Photography Studio Perth - Now a Reality
So, I guess what would be most relevant is the lessons we've learned from setting up our Photography Studio (Studio Perth), so I'll list them here:
10 important Lessons learned from Building a Photography Studio:
1) You will spend much more than you budgeted for, much much more. It's probably a good idea to just go to Bunnings with all your money and give it to them, just empty out your wallet on the counter.
2) A fair amount of this cost will be in paint. Looking back on it, a roller was probably not the right choice to paint the studio, next time I'll use a spray gun and mask off the areas to not be painted. I'll also get a Tyvex suit ala Breaking Bad.
3) You don't have as much space as you think, use it wisely and plan each room prior to fitting it out.
4) Project manage the hell out of it, make a schedule and stick to it. Your 2 most important project constraints should be time and quality. You want the highest quality with the least amount of down time possible... This means that you will likely have to pay more to get good quality fittings and fixings in a decent time scale.
5) Order your wall art before you start. This was probably our biggest mistake as we now have a fully functioning studio without any artwork on the walls. Fortunately our printer is awesome and is getting things done as fast as he physically can.
6) Get good lights to start with. Spend the money on them before you start. Cheap lights are not up to the task and don't belong in a professional studio
7) Let your wife decide on how and where her makeup bench is going. Trust me, it's just easier to do it her way the first time, rather than 3 builds later.
8) Don't spend 16 hours straight for 4 days fitting out, it will kill at least a week of productivity afterwartds. Set a realistic schedule to begin with or you will burn yourself out.
9) Contract out the stuff you can't do, or at least really shouldn't do. We were fortunate in having a few tradesman friends who want to learn photography, so got a very good deal on the electrical, cabinetry and plumbing work.
10) Work out your Cyclorama (Cyc Wall) Before you begin and get it built first. This will chew up a LOT of time!
So other than that, here's a few build photos (Taken on Mels iPhone) The Studio website is www.studioperth.com.au if you want to check us out
- TTFN Jon