In the Studio With Aimee Pool | Natural Light Photography Studio

This week we are in the studio with Aimee  of  Aimee Pool Photography!  Let’s take a peak into this warm, organic natural light studio in California.

Photography Studio Tour | Aimee Pool Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

Where is your studio located? Scotts Valley, California

Is your studio commercial or residential?  My studio is located in a little retail shopping center

Do you use natural light, studio light or both? 100% Natural Light

Photography Studio Tour | Aimee Pool Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

Photography Studio Tour | Aimee Pool Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

How long have you been a photographer? I have been doing photography professionally for 6 years although it has been a hobby of mine since I was in High School.  I got my first studio space two years ago and I was there for about a year. I have been in my current studio for a little over a year now.

How did you choose your space? I choose my studio because it offers amazing natural light and it has beautiful wood floors. The entire front of my studio is surround by sliding glass doors and windows, it is perfect and it gives me a lot of space to work with. I wanted a space that would be big enough to have a parent and sibling area so I was super excited that this space large enough for me to create this. My parents have their own little area that is set-up for them to relax in.

In three words how would you describe the style and feeling your studio evokes? Airy, warm and organic… Yes, it is airy and warm all at the same time.

Photography Studio Tour | Aimee Pool Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

What type of photography do you specialize in? How has your studio helped you grow your business, if  it has? I specialize in newborns, maternity and children. I am also known in my area for my field and beach maternity sessions. My studio has been the best decision that I have ever made for my business and it has grown leaps and bounds since I opened my studio.

What is your favourite thing about your studio space? What makes it special to you? I love the natural light and the warm feeling that it offers. I recently added a parent area that is comfortable and relaxing for families and I am so happy to have it. My clients are always telling me how comfortable my studio is and many of my parents often take naps during their newborns session.

Photography Studio Tour | Aimee Pool Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props
Photography Studio Tour | Aimee Pool Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

How do you keep your props organized and ready to use for sessions? I store my blankets on some shelves and I store my maternity gowns and children’s dresses in a wardrobe closet. I have two antique towel racks that I hang my wraps on and I just love them, they are probably one of my favorite things in my studio.

Photography Studio Tour | Aimee Pool Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

Advice and tips for opening a studio?   A studio can be scary but it has been the best decision that I have ever made for my business. When looking for a studio I think that it is important that you find something that matches your style. I am a natural light photographer so I needed a space that would have lots of beautiful light flowing in. I looked for months before I signed the lease on my current studio. I wanted a certain look and feel along with the natural light so I think that it is important to not rush into something but to wait right space.

You can view Aimee’s photography work on her website and follow her on facebook.  Thank you so much Aimee for sharing your gorgeous studio! View more studio tours here.

Shop Baby Joy Studios Props here.

Newborn Photo Props | Baby Joy Studios | Headbands, wraps, hats

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Online Photography Courses | Learn outdoor golden hour lighting

Ready to get comfortable shooting outdoors?! The Milky Way online courses may be the push you need!   So far I have taken the Milky Way outdoor lighting class, the studio lighting class and the newborn posing class and I highly, highly recommend them all!! These classes are a really great way to get detailed and comprehensive training from the comfort of your own home! I sit on my couch after the kids go to bed and watch them on my ipad with a cup of tea!

The courses are a mixture of pdf’s and video tutorials. Lisa and Erin have a natural talent to lay everything out in an easy way to read and the course are organized in a simple to the point way (which I love!! Who has time to read through the fluff these days ?!).  Plus you get access to the courses and videos for life! I am continually going through my courses over the year and looking things up again.  For those of you who follow my photography work, Rebecca Joy Studios, know that I am mainly a studio light photographer.  For me to get outdoors pushes me out of my comfort zone for sure! I wanted to share a photo session I did just this week (see below).  This is my second outdoor session since  taking the outdoor lighting course! I am thrilled with the results and the confidence I am gaining to venture outdoors!! I adore the golden hour photos and am happy to have them in my portfolio finally! Thank you Lisa and Erin!!

Good news! The next set of fall classes have just opened! Plus they are offering early bird pricing to the classes but only until September 12th.  Then classes start on Sept 16th. So if you are ready to educate yourself and nail those photos you have always wanted to achieve this is the time! The courses do fill up and sell out. The outdoor class is called {Enlighten}. For more information and to get the early bird pricing check it out here.

