wizard13 wrote in post #16146100
I have been looking through the various business posts and was still left with these questions:
1- What are some pitfalls that people fall into when they launch their photography business from a home studio?
I don't know if 'pitfalls' is the right term (at least not for my comment), but here are my considerations and/or things I've heard from others who have done it...
A) Clients will know where you and your family live; this isn't impossible to find out anyway, but it may be a consideration
B) Realize that any parts of your studio (or in this case your home) are a direct reflection of you and your business. The exterior should be tidy as well as any areas that you have to lead them through. While a home is to be lived in, if you are bringing in clients it should be kept clean.
2- Any suggestions on what to include when building a studio?
I am adding a 20' x 24' addition on the side of my house. It will be a dedicated studio. It will have a half bath with a 36" vanity (room for make-up, etc). The ceilings will be 12'. It will be attached to my home office so that is where I will have my computer for all editing. Planning to have a table and some chairs in the studio for meetings and an exterior door for clients to enter the studio.
Any input any of you POTNers could give would be much appreciated since this community has a wealth of knowledge!
Thanks in advance-
Just thinking out loud...
Are you going to have a LCD or display to preview images with clients? Will this be separate from your editing monitor? If so, and you want it to be wall mounted, I would work with the builder/electrician to run any cabling in the wall if possible (just keeping things nice and clean) as opposed to having cables drapping the walls.
Secondly, I'm assuming that you will be using studio strobes. Have the electrian put outlets anywhere you think you might want them. This would be easier to do now than to have to pull out extension cords all the time.