• ~California Family Photographer of the Year, Fuji Masterpiece Award Winner, Top 10 Photographer in California~

Where the magic happens

Most new­born and baby shoots take place in my nat­ur­al light home based stu­dio. It’s qui­et and com­fort­able with all the props and good­ies we could ever need.

 

Heather Owens - September 8, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Your lit­tle space is divine! I’m look­ing to do some­thing like it … would you mind telling me what kind of shade is on your win­dow??

Laurie - September 9, 2011 - 2:03 am

Hi Heather, I bought the shade from Select blinds online. It’s light dif­fus­ing white roller blind.

Nicole - September 9, 2011 - 1:05 pm

hi, would you mind telling me what kind of objec­tive ( 50mm. f2.8??) you use? It looks as if you are very close by the baby. Thanks and best regards.

Maribel - September 9, 2011 - 4:38 pm

what a won­der­ful job to pho­to­graph babies!

Can you tell me where you got your futon/sofabed?

Karmen - September 10, 2011 - 1:26 am

I love this!!! How beau­ti­ful!

Laurie - September 10, 2011 - 2:28 am

Hi there, I bought it from Overstock.com sev­er­al years ago.

Laurie - September 10, 2011 - 2:28 am

Hi there, new­borns I shoot with a 50 mm 1.4.

Deanna Ford - September 12, 2011 - 2:48 am

Wow. Thanks for shar­ing this. What a great inspi­ra­tion!

Patti - September 16, 2011 - 12:28 am

Hi Lau­rie! I love your stu­dio!! I am a stu­dent pho­tog­ra­ph­er so par­don my ques­tion may seem sil­ly, but is that a real win­dow?? or is it a light­ed pan­el of some sort?? So if it is a real win­dow OMG you get a lot of light trough there!!!
Con­grats you have a dream stu­dio!

Nas - September 18, 2011 - 1:23 am

Hi Lau­rie! I love what you did with your space! Per­fect! Can you tell where you bought the round cush­ion that is in the cor­ner and also used to prop up the baby? I have seen bean bags used but that one seems much bet­ter.

Heather Owens - September 18, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Thank you, Lau­rie!!

Laurie - September 19, 2011 - 1:13 am

The one in this pic­ture is a puck shaped bean bag for JC Pen­ney.

Laurie - September 19, 2011 - 1:14 am

Hi there, it is a real win­dow :)

Kendall Stoy - September 19, 2011 - 5:40 pm

SO jeal­ous of your home stu­dio, that is EXACTLY what I want! Which direc­tion is your big win­dow fac­ing? North? Do you ever have issues with not hav­ing enough light?

Hope S - September 19, 2011 - 9:33 pm

Love your stu­dio! You do awe­some work. What direc­tion does your win­dow face?

Laurie - September 20, 2011 - 5:04 am

My win­dow faces south and I’ve always got plen­ty of light :)

flor austin - September 28, 2011 - 4:23 am

Beau­ti­ful Stu­dio!!! your pic­tures are beau­ti­ful!

Sandra A. - October 9, 2011 - 8:54 pm

Amaz­ing pic­tures, thank you for shar­ing!
Your win­dow is south faced you say.… is there some kind of dif­fu­sion in front of the win­dow, to pre­vent direct sun­light?

Laurie - October 11, 2011 - 7:02 pm

Hi San­dra, I use a light dif­fus­ing roller shade.

Dawn Townsend - October 12, 2011 - 1:48 pm

So awe­some!! I real­ly hope to do this some­day. About what size is that room?? Love it.

Laurie - October 13, 2011 - 5:38 pm

My stu­dio is 10 x 20, it’s a pret­ty small space.

CHELSEA - October 21, 2011 - 12:51 am

Hi Lau­rie! I was won­der­ing where you got your back­drop mount? Thank You!

Chloe Austin - October 23, 2011 - 9:33 pm

What an absolute­ly breath­tak­ing stu­dio! It’s amaz­ing what you did with such a ‘lit­tle’ space!! :) If you don’t mind me ask­ing, what is the name of the light gray paper? Thanks so much, Lau­rie!!

