For many years, we’ve operated a studio out of our home. This provided many conveniences. If we wanted to photograph something it was as easy as walking into the garage to set up. Eventually, we added a seamless backdrop holder for the accumulated rolls of paper which was gifted to us by a retired photographer. We also had several 10ft pipes hanging horizontally from the ceiling to hold canvas. It was not fancy but we had a fully functional photography studio next to our washer and dryer.
We had always dreamed of having an official studio. A place a little more inviting to our clients with more room to create. At the end of 2016 we rented a beautiful farm house in South Austin with high ceilings and plenty of parking. We signed a temporary lease after the landlords made clear their intentions of tearing the house down to make room for a townhouse development. Even with the devastating news of their plans of demolishing this century old house, we signed the lease and made the best of having a place with so much character to play around in, even if it was to be short lived.
Being back in the garage, we quickly became aware that we needed a space again outside of our house. We slowly started looking for something that might accommodate our needs. It needed to have room for multiple backdrops, a bathroom, and preferably be close to our home. We searched around town and had a few leads, but nothing seemed terribly exciting and we needed help navigating the strange world of commercial properties, something that neither of us had any experience in. With our budget, location and space requirements in mind our new realtor took us to a listing we had flagged online. It wasn’t great but it was workable but our realtor had one last place to show us on a whim.
From the outside it was another underwhelming facade, however, once we walked into the space, we knew that it was our new studio. It was a brand new building and we would be it’s first renters. The lighting, the simplicity, and the high ceiling, the space fit multiple magazine clippings from L’s Studio vision board. It was even in our same zip code, and only about 10 minutes from our house.
Deciding to rent a commercial space was something we had always talked about, but always seemed to be a far fetched dream. Signing the lease was an anxiety inducing event, but once we did it, we were so excited. As it was a new building, there was some wait time with permits. The landlord sent hopeful updates of each passing inspection. It took three months of waiting before we were able to start moving in.
We love our new space! Each time we turn the key to enter it almost doesn’t seem real. With room to move around and experiment with different set ups to create not just beautiful images but host community circles and sharing of ideas, it is a dream come true.