Let’s take a tour of another newborn photographer’s space! This week we have the pleasure of peeking in on Melissa DeVoe Photography’s in-home studio. Melissa DeVoe Photography is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and specializes in custom photography for expectant Moms and babies.
How did you become a photographer?
I became a photographer after I had my first child. I got my first DSLR and followed him around photographing his every move. By the time I had my second child, I was even more hooked. I took photography courses through a local community college and then decided to open my own business. It took about a year in business before I knew newborn photography was what I wanted to focus on. I just can't resist a squishy little baby!
How long have you been in business?
How long have you had your studio?
I just hit the one year anniversary!
Where is it located?
It's located on the third floor of my home. It's a private space where my kids aren't allowed! It's about 1,000 square feet with it's own private bathroom, lots of closets for prop storage, a separate thermostat so I can control the heat in the space, and an attached room that I use specifically as a private space for new moms to nurse or pump during a session.
What do you photograph in your studio?
I photograph newborns and babies up to one year old.
Do you use natural light or studio light in your studio?
I use studio light.
How long did it take to build/finish your studio space?
We moved in last summer and it took about 2 months to get everything set up. Pictures, decorations, etc. are a continuous work in progress because I love adding new touches!
How would you describe your studio space?
I would describe it as functional and organized. I'm always buying new things and then needing to de-clutter because I don't like too much "stuff". I also think it's a really comfortable space for families, with the couches, cable TV, Wi-Fi and snack station. I want everyone to feel comfortable and at home when they come to me!
Did you have a certain vision in mind when creating your space?
I wanted it to be colorful, comfortable, and represent my personality. I also wanted good organization, which took a lot of work but I'm so happy with my backdrop storage, closet space, blanket shelving, and hat/headband hanging system.
What is your favorite thing about your studio space?
My favorite thing is definitely my hanging prop area. I love that all of my hats, headbands and wraps are right where I can find them. And clients love that they can see everything I have and easily pick out some favorites they'd like me to incorporate into their session. My second favorite thing is my packaging station -- it's a built in desk where I store my product samples and keep all my packaging supplies for client orders.
Thank you for sharing with us, Melissa!!
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