Laurie - October 23, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Hi Chelsea,

I bought it on Amazon.com. I can’t remem­ber the exact name but they have sev­er­al on there.

Laurie - October 23, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Thank you Chloe! I think the lighter gray I have is pur­suit gray.

Becci - November 10, 2011 - 7:13 pm

This is so so pret­ty! Also, Do you edit on your imac or it looks like you have more set up in the back­ground as far as a mon­i­tor goes. I love your space !

Laurie - November 16, 2011 - 1:04 am

I edit on my imac :)

Corey - December 10, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Your space is absolute heav­en! Gor­geous and so func­tion­al! I noticed that you put sev­er­al blan­kets over your back­drop stand & bean­bag… is that to smooth wrin­kles and pre­vent see­ing through the blan­ket?

Laurie - December 10, 2011 - 3:06 pm

Yes, I lay­er lots of blan­kets and it helps to keep every­thing look­ing smooth.

Cameron - December 11, 2011 - 3:11 am

What a won­der­ful peace­ful stu­dio! It is per­fect! Would you mind telling me what paint col­or you used on your wall?

new space for the new year! « - December 12, 2011 - 4:50 pm

[…] and I am not the mas­ter of stu­dio work, so I won’t offer it. I start­ed research­ing and saw Lau­rie Sachs space  and felt an instant con­nec­tion to it. I already have that desk, and I loved the way the light was […]

Laurie - December 12, 2011 - 6:07 pm

Hi Cameron, it’s just the “whitest” white I could find.

Corey - December 16, 2011 - 8:51 pm

Thanks Lau­rie! Where did you get that grey paper? Love the col­or!

Yvette - January 4, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Hi Lau­rie,

All these ques­tions.…
Well it’s a great stu­dio space and I think you did a great job get­ting it orga­nized.
I was won­der­ing if you would share where you got the sofa?

Thanks!!
YVette

Laurie - January 6, 2012 - 2:34 am

Hi there, I got it years ago on Overstock.com!

Samantha - January 11, 2012 - 12:53 am

Love it, my stu­dio space is sim­il­iar­ly “shaped” to yours and I’m cur­rent­ly in the s l o w process of dec­o­rat­ing! What a great space you have, and I LOVE the bean­bag on the couch idea!! Where did you get that couch? I neeeeed it! Lol

Tammy Holtman - January 31, 2012 - 3:35 am

I Love your stu­dio and pic­tures! Could you please tell me where you got you wall orga­ni­za­tion unit and desk? This would be per­fect for the small space I’m turn­ing into my stu­dio! Thanks~ Tam­my

Laurie - January 31, 2012 - 10:22 pm

Ikea!

Laurie - January 31, 2012 - 10:23 pm

Hi Saman­tha,
I got it from Overstock.com years ago.

Melissa - February 6, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Hi Lau­rie :) I tried to read all the com­ments before ask­ing, but didn’t see any­one ask this. Could you tell me the dimen­sions of this studio/office space? This is just amaz­ing!

Kim Clark - February 10, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Hi Lau­rie! Beau­ti­ful stu­dio. Could you tell me where you got the met­al rod sup­ports for the blan­kets?

sally - February 20, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Hi Lau­rie,
You’re so sweet to be will­ing to share your pull­backs like this. I found it on pin­ter­est and I am fair­ly new to new­born shoots with one com­ing up tomor­row. I have sim­i­lar light source, so it real­ly helped to see how you placed your babies in rela­tion to the win­dow, thanks!!

Anne-Scarlett - February 24, 2012 - 2:44 pm

Hey Lau­rie!
Ran across your blog on pin­ter­est! As a novice nat­ur­al light children’s pho­tog­ra­ph­er, I’m always look­ing for suggestions/advice from estab­lished pho­togs, and I love this visu­al of a good, clean nat­ur­al light stu­dio! I do have a ques­tion, on days when it’s overcast/dreary out, do you use a reflec­tor of some sort, or how to you keep shad­ows from being cast on the sub­ject when the light is so one direc­tion­al?
Also, do you use the grey paper as your white bal­ance source or was it just a neu­tral you select­ed as your back­ground?

