Quad Cities Photography Studio | Designing and Building a New Studio | Step 1 – Framing

***Check it out***  I’m SUPER excited to announce that Amanda Oakes Photography will now have an official studio location just southwest of the Quad Cities for newborn sessions, child sessions, senior sessions, and small family sessions!

Want to know how this all came about…Let’s chat about it!  My husband and I decided to build our home four years ago on some property my parent’s own in a rural area just southwest of the Quad Cities.  We love it out here!  We have a horse, cattle, 2 dogs, and a cat.  There are farm fields all the way around us, and the most amazing sunrises and sunsets you can imagine.  My favorite spot in the house is out on the porch sitting on the porch swing.  It’s so peaceful and quiet.

When we decided to build out here, I had no idea that a photography business was just around the corner in our future, so a studio was never in the blueprints.  We knew we wanted a big basement when we built the house, but we weren’t sure exactly how we wanted to finish it so for the time being we simply put down carpet remnants, painted the concrete walls to give it a warmer feel, and then set up different areas within the basement for an extra bedroom, a family room, a weight room, storage room, and an office.  Not once did I think we would be putting in a studio in our home.

Fast forward a couple years, and Amanda Oakes Photography was born!  I started out doing only outdoor sessions, and then it progressed into a few indoor sessions in a little make-shift studio I had in the basement to use during those cold winter months when shooting outside wasn’t an option.  Doing those sessions made me realize how much I love doing studio work…the lighting setups, the backdrops, the props…it’s something I enjoyed just as much as the outdoor photography, and I wanted to offer my clients opportunities for amazing studio portraits.

Sooooooo….The day has come!  We officially decided the wonderful Amanda Oakes Photography clients deserve the most amazing studio!  We are putting this studio in our home in our basement, and it’s going to be amazing!  When you come down the steps, the office will be to your left.  If you turn to the right, you will walk through the most beautiful slider door into a large studio.  Off the studio will be a set of 15-lite french doors into a super comfy waiting area.  I wanted to have it set up this way so parents have a relaxing spot to hang out, watch tv, read a magazine, etc. while the entire time they can watch the session as I work with their kiddo(s).  I have been on Pinterest pinning tons of ideas that inspire me for styles and ways to decorate this incredible new space.  Make sure to follow me on Pinterest to see all my boards and follow along with me!

I’m overjoyed that in just two short years, this is where this business is taking me.  It still seems like I’m in a dream…can this really be happening??!?!  Yes, yes it is, and it’s incredible!  I’m so excited to give my clients an amazing space to come to so that you feel at home when you’re in my studio.  Sessions are meant to be an amazing experience, and this will be an inviting, relaxing, and fun space for us to capture these incredible moments together!

I thought you all might enjoy following along in our progress and what we’re doing.  So for today’s post, here are some of the before pictures and then a few pictures as we started framing things up.  I’m photographing each step of the process, so we’ll make a series out of these blog posts to keep you up-to-date on each step of the progress!

Enjoy, and wish us luck!

This will be where the studio is and then towards the back will be the waiting area with restroom.

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This is the office area.

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This is another view looking out of the studio straight back to the waiting area.

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This is the office area being framed.

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This is the studio area framed.

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Another view of the office.

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Studio and waiting area framed.

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This is the part I’m super excited about.  This is where we will put in a slider door to go from the office into the studio.  I love the rustic look, so a slider door is absolutely fitting!

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Here are the 15-lite french doors before they are stained.

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Here is the one door and the frame stained.  I really love the color a lot!

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If you have any ideas about things you’d like to see in the photography studio or would like to share your story about finishing a basement, feel free to leave a comment below!  I’m always happy to hear new ideas!

Amanda Oakes Photography specializes in family, child, wedding, newborn, senior and maternity photography in the Quad Cities and the surrounding area including but not limited to Moline, IL, Davenport, IA, Bettendorf, IA, Muscatine, IA, Aledo, IL and Rock Island, IL.

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