Guest Post: How to Turn Your Garage into a Photo Studio

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: When I lived in Kanata (Ottawa), I remember so many houses in my neighbourhood having garages that served another purpose other than storing your car (& that tent you haven’t touched since Junior High). Some people created another room to their home, while some used it as a ‘man cave’. What about using it as the space you create and/or conduct business? Guest blogger, Maurine Anderson, is sharing tips and tricks on how to turn your garage into your very own photo studio!

Are you considering turning your garage into a photo studio? Doing so is entirely possible and often only requires a little planning and renovation work on your part. Here is a brief look at the basics of converting any garage into a space fit for taking beautiful, well-lit photos.

[ Insulate Your Garage ]

Let’s start with some garage renovation talk. If you want to turn your garage into a photo studio, then it’s a good idea to think about insulating your garage. Insulating your garage will protect the expensive equipment you use in your studio from temperature-related damage, and it will make your studio a more comfortable space to work in. Insulating your garage will actually involve doing a few different things to your garage, detailed below. It isn’t entirely necessary to do all of these things, but they are good things to think about nonetheless.

Door

If you don’t have one already, consider investing in an insulated garage door for your garage. Garage doors with insulating properties can make a major difference.

Walls

You’ll want to start by air sealing the walls using a combination of spray foam insulation and silicone caulk. Then, you will need to install fiberglass insulation on the unfinished walls in your garage. If desired, you’ll also want to finish your garage walls with drywall.

Ceiling

Don’t forget to add a basic level of insulation to your ceiling as well. Finish your ceiling with drywall as well if desired.

Air Conditioning

While not entirely necessary, it may also be a good idea to install some sort of air conditioning in your garage for those warmer months. Fortunately, this is easier than you might think, thanks to free standing A/C units.

[ Consider All-Glass Garage Doors ]

Natural lighting is extremely flattering in photos and makes easy work of a photo shoot in many circumstances. For this reason, it may be a good idea for you to consider all-glass garage doors for your garage if you are converting it into a photo studio. Glass garage doors will allow you to reap the benefits of natural lighting while keeping dust and debris out of your garage.

[ Invest in Studio Lighting ]

If you would rather go the studio lighting route, then you’ll want to invest in a good studio lighting “arsenal” that will serve all of your photography needs. Your needs will vary, of course, depending on the particular photo work that you plan on doing. If you primarily practice product photography, for example, then you will likely want two large flashes, positioned opposite one another to cancel out the shadows. If you photograph portraits, on the other hand, your lighting configuration may be a little more complicated, involving a key light, a fill light, and then a catchlight for the eyes. If you like to get a little creative with your photography, meanwhile, you might invest some unique lighting pieces like a UV light. Needs will vary greatly depending on what work you primarily do, so let your needs dictate what studio lighting you invest in here.

[ Get Some Backdrops ]

While you can refinish the floor and walls in your garage to make them beautiful backdrops themselves for your photos, chances are you’ll need some portable backdrops for both convenience and variety in your garage photo studio. Your needs will dictate what you do here. If you tend to photograph people against an all-white background, for example, you’ll want a large white seamless paper backdrop for your studio. If you photograph people but prefer more variety for your background, you might invest in a few colorful backdrops and textured looking floor drops for a more custom look. If you do product photography, on the other hand, you may simply need a lightbox set on top of a small table. If you do food photography, you might need a small table and a few different tablecloths.

[ Collect Some Props ]

It also helps to establish a small prop “arsenal” in any photo studio. Again, your needs will dictate what you do here. If you primarily do portrait work, then maybe your only props will be some hats and a couple of solid colored button-up shirts. If you do a lot of food photography, then you might have a collection of fake fruit pieces, bowls and plates, decorative silverware, and cooking utensils.

Thanks, Maurine for sharing your tips on how to create your very own photo studio in your garage! I wish I had a garage to do this myself!

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This past weekend, my husband & I celebrated our first year of marriage (January 28th). We had a beach wedding in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) with 40 of our closest friends & family. The day itself went off without a hitch – beautiful weather, delicious food, lots of love and joy – I truly couldn’t have asked for a better day.

While planning a destination can save you significant money, it’s still a lot of work & not knowing what things actually look like until you’re physically there can be a bit overwhelming but I’d recommend it to anyone. Not only do you get to say your vows in a gorgeous setting but you get to make a trip out of it with a group of people!

In today’s post, I’m giving you 10 budget tips I used for my wedding that Continue reading “Bougie On A Budget: 10 Ways to Wow at Your Wedding”

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If you’re new to Lifestyle Queen Bee, first of all welcome & thank you for stopping by my little corner on the internet! I hope you peruse the blog & subscribe to the great content that’s coming in the new year! If you’re a regular, thanks for sticking by me while my blog grew from clunky to Continue reading “Lifestyle Queen Bee’s Top 10 Posts of 2016!”

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One of my favourite things to do for my skin is a deep cleaning face mask. With the colder weather starting to creep its way in, the dryness will start to take its toll on our faces. While we all would love to treat ourselves to a weekly spa day or have the cash to shell out on expensive beauty products, we can still achieve fantastic results at home using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen! Today, I’m sharing 5 AMAZING DIY Face Masks I have stumbled upon & have personally used myself that provided me with results! Continue reading “5 DIY Face Masks to Try This Weekend!”

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Brushing w/ Activated Charcoal + 5 Things To Do This Weekend

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Nobody wants to have yellow teeth. Sometimes you don’t even realize your sparkling white smile has taken a downward turn until you wear that new shade if red lipstick and *gasp* see the difference in your smile. Embarrassing, right? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all had moments of ‘less than stellar white’ smiles. That coffee-a-day (or 2 – guilty as charged) doesn’t exactly help your cause. Now before you lose your mind thinking I’m going to suggest quitting your much required daily cup of sanity, I’ve got a solution for you – Charcoal.

No, No. Not the kind you’ll be using this weekend to fire up the grill. Activated charcoal which is totally safe (& good for you!) to consume. Before you write me off as crazy, Continue reading “Brushing w/ Activated Charcoal + 5 Things To Do This Weekend”