Our wonderful friend and contributor, Jen Thompson, just emailed me these photos of her "almost done" studio. Jen built this drool-worthy 2200 sq ft atelier on her own property in Redmond, Oregon.
She says, "[my husband] and I designed this ourselves. Since it's on our personal property of 5 acres and will soon host our new home as well, we wanted it to tie in and not look storefront'ish, but more cottagy. I started doing sketches of my dream space about two years and it slowly evolved into this!
It's definitely craftsman in style, but many aspects are very barnlike. All of the doors are custom built in Washington and are barn doors that are on tracks that slide from the side, versus opening in and out (except for the front door, it has to open in and out for code reasons) and all the interior doors are on sliders. Each is a different color (stained in various colors, so far a deep red, a turquoise, a chartreuse green, etc.) The walls were done by a venetian plasterer and painter... One wall is painted with chalkboard paint which is in the kids play area and is a great shooting spot too. The floors have all been done in polished, acid stained concrete with 4' diagnols cut into it with radiant heat installed below them. Ahhhhhhhh, warmth.
As you walk in, there is a huge ( I mean huge ) vaulted area that looks up into the loft. The vaulted area there is all a sitting/viewing area to the right and to the left is the boutique area where we will display frames, books, journals, papers and other boutique lines we've been searching out. The stairs are on the left side and go up to the loft where there is almost 1000 sq feet of open space, a full kitchen (with a fire engine red, retro Big Chill fridge!) and espresso bar, a daybed/lounge area, an employee bathroom and shower, 3 work desks, a packaging station and 3 islands for working stations. Many of the walls on the inside are bricked as well... the interior coloring we've finally decided will make some of you laugh, but I absolutely love it ... aqua/seafoam blue walls, one lime green wall all vintage-distressed off-white cabinetry with punches of red throughout.
Downstairs in the shooting area are three 10 foot floor to ceiling windows that look out to the Cascade Mountains letting in tons of natural light. There's also a dressing room/bathroom downstairs next to the laundry/storage room."
I definitely want to feature the building of this studio from start to finish in a future issue of Design Aglow! I think I may need to go there to inspect it more closely though...
But for now, all I can say is "Jen Thompson, you ROCK!"To see more from Jen, check out her article called "Be Visible!" in Issue 2: The West Coast Issue of Design Aglow.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.
Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What was your road like to becoming a photographer?
Hello! I am a portrait photographer based south of Boston, MA. My passion is capturing mothers and their growing families. Maternity and newborn portraits are the foundation of my business, and I also capture baby milestones, children, and families. Fun fact: I returned the diamond earrings my husband bought me for our first Christmas as a married couple to buy a digital camera.