Studio tour | Our new workspace
I've been promising an update on the studio for a little while now, so today I'm sharing a quick look around our newly refurbished space. If you want to see what it looked like when we moved in there are some 'before' shots in this post.
Apart from whitewashing the walls the main thing we did was to install this lovely white ash satin wooden floor from Quick-Step. I originally toyed with the idea of something a little more rustic, with a rougher finish similar to the original oak roof trusses, but in the end opted for this paler Scandi style look. It was definitely the right choice - I absolutely love it. Graham fitted it in a couple of days and found it relatively easy to cut and install. The flooring was the key element of this project and it has completely transformed the space giving it a very light and natural feel. The light in the studio already had a lovely quality but now it bounces around beautifully off all the surfaces in the room and I really love working here.
We kept the lovely textured brick wall at the end of the studio as this offers a great backdrop for interiors and product shoots. We were less keen on the breeze block walls you can see in the before shots though, so we installed new wall panels to conceal these, creating clean white surfaces that will offer lots of flexibility and can even potentially be painted or papered for makeover projects.
I've always shot in natural light only. My Canon EOS 6D is great for shooting indoors in low light even in the middle of winter, and I love natural light photography, but now that I have a dedicated studio space I also have the luxury of being able to play around with studio lighting for certain shoots too.
The studio is located in an old stable block on a working farm in a beautiful part of rural Warwickshire, just a few miles from our home. We've converted part of it into an empty white space for photography. There's a small adjoining kitchen, a decent amount of space for storage and props, and Graham has a workshop next door, so as well as using it for styling and photography we'll be able to offer bespoke set building for some projects too. During our lunch breaks we often go for walks along the river, or check in on the horses and sheep in the surrounding fields, so as well as design and interiors stuff you can also expect to see me posting lots of pictures of cute fluffy lambs in the coming months!
I feel incredibly lucky to have such a great space to work in and am excited about the new opportunities this will hopefully open up - I'm already working on a couple of lovely projects I can't wait to share with you.
If you're interested in working with me you can get in touch here.
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With thanks to Quick-Step who very kindly supplied the flooring for this project.