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 (very close to where we live...who can beat that?!), my jaw hit the floor. I thought "dangit! This is why Craig needs to be with me at these things. I just completely ruined my poker face!" The realtor knew immediately that I loved the space. 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, the liability, 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!
As with anything, receiving reviews can really boost your spirits and help you see that you're doing something right. Below are some of the 5 star reviews we've received from previous renters:
"Loved working at Studio Adorn and have been booking all of my upcoming boudoir marathons there. So much easier to use than a hotel, no parking or valet fees for my clients and a lot more options to photographdifferent scenes. Love how customizable everything is and my clients love the casual atmosphere!" - Kristen Weaver Photography
"I had an amazing time today, so much we added time in middle of our session and could have kept going.... I know I have said it before but this studio is truly a photographers dream come true. Every time I use it I never have the same finished product, there is so much space and options to get creative with. Today proved to me yet again I am so happy to be a member at Studio Adorn. Sivan and Craig thank you again for giving back to the photog community with this outstanding space."
"Perfect set up! So many areas to shoot and variety of looks." - Bumby Photography
"I am a member at Studio Adorn and utilized this luxurious space for my last Boudoir Bash and I can honestly describe it as "One of the Best Studio Experiences" myself and my clients have ever had. The space is not only very versatile but Sivan has thought of everything down to a Hair & Make-Up Station, Mini Beverage Cooler, Social Sitting Area and the Interchangeable Fixtures and Props really complete this exceptional location. Honestly as a bonus you can't beat the price, lighting and overall experience anywhere else. Thank you Sivan and Craig for creating such a beautiful and well thought out space for your peers and their clients to enjoy. I look forward to all my Boudoir Session in 2014 taking place in Studio Adorn." - Kathy Thomas Photography
"I used this space for a New Born/family session. The family adored their images from the session and I loved shooting in this space. I will definitely be using this for shoots in the future." - Lora Rodgers Photography
"Absolutely stunning studio owned and managed by a super sweet and hospitable couple. You will NOT find a location like this one in Central Florida. Check out their monthly memberships. I recently closed my own studio and signed up for their monthly membership. They are affordable and worth every penny. You won't regret it!" - Sexy, Beautiful Me
"Loved renting Studio Adorn. It is clean, beautiful and full of natural light. There are a ton of backdrop and set-ups you can use. I was there for 2 hours and could not even possibly use all of them!" - Kim Truelove Photography
"This is awesome! Truly making a dream come true, how exciting it must be. Congratulations and best wishes for great success." - Lani Shuck
"Unique space with tons of options? Great people running the place? Can't ask for a better photography (or in our case videography) experience!" - Xcelencia XlxMusic
"Just finished a great boudoir shoot at the gorgeous, stunning, immaculate STUDIO ADORN!!! Thank you so much!!! Can't wait to be back here!" - Bethany May Photography
"Omg Wow! This is how I would have to tell others when asked on what I thought of your studio. I just had another wonderful fun photo session and I fell in love with your studio. The studio is so open to so many styles of photography from chic to soft romantic. Everything is designed so well for no fuss sessions allowing more time with the photographer. I can't wait to do other sessions at your studio." - Yolanda Rangel
- "I actually scheduled this session with Sarah for after my March wedding. I knew I wanted sexy couples photos together...dress coming off etc. I had seen photos on Pinterest of this type of photo and wanted some of our own. Danny really wanted to get a photo that we could hang in our master bedroom. More of an editorial photo. Sarah had suggested maybe we could use Studio Adorn for our Couples Boudoir session. I had not heard of the studio before, but when she sent me the link to your website I was just blown away! I asked her to book it right away as that would be the PERFECT spot to achieve the photos we wanted. Studio Adorn provided the PERFECT backdrop and props. I loved how you really could move any piece of furniture or backdrop to create the exact scene you wanted for each photo. It was the most perfect place for our intimate couples boudoir photos. Our photographer captured some amazing shots and am so glad she suggested Studio Adorn for our boudoir session. We could not be happier with the location we chose and the end photos! Thank you for the amazing space to use to achieve photos we will treasure forever!" - Paige
And now I would like to take a step back and look at where we were one year ago. We were both so nervous, but SO excited. This wasn't just something exciting in our business, but it was something exciting in our marriage. I started Sivan Photography while Craig and I were dating, but that was my thing, while his was his full-time job as an electrical engineer. This, though, was our thing. It was our baby; a project we would start together, work hard on together, and bring to life together. From the moment he started ripping up the nasty carpets in that space, I remember feeling this surge of excitement and wonder. We took so many photos to document the entire process. In case you haven't seen it, you should check it out in the link below!
Photos from our Vendor Grand Opening:
And finally, THE STUDIO <3
Again, thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting us through this leap of faith. We are so thankful and grateful for the people we have met, the relationships we've made, and the help we've received along the way (whether it was a pat on the back, or friends physically helping us put the studio together).
Happy first anniversary, Studio Adorn! Cheers to many, many more!