New is good. New equals something different – a change that forces you to evolve past a certain comfort level.
I was comfortable. Complacent. Okay with where everything was until…well, until I wasn’t. I wanted something new. I wanted a change.
Last April, the Professional Photographers of America ran a story on home studios. I was one of the 4 studios featured. I had taken the living room of my 900 square ft condo and converted it into a combo work/live space that functioned as both a home living room and home photography studio. I had probably less than 200 square feet to work with and it was challenging to say the least. Not necessarily the conversion of the space, but definitely the living arrangement. I lived where I worked. I played where I worked. When the work day was over and I wanted to veg on my couch with a glass of wine, I was, well, in my studio. I NEVER left work. Like I said, it was difficult. But at the same time, it was worth it. In that time span of living and working in my teeny tiny condo, I realized how much I loved having a studio space to meet and work with clients. How important it was to both my business and it’s growth.
After the article ran last April, I got a flood of emails from photographers asking questions about the studio or even just sending a quick note saying how encouraging the the article was. Well, I’m doing it all over again. Starting from scratch, I am converting the bottom level of my new 2-story condo into a home studio…and I’m going to chronicle it for you. No holds bar, I’ll tell you what I’m doing to the space, how I’m doing it and the biggie…how much I’m paying for all of it. My hope/reason for doing this is to encourage other photographers (or anyone for that matter) to look past the hundreds of reasons of why something isn’t a good idea (or that it’s too hard ) and start seeing the bigger picture. A lot can be done with 253 square feet and I’m sure as hell excited to see how it turns out.
So here is the beginning (please don’t judge).
It has it’s own entrance, which was one of the main selling points for me. For the first time, I’ll have complete separation from work and home life.
The space also has it’s own bathroom. If you’re thinking to yourself that the color is off in this photo, it’s not. The color of the bathroom walls and ceilings are REALLY that offensive.
I’m giving myself the deadline of the end of May. We’ll see if I can meet it. This should be interesting….