Today we are visiting the studio of Isabel March Photography:
In what kind of space is your studio located?
How long have you been there?
What makes your studio special?
My studio is an extension of me. Everyone that walks in can see personal items of my life (I collect gum ball machines and vintage cameras), my family pictures as well as fun pictures of clients that define my brand. Even though it's a large space, I've created areas within the studio that create a sense of home, are comfortable and inviting. Visiting the studio is much like visiting my home. There is also clear distinction between the production room, the shooting area and the client meeting area.
How has it helped your business?
Having a studio space was instrumental for my business in that it created a sense of professionalism that running a business out of my home lacked. I can honestly say that bookings doubled once I moved into a studio space. The studio space has also given me the ability to host workshops - which is something I incorporated into my initial business plan. I'm a firm believer in giving back and educating photographers so that no one has to reinvent the wheel. It has also given me the ability to expand my portrait work.
Do you have any tips for opening a studio?
When you're considering a studio space, make sure that you have approximately one year's rent readily available as security in your bank account. There's nothing worse that moving into a space and then realizing that you cannot afford it. Consider if you really need a studio. Don't jump into the decision to rent a studio just because another photographer has one. Consider the nature of your photography, what you plan on using the space for, your budget, and the pros/cons of having a studio. Consider space. The first studio that I rented out was great for meeting couples but not spacious enough for hosting workshops and/or shooting. I fell in love with the space but quickly realized that it was too small for what I wanted to do. Consider the location. Do you want more of a store front where you get foot traffic or are you okay with having your space on the second floor of a building? Also, consider the neighborhood. You could have the cutest studio but if it's in a run down neighborhood, you may find that clients are hesitant to visit. Make sure that the electrical is up to date! Make sure that you have a lot of storage space - or the ability to create a storage space. You'll need it in order to house all of your equipment and props without having your space seem cluttered. Have the space represent you and your brand. Personalize it...but also, make it functional.
What products do you sell the most?
As a wedding and portrait photographer, I primarily sell albums and enlargements. The items are showcased all over the studio.
Do you use Design Aglow products in your studio? If so, which product(s), and how have they helped your sales?
I have used Design Aglow templates to create client proof boxes. Clients love seeing how they can display their pictures within their home.
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Design Aglow's Wedding Week 2017 has come to a close and we are thrilled to have received over 1000 entries in our inspiring image contest! Thank you to everyone who entered and made Wedding Week 2017 such a blast!
Our panel of judges have chosen the final winners based on originality, composition, and technique. See our three winners below, as well as some of our favorite images that deserve an honorable mention for making us swoon.
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But wait. What does “almost perfect” mean? Well, these are the planners that have teeny tiny aesthetic defects. Don’t worry! They haven’t been totally wrecked, they just have small ink marks or scratches that occurred during transit to our office. You can see images of these small damages below.