We have a studio. A fully functional, albeit not completely decorated, studio. It's amazing. It's beautiful. I've already shot ten gorgeous women in it and the images are stunning.
I am going to post the pretty pictures of where my studio is currently. This has been fun. However, in the interest of keeping it real, this has also been the most panic-inducing, hair-pulling, head-banging, mind-spinning, stomach-churning experience of my life.
Let's see, how to sum up the past two months. Well, to give you an accurate idea of what my life has been like, imagine that someone hands you a Rubik's cube puzzle to solve. Now imagine that each of the individual cubes are just smaller Rubik's cubes. Now imagine I give you 10 seconds to solve said demon-puzzle or you'll never ever see your family again. Bleak, no? And I freaking suck at Rubik's cubes to begin with. But that's kind of how I've felt for the past two months. It's been terrifyingly awesome. To sum up, since October 20, I have:
-Found, negotiated and signed a lease for a studio space.
-Negotiated all changes & remodeling that needed to be done to the space.
-Taken down two walls.
-Tried to "expose the beams" and heighten the ceiling a bit.
-Realized said "exposed beams" are really just the interior structure and therefore not esthetically pleasing. Actually, downright creepy looking. In fact, they'd probably require me to promise my clients I was just going to take pictures of them and promise not to murder them.
-Replace the murder-beams ceiling.
-Shop. Shop. Shop. And then, when finished, shop a little more.
-Painted the entire space.
-Complete the renovations 36 hours before I had my first client coming in.
-Guilt every loved one I have to come out and spend all night getting every single piece of Ikea furniture ever made put together.
-Realize the "floors" that were put down were actually wall-paneling installed upside down.
-Shoot marathon boudoir sessions that I had already scheduled on terrible wall-floor.
-Replace wall-floor with a beautiful, new, floor-floor.
-Completely re-branded Meagan O Photography including logo, website and direction.
-Existed on less sleep than I believed was possible.
-Gone more days without showering than I'd care to admit.
-Had more wine than I'd care to admit.
-Attempted to completely suck dry my husband's incredibly deep well of patience.
-Attempted to remain somewhat jovial and enjoy my favorite time of year.
I'd love to say I handled this all with ease and grace. No sweat. Come out with make-up in tact and hair perfectly quaffed, but my husband would probably tattle on me. This has been hard. I've been more insecure about my abilities with my craft than ever before. I've also been more excited and energetic about photography than ever before. The ten clients I've had the pleasure of shooting ion the studio thus far have reminded me the bigger reason I am doing this.
I am doing this to show women they are BEAUTIFUL. That they are worth it. To the adorable, elegant, 80 year old grandmother who can barely make it up the steps and packs all her outfit accessories in little baggies, you are worth it. To the 30-something wife who has never donned lingerie, but wants to surprise her husband with something special, you are worth it. To the mom of two grown children who only has her yearly school pictures to serve as professional portraits, you are worth it.
There's still a lot to do, but if I keep reminding myself the reason I'm doing all this is completely worth it.
So! They studio is up and ready! If you're interested in glamour portraits, shoot me an email! (firstname.lastname@example.org) Also, I'll be doing more boudoir minis the weekends of Jan 17-18 & 24-25 in preparation for Valentine's Day! Email me for details!
Now, without further ado, the updated studio pics!
It's certainly come a long. LONG. way!