I have been taking photos since I was a little kid and really because passionate about it when I was in grade 7. When I was in high school I loved to play around in the photography studio and in university I used to nail a piece of black fabric to my wall to be my backdrop and thought one day I would have my own studio.
When we moved into our place in Cloverdale I knew that I would finally have a room to dedicate to photos. Initially I started in a spare room but quickly outgrew that and took over the master. I switched to studio lighting and never looked back. Now 4 years later I am planning to move into my newly renovated garage studio!
The Benefits of a home based studio
Both a commercial studio and a home based studio come with their pros and cons but there are so many benefits to having a home based studio.
More time at home
When my kids were born I decided I wanted to stay home so working from home is the perfect arrangement for me. I am able to spend more time at home with my kids while still pursing my passion for photography. By working from home I save 30-60 minutes of commute time which means more time for everything else that needs doing.
I love knowing that my studio is clean and is never used by anyone other than my clients. It makes me feel good to know it is cleaned before and after each session and that there are no other visitors to the building who are coming and going. I also have my routines for cleaning all hard surfaces and items used after each session so I like knowing that everything is clean.
Having a home based studio is also a much cozier environment compared with a commercial office building. There are no other people coming and going and you can just relax while I photograph your baby.
In a commercial studio there is often a short supply of parking spaces and clients may need to walk a bit. I like that my house has plenty of parking in the driveway and there is no need to walk or stress about finding a parking space.
Another benefit to having a home studio is that I live on a quiet cul-de-sac with very little through traffic. It is quiet and safe to walk to and from your car if you happen to have a rambunctious toddler in tow.
Of course an obvious benefit to keeping my studio in my home is not having to pay for commercial rent.