This is my dream studio, out on a country road where I can open the windows and hear the crickets. Designed with Prairie and Usonian influences in mind, it is intended to blend into the landscape in color and form. I started with the colors of the surrounding environment and based my palette on their warm and natural tones.
The majority of my photography is of cars and is done outdoors, so I have only a small studio space devoted to indoor photography. Computer image editing, printing and storing finished pieces are the primary activities. There are also several areas devoted to relaxing and even staying overnight during the long pushes to complete a project. And, of course, there’s enough wall space to show my work too. It’s fun to dream!
Landscaping is kept to a minimum to reduce water usage and keep the views wide-open. Large custom windows are used throughout the building.
An overhead view gives a quick idea of the layout. The long rectangle of space parallel with the driveway is the primary working area with other activities off to one side or the other.
A plan view layout shows more clearly where the different spaces are. The blue arrow shows the way in.
As you enter the greeting area, the windows let in lots of light to keep things bright. The mudroom is to the right and a bathroom is farther down the space.
The mudroom is great to have, especially during the winter months. The furnishings are minimal, but the view is great!
Moving into the heart of the studio you can see the huge working area on the left with panoramic views. The work flow moves from the computers on the left to the cutting and trimming table in the middle.
Continuing our sweep to the right you can see the huge printer available next to the cutting table. Printing your own work allows much better control over the results and in this fantasy I have the best of everything.
The flow of work goes back and forth from the editing computers to the printer with the viewing and cutting table in the middle. This where the best lighting is needed so the raised roof and giant windows add natural light to the whole area. Image editing is best done at night, but prints can be more accurately judged during the day.
Take the tour in 360°.
A quiet, well-lighted passageway leads from the working areas to the small bedroom.
For those long, long nights of work to finish a project for an important exhibition, there is a simple bedroom with an armoire and access to the bathroom and shower on the left for recharging the creative spirit.
Being imaginative requires plenty of fuel, so the kitchen is accessible from both the studio and the bedroom. Nothing fancy, but it’s great for preparing snacks, simple meals and espresso as needed.
At the back of the main room there is a comfortable space to take a break and enjoy the view, a conversation with guests or even do some reading while prints are drying. The photo studio is right behind us.
It’s a reasonably-sized studio with blackout shades, rolls of backdrop papers, plenty of lights and battery packs for flashes. Laptops can be hooked up directly to the camera to give even more fantastic control of the photo making results.
There are big white flat files with thin drawers wherever you look. They’re used to safely store finished work and keep sheet paper fresh for printing.
And, of course, there is a beautiful outdoors space to relax and enjoy the view. Exhibitions and openings will create the need for room inside and outside for friends and folks to mingle.
Thanks for taking the tour. In my dreams, one day you’ll stop by for a visit!
Please remember that every project creator has the option to continue developing any of their projects. When you go to a linked project it may be different than at the time the images above were created. Creativity continues, regardless of the clock!
It’s your turn now!