautiful, and everything has come together better than expected. I was a little worried about the noise since we are next door to the coffee shop. While I did purchase a sound system (and they also have music going in their space), the owner, Toya, has told me she really loves the energy of the space and hearing women laugh and have a good time. My clients privacy was at the forefront of every decision we made and so far everything has led me to think I made the right decision. I have snapped photos along the way and you can see the transition below. Most of the photos were just taken on my iPhone but you can get an idea of the before and after. I will say that the photos do not do justice to the energy and connection that is happening in those 4 walls.
It is unbelievable to think that just last year I went full time with being a boudoir photographer and this year, after working so hard and focusing so much on my love for boudoir, I have my own space. My own boutique studio. Here’s to all the years to come and all the amazing things to happen in this new space.
I have to thank you all for being with me through this transition. For those that reached out helped me look for a space. For the ones that transitioned over flawlessly and with no hesitation. And all of you who have been here from the beginning and helped this dream come true. Thank you.
First up, paint! I chose a nice cream color for the main wall and a light gray for this wall.
It was hard leaving in the evenings when I knew there was so much to be done.
Ah, much better!
The biggest challenge for me through this entire re-model was covering the space at the top of the wall. I went to Lowes one night, emotionally and physically exhausted, just to see if there was something I hadn’t thought of yet. I found the perfect solution in the moulding isle. Already painted and looked very classic and high end.
My mom and her friend putting up the moulding.
One day while working I needed a break. I walked next door to the vintage store, Vintage Jane, and found this sofa. I loved it and thought it would be perfect for the client area. I purchased it right then, walked back to the studio, and told my mom’s friend that I had just bought a sofa and I needed help carrying it down the road. 2 hours later we carried it down the road, with the lovely ladies from the shop carrying the pillows.
Oh, and I also found this amazing old door and bed frame with hooks which I also carried down the road. I’m sure I looked insane but I didn’t care. I had the perfect use for them already.
Andy rented a Uhaul for me and helped me move and set up everything. The west facing windows are a change for me but brought exciting changes with more direct light (which results in some amazing shadowy images).
Hair and makeup station. I bought this salon chair earlier this year and was now able to use it!
You can see the complete moulding along the top of the wall here with the vanity setup.
Sitting area and samples. I will be adding to this over time.
Ah, there’s the door and headboard!
I am thrilled to actually have a beautiful headboard now and love how it fits the theme of the room.
Pretty details around the studio.
When you walk in, one of the first things you see is the key. I found it perfect since my tagline is “unlock your inner goddess”.
Window sign! Yeah!
This are the hallways inside the building. Beautiful wood floors with exposed brick and pipes.
Right outside my door is the beautiful court yard!
And a handful of images taken around the studio.