A Tour of my Garage Portrait Studio

Have you ever wanted to create your own portrait studio but don’t have the space or funds for a dedicated room in your home? The answer may be closer than you think – your own garage! In this blog, I will walk you through how I transformed a corner of my garage into a fully functional portrait studio. From lighting setup to backdrop options, I’ll share all the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. Join me on a tour of my garage portrait studio and see how you can create your own professional photography space without breaking the bank.

A Tour of my Garage Portrait Studio

A Tour of My Garage Portrait Studio

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace. Whether you need a domain, website, or online store, make your next move with Squarespace. You’ve seen me share my portrait lighting kit on this channel, but that kit is actually my travel kit—the one that goes around with me, nice and portable without taking up much space. However, back in my old London flat, I used to sit and talk on the sofa with two huge roller bags filled with my old studio lights for product photography behind me.

Setting Up the Studio Lights

Before I bought the Godox lights, I would sometimes shoot headshots from home with those lights. However, the small space and the need to constantly set up the lights would prove to be a challenge. Now, in my new place with a garage, I decided to set up those old studio lights permanently. I can plug them in at any time and start shooting with anyone who comes over.

Creating the Studio Space

While showing you my setup, I’ll also provide ideas on how you can create a studio space on a smaller scale and budget. Even if you don’t have the space or resources for studio lights, you can still achieve great results with speed lights or other alternatives.

Background Options

The main backdrop in my studio is a hand-painted medium gray textured backdrop from Gravity in Serbia. It provides a subtle texture and tone that works well for portraits. Additionally, I have collapsible one and a half by two-meter backdrops in black, white, and gray for different background options.

Utilizing Reflectors

I use collapsible backdrops not only for backgrounds but also as reflectors to control light. By using the black and white sides, I can adjust the lighting and shadows in my portraits. A triangular reflector with multiple surfaces (white, gold, black, silver) helps me control the light and add catchlights to the subject’s eyes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What equipment do you use in your garage portrait studio?

In my garage portrait studio, I use professional grade DSLR cameras, various lenses, studio lighting equipment, backdrops, and props to create high-quality portraits.

How do I schedule a portrait session in your garage studio?

To schedule a portrait session in my garage studio, simply contact me through my website or email to discuss availability and pricing. I do recommend booking in advance to secure your desired date and time.

Is your garage studio suitable for family portraits?

Yes, my garage studio is spacious enough to accommodate small to medium-sized groups for family portraits. I can also provide outdoor options for larger groups if needed.

Do you offer retouching services for portrait photos?

Yes, I offer basic retouching services for portrait photos to enhance the overall look of the image. Advanced retouching services may be available for an additional fee.

What COVID-19 precautions do you have in place in your garage studio?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have implemented safety measures in my garage studio, including regular sanitation of equipment, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing guidelines. I also offer virtual portrait sessions as an alternative option.

I hope you find useful my article A Tour of my Garage Portrait Studio, I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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