My ghetto studio – making the best of what we have

by Kelli France, Editor-in-chief

When we lived in a rental home that looked like it was straight from the 70′s, I thought “There’s no way I can have clients come to my home for Ordering Sessions or for newborn sessions.” But then I changed my attitude and stopped making excuses that got in the way of my making my dreams happen.

I transformed my dining room into a lovely gallery and studio by pushing my dining room table up to the window where the most yummy light would shine through. I put the newborn on a beanbag from Target on  the table and pinned blankets that doubled as backdrops to the wall. I joked with my clients that it was my “Ghetto Studio” but the images that I got were exactly what I was hoping for and my clients loved them and didn’t care at all about my “Ghetto Studio.”

{image taken in my “Ghetto Studio}

 It’s easy to focus on what we DON’T have…
  • the studio space we DON’T have
  • the latest and greatest camera or lens we DON’T have
  • the clients we DON’T have

It’s easy to say “I’ll be happy when ____________.”

This is a good reminder to make the best of what we DO have:

{Image Source The Veda House Blog}




5 responses to “My ghetto studio – making the best of what we have”

  • dave c says:

    These days, with PhotoShop plug ons and textures, the best lenses are great if you have them, but you can hardly tell the difference. I shoot with old manual primes that cost one tenth what Canon L glass costs. Yes, I work harder on focus with some extra hardware, but the results speak for themselves.

    July 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm
  • M isty McLaughlan says:

    Oh my goodness I so needed to hear this. I too have a “ghetto studio” I have to rearrange my whole front room to make a little “wanna be” studio. I am always saying things like, “I will be happy when I finally have my own space to shoot and not have to transform my house” but truth is my clients do love their photos and I don’t think they really care where I am shooting as long as the pictures turn out right. I will stop complaining and stop saying, “welcome to my wanna be studio” when they walk in. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

    July 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm
  • Rayleigh Leavitt says:

    Thanks for this reminder! I have a home studio that has been working great. However it has some problems that I see as set backs so I dream of having a larger studio some day. This week I was bumming out because it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a larger studio any time soon. So I tried telling myself that I just need to work with what I have and maybe find some ways to fix certain problems I’m having that don’t involve getting a new studio. Thanks for helping me see this more clearly!

    July 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  • Cathy says:

    I LOVE this post! SO so true, on so many levels, as you mentioned. I love reminding myself “bloom where you are planted!”. :) Thank you for reaffirming!

    July 22, 2012 at 9:44 am
  • Beth DesJardin says:

    Oh my word, I completely needed this today. I’ve Been feeling so limited by my very own “Ghetto Studio” …needed this perspective shift! Thanks for sharing and happy shooting!

    January 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm