The quest for a studio space began about a year ago. I thought it would be easy to find a small-ish space that would function as both a meeting spot (as the fine folks of Panera Bread seemed to grow a little weary of me dragging my massive suitcase of products around their tables) and an actual functioning work space. I learned a LOT on how commercial real estate works, and that some folks are really only out to help themselves to your money, and have no real interest in helping a small business out. After sifting through numerous spaces that could have worked but didn’t because of hidden fees or jerky landlords or just overall too spendy, I finally found a cute (albeit tiny) space in Westlake.
Of course, the space needed the BLP touch, and I quickly got to painting, decorating, and making it mine. Because the space is small, furniture has to do double duty in the meeting and shooting space, but I think that is just fine. Perhaps the small space can reign in my spending on props! Along that same line, it was incredible to realize how much stuff I had stored away in my basement: backdrops, lighting kits, props…things that had been mostly forgotten as I have been doing so many on-location shoots. It’s good to have it all out and on display, where clients can see and select what they would like to use in their sessions.
And of course, having actual walls means that I can put lots of product on display: albums, canvases, the huge amount of framing options that BLP offers, standouts, etc. No longer do things have to get banged up in my car, which is great! All bridal consults and wedding wrap up meetings, as well as portrait session wrap ups will take place at the studio. As far as portrait sessions, certainly BLP still LOVES on-location outdoor work. The studio will provide another option, for bad weather days, or for those who want a more studio look to their images. Certainly it’s good for newborn photography, as we can control the temperature, lighting, and noise level.
I am really hopeful that the studio helps BLP to continue on its path of growth. It is good to have a “home base”! (And, YES!, we’ve been approved to have Chewbone Studio pet sessions at the studio as well!)
Once again, HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to the BLP Studio Open House! If you were unable to make it, here is a virtual tour through photos. I hope to see everyone soon for some fabulous in-studio sessions!
Here is the “before” of the studio space (oh that hideous paint color!)
And now for all of the great “After” shots: