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Suggestions wanted for my new studio.
Old 11-13-2007, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Let me paint a quick picture (since I don't have a REAL picture yet) of my studio. It's 700 square feet and I mean literally SQUARE. It's 25x28. It's on the second floor above a garage. The doorway is narrow so no big props or furniture going in. Currently it's painted all white, floor and ceiling included. It is equipped with track lighting (it used to be an artist's studio for displaying her paintings), which will serve well to direct on my own framed work on the walls.

So, given the constraits of space, I'm wondering what kind of props people would suggest that are relatively easy to store. One idea I have is to get a number of 4x8 sheets of foamcore and put various styles of wallpaper on them to simulate various wall finishes and I can build a framework to hold them. What do some of you who own or rent studio space use for props? What would you suggest would be things to keep on hand for models and/or portrait clients?

Sadly enough, I do NOT have indoor plumbing or running water. I have to walk across the driveway into the house to use the bathroom. I would like to find a way fo rmodels to do makeup without having running water as well. Since I have NO IDEA what they might need in that regard, I'm also looking for input on that aspect.

If there is anything I'm missing, please feel free. I'm all ears because I want this venture of mine to SUCCEED.

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Re: Suggestions wanted for my new studio.
Old 11-13-2007, 02:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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99% of MUA's don't need water, so don't worry about that.
I would paint the ceiling black. Everything else you should be able to control from the sides, with lights and reflectors.
The most used props in my studio are chairs and yards of cheap fabric I usually buy on sale at Wal-mart. Also have a bunch of hats, but those are mostly used by high school seniors only.
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Here's some very useful props...
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Wooden boxes, lots of wooden boxes. Minimum of about a foot per side, a couple maybe 3 feet by 2 feet by 10 inches high. Maybe some 4 foot cubes if you have available space (different sizes should nest together), use 'em for tables. Great for storing lots of small stuff. Use as props either painted white or ruggedly unfinished, throw some fabric over them and create a multitude of shapes and arrangements for sets. The one I use most is about 16 inches square and 20 inches high. The "official name" if you wanna buy'em is apple crates and they run $35 up... get some 1/2 to 3/4 inch plywood and make your own much cheaper.

Stools and small chairs. Thrift store or yard sales. Sit on em, use 'em for props, have a variety at hand. Don't pass up a beat-up looking one. A can of red spray paint can do miracles.
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Re: Suggestions wanted for my new studio.
Old 11-24-2007, 07:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's actually a pretty big space. I always thought you had to have a big space to have a studio. Then I went to a local mall one time, they were using one of those kiosks. At one skinny end of the kiosks was their computer where they would print photos and charge people, the other skinny end was where they had a backdrop set up. I would say their area where they did photos was 10x10 at the most.
For you personally I would get the models their own table and chair with hollywood lights around the mirror. I would set up storage and a computer station on the same wall as the table and chair. Maybe do storage like Martha Stewart or that magazine (can't remember the name of it - Good Simple, they always have a nondescript cover and lettering). These are just the first thoughts I could think of.
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