When you think of booking a photoshoot and where you want your pictures to be taken you may not know exactly where you want to take your pictures. But I would bet you are imagining an outdoor location, not an indoor studio. I would also bet that when you think studio photos you initially think of the JcPenney photo studio your mom possibly drug you to for photos as a child. While neither of these images is necessarily bad or wrong, this is absolutely not the type of studio photo session I am talking about.
The studio photo session that I am talking about is a simplified, clean photo session with a solid color backdrop with natural light that showcases you without distractions. The most common way I complete a studio session is using the white wall at my studio, Studio 125. My husband and I opened Studio 125 two years ago after I had rented a white wall studio in STL and wanted to have the opportunity to use one in the Quincy area. Since then, I have become even more fond of studio sessions. There are so many reasons to have a studio session instead of an outdoor session. Here are the top three!
Okay. This is probably incredibly obvious, but it really is the best thing about a studio session. You don’t have to be checking the weather hourly hoping the rain holds off or pack a rag to wipe your sweat between shots. Studio are climate controlled and always have even lighting, no awkward shadows or squinty eyes from the sun. My studio uses natural light, not artificial. Lighting is a huge aspect that makes or breaks your photos. Studio sessions always have the best lighting.
Your outfit and YOU get to truly be the focus at a studio session. You aren’t competing with the landscape, sky or other background features to catch the focus in your image. You are clearly the star of your images with no distraction. That is exactly how your images should be. Your images aren’t about the cool sunset or wicked view. Your images are about you; your story, your personality. At a studio session with me we can use a white, black, dark tan, light tan or light blue backdrop. These are all solid color backdrops that we use to compliment your outfit or skin tone, not compete with you.
My favorite thing about getting to be a photographer is getting to tell so many stories through images. Using your outfit, posing and the location we get to evoke different emotions and tell your story. Your initial thought may be that studio photos have to be stiff and stale. In reality, a studio gives you the freedom to move and use props in ways that other locations can’t. Props are some of my favorite things when using the studio for photos. Stools, chairs, blankets, flowers or disco balls are some of the various props I have used for sessions. Being able to use different pieces of furniture means that we have opened a whole new box of poses and opportunities. Seriously, the options for story telling are endless at a studio session.
I could go on and on about the benefits of studio photos. The mom in me is dying to remind you that with a studio session there is a bathroom steps away to prevent any bladder mishaps and gives you the chance to triple check that your hair is perfection. If you have been thinking about booking a studio session, I hope this convinced you. If you were hesitant about a studio session you have coming up, I hope this reassured you that this is the PERFECT decision for your photos. I would LOVE to have you in my studio in front of my camera so soon. Inquire here to get on my schedule!
ANDDDD. If you are a photographer needing a photo studio space, Studio 125 is always available for a photographer to rent. Inquire HERE to view the studio schedule. 🙂