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Making The Most Out Of A Small Studio Space

My custom shelving in my new (much smaller) studio that I now love so much!

Not everybody has the luxury of having a massive studio space. I went from having a huge converted double garage with wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows to a tiny 3.5 x 3.5m living area in the front of our new home. At first I was quite upset and felt as though I had “downgraded”, but then reality kicked in. After trying so many different things and rearranging my small studio over and over again, I came to accept that it’s not how big your space is that will define your work, but how you utilise that space in order to work efficiently.

At the end of the day, we really don’t NEED a huge amount of space, I mean after all we are only photographing itty bitty babies that are around 50cm long, and that’s before we even position them into those adorable curly poses! Something to think about right?

So I had my huge custom made wooden shelving that my dear husband built for me which fitted nicely along the back wall, which was great as this is where I store all of my props and hang my fabric drops. What I love about these shelves is that I also have my backdrop hanging system mounted to my shelves to save additional wall space which also works great for people who are renting and don’t want to put holes in the walls!

My custom shelving in my old studio right after hubby just finished building them

My custom shelving in my old studio right after hubby just finished building them

 

My custom shelving in my new (much smaller) studio that I now love so much!

My custom shelving in my new (much smaller) studio that I now love so much!

 

I was so lucky that I literally JUST had enough space to even fit my full size wooden change table in the corner beside my shelves leaving enough space between that and the sofa so mums could comfortably stand in front of it to change their babies. And you know what? In that small space I also managed to fit a cute wooden ladder to hang my wraps on!

My amazing natural wooden ladder shelf from Kmart I use to hang my newborn wraps on.

My amazing natural wooden ladder shelf from Kmart I use to hang my newborn wraps on.

 

I then had a shorter wall left which fit my Paloma Schell posing stand and beanbags along with my work trolley perfectly! I then decided to utilise a small area of wall beside the window for my custom made tieback/headband storage systems.

And this is where the magic happens. All of the images you see me posting are created in this tiny little corner!

And this is where the magic happens. All of the images you see me posting are created in this tiny little corner!

 

I made these tieback/headband hanging systems while I was pregnant with my Leila girl. All I used was some timber mouldings from Bunnings and tiny wooden pegs and Kraft glue from Kmart!

I made these tieback/headband hanging systems while I was pregnant with my Leila girl. All I used was some timber mouldings from Bunnings and tiny wooden pegs and kraft glue from Kmart!

 

One thing I really struggled to figure out for quite some time was where to display products for clients to see, because at the end of the day you sell what they see. For a long time I didn’t have anything on display so I was just so used to selling my digital collections without any additional products or upgrades. Just recently I did a HUGE prop destash which ended up making some free space within my shelving, so I decided to allocate a small section where I could display my boxed products, an album and also acrylic blocks in 3 different sizes!

Now my gorgeous products are on display and at eye level beside where my clients are sitting which always tempts them to have a look and ask questions!

Now my gorgeous products are on display and at eye level beside where my clients are sitting which always tempts them to have a look and ask questions!

 

So there you have it! You really can do so much with just a small space, it’s all about experimenting and changing things around until you get it just right. Below is a super quick video tour of my current studio, I hope that it inspires all of you who are struggling to work with a small space and I would LOVE to see what you come up with!

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