Sunday, 5 May 2013

4th May 2013 - My First studio

Although I had a lot of bad luck with studio partners, the experience with my first photography studio was amazing. I met a lot of awesome people throughout my time there, not just clients but also fellow studio renters. The studios were once old office space that were converted into studios by a local art charity, which mesnt rent prices were very fair and affordable. This studio just costing £210 per month including electricity and use of kicthen and toilets.

Studio before decorating/building work.

When first moving in to the studio it needed a lot of work to it to make the rooms presentable and 'liveable'. There was gorgeous  glass panels seperating the rooms before, but sadly we had to get rid of them to block off unwanted window light in the studio room. Everyday over about 4 months was spent cleaning, painting and doing lots of other work to the rooms.

As a self-taught photographer, everything I learnt about how to use a camera, how to use studio lights, and how to use photoshop I taught myself. I never studied photography at college or uni. I started photography as a hobby and, somehow, 4 or 5 years later it has turned into a career. I am so so so lucky to do what I love most as a full-time job and try to never take that for granted.
I have tried to take photography lessons, tried to watch online tutorials and tried to read books about photography and photoshop before. But for me, I learn better with a hands on approach, as I know a lot of photographers do.

At first, it was quite difficult trying to teach myself how to work in a studio environment. Learning how to use a flash metre or ever how to set the lights was a huge learning curve for me. But like most things in life, practise makes perfect (well not perfect but a HUGE improvement), and it wasn't until almost a year after moving into the studio i started taking on paid work.

What's your favourite thing to photograph?

Weddings! I love weddings, how can you not?! Also anything with models and anything creative.

What's your least favourite thing to photograph?

I find nothing in this world more boring than photographing objects. Bags of food, sticks. That kind of thing.

Photographing Model Portfolios
I absoloutly LOVE photographing model portfolios. One of the best things about my job is being paid to photograph beautiful people. I love that everyone is beautiful in their own indivual way, and everyone deserves a photoshoot to feel it every once in a while!

Children/Family Shoots


I have been lucky enough to be apart of lots of exhibitions over the last 2 years, but best of all was sharing an exhibition with my boyfriend in October! Thankyou to everyone who came and viewed it! :)

the book I made to sell at the exhibition!

 Self Portraits

Another great thing about having my own studio was the fact I could take lots of proffessional selfies whenever I wanted!