This past weekend I held a Grand Opening to my new Art Gallery. What a lot of people didn't know is that there is also a photography studio in the back portion of the Gallery. I'm so excited to be able to offer a place in the Hurricane Valley where other photographers and myself can offer clients a place indoors, away from the heat, cold and that dreaded "Hurricane wind". (I know we all love that windblown look but lets be honest, sometimes it gets to be a bit much here).
Here is a little back story:
I had big dreams of having a back up studio where I would be able to control my surroundings a little bit along with this grand idea of having a place to display all of my wildlife, and landscape photography. The challenge was in finding a way and a building that I would feel like they could work together and not against each other. Along the way, it dawned on me that other Photographers would probably like the same thing but with all the costs of equipment, education, products and business costs, it probably wasn't a reachable thing for many. This got the wheels really turning.
I brought the idea up to my super supportive husband and he was all for it. He worked so hard transforming a building that looked nothing like a studio or gallery into what I envisioned and I'm so grateful the amount of patience he had with the whole project.
So, that's it. I now run an Art Gallery filled with art from local artists, I have a Portrait studio set up to rent to fellow Photographers, and there is also a room dedicated to workshops and classes if people need a pace to hold their Artist in Training meetings. If you haven't had a chance to come in and check us out please stop by, Tuesdays-Fridays 10am-2pm and say "Hi", and introduce yourself. I would love to meet you.