Thanks so much for your time!
-AS

Laurie - March 1, 2012 - 1:45 am

Hi Anne,
I rarely need to use a reflec­tor but have one handy in case. I find that I almost always have enough light. The grey paper I chose just because I like it as a mid neu­tral.

Laurie - March 1, 2012 - 1:48 am

Hi Kim,
I’s a back­drop stand I have had for years, they have portable back­drop stands any­place that sells pho­tog­ra­phy equip­ment.

Laurie - March 1, 2012 - 1:49 am

Hi Melis­sa,
It’s 10 ft x 20 ft.

Lora - March 4, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Hi there! I LOVE your space, and I see you pur­chased your futon sev­er­al years ago on Over­stock. Do you hap­pen to know the brand? Over­stock doesn’t appear to car­ry it any­more, and I’d love to pur­chase the same one (espe­cial­ly since yours seems to have stood the test of time).

Thanks so much for your time, and for shar­ing these pull­backs.
-Lora

Laurie - March 13, 2012 - 5:00 pm

I’m not sure what the brand was, I bought it in 2009. I know it was about $700, but that’s about all I remem­ber.

April Sims - March 17, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Very inspi­ra­tional blog post. Thank you for allow­ing us to come into your stu­dio.

Mindy - May 3, 2012 - 3:12 am

Hey, I was won­der­ing if you could give me the mea­sure­ments of your stu­dio. Would be ever so grate­ful!!

Laurie - May 7, 2012 - 6:50 pm

10 ft by 20 ft Mindy.

Christina Poston - May 7, 2012 - 9:19 pm

I love your site! Im 25 and have three kids. I love pic­tures and am think­ing a stay at home mom could get into some­thing like this. If you have any advise for some­one get­ting start­ed.… Please let me know. Thank you so much.

Chris - May 8, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Hey Lau­rie, beau­ti­ful stu­dio, where did you pur­chase the 3 roller sys­tem for the papers?

sheila - May 11, 2012 - 12:05 am

Hi Lau­rie,

I love your stu­dio space and your work. I was won­der­ing if you would give me a lit­tle insight on your mar­ket­ing? Where and how you mar­ket your­self and your pho­tog­ra­phy and what works best for you?

Laurie - May 11, 2012 - 8:38 pm

I bought it on Amazon.com

Laurie - May 11, 2012 - 11:51 pm

He Sheila, I net­work a lot with local busi­ness­es, keep my web pres­ence high, offer great cus­tomer ser­vice to gen­er­ate a steady stream of refer­rals. It’s not real­ly one thing but many avenues to reach my client base.

Laurie - May 12, 2012 - 12:45 am

Hi Christi­na, The best advice I can give you is to prac­tice, prac­tice, prac­tice. I shot for 20 years before I ever con­sid­ered going into busi­ness. Next, be sure you real­ly want to run a small busi­ness. 90% of your time will be spent edit­ing, mar­ket­ing, book­keep­ing, cor­re­spond­ing with clients, and not tak­ing pic­tures. 70–80% of every dol­lar I bring in goes to tax­es, insur­ance pre­mi­ums, equip­ment, props, cost of goods sold, mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als, and oth­er over­head. I would advise any­one start­ing a small busi­ness to go into it with their eyes open and a sol­id busi­ness plan in place. Best of luck to you.

Nicole - May 18, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Your work is so inspir­ing!

nicole pitts - May 25, 2012 - 10:02 pm

the roller shade is genius its made a giant soft box for you. I need a stu­dio!

mike - June 2, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Hey Lau­rie, beau­ti­ful stu­dio! Do your clients sit in with you when shoot­ing a ses­sion?

Laurie - June 11, 2012 - 6:00 pm

thank you :)

marisa taylor - June 11, 2012 - 7:17 pm

The light­ing in your stu­dio is exquis­ite! Thanks for shar­ing your set up :)

Laurie - June 11, 2012 - 8:16 pm

thank you!

Cindy - July 11, 2012 - 5:56 am

Beau­ti­ful work Lau­rie. Just curi­ous, you men­tioned your lens, what body do you use?

