For the past year and a half, I have been working on one of my greatest personal projects & I am thrilled to finally unveil it to you. For the first three years of my business, I struggled to find a studio space to call my own. No matter how far I searched, the spaces were either too expensive or unavailable, so I decided that my only option was to build it myself. With the help of my parents & an awesome set of contractors, we turned our unfinished garage into a fun, inspiring, and functional workspace (maybe even a man cave).
In December of 2011, we cleaned out the garage and our contractor helped us envision the room. We chose to go with a light color for the walls that would compliment my logo and we worked from there. By far the hardest part was choosing the flooring. I hated the idea of tile, but then we started looking at older homes in Colonial Williamsburg that used it for an entry way and found a color scheme that did not immediately draw attention. While it was stressful at first trying to envision it, I think it turned out wonderful and matched the colors in my brand almost perfectly. With my limited interior design knowledge, I turned to my great friend, Ashley Goodwin, to help design the space. Ashley came up with detailed drawing for each section, which really helped us to envision the space.
We divided the space into four distinct sections, which are the gallery, workspace, equipment storage, and media center. The most challenging part of the room was choosing prints & laying out the gallery wall. I decided to devote one section of images to lifestyle and the other for travel. Currently I have a small section for weddings, modeling work, and my adventures in Paris & Boston. My goal is to update this every few months with new images. To light up the area, we found some wonderful track lights at Pottery Barn. The second area is the workspace that includes my two iMacs for editing, an inspiration board, client schedule, and a mountain of hard drives. The third area that is located near the entrance is our equipment rack and storage. It is so nice to come home at one or three in the morning from a shoot and be able to quickly stack our gear in a secure location without dragging it through the house. We found the industrial shelves from a company in Norfolk, Virginia and I think they compliment the space well. Above it, I have a collection of film cameras that I frequently use, as well as a Super 16mm projector and some fun 8mm cameras. With my Leica obsession, I found a vintage Leica dealer sign to put above the door frame. The fourth area is the media center and I went all out on this. I finally was able to justify a 62-inch television with surround sound to really let my clients experience our films. Once clients have experienced our work, they can sit in my small Parisian cafe while sipping Coca-Cola from the 1956 Vendo machine. I know the Coke machine sounds slightly out of place, but I just do not think I could live without it. It not only holds 120 bottles of the finest Coke (we are talking real sugarcane), but Cheerwine, Fanta, Sprite, water, and a selection of beers as well.
While the studio will continue to evolve, I am so excited to be able to have a space of my own where I can create & share in. I plan to create a few films in the studio this year that will show more of the space and to share a little bit more of us with our clients. If you are near Harrisonburg, Virginia, we would love to have you stop by and check it out. I hope enjoy some images of the space below!
Contractor: Lawrence Eby of Quality Trimworx, LLC
Sketches and design: Ashley Goodwin
Furniture & lighting: Pottery Barn
Antiques: Factory Antique Mall in Verona, Virginia
Paintings: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Images: Josh Gooden & Caleb Jenkins (Leica Polaroid)