Inside Real Studios: Nicole Rollin — Portraits & Film

Today we’re taking a step inside Nicole Rollin’s beautiful studio! Gather some inspiration from this bright and fresh studio space!

Nicole Rollin Studio

What’s the name of your studio?

Nicole Rollin – Portraits & Films

Where is your studio located?

Auburn Hills (Metro Detroit), MI 48326 USA

Where can people find you online?

Nicole Rollin Studio

Is it a residential or commercial space?


Square footage

680 sq ft

How long have you been there?

10 years (since 2009)

What makes your studio special?

I cherish my studio because I have been in it for 10 years now and have seen it change (my style included) as the industry as a whole has changed. Last year I completed my rebrand, and completely redesigned my studio to match—which has been such an enjoyable process for me!  It has really helped me focus in on what I truly love and I know my clients feel the same when they come to visit! I joke that the couch clients sit on to view their images is also like a “counselor” couch…as the highs and lows of parenting are instantly shared as we enjoy viewing their images together. I know my clients feel loved, valued, and cherished when they come into my space.

Nicole Rollin Studio

How has it helped your business?

Having a separate space just for photography, whether that be a residential or commercial space increases the value of the work you do, as well as validates the pricing you charge.

Do you have any tips for opening a studio?

I started straight out of college, photographing on-location and selling in my clients’ homes for years, until I could make enough income to count it as my full-time job.  When I was pregnant with my first child, I decided to stop lugging all my equipment everywhere and opened up my studio-debit free. It was the decision that worked best for my life and family back then. I might make different decisions now, but it was the perfect road for my back then.

What products do you sell the most?

I probably sell and design Christmas cards the most! Although I sell smaller wall portraits, frames, and albums as well.

Nicole Rollin Studio

Do you use Design Aglow products in your studio? If so, which product(s), and how have they helped your sales?

Yes!!! I have been using Design Aglow templates for years! I added in the products when I rebranded last year. I absolutely LOVE the Hawthorne Frame. I gift each client a small 5x7 frame showcasing my favorite image from their session. I also sell the Linen Heirloom Album.  My packaging and USB Drives are all from Design Aglow as well, embossed in gold to match my brand.


Nicole Rollin Portrait Nicole is a portrait photographer based in the Metro Detroit area and specializes in newborn, senior and family portraits & films.  Her style is classic, yet relational—light and airy with a touch of golden hues. Nicole and her husband co-pastor together, are blessed with two children (and a furry golden!), love home renovation, traveling to new places, and local donut shops.

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