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Studio Tour with Add to Heart Photography

This week we are excited to take a peek inside the studio of Laura Zander with Add to Heart Photography out of Silverdale, Washington. Laura specializes in maternity, newborn, baby & family portraits. Her studio is located in the Old Town Silverdale Historical District, originally a home built in 1930. It is full of natural light, making it a perfect space for Laura to create different set-ups during a session. When you look out the back window of the studio you have a waterfront view and you can even see Mt. Rainier in the distance on a clear day! 

Let’s get to know more about Laura and tour her beautiful space…

How did you become a photographer?

Since I was young I loved to take pictures, but when I was graduating High School I wasn't confident that I could make a career out of it. I pursued Graphic Design instead and was successful in that career for over 12 years, although my family always encouraged my creativity and supported my interest in photography. When I had my daughter in 2008, I was inspired to pick up my camera again. My passion for photography was renewed and I decided to pursue it as a business because I enjoy celebrating life through photography.

How long have you been in business?

I began my business journey in the summer of 2009.


How long have you had your studio?

Having a studio was a goal I wanted to achieve for some time and after driving by this cute little house on the corner, I knew it was the space for me and has been for the past two years.


Where is it located?

It's located in the Old Town Silverdale Historical District and surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest...water, mountains, greenery. It was originally a one-bedroom home built in 1930. 


What do you photograph in your studio?

I primarily photograph newborns in my studio however I will also do maternity and other portrait sessions there.


Do you use natural light or studio light in your studio?

It is full of natural light, making it a perfect space for me to create different set-ups during the session.


How long did it take to build/finish your studio space?

It was move-in ready at the time and so it didn't take long to pick out a few furniture pieces for it and get it set up. I have repainted and changed out fixtures to create an even lighter/brighter space. 


How would you describe your studio space?

Just before a session I transform the studio into a natural light shooting space by putting together my wood plank floor, props, and beanbag/backdrops. It may be a little extra work, but things are tucked away after sessions so when clients are viewing their portraits on-screen or stop by to pick up their order, it looks more like an inviting living space instead of only a photography studio. 


Did you have a certain vision in mind when creating your space?

Creating a cozy and relaxing environment was important to me. However, since space is limited, I've come up with unique storage solutions to make the most of its 560 sq. feet. Atop my mirrored cabinets is a baby changing area with a wipe warmer and diapers. Inside those cabinets is my collection of blankets and backdrops in different tones and textures. My multi-purpose turning storage cabinet has a full length mirror, corkboard, coat hooks and shelves of baskets. Inside these baskets are accessory sets grouped by color and sorted into plastic bags making it quicker to set up for sessions. A side table with coffee/tea brewer is a parent's favorite and underneath is a basket for kids books and toys. Even the footstool I use during sessions has storage inside! Pretty much every piece serves more than one purpose. 


What is your favorite thing about your studio space?

I have so much love for this little studio but my favorite is probably the waterfront view. When you look out the back window you can even see Mt. Rainier in the distance on a clear day.


Thank you for sharing with us Laura!!