I’ve now been working full-time out of the new studio for a month so I thought it was about time I got round to blogging about the studio and it’s evolution from a storage unit to a fully functioning professional photography studio available for hire.
I wasn’t originally planning on taking on a physical studio, I had convinced myself that it would be more economical to continue as I had for the last few years (working from home and hiring a studio as and when I needed it). However, while looking for some temporary space I happened across this unit housed in an old freight railway warehouse. At the time it was being used as storage but the owner was looking for a more long term tenant. After a few visits and discussions the necessary arrangements were made and I began renting the unit in November 2012. The unit itself was originally a stable block within the old warehouse complex and as you can see in the images below, it needed a fair amount or work to get it up to standard. I knew this would take a while as I had to do as much of the work as possible myself to keep costs down and do it while running the business. So here’s a glimpse at the evolution of the studio since I took the unit over in November (please excuse the quality of the phone camera pics, terrible behavior from a photographer I know but it was much easier to take a few phone snaps while doing all the work!).
It’s hard to see the full extent of work that was needed, things like scrubbing the years and years worth of dust and soot from the walls etc but with some help from friends we managed to get the unit to a really good ‘blank canvas state’. At that point we decided that if we really wanted the studio to be fit for purpose and a great creative environment to work from we’d need to get the professionals in to do the last bit of work. We wanted a bespoke shooting area to be built with an infinity cove as well as some more standard building work (stud walls, plastering etc). Plenty of people were interested in the general building work but the infinity cove seemed to be putting many builders and carpenters off. Eventually I called on Peter Riley of Riley’s Property Developments and, as they had some experience of building something similar elsewhere, he was confident that they could deliver what I needed. Peter and his team did a great job and I would highly recommend them. After the building work had been completed I worked on some of the finer touches of decorating then searched for a suitable floor covering.
After speaking to various firms I decided to hire local firm ‘Magic Carpets’, they gave me some great advice and in no time at all I had a fully fitted carpet through the studio and office. Here are some images of the studio once the work had been complete (just a little bit of an improvement!):
After using the studio for a month I’ve really settled into the space and am really enjoying shooting there . Feedback from others who I have worked with in the studio has been great and a few local photographers have now hired the space and equipment and everything has been positive so far. There are a few additional things I’d like to do (isn’t there always!) to tidy it up a bit and I need to get some more of my images up but other than that I am really pleased to get it all up and running.
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