While on my travels I was inspired to create a home studio for many reasons, the main one being having control over light during my shoots. It is pretty important to have a controlled environment when taking pictures of newborns especially which is something that I am really excited about getting into.
I bought the lights online while I was away and they were waiting for me when I returned. The moment I got back from the airport I just wanted to tear into them and construct them straight away but I needed to figure out where they would live before then. I live with my parents at the moment too so finding a place that I can use them without intruding on their space was important too. We decided with a bit of work we could possibly convert the garage. The problem was making the garage into a more comfortable space. The garage wasn’t exactly the ideal place in the state it is in now so we knew it would be a lot of work.
After a long time thinking about it we decided we would put up light blocking curtains that also help with sound and temperature. Finding a way to attach them to the ceiling was the challenging part. My dad is a bit of a handyman though so he was able to find a way. Making sure that all the attatchments were along main roof supports so that it is very safely secured to the ceiling. You can actually see the railing that dad made in the before pic.
You would not believe the price you would pay for curtains, especially when you have 9m of rail to cover haha I looked into buying the fabric myself but it was actually cheaper to buy made curtains at IKEA and they are better because they control sound, light and temperature.
As soon as I got the hooks and curtains home I was a woman on a mission and I had them up in no time… If you hadn’t noticed by now I am a bit of a do-er … Once an idea is in my head I don’t stop till it is done.
Once the curtains were up there was an instant change to the feel of the garage. It was cosier and sound doesn’t echo.
I got a bit ahead of myself in my excitement though, I wanted to really gut the garage out and clean it from top to bottom. I spent a whole day cleaning from ceiling to floor. Pulling everything out and giving everything a good clean. It was strange vacuuming a garage I will be honest haha but this is my place of work now so I put a lot of love into it.
Here’s a shot mid clean up .. gross! haha
After it was all tidied up I put up my backdrop to test it out and little baby Mckenzie came around for the first photo shoot in my studio.
I mucked around with lighting and seeing what the natural light was like. It was a lot of fun. There are a few more things I would like to add to my studio over time but for now I have the basics and I am happy with my efforts. Next step is some flooring, props and creative backdrops! Weehee!
Here are some shots from the day:
First shoot, so theres plenty room for improvement but it was great fun! Thanks little M for being a wonderful model, as always
More studio practice to come