5 Tips for Starting Your Own Photography Studio

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photographer Tips, Studio Photography

photo backdrop in home photography studio

Opening a photography studio, whether out of your home or in a separate space, is a great way to practice your hobby or start up a new business. You have the benefits of working with people, creating lasting memories, and practice what you love, all in a comfortable environment. There are many reasons for studio photography, including portrait sittings, product shots or just as a hobby. Let’s take a look at five of the best tips for starting your own photography studio.

1. Start Small

There is no requirement to buy the biggest and best equipment from the very beginning. You can set up your basic photography studio with just a camera, a flash, two lamps and a backdrop. Photography backdrops are made in a variety of styles, colors, and material to suit your needs, from bright seamless paper to soft muslin. Buy what you can afford up front while you practice, perfect your skills and build your photography business. Once your business has grown, you can add the equipment you desire to meet the needs of your growing photography business.

2. Studio Room

Dedicate an entire room in your home for your photography business. It can be in the basement or other room where you will have little distractions. There are many reasons for doing this, including keeping everything for your business in one dedicated area, ensuring privacy when shooting portraits, and you can get a tax deduction as well. The room should be large enough to hold all of your equipment when it is set up, plenty of room to move around and have plenty of wall outlets to accommodate your current and future equipment needs. If you do not have the space in your home, consider finding a small warehouse or commercial space to keep your photography business separate from your home.

3. Props

Studio props are another important element of your setup. Props can include chairs, benches, curtains and vases. Be creative when selecting props and consider the type of portraits you will be shooting. Even if the potential prop does not look nice in the store, think about how it will look when cleaned up and painted. Some items can surprise you.

worn planks floor drop in home photography studio

4. Color Matters

When painting the walls in your studio, avoid using bright colors, such as pink, red or blue. These can cast ugly tints onto your subjects. Select a shade of gray, or two shades, to paint the walls with. This will create the least amount of color distortion being cast upon subjects, especially on skin tones, when shooting portraits.

5. Show Off

Go through your photographs and select some of your best pieces of work. Have those photographs matted and framed so you can hang them up in your studio. This will not only show others what you can do, but also gives subjects ideas for the type of poses they want during their portrait sessions. Print leaflets and sample flyers to pass around in an attempt to generate more photography business. Once your studio is set up, consider hosting an open house to show it off to others. There is nothing wrong with showing off the work you are proud of. Before putting together your photography studio, sit down, make a list of things you need and a budget. From there work through each item above and create the best possible studio for your photography business. Remember, a little at a time is okay. Keep your studio goals in mind and work your photography business toward those goals. Almost every photographer has to start small, but every photography needs a studio.

-Backdrop Express Photography Team

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Comments (4)

  • Damian


    Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of
    volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on.


  • Juana


    This information is worth everyone’s attention. When can I find out more?


  • Marybeth


    Thank you much! Just starting out in making a home studio. looking forward to it. your info was great. I will use it.


  • Adam


    Great overall if you planing to start your own studio.
    For my part is the biggest problem is provideing enough space for furnitures:-)


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