More info on all the classes available >>

Outdoor Lighting – Enlighten

          Studio Lighting – Illuminate  (see my photo session results from this class here)

Newborn posing – Beyond the Beanbag

Newborn Editing – Purely Polished

Photos by Rebecca Joy Studios | Photography Courses | Natural Outdoor Lighting | Studio Lighting
Photos by Rebecca Joy Studios | Photography Courses | Natural Outdoor Lighting | Studio Lighting
Photos by Rebecca Joy Studios | Photography Courses | Natural Outdoor Lighting | Studio Lighting
Photos by Rebecca Joy Studios | Photography Courses | Natural Outdoor Lighting | Studio Lighting

The Milky Way | Online Photography Classes | newborn photography

 

Outdoor Lighting – Enlighten

Studio Lighting – Illuminate

Newborn posing – Beyond the Beanbag

Newborn Editing – Purely Polished

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Newborn Headband & wrap set | Photo Props

Hot off the camera! Love this gorgeous photo by the talented Kelley Ryden Newborn Photographer! Baby is not only sporting the biggest smile, but also the new matching headband to the {Organic Weave} mini blanket!  This set will be coming to the shop soon! Make sure you are a Baby Joy Member to get notified and to receive promos! Join for free here. Shop the mini blanket and more photo props here.

Newborn Photography Props | by Baby Joy Studios

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In the Studio with Laura Gattis Photography | Photo Studio Tour

This week we are in the studio with Laura Gattis of Laura Gattis Photography.  Let’s take a look into this naturally beautiful photography studio tour.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

Where is your studio located? Tampa, Florida

Is your studio commercial or residential? How many square feet? Commercial, 150 square feet.

Do you use natural light, studio light or both? Natural light, all the way.

How long have you been a photographer?  I’ve dabbled in photography since college (10 years ago) where I used to develop my own black and white film, that is where my passion began. In late 2012 I left my job designing hands-on exhibits for children’s museums and after taking a few months to get everything pulled together, I launched my photography business in January of 2013.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props
 How did you choose your space? I wasn’t looking and hadn’t planned on having a studio space when it happened (it was a far off dream) – it just kind of fell into my lap. My studio is located in an old cigar building in historic tampa which once housed over 1000 workers and cigar rollers daily. The original brick walls, oddly sized windows and wood floors tell an amazing story, but also posed many challenges as I wasn’t allowed to drill or nail into the brick. There was no central a/c and my space is super tiny (10′ x 15′). The challenges I faced with the space only led to a more authentic and natural feel, which I quickly fell in love with. I have a north facing 8′ tall window that I would have been crazy to walk away from. Shooting in my space is a dream, the lighting so clean and creamy. I’m located at the end of the warehouse where I share an atrium space with other artists, but now mainly other photographers. It’s been amazing connecting and collaborating with them and also having this amazing space to host events and workshops. The icing on the cake would be the original fire escape stairs that lead right up to our gallery space, a freight elevator from the early 1900′s and maybe a few ghost stories. The vibe, the feel, the warmth and authenticity of it all just adds to the experience for my clients. It’s unique and quirky. I’d like to think that I’m unique (and quirky). And I like that.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props
Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

In three words how would you describe the style and feeling your studio evokes? Raw, Authentic, Natural Beauty.

What type of photography do you specialize in? How has your studio helped you grow your business, if  it has? I specialize in maternity, newborn and family sessions, but my real passion lies in capturing the intimate beauty between a mama and her child. These moments are so sacred and fleeting–capturing that innocence and raw emotion of their connection is something I can never get enough of. It’s beauty is effortless, and capturing it in a natural form is something that makes my heart sing like nothing else.

What is your favourite thing about your studio space? What makes it special to you? The light. The authenticity. You can’t fabricate that, it’s there and knowing I’ve nabbed it makes me feel like one lucky girl.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props
Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

How do you keep your props organized and ready to use for sessions? Since my space is so small, my wraps and blankets are essentially part of the decor in my studio. I have a Serena & Lily ladder that I use to hold some of my more delicate wraps. I also have a large raw wood shelving display cabinet that I use to display my products as well as stack up my wraps, blankets and cloth nappies. Blankets can also be found laid across the bed, rocking chair and even hanging from a rope-wrapped brass hook on my wall.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

You can view Laura’s photography work on her website and follow her on facebook.  Thank you so much Laura for sharing your gorgeous studio!

View more studio tours here!  Shop Baby Joy Studios Props here.

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