February has seen a few changes to the studio layout here at Shooting The Dog. Things came to a head in the small studio space, when we had Jake in for a photo shoot. Jake was a BIG doberman, and there just wasn’t room to do him justice.
Trying to fit Jake, my lights and backdrop into the small space at the back of the shop was almost impossible.
Changes out the Front
So the decision was made to move the studio out into the main shop area. This meant that I would have to be disciplined and pack everything away after a shoot. I would also have to allow enough time before a shoot to set everything up. But I could do that … right?
All the lights, back drops, stands, etc. are stored under the stage area. They just need to be set-up before a photo shoot.
A black out blind has been fitted to block the morning sun, and hide distractions from passers by.
Changes Out The back
All this meant that we now had space at the back of the shop. So to free up some space in the Framing Dept, we moved some of the framing equipment to the back of the shop. Oh, and we also re-purposed an old door to make a wonderful new workbench.
Now all we needed was a client to try out the new set-up. Step up Benji, who was our first client to use the new studio space.
Both Jake and Benji received their Shooting The Dog® bandannas from The Prancing Dog, and hopefully will be proudly wearing them around the town.
Friday sees another client coming in for a shoot, this time a Border Terrier. We’re looking forward to see how the changes to the studio layout work for that one. We really need to get the set-up and take down working much smoother. We also need to get the lights setup properly first time, so we don’t waste time during the session messing about with things like that.
As always every session is an opportunity to fine tune what we do, and we are always looking for ways we can improve the client experience.