YUP!!! It's true! We're moving our studio... down the street! :) Hahaha! But it's even more exciting than that!
For the past four years I have been leasing a space to house my photography studio that I have loved! It has seen hundreds of clients, documented some of the happiest of moments, and truly been a dream that came true.
When I first started my photography business almost 9 years ago, I wrote down ideas, goals, and dreams. And one of those dreams was to [own] my own photography studio. I was so ecstatic when we got the keys to lease this space 4 years ago and shared it for the first 2 years with my amazing studio partner, Elise Marie Photography. I later took on the space completely.
After coming home from The Blink Conference in November, I struck up a conversation with my husband regarding my current studio space and lease, which is ending in March. The question I was debating was, to stay at my current location or not to stay at my current location? We looked at our options for leasing another space, and were coming up dry. When it comes to a studio space (for me) there are a few key factors that I need/want, of which I was not finding.
Then we shifted ideas. WHAT IF we didn't lease a space... but purchase and own the space?
That was a big leap for me. A BIG what if! We had talked about it in the past, played with the idea... And I have dreamt about it. But NOW it was a REAL conversation. One that we were really pursuing. So, like most people, we headed to the internet to look at our options.
When it comes to commercial real estate, there is a LOT out there. But when it comes to the location I wanted, size, price, etc, I am limited on what is available. One of the other big factors was not moving to a location that was further out for my current clients or far from where I live. Creating a longer commute for myself would be silly.
After scouring different websites, low and behold, we found a few commercial studio spaces for sale just down the street from my current location with the perfect space for my new studio!! So, in the next few weeks, we will be tearing up carpet, painting the walls and moving bookshelves to prep the new studio. As of right now, it is a blank slate, nothing worth photographing. BUT, once it is all beautified, I will definitely be posting pictures of the studio! So stay tuned!!