Midwest Wedding Photographer Gallery and Studio Space

interior design by chicago and wheaton il photographer

Yesterday, I posted images of what my home office looks like. Today, I am really excited to share images of the gallery space I created for client consultations and other meetings.

The actual space is a small (barely over 100 square feet) four-season porch attached to the back of the house. It offers just enough room to do what I love—invite a bride a groom over to share in some wine or coffee and spend the evening sharing our stories. If you meet with me, you’ll soon learn that the reason I photograph weddings is because I love stories…and I want you to see and to know that your story is beautiful, just the way it is. The design of the space is driven by the the idea of generous hospitality—the table—an old farmstand table painted white—holds center stage. Just like so many kitchen tables, it’s at the table where we get to know one another, where the sharing, the giving, the receiving all take place when you come for a visit.

For other photographers out there interested in what went into creating this space, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it all stems directly from my brand and packaging materials. One way to know if your branding is working for you is to see how well it translates into a variety of uses, purposes and spaces. I initially planned to create a “living room” scene with a sofa and large-screen display. After a great deal of trial-and-error, I came to realize the space was just too small to provide ample room for a couch. Plan B evolved into pairing down the furniture to absolute essentials—a table and seating. Using a bench on one side of the table offered enough seating for clients without filling the room with excess chairs and keeps the visual appeal of the space tight and tidy. The room divider filled with images creates a small entryway, accented by a stool showcasing the circle emblem of my logo (I personally love this touch!). Most of all, I intentionally filled the space with gallery wraps, large prints and sample albums, giving clients the ability to really envision ways they can make use of their own images.

Lastly, much of what I have in the gallery space are the same pieces I use at bridal fairs. See how I use it at the Cantigny Bridal Show in this earlier post.

Bench: Kmart
Coat Rack: Iron Accents
Doormat: Doormats & More
Farm Table: Antiques of Winfield
Room Divider: Hobby Lobby
Stool: Target (see how I added the custom logo at http://www.thediyvillage.com/2012/08/vintage-industrial-bar-stools.html

All other items are family heirlooms, found on the side of the road, or antiques.

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Bonus Material! Check out what the rest of my home looks like on my personal blog, This Beautiful Life.

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  1. Michelle July 19, 2013 at 10:01 am · Reply

    This is beautiful and inspiring! I recently set up a new sales room and I wish I had seen this first!

    • sarahparisi July 19, 2013 at 11:23 am · Reply

      Thank you for your sweet compliment, Michelle! I see you’re from Canada…I have a great friend in Saskatoon, if you are anywhere near there. 🙂

  2. Lori May 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Reply

    Love it Sarah! I remember you dreaming about using that space for that.. It looks awesome!

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