A Studio Tour with Andrea Turner Photography

Hi Everyone!
I have a fun Before & After tour for you today!
My friend from high school is an AMAZING photographer and is here to share her new DIY-ed Photography Studio with us today!


So much eye candy and inspiration!

Grab some coffee and enjoy the tour!!

Welcome to my studio!  


Chalkboard Welcome Sign hanging on a door


We recently moved into a new house in Puyallup, Washington in search of more room, a neighborhood that our kids could grow up in, a closer commute to work, and some space that I could use for an in-home photography studio.  It’s been fun to watch it all come together and to be able to have a shooting space that I've created that is all mine!  Thanks for taking a look!

Studio Entry - Gray Love Seat, hardwood floors

Some before's...

Okay, so let me now show you the progression and tell you about some of my projects and finds.  It started as a typical bedroom with carpet and cream walls.



We painted it a nice white  {Nano White, Behr Paint at Home Depot} and then ripped up the carpets to get ready for our flooring.


We left a spot for a window to be installed.  The room was actually really bright to begin with (although this iPhone picture doesn't show that), but we were having two other windows put in downstairs, and I thought having one more would be perfect to capture that nice morning light.


We settled on a nice hand-scraped laminate.  I think the color was called Sangria.  Abbey’s Carpet and Flooring in Puyallup did the installation and they were fantastic. 



Here’s the progression with the window.adding a windowadding a windowadded windows

The afters...Tour of studio,Gray Love seat,colorful accents. White Walls and hardwood floorsWhite Walls, Hardwood Floors, Gray Love Seat, and colorful accentsPhotography Studio, backdrops and poufVintage cabinet with fabric backBackdropsCreative Prop display - vintage door showcases newborn hatsNewborn hat display for Studio

The details...
Now for the fun part! 
 I was on a budget when searching for a love seat for the studio.  I wanted to stay under $500.  I found a TON on Joss and Main, Cost Plus World Market, etc. that I loved, but were either over my budget, OR didn't have arms.  I figured with all the breast-feeding mamas that will be coming to the studio, arms were a must.  I found this cute gray one (I’m OBSESSED with gray) at +Target , and it was on sale in the low $400 range.  With shipping and tax, it came close to $500. The pillow I found at Ross.Target Love Seat for Studio
Next up, I needed sheer, white curtains, since I shoot natural light – to soften that sunlight when it’s directly coming through onto my subject/area.  I found some good ones at +IKEA USA , which ALMOST do the job. I may need one more layer and I’m still troubleshooting them a bit, but they work for now.  Oh, and I DO still need to hem them! So ignore the awful length!Ikea curtains to filter light
Here’s an up-close of the canvas I created of some of my work.  My original plan was to do individual canvases, but this helped my budget and I didn't have to worry about hanging each individual piece straight!  It’s a size 20”x 60” and I got it from CGPro, after a friend referred the lab to me – this was my first time using them and I was super happy.  They did a great job.A large canvas showcases photographers work in studioA large canvas showcases photographers work
I found this adorable screen door at an antique shop.  I knew I had to use it for hats and headbands.  I used some twine and a staple gun and laced it across the front.  After hanging mounting brackets on the back, I hung it up and clipped on my hats.  I clipped, and clipped, and clipped some more, and ran out of room for my headbands!  So I still need to come up with something for those too! 
Any ideas?? DIY Photo Prop Storage - Screen door and twineA screen door showcase newborn props for babiesUsing photography props for artwork

Every studio needs a place to store props and junk!  My main props (buckets, baskets, boxes, chairs) are all in the garage.  But this large walk-in closet houses all my blankets, heaters, backdrops, wraps, pants, headbands, flooring, etc.  I really need to organize it! Yikes!Photography prop storage

I got the clock for super cheap at Ross – it was maybe $11 or $12?  I was really unsure about it in the store, but I brought it home and ended up loving it.  Functional, inexpensive, and I love the way it ties in with the navy in my canvas!Navy Blue wall clock

This “Do What You Love” sign just seemed so fitting and perfect for my studio.  I found it at +Joss & Main  and the colors tied in so great!Do What You Love sign from Joss & Main

I originally got this side table at an Antique Store in Sumner, but then decided I liked my new Joss and Main one in there instead (I love to mix in new items with antiques!) -  The bottom has a perfect spot to hold all my snacks for moms and clients.  I got the metal crate at that same antique store.
Antique side tableJoss& Main side table and wire basket

I found these awesome burlap flowers at Pier 1.  I just adore burlap! They weren’t cheap (I think they were like $13 per bundle and there are four bundles in there), but they are worth it!  The vase is from IKEA
Burlap Flowers in Vintage inspired milk can

The shelf is another antique store find.  It was about $30.  I added on some fabric to the back with a staple gun to give it a fun, finished-off look. I had it turned around backward in the first pic.  Whoops! You get the point! 

This great little bin was found at another Antique store in Sumner.  Perfect for magazines! I also found the coasters at a store in Sumner – not my photographs on them although I wish I could take credit. <3

My window guys had some leftover trim boards, and I had found some ADORABLE knobs at +Pier 1 Imports , so I decided to make a coat/purse rack.  The coral one was about $5, but the other three were on sale for $0.98 each! Can’t beat that!  The mirror I had on-hand.Old wood and new knobs to create DIY Coat rack

I found this great little wooden frame at a store in downtown Sumner, and made it into a chalkboard with some chalkboard paint.  I will be able to welcome these babies in style!Picture frame and a plywood insert painted with chalkboard paint

I thought an ottoman would be both functional and fun – providing a place for moms to put their feet up, and also providing extra seating for kids as well.  I found the striped one at Target, and the chevron at Ross.Poufs used for extra seating

This sweet yellow chair was another antique store find.  Thought it finished off the room perfectly. Vintage Yellow chair adds a pop of color to studio

Here’s my attached client bathroom.  I think the shower curtain, towels and rug were Target.attached client bathroom


Thanks for touring my studio! See you around!  <3 Andrea

What do you think of her studio??

Crazy amazing, right?!

I love how light and bright it is with the addition of a window!

If you're in the Seattle/PNW be sure to check out Andrea for your photography needs!

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