Richel - July 14, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Hi, would you mind shar­ing what size pic­ture frames you have on your wall and where you pur­chased them? I love your space!

Lindsey - July 20, 2012 - 3:48 am

Where do you get your blan­kets? Those can get so expen­sive. Great space, love it!

Lindsey - July 20, 2012 - 3:49 am

Where do you buy your blan­kets? Great space, love it!!

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Jason - July 25, 2012 - 8:16 pm

Hi Lau­rie,
We are in the process of buy­ing a new home and we are going to make a stu­dio in the spare room. It hap­pens to be almost the same size as yours. Are you able to get a full shot of the baby with the 50mm if you are shoot­ing on the 10ft side? It seems like that is the direc­tion you are shoot­ing, but it’s hard to tell which lens you are using. Thanks!

Laurie - July 31, 2012 - 11:49 pm

I am Jason, I shoot with a 50 mm on the short side, 24–70 for fam­i­lies.

Laurie - July 31, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Every­where Lind­say, I’m a hoard­er :) I have blan­kets from Ikea, Pot­ter­barn, Tar­get, Over­stock, every­where.

Laurie - July 31, 2012 - 11:52 pm

I think they are 16 x 20 and they are cus­tom framed.

Laurie - July 31, 2012 - 11:52 pm

D700

Sean in Aus - August 14, 2012 - 7:53 am

Such a won­der­ful space, thanks for shar­ing Lau­rie!
A ques­tion if I may… Do you leave your paper always hang­ing on the brakets?

Laurie - August 24, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Hi Sean, I do have it hang­ing all the time. I shouldn’t because it warps but those 9 ft rolls are too heavy to take up and down all the time by myself.

Spicytee - August 25, 2012 - 11:33 am

I love you pieces Lau­rie.. You are an inspi­ra­tional. Would def­i­nite­ly love to meet you if I’m any­where around you. Wow. You touched me always with your images.

samantha - August 29, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Thanks lau­rie for shar­ing your space of magic.…I’ts amazing!I’m a moth­er of two beau­ti­ful but­ter­flies and now that they’re teenagers I’m back to my busi­ness of Pho­tog­ra­phy (they are so excit­ed about that). You stir me to my bones with your arti­cle about Bal­anc­ing busi­ness and Fam­i­ly. I nev­er heard of some­body that feel the same way I felt years ago, because most of my cowork­ers (here in Puer­to Rico)where men and the ladies were sin­gle. I was so over­whelmed with the girls, the house, water polo practices,husband, school and busi­ness that I get anoth­er job and put my busi­ness and my pho­tog­ra­phy behind. Thanks for the advice, I appre­ci­ate all that you share, you’re wonderful…God bless you, you’re fam­i­ly and busi­ness.

Sonia - September 24, 2012 - 2:51 am

Do you use a full frame cam­era?

Sonia - September 24, 2012 - 2:53 am

Also I have a stu­dio that is 10x12, can I use a 50mm 1.4 lens?

Laurie - September 27, 2012 - 4:57 pm

I do use a full frame cam­era and a 50 1.4 and 24–70 in stu­dio.

Lauren - October 6, 2012 - 3:33 am

Hi Lau­rie, what won­der­ful pull­back images. Thank you for shar­ing! And thank you for answer­ing all of these many ques­tions from everyone…its so nice to have some­one share their knowledge/experience/tips. Not every­one does!

Lani - October 14, 2012 - 2:50 am

I enjoyed brows­ing your site — you do a great job! Just curi­ous where you order prints from. Thank you!

Laurie - October 19, 2012 - 4:20 pm

I have sev­er­al labs I use for dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, I like ProD­PI, Sim­ply Col­or, and WHCC.

Megan DiPiero - October 28, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Thank you for shar­ing pic­tures of your space and for gen­er­ous­ly respond­ing to every ques­tion above. Much appre­ci­a­tion!

Christina - November 11, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Thank you for post­ing this and answer­ing all the com­ments! Your space is love­ly!

Virginie - November 14, 2012 - 1:31 am

Hi Lau­rie!

