Five years is HUGE! We are amazed every day by Studio Adorn and the talent that has used it over the years to make magic happen for their clients. We love that memories have been made, celebrations have been had, and other events have taken place right inside the studio! We have even used the studio to celebrate some of our big moments like us having a baby! Today we are feeling a little nostalgic and wanted to share our memories and feelings from our first year after opening the doors, because we still feel the exact same! ENJOY!
"Wow...one year! I can't even wrap my mind around the fact that more than one year ago, I started talking to Craig about wanting my own boudoir studio. In my mind, it was just a fun idea to play with, but I didn't actually think it would happen. Suddenly, I found myself driving around town looking for potential studios. Still, I didn't think it was really going to happen. Up until that point, we never had overhead. I met with clients either at local coffee shops, or at my house. I did boudoir sessions in hotel rooms, and the few newborn shoots that I did were at either my house or my client's house. We just made it work. But when I stepped foot into this 2nd floor, natural-light-filled, perfect-location space, my jaw hit the floor. Was it stinky? Yes..(it actually smelled like sushi for a while). Were ceiling tiles falling from being wet and full of mildew? Absolutely. Were the plastic purple base-boards burning holes into my retinas? You bet! But the potential was there. My dream actually seemed like something that would soon be tangible.
And so it began. The negotiations, the "how do we pay for this??," the brainstorm sessions, design meetings, purchases, hours upon hours of shopping for the perfect pieces, and so forth. And then...Craig brought up the idea of renting the space out. I'll admit...at first I was a little hesitant. The idea of renting it out was kind of scary to me. The logistics of it, etc. But we did it...we figured it out. And I am happy to say that we now not only have frequent renters, but we also have photographers who fly in from other states and use the space, we have studio members who have a lot of flexibility in the space to rent practically whenever they'd like, and we have a beautiful space that we can call home for our own shoots and meetings as well.
Something that we have personally really enjoyed in terms of renting out the space is seeing how much other photographers love it. Seeing their faces (and occasionally their client's faces as well if we happen to meet them) light up when they walk in is SUCH a joy! We really want everyone to feel comfortable and at home in the space, and we've received such positive feedback from our renters who say that they loved everything about it. Having a space to rent out to other photographers was a dream that we didn't even know we had until it happened. And now, we couldn't imagine it any other way. We love explaining our vision to our renters, telling them what they can expect to see in the studio in the coming months (some of which are currently in the works), and getting their feedback to hear what they want to see in there. We've added quite a few things to the space simply because of requests that renters have made.
When we first made the decision to rent out the space, we figured it would only be photographers who showed interest in renting. But we were proven wrong when we started receiving inquiries from people who wanted to shoot music videos there (it turned out amazing, by the way!), host talk shows (yes, that actually happened!), have meetings, and of course..do photo shoots. Meeting all of these people has opened our eyes even more to the community outside of photography. We have become good friends with some of our renters, opened up new doors through some of them, and have overall made amazing connections that would have otherwise never happened. We are so thankful to everyone who has supported us from the moment we came up with this idea, and into the future of Studio Adorn. We have big dreams for our little baby boutique studio, and we can't wait to watch her grow!" -Sivan Rettew (Studio Adorn, 1 year anniversary)
It's beyond exciting that we HAVE watched her grow! We remember being so nervous, but also so excited about taking this big step. It was not only a big step in our business, but one of our first big steps as a married couple. Now five years later the studio is still filled with incredible talent, and it's all thanks to YOU...our renters! Your reviews, posts, and word-of-mouth help us continue offering this space to you guys, and for that...we thank you! We look forward to so many more amazing years to come! We have a massive amount of photos that we have taken over the years along with the ones renters have sent us. Of course we would love to share them all, but that would take days, so here are just a few. Feel free to check out our Facebook, Instagram, past blogs to see more!