The last few months have been so amazing but crazy in so many ways. I try to step back when I can to look at where I’ve been and figure out where I’m going. There was no better time than the present to do just that.
I will be closing a chapter in my photography adventure in the next few days when I move out of my current studio. It’s been a second little home for me and so many beautiful babies and children have come through those doors. It was a huge decision for me that I took with caution but when it came down to it I really needed to do what was best for my family. The studio was the perfect size with perfect natural light and not to mention in the perfect spot on the park. There were some drawbacks. If any of you have lived in Arizona long you know how old town traffic can be and put spring training games plus park events on top of that makes for some hair pulling commutes. I accumulated a few parking tickets in the three years I was there which were always turned in with a letter to the city expressing the nature of my business and how it is absolutely ridiculous I could not park by my place of business for an extended period of time. The final drawback was the situation of not having an attached bathroom. For many businesses this is not a big deal. As I photograph more and more newborns each month the need for a private, attached bathroom increased. If any of you have worked with newborn babies you know their nature. They are diaper less most of the time which causes messes. Clean up is so much easier with an actual sink to wash hands.
So where am I going? Not too far. About 20 minutes north of my current studio where I will be about a half mile from home and a mile from Easton’s school. I am happy to say I will have more space (a whopping 520 square feet) but it includes its own bathroom and small office. It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride coming to terms but am happy to say that I should be ready to roll within the next two weeks. It doesn’t have the beautiful park backdrop but in reality I didn’t utilize that park like most people thought. My aesthetic is much more natural and rustic and manicured grass just doesn’t do it for me artistically. The new studio was originally an acupuncture clinic so there were interior walls that needed to be knocked down, electrical moved and flooring that needs to be fixed. The exciting part of this though is that I can really make it my own. I get to choose the flooring (woohoo and pretty white wash timber look), paint colors (it will be white for the most part), and create something that is me.
To be honest it is completely nerve-wracking making such a move as I am by nature a creature of habit. I love a controlled environment when it comes to my sessions. For the past three years my studio has been like a well oiled machine. I know exactly where everything is, my shooting flow is almost the same for each session, I know where the light is coming from and what angles work best. It will be all new again but I am so excited for the challenge.
I am so eternally grateful for all of my amazing clients that have stuck with me for so many years and hopefully will continue even though I may be a little further away and those upcoming clients that trust me with your most prized possessions. So this before photo is the most recent I have where it is in the middle of repairs. My next step when this is finished up is to go in with paint and flooring. Then it’s time to move!!! Shooting for a move by the end of next week!
This tile will all come out and the below will replace it. To the right is the office area and bathroom. The side the photo is being taken from is all windows! Lots of light.