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your work. It is a great source of inspi­ra­tion! poet­ic!

I want­ed to know about the thing where you put the baby oval, has wheels? as it is called exact­ly? I’ve seen it used in var­i­ous pho­tog­ra­phers … where you can get?

Thank you very much!

Laurie - November 20, 2012 - 10:30 pm

I’m not sure which image you are refer­ring to?

christina - January 10, 2013 - 10:45 pm

When you use the 50mm do you shoot wide open (1.4) or do you change this with light con­di­tions?

Brad - February 25, 2013 - 4:37 am

Where do you find your blan­kets and afghans used in your new­born pho­tos? I love the col­ors and vari­ety. I espe­cial­ly like the brown tex­tured one in pho­to DSC_8334.
Beau­ti­ful work!

Angela stryland - March 14, 2013 - 2:14 am

Hi Lau­rie,
I LOVE your work. I am cur­rent­ly look­ing to do this myself. I real­ly love your web­site. May I ask did you cre­ate it your­self? If so may I asked what you used?

Thank you
Angela

Laurie - March 15, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Hi there, I col­lect stuff from every­where! I love Ikea, Tar­get, Pot­tery­barn, Home Goods, Over­stock, etc…

Laurie - March 15, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Hi Angela, it’s a cus­tom Show­it site.

Melissa - March 18, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Hi Lau­rie,

I am in process of get­ting a stu­dio space planned and would love to know what col­or wood your floor is? Is it real wood? Or wood planks etc? I’m try­ing to decide on going light, or dark with the wood…any advice on how you made your deci­sion?

Thanks!

Alex - April 11, 2013 - 11:44 am

Would love to know where you got your light dif­fus­ing roller shade? I have been look­ing every­where and can’t seem to find any­thing. (at least any­thing in the states) Your LIGHT is amaz­ing! I would real­ly appre­ci­ate any direc­tion you might have. Thank you so much!!!

jael - May 23, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Hi lau­rie, im also try­ing to set up a small home busi­ness. I have a canon t3 but am look­ing to uograde. What cam­era do you have and what edit­ing pro­grams do you use? Thanks again Jael:)

Jael - May 28, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Hi Lau­ra I am start­ing my pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness and was won­der­ing what kind if cam­era you use also. Do you only do nat­ur­al light­ing. Thanks again your work is amaz­ing

Laurie - June 7, 2013 - 9:52 am

I shoot with a D700, and yes nat­ur­al light only.

Laurie - June 7, 2013 - 9:53 am

I shoot with a D700 and use Pho­to­shop.

Terri Lynn Blanchard - December 9, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Hi Lau­ra. Love your stu­dio. My hus­band and I are about to ven­ture into a home stu­dio. We were won­der­ing how wide your back­drops are and where did you get the brack­ets? Thanks.

Laurie Sachs - December 17, 2013 - 10:13 am

The seam­less paper is 9 ft long and the back­drop sys­tem is from Ama­zon.

Katie - December 24, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Hi Lau­rie,

I love your light fil­ter­ing blind, but can’t seem to find one similar…Would you mind send­ing me a direct link to the selec­tion on their web­site?

Thank you so much — hap­py hol­i­days!

Laurie Sachs - January 6, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Hi there, it’s been 5 years since I shopped for that but I ordered it through Selectblinds.com and it was called just that, a light fil­ter­ing roller shade.

Sandy Thomann - January 27, 2014 - 6:06 pm

I’ve been study­ing many new­born pho­tog­ra­phers. Some shoot in nat­ur­al light some with stu­dio light. Could you advise on the pros and cons of each? Thanks!

Lilah - February 3, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Hi Lau­ra,
You have a great stu­dio and beau­ti­ful work! Thanks for shar­ing! I know this is a very old post… but I had a ques­tion that I did not see answered in pre­vi­ous com­ments so thought I’d try. What size seam­less rolls do you have mount­ed? It looks like the small­er size…does this size work for indi­vid­u­als as well as fam­i­lies? Just won­der­ing what I should start out with. Also, what is the col­or of the top roll? Thanks!

