In honor of Baby Week, today we are taking a peek inside the studio of newborn photographer Sarah of Sarah Costa Photography.
In what kind of space is your studio located?
My studio is in a separate living quarters built onto my home
750 inside and a couple acres outside
How long have you been there?
We moved here a year ago in July, 2014
What makes your studio special?
I fell in love with this space at first sight although it needed a lot of work.
The beautiful acreage outside gives me a private space to photograph clients and mix indoor and outdoor photos in one session without having to travel. Having my studio available while shooting outside is awesome for those times when clients want to change outfits and when little ones need a bathroom break.
Best of all I have full access to my huge collection of props on hand to grab and bring outside without having to cart them all over town. I am continually coming up with new ideas for ways to celebrate the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and incorporate the changing seasons in my clients images.
Having my studio connected to my house made the commute awesome. But what I like best is that while the space is connected to my home it is completely separate from my families living space. It has a private entrance and the entire space is dedicated to my business.
I have made my studio special by adding so much of my personality and style to it. I love vintage. I love handmade. I love natural fibers with lots of texture. I incorporate those things in my studio with beautiful hardwood floors, my reclaimed barnwood background, collections of cozy vintage quilts, and props and beautiful handmade hats, wraps and headbands for newborns and babies that come to my studio. I spend countless hours creating new things for my space and new ways to utilize existing things I have in new ways.
How has it helped your business?
My studio inspires me and keeps me motivated to create. I love seeing my clients get excited when they walk in and see what I have planned for our session. My studio has provided me with a place to express myself creatively and share that with my clients.
What products do you sell the most?
Birth announcements, canvases, prints and albums. Since I have a lot of “belly to birthday” (babies first year from maternity to one year olds) clients, I create canvas collages and albums showcasing our sessions together.
See Sarah in action...
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When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.