Many of you have seen pictures of my studio (if not you can check it out here- these are older pictures but not too much has changed: HERE) – I have found that certain things have made it easier to get more looks from my sessions (usually newborn prop shots or toddlers mini shoots) in my studio without remodeling or changing too much. For instance…..I posted this on Instagram yesterday when I was cleaning up (follow me HERE):
Just to give you some background, this downstairs was a mother in law suite when we moved in – kitchen, living, bedroom, bath, & closet…In other words, perfect for a studio! I could do without the kitchen but that might be good for resale so we leave it. The upstairs living area of my house has gorgeous wood floors but they put tile downstairs. It does not photograph well – in fact, its flat out ugly to me. Instead of spending thousands of dollars and lots of time and a huge mess I just got some wood flooring that I loved and that would stay together to use for my shooting space. If you see how expensive it is just to do the maybe 8×10 area (maybe a little bigger) you will now why we haven’t done the entire downstairs! I got this from Overstock-it is padded on the bottom and snaps together and is gorgeous! I just snapped it together and then took my hutch and place it very snug against one side and it butts up to the wall on the other keeping it all together. They no longer carry it but Amazon has some good stuff too: HERE. I can put flokati on top to change the look or anything I could put on a regular floor but I love this look with the barn wood. If you are on location at this point you could carry the wood flooring and a small piece of wainscoting to take along!
I also get a ton of questions about my paper holder…..it holds 3 rolls of seamless backdrop paper and it is awesome and inexpensive – its on Amazon HERE. And my favorite papers are by Savage (I like Bone, Slate, and Snow White)….look for them HERE.
Speaking of the barn wood, it is really barn wood and is natural on one side and whitewashed on the other (you can see the whitewashed in the link of my studio above)-I can paint any color on the back I want or even tack up stuff on top of it with just thumbtacks! I love having the barn wood and wood flooring there because it gives me a signature look for most of my images but allows me to change it out AND it defines my shooting space from the rest.
As far as storage goes, I have a fridge there so I use magnets to hang some of my hats and things-you don’t have to have a fridge, you could get a cute piece of metal to place on the wall to use (something like this). There are all kinds of cute magnetic hooks on amazon HERE.
You may also noticed that I have some of the hats strung up – eventually I would like to do my pants sets and such like this too – just like 5 rows of these wire hangers: HERE.
This guy was sitting here like why you taking pictures of hats and refrigerators? lol
A few other tips…
-I use a bookcase for storing my folded backdrops and throws
-I use a dining room table as my desk because it has more space and less clutter underneath so I can stretch my legs (like this ONE)
-I use a Christmas card holder to hold Thank you notes and sweet notes from my hubby & kids, anything to make me smile while I am working
-Have some smell good candles nearby to lift your mood or essential oils
-Shop the antique places to get cute things to organize your other supplies, make it unique!
-If its your busy season and you are in your studio a ton, buy yourself some flowers. Its an expensive way to make it look special. I remember watching Oprah one time and she said even when she was flat broke she always made sure she had a fresh bouquet in her house-it just made it/her feel special, put together, pretty.
-Obviously I have a fridge but you probably don’t so get a small one (from like Sam’s or Costco) and put it in there-that way you won’t get interrupted if you want a drink and you can offer your clients a refreshment without having to break conversation! (I love the glass front ones)
I love amazon.com (especially amazon prime) for almost anything I want to get – seriously its fast shipping and a good deal on almost anything I buy!