This is the second in a series on setting up an in-home photography studio by Helen John Photography. You can read the rest of this photography series here:
- Tips for Building an In-Home Photography Studio
- How To Get the Most out of Your In-Home Photography Studio
Once the basic blueprints for the new space were finished, it was time to start the best part – the details, baby! I scoured Pinterest for inspiration and found some amazingly awesome studios/office spaces, which I borrowed a bunch of nifty tricks from. Definitely check out my pin boards for more fabulous ideas!
I brought in my talented friend/client, Kirsten, of Haus Interior Design to guide me in selecting paint colors and flooring. [Side note: do yourself a favor and always hire a professional for something you want to turn out looking professional.] I’ve made friends with many of my clients (such as said client/friend, Kirsten) and we can barter our services, which is priceless! I love bold colors, but thankfully Kirsten helped me realize that what I needed in my one-room studio was simplicity. We went with ‘super white’ by Benjamin Moore on all walls in an eggshell finish. For a fun, pretty and girly touch, the ceiling was painted a gorgeous ‘shell pink’ (also by BM) toldos para terrazas in high gloss. White walls maximize the yummy natural light streaming in through the windows.
And speaking of windows, I thought I’d have to spend a lot on the right shades, but I scored my light-filtering blinds for under $100 each from Lowes. They cut them to my exact measurements at the store and I persuaded the guys who were working here to install them for me for free. Score! Sticking with the bright/clean theme of the space, the flooring Kirsten helped me choose is a faux bleached-wood, ultra-durable, Pergo. I’m in love with these floors. It’s like having a built in reflector for every session, bouncing light up to illuminate my client’s faces.
Now, onto the prop closet. By far, my absolute favorite part of my workspace. I kid you not that clients have asked to live in it, and I’ve had requests from parents to take their kids’ pictures in there! Because of the placement of the addition behind our existing home, the roof line had to be angled, making the ceiling vaulted where the closet is, and the ceilings there are 12 feet tall! I designed a simple three-shelf storage system to display and house all of my treasures, complete with a stocked mini fridge and toy bin for my littlest customers. The closet is fairly large and doubles as a changing room for my clients. I seriously don’t know how I ever lived without it! We totally went wild with the design elements in here. Two walls are hot pink; the other two are swimming-pool blue. Two huge flower light fixtures from Ikea illuminate my “museum” of antiques and modern prop art.
Choosing decor for the studio was pretty much my favorite leisure activity during the three months of construction. I wove together my love for antiques with the clean, modern bones of the studio. Most of my furniture and accessories are from Joss & Main, including my sexy black couch, pillows, tufted chair, entry rug and bird cage card display. If you haven’t discovered this website yet, have somebody hide your wallet. Now. Above my desk is a canvas collage featuring a small sampling of my favorite work. Clients love admiring these images and often order canvases from their sessions with me as a result. Accidental sales idea this was not. LOL!
Read more about how to get the most out of your new in-home photography studio in the last part of this series: Photography Studio Tips
Helen John is a modern portrait and wedding photographer located in the DC Metro Area. When she’s not busy chasing around her two little boys, she loves to capture the authentic interactions between families and the precious connections within each relationship. Be sure to check out Helen’s website, blog, visit her on Facebook or follow her on Pinterest.