Small Studio Space Ideas by Annie Whitaker Photography

I’ve been seeing sooooo many posts from photographers about small studio spaces.  Questions asked if it’s possible and ideas for how to make it work.  I’ve been wanting to put together a blog post for a while to show what works for me because my space is TINY!  It was a rainy day and I was organizing my tiebacks and figured why not!  I thought clients may enjoy seeing where there session will take place as well so win win.

Small Studio Space Ideas

My home studio is in a spare bedroom that is roughly 11 x 11.  I am also a high school teacher and equally passionate about both careers so it doesn’t make sense for me to rent studio space for weekend and summers so this is what works for me.

My husband build the perfect shelves in the closet for me to store all of my backdrops.  I also keep extra props and my rolled up floor drops in the closet.  On the opposite wall we hung four curtain rods making an L shape.  The top row is bonnets and the bottom row wraps.  Left is colors and right are neutrals.

newborn props organized on shelves

Newborn props organized on curtain rods

For my tiebacks my husband took a pretty piece of African Mahogany and stained it and put lots of eye hooks so I can easily string them through.  For my headbands, I took a six tier men’s tie organizer hanger and added lots of plant hanger hooks.  It works perfectly!! Venders I love for knits are From a Belgian Girl and Heartstrings by Susi.  Most of my tiebacks and headbands are from Lavender & Moss Props, Ivy & Nell Baby, or Goodnight Moon Props. 

Newborn tiebacks organized with clips Small Studio Space Ideas by Annie Whitaker Photography

All of my fluff from Oh So Fleeting is stored in an old vintage suitcase.

storage solutions for newborn photographers

I found a great old ladder at an antique shop.  It was perfect for my knit wraps and layers.  And of course the perfect cart from IKEA to store things like wipes, hand sanitizer, lenses, clamps.

Storage for newborn knit wraps

The big cedar chest stores props.  I have my flokati and felted layers on top.  I store my posing beans from The Original Photoblocks Props in an old bucket and my fluff from Cwtchicoo in an crate.

Storage for newborn fluff and posing beans

 

I just take out the posing beans and fluff when I want to use the props for babies!

baby in bucket baby in crate

I love these woven blankets from Cwtchicoo.  I keep them rolled up in a bucket.

Cwtchicoo furs in bucket

Here is a pull backer my bean bag, wall I do parent posing on and the full space….I told you…tiny lol.

bean bag set up for newborn photography

small studio spaces

Parent shots are taken on the wall to the right.  I have nothing on it and just use the paint color as a backdrop.  The walls are painted a tan color. You can see an example here:

newborn parent posing

Hopefully this inspires those who are working with small spaces as well.  You don’t need a lot of room to create beautiful images.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Best New Orleans Newborn Photographer

 

Annie Whitaker is a newborn photographer in Covington, Louisiana.  Follow her on FACEBOOK for sweet baby photos!

  • Natalia said:

    Adorable photographs! And I love the ideas you presented, I'm sure I will make use of them once I own some more space :)

  • sydney said:

    Love how organized the studio is! The images you take there are amazing!

  • Lucy said:

    This studio is so super organised!! I love the step by step of how you created this!

  • Rachel said:

    Your studio looks amazing! Beautiful images.

  • Jami-Lee Galati said:

    I am having some prop envy haha! Beautiful studio & your work is amazing.

  • Angela said:

    What a great use of space!! And beautiful images! :)

  • Erin said:

    You have done an amazing job utilizing the space you have!! Maybe I should have you come reorganize my space!!! Lol

  • your studio is amazing but your images are exquiste

  • Love your studio and how professional you are. your images are amazing!!

  • Giselle said:

    Love these ideas for small studio spaces, Your work is stunning by the way!

  • Wow! Just wow! Your space is great, thank you for sharing. But your images. . . AMAZING! what a great newborn photographer in Louisiana!