Reimagining a Photography Studio

When we first sat down to build our house, a photography studio was a must-have space for us. It would be small, but it would give me an opportunity to build up clients in a part-time studio setting while patiently waiting for the time when I could go full-time and open a real studio outside of my home. The room sat mostly vacant so that it could easily be transformed when I had clients over. When I decided to slow down on the business and take a break from clients, the room essentially became storage. Letting go of the studio space would mean that I had let go of the business and I wasn't ready for that. Months past. This absolutely beautiful room was wasted. It was heart breaking.

This summer, after finally deciding to stop the business entirely due to a number of family circumstances, it was time for a remodel of the studio space. Since we had always intended it to be some sort of studio, and art studio for the kiddos seemed like a logical choice; they could do art, I could do art, there would be zen. It would be amazing. It has been amazing actually. As soon as we started this project, the kids have been in there doing art all the time. It's awesome.

Anyway, here are some photos. The shelves are from Ikea. Other than that, almost everything has been hand done (part of the time consuming process.) We wanted the room to be bright and colorful for the kiddos so there are rainbows everywhere. I'm so glad this is done. Now to finish the other two rooms I am simultaneously redoing!

Here is the main over view when you walk in. The canvases on the wall are made from melted crayon... 324 crayons on 108" of canvas. The kids loved melting these with me.

Here is the main over view when you walk in. The canvases on the wall are made from melted crayon... 324 crayons on 108" of canvas. The kids loved melting these with me.

Yes, yes. A white couch in an art room. It will have a blanket on it most of the time, but it is my favorite seat for family photos so it stays :)

Yes, yes. A white couch in an art room. It will have a blanket on it most of the time, but it is my favorite seat for family photos so it stays :)

A closer look at the canvas art. 

A closer look at the canvas art. 

The book cases are from Ikea, but the bench seat and all of the pillows were hand sewn by me. Eeek! I actually sewed my very first thing a week ago, and these were numbers 2-16 on my list of sewn items!

The book cases are from Ikea, but the bench seat and all of the pillows were hand sewn by me. Eeek! I actually sewed my very first thing a week ago, and these were numbers 2-16 on my list of sewn items!

I love buttons and we needed a full rainbow in the middle. We also have art books in the shelves and some puzzles hiding behind the doors.

I love buttons and we needed a full rainbow in the middle. We also have art books in the shelves and some puzzles hiding behind the doors.

More melty crayons (I have a Youtube tutorial for this one) and of course art smocks. 

More melty crayons (I have a Youtube tutorial for this one) and of course art smocks. 

A look from the other side. A record player, a fairy garden, and a chalk board easel. I feel like it is important/embarrassing to note that last week that easel had writing on it from one of my babysitters in 1996. I still don't know why we have travelled to four houses with a stained dry erase easel. It is now usable after 20 years. 

A look from the other side. A record player, a fairy garden, and a chalk board easel. I feel like it is important/embarrassing to note that last week that easel had writing on it from one of my babysitters in 1996. I still don't know why we have travelled to four houses with a stained dry erase easel. It is now usable after 20 years. 

A view from the room. The zen of the pond. I am going to live in this room, sitting on the bench, listening to LP's. Awesome. 

A view from the room. The zen of the pond. I am going to live in this room, sitting on the bench, listening to LP's. Awesome. 

This is a double fireplace. The other side shows up in the living room. The color wheel is made using the same fabrics as the pillows. They are stapled to pie shaped wedges. I was so glad to have a math background when we figured out how to hang this. Did you notice the marker bouquet?

This is a double fireplace. The other side shows up in the living room. The color wheel is made using the same fabrics as the pillows. They are stapled to pie shaped wedges. I was so glad to have a math background when we figured out how to hang this. Did you notice the marker bouquet?

More crayons in the vases and crayon wrappers as well. Since this is a children's art room, instead of fake flowers, I had the kiddos color their own flowers to cut out and put in the vases.

More crayons in the vases and crayon wrappers as well. Since this is a children's art room, instead of fake flowers, I had the kiddos color their own flowers to cut out and put in the vases.