Our DIY Photo Studio

We are really excited about the move to Boulder, but there’s a lot that we’re going to miss as well. For me, our house is one of the major things. That might sound a kind of crazy, but you have to realize that (1) I haven’t seen our new house yet, so I don’t even really know what to expect because Joe (who I trust 100% of course) picked it out on a visit without me, and (2) I work from home. This house is not just where we live, it’s also where I’ve worked for the last 2.5 years, and where Whimseybox was born. It’s where I really got into blogging, where I posted about our home décor projects, and where we packed boxes all through the night on more than one occasion. It’s where the team comes to work every day and where I spend 99% of my time.

Another great thing about the house is that it has big windows and gets great light. That’s something that we’re really looking for in our new office. Using natural light in our photos makes them look nicer without all of the time and expense of a full photography studio. Here’s what our ‘studio’ looks like lately:

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alyssa at work

In front of the living room windows we have a $20 kids table from IKEA, originally purchased when my 2yo niece visited for Thanksgiving. I saved the box and had planned to take it apart and store it after she left, but it turned out that the white table was handy. And, when combined with two foam core ‘reflectors’ tucked into each of the chairs, it morphs into a great little spot for pictures.

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Just a tip, in case you’re looking for a simple and cheap way to improve your pictures.

(Oh, the irony… a post about how to take better pictures full of lousy cell phone shots!)

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