From dream to reality
So, about that leap of faith I spoke about in my previous entry, turning a dingy garage into a studio worthy of portrait work is no small feat. Back in 2012 I would return home from a day of work, open the garage door, pull the car in and sit there imagining how much prettier the garage would be as a studio space. A space that I could call my own and use to expand my talent. It took many conversations, lots of planning, and maybe even a few bribes to convince my husband, Andy, to take on the project and give up his parking spot in the cozy garage. The Minnesota winters can be brutal and scraping vehicles is no fun, but thankfully those nice dinners paid off and Andy got to work.
From finishing the walls to painting and sealing the old dingy garage floor of all the winter muck my dream was coming true before my eyes and it was mostly possible because I am lucky enough to have a talented and endlessly supportive husband who was willing to put the work in and help me chase my dreams!
Over the past few years my studio has come a long way! It started as a simple space with a few beautiful vintage furniture pieces, my lighting system, and a few props. As my clients consistently see in the images I produce, props and set design are near and dear to my heart! Especially in my favorite type of session focusing on newborn photography! In growing my client base, I have also acquired a vast variety of props and new equipment. When out and about doing my normal household errands I find myself thinking, can a newborn baby fit in this _________ (you fill in the blank; basket, bucket, bin, or I’ve even been known to use an oil pan). Needless to say my little cozy 2 car garage has started to burst at the seams with all the goodies I have acquired, thus prompting the most recent changes at the Andrea Mae Photography.
A better, more open layout with a designated packaging station for all those print and product orders. A cozy sitting area with a TV for clients to relax while watching me work with their itty-bitty and it duals as a great spot for those all important viewing and ordering appointments.
Being that I spend ample amounts of time in the studio it’s been especially important to me that it reflects my personal style and showcases my love of all things vintage and displays some special images that I have taken and find stunningly beautiful. Lots of trial and error, many hours of thought, and lots of antique shopping have gone into the current layout of the studio in hopes of providing my clients with a comfortable, relaxed and fun environment to come have their portraits taken.
And with that… My dream has become a fabulous reality!