Laurie Sachs - February 4, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Hi there, those are 9 ft rolls. The top roll is prob­a­bly bone.

Laurie Sachs - February 4, 2014 - 1:45 pm

I know pho­tog­ra­phers who shoot amaz­ing new­born por­traits with both nat­ur­al and stu­dio light. I think it depend what your stu­dio set up is, there are parts of the coun­try where year round nat­ur­al light just isn’t avail­able. I think the best stu­dio light­ing is when you can’t tell if it’s stu­dio or nat­ur­al light. For me, why waste all this South­ern Cal­i­for­nia sun­shine?

Jen - February 8, 2014 - 2:04 pm
Linda - February 12, 2014 - 8:20 am

I dream of hav­ing a stu­dio space as big and beau­ti­ful as this. One day…one day. Great work.

Jeremy - February 14, 2014 - 10:21 am

Love these shots! What tem­per­a­ture do you keep it in there for the babies? :^)

[…] in my home stu­dio is fair­ly small.  I’ve seen even small­er spaces used won­der­ful­ly (see Lau­rie Sachs and Milk and Hon­ey), and hon­est­ly, my space is per­fect for me.  The small­er space forces me to use […]

debora - March 26, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Hel­lo, i would like to know What kind of back­gron­drol do u have, paper or vinyl

Megan C - March 28, 2014 - 1:28 pm

You are gor­geous and your stu­dio is amaz­ing. Wish mine was that orga­nized. I have baby props com­ing out of my ears lol. We use almost the same body and same lens.…great minds think alike!

Paula - April 3, 2014 - 10:47 am

You have a beau­ti­ful stu­dio! What are your favorite seam­less rolls?

Lisa - April 4, 2014 - 11:33 am

WOW Lau­rie, talk about real inspi­ra­tion! I found your blog post and just can­not thank you enough. You have made me make the final push in pur­su­ing my dreams. The space I will have is 10x15. A bit small­er than yours, but I am going to make it work! I had a cou­ple of ques­tions if you do not mind. I am on Ama­zon search­ing for the wall mount brack­ets to hold the sav­age paper rolls. What size are your brack­ets and paper? Also I saw you pur­chased your bean bag through JC Pen­ny. What kind of bean bag is it? Thanks so much <3

janice najor - April 6, 2014 - 11:50 am

hel­lo,

may I ask what kind of cam­era you use. I have the can­non rebel I just bought a 50mm lense.
do you ever use flash? if so when?
do you shoot in man­u­al or aper­ture?
where do you get most of your baby bucks from?

-jan­ice

Alexis Carree - May 8, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Can you give me some advice. Im con­vert­ing my liv­ing room in a make shift stu­dio. I have a north fac­ing win­dow thats gives pret­ty good light doing the day. Which side should my wall mount back­drop go on ? And what is the best col­or ro pajnt the room ?

Laurie Sachs - July 2, 2014 - 10:07 am

Paper

Laurie Sachs - July 2, 2014 - 10:08 am

I keep a space heater on my babies but don’t heat the entire room above nor­mal room tem­per­a­ture.

Laurie Sachs - July 2, 2014 - 10:09 am

Nikon d800 and d700, nev­er use flash on client shoots. Man­u­al expo­sure.

Laurie Sachs - July 2, 2014 - 10:10 am

9ft seam­less and I use a puck style bean­bag.

Laurie Sachs - July 2, 2014 - 10:10 am

Bone, suede, and thun­der.

Laurie Sachs - July 2, 2014 - 10:11 am

I like a pure white stu­dio. The side you mount your back­drop on is real­ly per­son­al pref­er­ence.

Laurie Sachs - July 2, 2014 - 10:11 am

Looks like it, if not it’s close.

VIOLETA - August 14, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Hel­lo, i was won­der­ing what mate­r­i­al is your back­drop? Is it paper? what kind of paper? and where did you buy from?
sor­ry for all the ques­tions

Laurie Sachs - September 4, 2014 - 9:36 am

Paper and I order main­ly from B and H.

