Chosen Moments Photography Studio
The portrait studio started as a vision a little over a year ago, and the search was on to find a commercial space to rent in the Hudson Valley. Turns out, the hardest part was finding ceilings that are high enough to put up backdrops and lighting. Then we found this 2000 square-foot gem, nestled at the entrance of a beautiful residential neighborhood in Hopewell Junction, NY, in a 2-story building that looks more like a large house than a commercial building. My studio is on the second floor, and I am one of 5 businesses in the building. With graph paper, ruler, and pencil in hand, I started sketching out my ideas into an initial design. We built a 14' high cyc wall that stretches 19 feet wide and turns a corner for another 8 feet, giving the appearance of infinity. No need to set up a seamless white backdrop because it's always there!
The studio also includes a client meeting area, office, bathroom, kitchenette, dressing room, and two hair/makeup stations, plus the huge shooting area. Windows along two of the walls ensure plenty of natural light, with blackout curtains to control the light when needed. For photographers in the area who are looking for a space to shoot, the studio is available to rent. Please get in touch with me and we can talk about details.
I am grateful beyond words for the people who have worked so hard to turn this shell of a space into something beautiful, inspiring, and exactly what I've always wanted for a photography studio. My husband, Mike, has taken the lead on the construction, using his engineering and design skills to bring this project to life. Also invaluable to this endeavor is Mark Frost, an excellent engineer and carpenter. The space is complete, including custom French doors leading into the studio - truly one-of-a-kind, and a collaboration of ideas in art, design, functionality, and just-because-we-can.
From a DREAM.....
To a REALITY.....
Here's a look at the process of making this space into a beautiful studio, starting with nothing but studs and a little sheetrock. It's been a journey!