Today I'm delighted to share a little glimpse into my studio space, and to show you some rather dramatic before and afters. When we were on the hunt for our first home, our realtor (Tyler Ellis) took us to a fixer upper, that was essentially a shabby house in a lovely neighbourhood. He suggested that this house was worth seeing because it not only had a lot of potential, but it was at a ridiculously great price point in a neighbourhood that is usually less affordable.
We toured the house, and although Brian and I were already pretty intrigued by the home itself, but when we walked into the backyard and I saw a greenhouse filled with abundant natural light, I was almost certain this was the house for us. Although we saw many other homes, we kept thinking about what we would come to refer to as the Peach Stucco Palace. A midcentury bungalow that we could slowly customize to suit us perfectly.
Last spring, my parents and our wonderful family friend, Brian Keller (a designer, master carpenter and renovator) came to Edmonton to help me turn the dilapidated former orchid greenhouse into a tiny but lovely studio space. Although there are still many changes to be made (namely to the exterior), I couldn't be more thrilled with how it's turned out.
Here is a look at the current space:
Here's where it began:
My family and Brian Keller worked tirelessly to transform my space. Here they are hard at work:
A large amount of the materials were salvaged and repurposed from the existing space, or purchased at Habitat for Humanity. Only a small amount of new materials were used. Almost all the furniture was secondhand, found at various antique shops throughout Edmonton, although I did also find many items at HomeSense too!
Below is the beauty room, where people sit, enjoy refreshments, have their makeup done and discuss our shoot plans before we begin.
EAST WALL - this wall was built out of old doors - brilliant idea by Brian Keller.
NORTH WALL - this wall that is up against my garage is now used as my primary backdrop + styling corner.
WEST WALL - This wall is pretty much just where I stand to shoot, but it also now houses a large mirror, clothing rack, and bar cart where clients or collaborators can place any accessories or props. Cameo by my parents' dog, Leon.
Here I am (very pregnant, last fall) photographing a friend in the beauty room. Photo by my brother, Jon Curow. Cameo by Pearl the Beardie, who loves nothing more than to snooze under the makeup table. Clients who are dog lovers are always welcome to request a visit from Pearl during your shoot. She is more than happy to oblige.
Now that the studio is up and running and I'm easing back to work after maternity leave, I'm beyond excited! Here are some images I've taken using mostly beautiful natural light:
I'm officially open for portrait bookings for this summer and fall and would love to host you in my greenhouse studio. Get in touch to grab your spot!
Also, just a quick note in response to some questions I've received. The studio is my home studio only and is not available to rent.