For some time now I have wanted to have a studio. I didn’t always want one for several reasons. Over the past couple of years I have been thinking about having a studio more and more. Back when I was working as a photographer’s assistant one photographer gave me a pretty solid piece of advice: “When you have a studio, the tail starts to wag the dog.” Meaning, as he explained, you might end up taking every job, even ones you hate, just to pay the rent. Taking every job that comes along just to pay the rent was not why I wanted to be in photography. That has been in the back of my mind since then.
I have often said that I would not get a studio unless I had six months of rent and expenses in the bank. That is so I could stay open even if I had no paying clients for six months. Well I don’t know about you but getting $12,000 to $15,000 in the bank hasn’t happened for me. But now I’m thinking about a studio more and more. I like to teach and many people have been asking about studio lighting classes or pinup classes. Things I would like to teach but without a studio teaching those classes would not be very easy. So, I have started to look for a studio.
Am I in any hurry to get a studio? Not really. As with most things I believe, you get what you need not necessarily what you want. I think the Stones said something like that in one of their songs. Anyway, if you see a post in the next few months about me getting a studio you will know it happened. If you don’t see such a post, then maybe I’m still thinking about it. Photography is something I have enjoyed for many years and I don’t want getting a studio to change that!