Today we take a peek into the studio of Michael and Sophie Kormos of Michael Kormos Photography in New York City, NY.
In what kind of space is your studio located?
How long have you been there?
What makes your studio special?
We love that clients feel right at home when they walk in the door. The natural light is incredible with two walls of large windows, and the bright glow makes the studio feel bright and cheery. The small and cozy space is perfect for capturing intimate maternity and newborn portraits. Our decor is in line with our styling recommendations of getting creative with different textures, and accessorizing with pops of color. We keep the decor minimalist, so the attention is drawn to the colorful wall art, keepsake albums, and slideshow of portfolio images.
How has it helped your business?
It's been wonderful to separate our business from our personal lives. As a husband-and-wife team, we found it difficult to shut off from work when our studio was in our home. Not to mention, as our children grew older and more active, they desperately needed a play area rather than a room filled with light stands and backdrops. Having a studio also allows us to have a dedicated space to display samples of our products, which has been very helpful for clients. Also, there's an epic view from the baby's changing table.
What products do you sell the most?
Keepsake albums and canvas wraps are some of our clients' favorite products. Most of our clients come back several times each year, so they appreciate Michael's hands-on approach to designing custom artwork for their homes.
Do you have any tips for opening a studio?
Everything always takes longer than you'd expect, and finding a studio space is no exception. It took us almost a year of searching and many headaches before we found the perfect space. Finding the one that's perfect for your budget, location, ceiling height, natural light, and personal preferences means that you'll really have to commit yourself to the process. Beware that commercial leases are quite complex, so it's best to hire a real estate attorney to review the document for any terms that may not be in your best interest. With a minimum of three years for most commercial spaces, it's not a commitment to take lightly. On the bright side, we've had a wonderful experience with our space, and we actually just renewed our lease yesterday!
Do you have a great space you would like to share with our community? We would love to hear from you and possibly peek into your world. Simply visit this link and we will guide you through the quick submission process.
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
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.