MDJAK wrote in post #3272639
You seem to have it completely under control. I'm certainly no expert, but one piece of advice I can offer, if you decide to go with stand mounted lighting, is to buy high quality stands. They make a big difference.
Also, when you say glamour, are you intending on bringing models into your home? I know your wife is a cool person, and so is mine for that matter, but it's just something I personally wouldn't be comfortable with.
With business booming as you say, and more power to you and may it continue to get better, have you considered a studio space outside the home? That room is kind of narrow, though if you remember way back when, when I shot with Nilologist, her studio was quite small also and it worked just fine.
I think the booms or rails are a must in such a small space. As for stands, I have three low end ones and three mid end ones. Big difference between them as you say.
Bringing the glamor models into my house. Hmmm, never thought of that being an issue. Actually, when I say glamor I am leaning more toward portraits of neighborhood ladies that lean into glamor rather then nude, implied nude or erotic. Perhaps more like fashion or magazine style. And I certainly have occasional shots like the band or kids or stuff like that. But, as you say, my wife knows it is about photography and making pictures and providing a product and I wouldn't do anything that I wouldn't want my five year old daughter to see ... I'm just not a very secret guy. OTOH, I would let her watch me shoot nudes as I don't have much in the way of nudity taboos ... which is, of course, different from things with sexual/erotic implications that I wouldn't permit her to see ... but I won't debate that here (or anywhere as I doubt I will change anyone's mind.)
My photography is just part time at this point and 95%+ of my work is "on location" Live Entertainment and other types of location work. The studio portrait/glamor stuff is mostly for fun or experience. Also, I live in a very small town ... 5000 ... and there aren't many buildings that lend themselves to being a studio. So, while the casino does have me do some things that clearly benefit from a bigger studio space, they provide me with use of their stage as a studio which is quite extensive and will bring or setup anything I need beyond my studio kit ... stools, chairs, ladders, or even stands or trusses and stage lights if needed. I really have the best of all possible worlds for what I am doing these days.
Yes, I remember Frederique quite well ... if I recall I wierded her out somehow ... oh, well, she has a lot of talent and should do well as she builds her experience and portfolio ... I haven't got enough years left to do that.