A little sneak peek into the mind of having a studio
The space was ugly. No one (including me at first) could envision what this office could do for me. By the looks of it, with its dingy walls, industrial carpet, and banged up interior, it may just be a money pit.
But between my vision and my stubbornness, I was not giving up on it. The location was amazing and the tenants in the other offices have been there for years... That says something!
I was determined to make it everything I wanted. I was also determined to do this all on my own!
Yes I am married to a man that bends over backwards to help me but there is something about a woman doing things all on her own, and that "thing" drove me.
Instead of asking him to help me with the "business" side of the studio like the lease, etc., I recruited him to help me in the "esthetics" side. I had a vision for this place and dingy walls wasn't it.
I got my husband on board, and we set off, with a budget in hand, to find the things that would make my vision come to life.
We grabbed paint, flooring, and a prayer.
Once I had the keys to this place in hand, this man of mine (with the help of one of our dear friends) laid this beautiful hardwood flooring all in just a few hours.
It laid perfectly right on top of that ugly carpet.
It was super simple (the logistics of it, not the labor). I can tell you how to do it if you need advice.
The next day the patching of the walls began, that was all me because Chris broke his toe laying the floor the night before and protested helping me the next day...or maybe he had to work ... I'm 10,000% certain it was both.
The walls took me pretty much all day to patch and we had to leave it to let it dry overnight.
Then the sanding began....
The point to this is, We put a ton of sweat into this small space that I decided to rent.
Into a indoor space that I wasn't even sure how often I would be in because, lets face it, I don't like being indoors!
But now that this space is nearly done with just a few tweaks here and there on the decor... I learned how much I love having it.
How much it means to me to have "an office" of my very own to go to every single day.
I have somewhere to be even if I have a session that day or not.
And with that .... comes happiness and with happiness... comes success!
1. Meeting my Brides at coffee shops, florists, or cafes wasn't working for me anymore. I felt less successful when I had to meet a bride somewhere in public. Most of the time, Brides want to meet their vendors or at least talk to them. For me, they have to sign a contract as well. And yes they can sign that and pay the deposit all online, but most of the time they want to see, meet and talk to the person before they sign a contract. Having to pull out a contract and go over the fine details while someone is ordering coffee behind you is so distracting. Now they can meet me in a private place as well as see examples of pictures I have taken in person!!
2. I had a ton of clients ask me if I do indoor pictures. Especially during the winter. I would always have to tell them no. I was losing a lot of clients because of that. Believe it or not, some people do like indoor pictures. I never knew because like I said earlier... I am not a fan of being indoors much. Now those people aren't turned away by me. I am catering to those clients as well.
3. To have somewhere quiet away from home to edit pictures, answer emails, return phone calls, and interact with clients. I would get so distracted (especially this year since both kids have been home from school) with being constantly surrounded by people that I would let things slip through the cracks sometimes. I would stop editing sooner than later because my daughter wanted to play or needed my help. I didn't put all my focus on my business because my mind was never fully invested on it.I was multitasking and not being very good at it.
Now with this space, I can come into a nice quiet, comfortable place and fully 100% focus on nothing but business. None of us will know how far that alone will take me.
We are about to find out!