Today we’re taking a tour of Meredith Klapp’s lovely photography studio! Learn about her studio, read her tips for opening a photography studio of your own and learn how she uses Design Aglow products in her business.
What's the name of your photography studio?
Meredith Klapp Photography
Where's your studio located?
Hahira, Georgia. USA
Where can people find you online?
1500 square feet
How long have you been there?
Renovations were complete in August 2018!
What makes your studio special?
My building is located in the tiny historic town of Hahira, GA. It's over 100 years old and was originally a mule barn! It was used as an office and storage facility for the past 50 years and needed a TON of work when we found it. But it was so much fun bringing it back to life! The older buildings have so much character, and I love how the old is mixed with the new!
How has it helped your business?
I used to spend a lot of time breaking down and putting up setups, and this larger studio space saves me a lot of time and energy being able to move from station to station. I also love having a dedicated parent lounge area where mom and dad can relax. Parents are tired from having a newborn! I love pampering them with their own comfortable space! The lounge area is also a fantastic spot to view their images on the big screen TV, and have ordering sessions.
Do you have any tips for opening a studio?
Don't feel like you need the biggest and best studio to begin with. It's smart to start out simple and small. You'll learn what you need, how you want things laid out, and then you can really figure out what will work best for you and your business! I started my business in a small 12x12 extra bedroom for almost 4 years in my home. Then I moved to my first commercial space which was under 500 square feet for a couple more years . These two locations served me well, and over time I learned exactly what I needed before I spent money on renovating a larger space.
What products do you sell the most?
I sell albums, and canvases, the most! They are gorgeous statement pieces that are wonderful to display in homes!
Do you use Design Aglow products in your studio? If so, which product(s), and how have they helped your sales?
I do! I love the gorgeous frames, and have purchased many business templates, as well as the In Person Sales Course!
Meredith Klapp is the mother to the coolest 8 year old little girl, and 3 fur babies! I'm married to my best friend, and he has been such an incredible cheerleader throughout the growth of my business. I was originally an elementary Art teacher, and taught K-5th grades for 10 years. I started my photography business while teaching, and after a few years, it came to a point where I had to choose one or the other! After a lot of praying, soul searching, and taking a giant leap of faith, I went full time with my photography business. I've been "retired" from teaching going on 5 years now! It was the best decision (although scary) I ever made regarding my career path. I truly love my job, and feel so grateful to be able to document special times for families.