{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Welcome To My New Studio

February 20, 2017  •  2 Comments

For the last four years of having my photography business, I've been doing all of my newborn portrait sessions in my clients' homes.  I loved that I could offer this to my families so that they could stay home and relax.  But of the last year or so, I started to notice how very limiting it is to work out of my clients' homes.  Not only that, but as I got busier, it became absolutely exhausting to pack up my equipment and drive to every session.  Between packing, driving, and the session itself, I would come home in the mid to late afternoon absolutely exhausted, so tired that I didn't have the energy to do much of anything the rest of the day.  I just couldn't sustain it any longer. 

I talked with my family about possibly using a room in our house.  My 7 year old son's room was the perfect choice.  I had attempted newborn sessions in our dining room right inside the front door, but because of our open concept design and small size, it was very, very hard to heat and not ideal for sessions.  My son's room, on the other hand, is upstairs (where all our heat inevitably floats to) and is on the south side of the house.  The room gets so toasty and bright that I almost don't even need a space heater, even in the winter.  It's not a large room, but somewhat big for a bedroom.  It's around 11x13', a humble studio.  But when your subjects only weigh 7 lbs, you really don't need that much space. 

Take a look at my new space.  I still have a few decorative touches to add, but I think it has a nice, comfortable feel to it. 

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I went to work painting over the bright teal left over from my son's nursery.  The color I picked is a calming, neutral shade of beige.  It's called "almond wisp" from Behr.  I bought furniture and decorated the room with some fun accents.  My husband loves woodworking, so he built me a large white storage shelf for all of my backdrop fabrics.  Above it hangs a chicken wire frame that he also made me, and it holds head bands and little hats to use during sessions.  I really like a clean, uncluttered look, so the rest of my props, including an assortment of flokati rugs, swaddle wraps, bowls, and baskets stay in the closet when they aren't being used. 

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Another change in my photography has been the switch to studio lighting.  I have been so anti-studio lighting for years.  I'll admit, I can be so stubborn about learning new things, especially when it comes to expensive electronics that I can easily break!  Studio lighting felt so intimidating, but it really wasn't hard to learn how to use.  I think it helps a lot that I've already been photographing newborn babies for years and have learned so much about using light.  Using a studio light was just like a big window that I can move around.  I've fallen in love with the light.  Ever since I got it, my photography has been so much more consistent and editing is much easier for me. 

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One thing I love about my studio is that it really shows you what my style is like.  As you can see, I'm a minimalist.  I don't own giant puffy flowery headbands, stuffed animals, or whimsical outfits.  I appreciate a classic and timeless style over one that might feel dated in a few years.  I love color, but prefer soft, pastel, earth tone, and often neutral colors.  While I absolutely love working in my studio, I do still offer newborn sessions in home.  Not sure which location is right for you?  Read the pro's and cons of each right here

Erica Courtine Photography is located in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.  Interested in newborn photography?  I'd love to hear from you.  Click here to get in touch with me. 

 

 

 


Comments

2.Carrie(non-registered)
I am not sure how I ran across your website but I love your studio! I also have a home studio approximately 10x16. My son just moved out so I am thinking of taking over his room too since it is in the same area as my studio. I love your paint choice and have been trying to decide what color to paint the room. Thank you for posting your color. I think I am going to paint it the same color, this room will be my parents sitting area and a place where siblings can hang out and play as well. My daughter actually loves that color too so now she wants her room painted the same color :) I love how simple and organic your studio looks. I also have that some paneling as you from Lowes I organized a huge shipping to CO so several other photographers could purchase too. It took weeks but with the help of one of the Lowes reps we pulled it off.
1.Jody(non-registered)
Absolutely stunning, thank you for sharing
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