Jenn - November 5, 2014 - 10:00 am

Hi Lau­rie,
I know your a busy woman, as I can relate, with 4 and one on the way. :)
My hub­by is allow­ing me to build a stu­dio out­side our home and I’m try­ing to work with a bud­get (cause I have to pay for this in the long run). I have sev­er­al ideas but I want big but I don’t want to be too crazy, as I do a lot of mini ses­sions with lit­tle ones and I like to do set ups and have a dif­fer­ent area for new­born ses­sions at the same time, it’s a lot of work to set­up and take down, so I like to make less work for myself. LOL. 1. I’m won­der­ing if I had win­dows fac­ing south in one room and a win­dow off the east, will that ruin the sin­gle dif­fused light from one direc­tion? 2. I’m plan­ning on putting up a divider wall and have light from the north, won­der­ing if tha’s a bad idea, I thought if it’s super sun­ny out, that I can use the north room instead. 3. Size of my room, I would like to try is have two 18’x18’ have the two walls on east and west and the light com­ing from north or south with a divider wall inbtw to sep­a­rate the light. 4. Is four stu­dio walls a bit crazy? 5. Last­ly, if you had the option to build your own stu­dio, what would be your must have and what not to wor­ry too much on having…As I will have to have a bath­room with laun­dry and entry way that also can be a wait­ing area and STORAGE!
Sor­ry for the super long post! But I’m also self taught and I had a lot of tri­al and errors along the way and don’t want to screw this up, cause once it’s built, I can’t change it. ;)

Laurie Sachs - November 5, 2014 - 10:18 am

Hi Jenn,
I think hav­ing sev­er­al shoot­ing areas set up sounds amaz­ing! As far as mul­ti­ple light sources that’s going to be hard to tell until it’s set up. You want to keep your light dirrec­tion­al, if you find that too much light from var­i­ous angles is giv­ing you flat light you could always use mov­able v flats to shield some of that light. If you can have a bath­room and laun­dry attached, beau­ti­ful. I like dif­fused south fac­ing light, but I shot for years with north­fac­ing light- that’s what most nat­ur­al light pho­tog­ra­phers do. I think you can make and direc­tion work as long as you have some sort of dif­fu­sion ready. My stu­dio is 10 x 20, so what you’re work­ing with sounds like a dream. I’ve moved my office area to an adja­cent room giv­ing me more space and stor­age in the stu­dio. Must haves for me are stor­age, eas­i­ly acce­si­ble bath­room, some­where you can dis­play prod­ucts, a cof­fee machine ;) ) Some­where you can sit down at go over images on a com­put­er and final­ize orders, etc…

Angela - November 18, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Hi Lau­rie,
I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work. I recent­ly opened my new stu­dio and I am so hap­py that I get to do what I love the most. I have a ques­tion for you. I real­ly want to expand my prod­uct line. Right now I order my prod­ucts from dif­fer­ent places depend­ing what it is. I would like to order from only one place but can’t find any­thing here in Cana­da. I would like to try order­ing from the US but would like some sug­ges­tions on who to try. What lab do you use for your prod­ucts?

Danielle Steele - January 24, 2015 - 2:06 am

Hi Lau­ra
Your work is gor­geous!
My part­ner and I are plan­ning to start a fam­i­ly very soon and i’m look­ing into cre­at­ing my own lit­tle area for mini pho­to shoots.
I noticed the wal­nut prop that the baby is lay­ing in. I was won­der­ing where you bought this from? I have tried search­ing all over the inter­net

Thanks!! :) X

Cynthia - January 30, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Hi Lau­rie,

Thank you for shar­ing your home stu­dio set­up. Very inspir­ing! I noticed in the pre­vi­ous posts you men­tioned that you shoot with a Nikon D700 cam­era body with a 1.4 50mm lens. I have both. What’s your iso typ­i­cal­ly set at and do you usu­al­ly shoot wide open or at a set aper­ture? What aper­ture do you set your lens at for fam­i­lies and for indi­vid­ual por­traits? Would great­ly appre­ci­ate your feed­back! I love your pho­tos on your web­site! Absolute­ly breath­tak­ing!

