As the story goes, it started with myself asking an old school friend who runs a beautiful boutique in a local village, for contact information of the owner of a property next to theirs which currently stood empty. She came back to me with the details but also of the news that he isn't putting it on the market any time soon. However, why don't I pop in an we can discuss the possibility of me using their 'Basement' for photo shoots!
Well it's a start I thought! I pictured going down a set of creaky stairs to a, below floor level dark basement. So when I popped in, I was mightily surprised to find the room was in fact on ground floor level with their shop floor based up a beautiful set of stairs!
Although it won't be a permanent home for Marie-Louise Hall Photography, it is a stepping stone! A location where I can put on photo shoots for all occasions, families big and small, newborns, toddlers any you can think of! It's a private space, which is currently used for showing 'last seasons dresses', this can all be moved to give an area perfect for photography! This is much better than only having the option to work from clients homes or on location!
I set up my studio equipment, it looks small in this image, huh, that's because of all of the space! This drop is 3m wide, at the moment in clients homes i'm limited to around 1.5m! It's a huge difference! We didn't move any of the dresses downstairs, as the shop was still open to the public whilst taking this test photo, so I couldn't get the full length of the part time studio in properly! I am currently in the process of purchasing some lovely paper backdrop rolls which will give that perfect studio feel. I will also be hanging some of my own photography work on the wall to the right of the setup, as well as having details and photographs in the middle shop window (which you can see above!).
Photo sessions here will be strictly appointment only. This is because Hayley, who runs this beautiful boutique, has a spray tanning booth which she sets up in the room and it is also the location of bridal party fittings, it's her store so she takes priority, which is only right!
So would you like to know more about the location? Well firstly it's in the mainly Georgian town of Castle Donington, close to Jct 24 of the M1, on bus routes from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, also a short bus ride from Long Eaton Train Station, as well as right next to East Midlands Airport. Perfect if you're stuck for transport! Opposite the shop, on a one way system their is a free to use, public car park and ample of free street parking.
The studio will be based on Clapgun Street, within Jade Boutique - an independent Prom, Bridesmaid Dresses and Daywear clothing shop! If you live nearby or even far i'd recommend you take a visit, it's beautiful! They are soon to be getting an online shop, so you'll be able to purchase from all over the UK! It's a local mum and daughter run business, that has moved in to it's third shop, with the prior two being around the corner on Borough Street, the main shopping road in the village. Their business started off small, in their own home expanding to their first shop several years ago. Their business boomed meaning more space was needed, seeing them move just a few doors down from their original location. They have since taken on new ranges of clothing and stock a lot more variety in sizes now that they have moved in to their third, perfect, location!
Why not take a virtual look around with a few of the photographs that I took for them! Head on over to their Facebook page, give them a like and a comment or two, tell them I sent you!
The last photograph is part of their 'Bargain Basement', also the location that I shall be photographing in! Look how much space is still available and this is how I had the clothing rails whilst taking that test shot, further up the page! Imagine these moved out of the way! Perfect!
I'd just like to the time to say a big THANK YOU! To Hayley and Kim, for giving me this opportunity, the starting step, to help take my career forward!
If you would like to book a shoot, please get in touch! Currently shoots in the studio are limited to Jade Boutiques opening times and my own bookings/schedules, Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or by the contact form here), call/text 07873762938 or get in touch via Facebook.