After Christmas when I said that I’d gotten a studio in a bag kit, a lot of people expressed a lot of curiosity about it. There were so many questions that I decided to do a blog post and show what it looks like and how we work there. Hopefully, we can make it interesting enough that you won’t fall asleep.
Last Fall, as I was lamenting the shorter days of Winter that were looming closer, I began to peruse the internet and I found a kit that had a lot of things that are nice to have if you’re a photographer. I sent the link to my mom and said that it was something I would really, really, REALLY like to have for Christmas. I showed it to Mr. Taleteller as well. I was mainly excited about the backdrops. Using the lights intimidated me quite a bit, to tell you the truth, but I have seen the results that some people get and I was definitely up for the challenge of trying them.
I’ve been using our attic as my creative space for a while, but I would not have called it a professional studio by any means. I laughed a few times when people mentioned wishing they could see my “studio.” It was a sheet draped over two old rocking chairs that my grandmother gave me or Duck Taped to the wall. It has a wealth of natural light, which I love, but that doesn’t help any if there’s a grey day or at night. Still, it was a space of our own and Bunny and I did the best we could with what we had.
Now, I have lighting that allows me to control where it goes and even its intensity. I can diffuse it or use colored gel filters to add more red, blue or yellow if I want. I have a couple of umbrellas that work with the remote flash so I get a better effect without the dreaded green eye. I also have three different backdrops to use; white, black and one that’s splattered pink, yellow and purple. My wonderful husband also got me a backdrop stand that wasn’t included in the kit. I also have a reflector with a silver side and a gold side, but I haven’t played with it yet. I used to use an old mirror before to try to create the same effect, and it’s not quite the same. There are barn door and honeycomb kits, which are used to control what kind of lighting you have and where the light goes.
Of course, with the new studio set up, Bunny is even happier upstairs, too. She has a tub of favorite toys up there that she can play with, and she considers that space our private domain. While I’m fiddling with things up there, she can usually be found lounging on the day bed, which I do sometimes use for photos, too. Bunny loves being up there, and I’m hoping I can get a small space heater to put up there soon to make it more comfortable on the days that are really brisk.
A lot of people also ask how I get Bunny to pose for the camera. Honestly, a lot of that is just her natural flair and the chemistry between us. She has posed up there for me enough times to know the routine, though. When we go upstairs, she is often in position before I even have the camera ready. However, there are things that we have done that have helped her to really enjoy her time up there. I start taking pictures of our dogs without the flash. I’m also careful not to invade their space too much with the camera, either. They get rewarded with treats a lot, and they know that there’s a positive association between the camera and getting paid. We’ve worked up to her modeling status through doing it on a regular basis and learning a few basic commands. She knows “stay,” “stand,” “down,” “sit,” “leave it,” and “look” to name a few. If I really need her to look somewhere besides at the camera, I either ask my husband to help, or I use the tripod and camera remote to get her to look where I need her to.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour of the studio. It’s one of my favorite parts of the house, and I think Bunny’s, too. I’m lucky to have a space in the house that isn’t needed for something else so that I can work and create there. It’s our own little corner of the world and we love it.