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.
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!
The window light pouring in is drool-worthy. I don’t even need to open the blinds for it to fill the room!
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!
I now have a bunch of samples for couple to look through, including albums, save the dates, invitations, bridal party gifts, and prints!
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!