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”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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