In July my Portrait Studio will have been open for 4 years. It is a source of great satisfaction that I have a place to practice my craft, and photograph my clients in a controlled environment. When my Studio Partner came to me with the idea, it did not take me long to agree with her to open the Studio and share the expenses. Our businesses are separate, but we share the Studio space. We found a reasonably priced space in the Professional Building on Lisbon Street in Lewiston, Maine. A small reception area and one room we could use for our camera work. The only drawback is being on the 6th floor, but there is an elevator (that works most of the time). We don't see any walk by customers, but our work is done by appointment only, anyway. Besides, how much Studio work is gained from folks walking on the street? I would say, not much.
We started with just 2 studio lights and a reflector. I now have 2 lights from Paul C Buff, and Brenda has 4 lights. We have acquired many backdrops and props, as well as reflectors and light modifiers. As you can guess, we quickly outgrew the single Studio room. When the office next to ours became vacant, we rented it. Now we had a room dedicated to props and equipment. It was not long before another office was vacated, and we added it to the studio. We now have two fully functioning Portrait Studios to use for our clients.
It is a real pleasure to have a client in the studio and be able to capture the look and feel of what they have in mind. Some clients will consult with me on their clothing and makeup, along with the backdrop that gives them just what they have in mind. The studio also lets the creative juices flow when photographing models or actors for their portfolio.
While I do photograph small weddings and elopements on the Coast of Maine and some of the adjacent Islands, my main focus is on my portraiture work with individuals and families. I am also very enthusiastic about photographing company events, group photos and headshots for Business use.
I invite you to contact me if you need a Photographer in, and around, Maine.