Where, and in what kind of space is your studio located? I have a residential space in Portland, Oregon
Square footage 800
How long have you been there? 10 years
What makes your studio special? It is a detached space off our main house. It has a very clean, comfortable feeling with all the amenities that a studio needs. A couch and seating for clients, a changing table, lots of layout space, a bathroom and lots of shelves for props and blankets. The original garage wood is one of a kind and over 75 years old!
How has it helped your business? It has been a huge selling point. I have everything clients need; they don't need to bring a thing...except a well fed happy baby that is!
Do you have any tips for opening a studio? Just do it! It takes a couple of years to acquire all the fun little details that will make it your own. We have built all the shelving over time, added furniture when I could afford it and then found a table that would be long enough to fit the South facing wall. Word of mouth is huge in letting future clientele that you have a nice, clean, and safe studio. It has been a blast!
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If you run a photography business, you may feel like you spend 10% of your time actually creating images and the other 90% juggling endless administrative tasks. And when you’re focused on taking care of your clients, taking care of your business can get pushed to the back burner. But…that needs to stop. Organization isn’t a luxury. A streamlined studio gives you a solid foundation on which to build a successful business. So go ahead and make those brass tacks a priority. Here are the ducks you should get in a row, like, yesterday.