Today we take a peek inside the home office of wedding photographer Beatrice Howell of RomaBea Images.
In what kind of space (and where) is your studio located? It's a residential space in Chino Hills, California
Square Footage: 120 sq ft
How long have you been there? I renovated the room a year ago and turned it into my office.
What makes your studio special? Everything about my office space is special to me! I've personally decorated and brought in aspects of things I love most: shabby chic, yet a bit of modern flavor with a romantic twist. The colors are even part of my branding. I have light grey walls with white furniture (which I hand painted and distressed), turquoise blue accents and a bright red cabinet that stores my wedding albums. The wall is filled with chalkboards I made and framed myself (I'm a bit obsessed with them, truth be told) to the black & whites of my clients. I adore my space! And, it used to be my son's room until he moved off to college last year.
How has it helped your business? I absolutely love walking into this office every single day! It exudes warmth, is filled with light and it just makes me happy. Having things I love in it definitely inspires me. I know that the overall feeling of happiness and sense of achievement manifests itself in how productive and creative I am while I'm in it, which in turn helps me in my business. It's a romantic space, yet it's clean and uncluttered which leaves my mind free to create, dream up styled shoots, produce beautifully edited photos for my clients, and just be productive in general.
What products do you sell the most? Since I'm primarily a wedding photographer, I sell mostly albums, canvases and cards. However, I love producing magazines and will print them off for clients and vendors on occasion- they're fun!
Do you have any tips for opening a studio? My space is primarily used as my office and not in studio photo shoots (since again, I'm a wedding photographer). However, it's essentially the same in putting a space together that truly reflects your taste, your style and things you love most. Start with simple decisions so you're not overwhelmed with details all at once! After all, we're business people and photographers and don't have a lot of time to be decorators on top of it all! But, it's really quite simple if you break it off into groups of 'things to tackle'. For instance, start with paint, the color and style of furniture, and floors. Once you have those major components decided and executed, the next step is really just to inject some of your personality in the space. In my case, I love shabby chic style and things that are romantic, such as a chandelier, candles and patterns like chevron and polka dots. Then, get your prints on the wall. Show off your work, even if you're the only one who sees it. It's inspirational and really solidifies what you've accomplished so far. Print your best work- those images you can't stop looking at! And get some fun little objects with a pop of color like a small statue, pillows and little plants. It's really not that hard and takes only a bit of effort. Once you're done you'll have a space that you love and are proud to show off to clients! If you feel happy in your space, you will be happy and it will show in everything you do throughout your day!
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One of the great things about running your own business is that, in theory, us business owners get to “call the shots”. We make all the decisions big and small, such as whether we run our business full or part-time, how and why we set our price points, the products we offer, our ideal clients, the list goes on.
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