One of my first major projects with the new studio setup at my home was a maternity session of a couple whose wedding I photographed. When I started photographing years ago, I never really dreamed of having a Austin, Texas home studio with special lighting, backdrops and all the other equipment and gadgets needed for studio photography. But here I am, years later, amassing a collection of studio equipment and chasing the dream of a Austin, TX based professional photographer.
My dream when I started shooting years ago was to be an assignment photographer (based in Austin, Texas), kind of like those professionals who shoot all those amazing shots for magazines like National Geographic. They are handed an assignment or a directive and whisked off to some foreign, remote location in a place you know nothing about, returning after imbedding themselves into a culture with amazing photographs to share with the world.
But now that I’m married and have a little boy, my goals have shifted a little. My assignments need to be in short bursts of a day or so, and closer to home. My outlet (a camera), however, is still the same. This is where the Austin photography studio comes in. It seems that more and more professionals these days work from home. And what better job could you have than the one that allows you to work your own hours and have people come to you?! If I could only get National Geographic to pay me for working at my Austin photo studio…
But the next best thing is inviting my clients to visit my home and have their photograph taken there. Of particular interest are intimate portraits, such as maternity/baby photography, individual headshots and modeling photography – all of which are commonly performed in a quiet, lighting-controlled studio setting.
My recent studio portrait session of a couple who are expecting a little girl went really smoothly, which is a testament to preparation in the studio. Before they arrived I spent some time making sure my softbox lighting was set up just as I’d like it to be. I also took other precautions such as getting all the props ready (with the help of my lovely wife, of course), prepared seating with comfortable pillows and blankets, set up a black backdrop and took a few practice shots.
Our resulting maternity photo session turned out wonderful. I think once my subjects saw our baby and maternity props, as well as the studio setup, they became more enthusiastic about the photos and the value that they inherently have. And we had a great time.