One of the exciting things about moving into a new space is learning how you'll use it to make images. So far, two things have surprised me about 517 Pulaski Street.
When I looked at the space initially, I knew I'd use the large "camera room" for the lion's share of what I wanted to do. It's about 16 feet wide by 31 feet long (with an extra 16 feet of length I can use as well) and works very well for my style: shooting seniors and headshot subjects on seamless paper backgrounds. I didn't expect, however, that other rooms or places in the studio would be so useful for making pictures. A few of those places are revealing themselves now.
Secondly, I didn't expect the natural light in the studio to be so good. Since I light almost everything I shoot, whether in the studio or not, I didn't really look at this space with an eye for its natural light potential. But its large north-facing front window and even larger bank of windows to the west provide some useful and very flattering light. The portrait of my friend Jetty above was made along that front window with a silver reflector just to the left to provide a little bit of kick. The vertical blinds on the west windows make an interesting backdrop as well.
This serendipitous combination of useful places and remarkable light--both unexpected--make the new place even more enjoyable to use. I'll be exploring more of the space in the upcoming weeks and look forward to putting it to use to help my clients look their best.
If you're in central Illinois (Springfield, Bloomington/Normal, Decatur, Peoria, Champaign/Urbana) and interested in learning about how I approach business portraits (AKA, headshots) in the studio, you'll find descriptions, videos, and testimonials on the Business Portraits page.