It was a few hours before I was scheduled to meet with a wedding couple at a local Starbucks. I was debating on which products to bring along, knowing I couldn’t possibly take all of my albums and canvases into the little coffee shop. I finally settled on three albums and left the canvases at home.  Starbucks is only 3 miles from my home, yet I left my house an hour and a half before we were supposed to meet…just so I could make sure we would have a table. An hour and a half spent just standing there instead of spending that time to respond to emails, edit photos, write blog posts…

When I arrived, there wasn’t an open space to be found. For forty-five minutes, I watched like a hawk, hoping someone would just finish their latte and decide to get some fresh air.  I managed to grab a table but it was able to sit only two people. Feeling defeated, I told myself it would have to do. I piled my albums on the table, glancing at the door every few moments, studying each girl’s right hand as she walked in. I was awaiting that awkward moment, like when you spent time chatting with on a dating website and hoping you’re walking up to the right person when you plan to meet.

Once the couple arrived and we began chatting, a toddler started to throw a tantrum in the corner. The door constantly swung open and closed, as coffee lovers got their daily fix. And…the couple asked if I had any canvas samples to show.

Although the meeting went great, I still left feeling defeated. I began to daydream about the day I was able to invite couples to my own little space…light music playing in the background, coffee and snacks to offer, no distractions, and the ability to show a variety of prints and albums. I spent a year or two compiling a Pinterest board with ideas for the studio space I knew I’d never have (and may have Pinned a recipe or ten along the way), constantly talking to Chris about my dream.

And then a completely unexpected opportunity fell into my lap. A space opened up and before I knew it, something I had been daydreaming about for years had become a reality. I almost decided to pass when I first saw the space, because really, it wasn’t pretty – at all. I spent a few days thinking it over and realized that with some motivation, I could make this ugly room look amazing.

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Although I had my Pinterest board, I never put too much thought into compiling ideas since it was all a fantasy. I spent weeks searching for a little more decorating inspiration. After months of hard work, it finally all came together!Blue and white wedding photography studio in Reading, PA
Blue and white wedding photography studio in Reading, PA

The window light pouring in is drool-worthy. I don’t even need to open the blinds for it to fill the room!

Blue and white wedding photography studio in Reading, PA

I get so excited when I’m able to offer a couple a cup of coffee and snacks! No more waiting in line – plus I get to use these awesome napkins and cups, which I am completely in love with!

Blue and white wedding photography studio in Reading, PA

Blue and white wedding photography studio in Reading, PA

Blue and white wedding photography studio in Reading, PA

I now have a bunch of samples for couple to look through, including albums, save the dates, invitations, bridal party gifts, and prints!

Blue and white wedding photography studio in Reading, PA

Blue and white wedding photography studio in Reading, PA

I am so thrilled with how the studio has come together! I’m still working a few ideas to make it an even greater experience for my couples, which I’ll be posting about within the next couple of months!

If you’re seeking a wedding photographer who offers a truly personal experience, I would absolutely love to have you at the studio!

Send me a quick message and we’ll schedule a date!

 

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