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Studio Tour with Reflections of Life Photography

This week we’ll be touring the studio of Karen Byker, owner of Reflections of Life Photography located in Ontario, Canada. Karen is a PPOC Accredited Photographer specializing in newborn and family portraits. Let’s meet Karen and peek at her beautiful space!

How did you become a photographer?

I've always loved photography.  When I was young I would bring my little 110mm film camera to school and photograph my friends and other little details of significance to me.  It has always been important to me that I remember how things were at that very moment.  I believe I became a professional photographer when I was accredited by the Professional Photographers of Canada in 2011.


How long have you been in business?

I've had the amazing privilege of photographing professionally since July of 2005.


How long have you had your studio?

My husband and I moved to this home in October of 2010.  Having space for our studio was one of the reasons we chose this house.


Where is it located?

In Grimsby, a fairly small town in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada.


What do you photograph in your studio?

The studio is reserved for newborns and babies up to one year.


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

100% natural light.  I bounce light with reflectors when needed.


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

Building the studio took us approximately two months.  We had very concrete ideas in our minds of what the finished room would look like, and our contractors finished it beautifully.


How would you describe your studio space?

A safe, warm and calm environment, free from distractions or clutter. My clients usually comment on how the studio atmosphere is similar to a trip to the spa. There is soft music playing, white noise, and I do all I can to keep everyone relaxed and ready to have a wonderful time together. The result is natural, beautiful imagery.


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

Light, airy and uncluttered.  Everything had to be neatly tucked into closed cupboards, leaving my mind free to create.


What is your favorite thing about your studio space?

How comfortable it helps me and my clients to feel while we spend time there, but also how I can just move the furniture a bit so it doubles as an In Person Ordering Session space.


Thank you for sharing with us, Karen!

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