Where is your studio? The question I am asked every time I give out my business card.
We are photographers and synonymous with being a professional photographer is a studio. Photography studios popped up all over the place back in the 80's and 90's with the baby boomer generation and when the economy was booming. Baby boomers wanted what the generation before them didn't have, to show their success through portraits. It was quite prestigious for a bride-to-be to go into New York City or Boston to have her bridal portrait taken by the prestigious photography studios in those days. Back in the day, you had made it as a professional photographer if you owned your own studio. Then there was digital and the whole world of film photography and studios was shattered!
Film photography was a necessity to have a studio (if you could afford one!)
A studio was a necessity because you needed to have a black room to develop your images. Wedding photographers needed a studio for developing the hundreds of wedding photos they were hired to produce. What took a film photographer several months to get proofs off to the fretting bride, now takes weeks with digital.
First introduced and sold to the masses in 2001
...the first digital camera was invented in 1975, film photography would soon become a thing of the past after the popularity grew for digital. With the popularity of digital photography growing, the need for studio was not a necessity any longer. Old school professional film photographers were losing business to this new phenomenon. Brick and mortar studios overhead and cost of camera equipment was astronomical and without the steady flow of portrait clients, many studio photographers were put out of business.
When I discovered digital, 10 years ago, I packed away the 35mm camera and film...
and did something I had never even dreamed of doing. I quit my day job and amateur photographer status (I have been a hobby photographer for over 50 years (YIKES!) I started a photography business. I started it with a brand new Nikon D70 (in 2005) on a wing and a prayer! Studio, who needs a studio I thought when I have digital. I only needed the camera, a flash, and a computer. When I am asked where's my studio, I simply reply "it's where you are standing!" My studio is the world around us. Yes, I do have portable lighting, backdrops, laptop and other equipment that travels in the back of my 2005 Subaru. I have a creative space (as seen in the photo below).
Now this isn't to say photography studios are obsolete. In fact, some of my favorite fellow photographers have great studios, but they are in the fashion, glamour and fine portraiture photography. I like to suggest to my clients that they go to them for a posed headshot or for fine portraiture. Posing clients is not my thing. Candid and unsuspecting is my style.
To answer the FAQ about my studio I do not own one, but I do own a creative space of my own, over my garage above the old 2005 Subaru Outback.