Laurie Sachs - February 4, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Hi Cindy,
I shoot most­ly with a D800 now. For new­borns I shoot at 2.2–2.8, fam­i­lies in the stu­dio more like 3.5.

Laurie Sachs - February 4, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Hi there, it’s an antique dough bowl I bought at the Rose Bowl swap meet years ago.

Laurie Sachs - February 4, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Hi there, I use sev­er­al labs depend­ing on the prod­uct. ProD­PI is my favorite.

Jill - February 5, 2015 - 10:27 pm

It is amaz­ing that you answer everyone’s ques­tions! I’m in the process of con­vert­ing my garage into a stu­dio and when the con­trac­tor asked me if I want­ed glass doors or a large win­dow for my light source, I wasn’t sure how to answer. Glass doors would let in more light low down but would also block some light where they meet in the mid­dle. A win­dow is high­er up but wouldn’t have as much run­ning across it. Do you have any advice that might help me in my plight? Lol Thanks in advance!

Laurie Sachs - February 18, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Hmm… hon­est­ly I would pre­fer the light going all the way to the floor. For my stu­dio I thought it would be weird to have anoth­er set of doors on the front of my house or I’d have done that.

Romy Saverys - March 14, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Hi Lau­rie , I tried for a long time to find the office that is present in your stu­dio , unfor­tu­nate­ly I can not find it. I know every­one asks you thou­sands of ques­tions I want­ed to ask you avoid one more, but where did you get this library office? I thank you in advance if you could give me the answer . Yours . Romy .

Excuse my Eng­lish, I live in France and it is dif­fi­cult for me to find words.

Laurie Sachs - April 27, 2015 - 9:52 am

Hi Romy, it’s from Ikea!

zane taylor - May 13, 2015 - 11:39 am

Hi Lau­rie, Could you tell me how wide your back­drop rolls are? Thank you!

Laurie Sachs - June 8, 2015 - 11:14 am

9 ft rolls of seam­less!

Mona - June 22, 2015 - 11:14 pm

Hel­lo Lau­rie, today i joined pin it and the first pho­tos i saw from you and the baby love­ly. i sure would love to learn more tips from your work.

Ann wilcox - August 25, 2015 - 11:16 am

Hi lau­rie, I’m 16and I real­ly want to be a new­born pho­tog­ra­phy. I’m want­i­ng to buy a NIKON d3300 for my first cam­era. Do you have any advice

Laurie Sachs - August 28, 2015 - 11:01 am

Hi Ann! A good entry lev­el DSLR will serve you well, I shoot Nikon too but don’t know much about that par­tic­u­lar body. As far as advice I’d sug­gest you get out and shoot as much as pos­si­ble, it takes thou­sands of hours behind a cam­era to devel­op your artis­tic eye. Get an edu­ca­tion! While an art of pho­tog­ra­phy major would be awe­some, I would rec­om­mend a busi­ness degree of some sort or a dou­ble major. You will spend way more time man­ag­ing your busi­ness- mar­ket­ing, book­keep­ing, social media com­mu­ni­ca­tions, etc… than you ever will tak­ing pic­tures. Take those col­lege years to hone your skills and set your­self up for suc­cess in busi­ness and life.

Sinead York - October 15, 2015 - 1:27 am

I can’t thank you enough for all your valu­able infor­ma­tion. I just had a total light bulb moment when I seen your home stu­dio. I’m going to get up a lit­tle stu­dio in my liv­ing area as it is split into two parts, I have a full length set of doors south facing.…problem is I live in North­ern Ire­land which isn’t a par­tic­u­lar­ly bright a sun­ning part of the world lol. Should I still have enough light com­ing in even with the cloudy days and a set of light dif­fus­ing blinds.

Elsa - November 30, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Where did you find the white futon?

Jessica - January 6, 2017 - 12:59 am

What size are your back drops… I bought some from B&H 107 by 36 buy that can­not fit in my stu­dio unfor­tu­nate­ly I need small­er… Please help cause these need to be returned

Laurie Sachs - February 9, 2017 - 5:13 pm

I use the 107 inch on a wall mount stand.

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