One of the benefits of working for yourself is that you don't have to commute to a workplace, sit at a desk for nine hours, then return home. As a photographer, my commute consisted of walking downstairs in my jammies, grabbing a cup of coffee, and sitting in my office.
Well, after a year of working from home, I'm greatly enjoying having an outside studio. The main issue I had about working from home is that I'm trying to work at home. Two kids running around the house yelling and a wife needing me to pick up milk at the grocery store (among other things) was just too much. Now, I have a quiet space where I can blast my music in peace.
In my home office, I had a studio set up for product shots along with a computer desk and lots of camera gear. Most of that stuff has been moved to my new studio, so now we've opened a new room in the house. Another advantage is that I'm sharing my office with a TV production studio, so I'm able to use a lot of their space, their props, and their sets for portraits and product shots.
One thing I've always to do is experiment with lighting for portraits. I've not been able to simply because I didn't have the space for it. Now, I do. I hope that means more creative photos will soon be coming.
Plus, the wine rack is always stocked!
The inaugural shot in my new studio. I had a strobe outside shining through a window on to the black wall and another strobe in a softbox for Howard.