The 2014 year was very busy for me and my wedding and portrait photography business. As the year neared its close, I realized I could no longer go on holding client meetings in poorly-lit coffee shops and loud restaurants. Not to mention that I had never had a good indoor location for portrait sessions, image reveals or other meetings. It seemed that the time was right to begin looking for my own photography studio.
Anyone who knows me would know that any decision I make is never taken lightly. I started by meeting and interviewing several studios around town who were looking for an additional photographer. I then also started looking into options for renting my own studio. I found one that I loved at the Vandalia Tower building, located on Vandalia Street at the 94 exit in St Paul. The building was undergoing a major remodel, so at first glance it was not much to look at. But being a member of the First & First family (the group who owns and operates the gorgeous Aria event space in Minneapolis), I figured the building owners knew what they were doing. And they had great plans underway, including the recent opening of Lake Monster Brewing and the Paikka event space, as well as plans they are still working on. So I opted to lease my own studio beginning in 2015! I know it’s been over a year, but I finally should blog about this major event!
To say that I love my studio is an understatement. It’s an awesome space, and I was lucky enough to have a friend help with the build out so we could customize the space to fit exactly how I wanted it. I started by polishing and coating the floors white. I added a small room in the center (partly for my husband’s painting studio, and partly as a place for my hair/makeup artists to work with my clients, as well as a client changing room.) And then my much-needed front room is a meeting space, a show-room of product samples, and a space that I can hold Image Reveal Sessions projected directly on my wall. All-in-all, it is truly awesome!
The back of my studio is the shooting area – I’ve got numerous backdrops, props and seating, all set against the gorgeous light coming from a huge set of warehouse windows in the back wall. I’ve also got full studio lighting and blackout curtains in case I need to control the light in a more detailed way.
My studio is so awesome – I am so excited to share it with everyone. Please take a moment to let me know if you’d like to visit – I would love to meet with you (as well as photograph you) in my studio soon!