Tips for a Successful Portrait Studio

Tips for a Successful Portrait Studio

If you’ve been in the photography business for any amount of time, you know just how much work is involved in making your business a success.There’s all the marketing to be done to get your name out there and get people through your door.You have to get setup with the appropriate gear such that your studio space has all the things you require to take top-notch photos.Aligning yourself with good help – from an accountant to an office assistant – can make or break your business too.Something that seems to escape some photographers, however, is the work that needs to be put in that makes your studio space one that is productive, organized, and safe for you, your clients, and your gear.I’m sure you’ve experienced this as a photography customer at some point – you walk into a studio and find a mess of cords and equipment everywhere that makes it less of a studio and more of an obstacle course.

Keep Those Cables Organized

I can’t begin to tell you how many horror stories I’ve heard from photographers that, when shooting tethered, snag a cable on something and rip it clean out of their camera.Not only is that detrimental to the performance of the cable, but doing so runs the risk of damaging the all-too-delicate port on the camera as well.

Beyond that, just imagine the embarrassment of shooting tethered and suffering the calamity above in front of your clients. You sheepishly stop working to get everything connected again – if the cable and camera port even work – and try to get over the frustration of the work stoppage to get back into a creative space.

That very incident happened to photographer David Blattel, and he vowed to come up with a solution for other photographers that would make such an eventuality a thing of the past.

Another model, the TetherBLOCK MC (shown above), has 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch tripod threads so you can attach it to a tripod or a quick-release plate. What’s more, the MC has two 1/4-20 threads so you can add video accessories or rigging to your camera.

Either way, it takes just a few seconds to keep your cables organized and to protect your camera from damage. That makes TetherBLOCK one of the simplest and most effective ways that you can keep your studio space organized and safe.

Create a Storage and Staging Area for Your Gear

For most studio photographers, space is at a premium. That means that smart storage solutions for your gear not only helps you maximize the space you have but also helps you keep the space neat and tidy so you and your clients have the best working experience possible.

There are plenty of pre-made options for storing gear, but this is a project that you can easily DIY on the weekend. That makes it both functional and inexpensive!

In the video above, Joshua Klinkenberger gives us a walk-through of his staging area and offers some insights into how to create a nicely organized staging area for yourself.

In the end, these solutions aren’t just for making your space more organized and safe; they’re about helping you improve your workflow such that you can approach each photo shoot with the utmost confidence and professionalism.

They say a dirty desk is a sign of genius. That might be true but just think of the impression you give your clients when you have to hunt around for the gear you need or you accidentally untether your camera, ruining its port in the process.