My Studio & Gear
My Home studio is set up in our home in Dubai, Remraam community.
As the studio is in our home its very private, perfect for Maternity, Newborn and Portraits
I have several different backdrops, outfits and many photo props ready for use.
LIGHTS AND LIGHTING KITS
The studio is equipped with full studio lighting equipment and remote triggering systems:
Peter Hurley’s Flex LED Lighting Kit by Westcott
• Developed by award-winning portrait photographer Peter Hurley
• Complete 4-light Flex LED kit
• Creates stunning, high-key headshots
• Ultra-high ouput Flex LED mats
• Daylight-balanced at 5600K with impressive 95 CRI
• Water-resistant and lightweight
2x Profoto 500D1 air
Umbrella S + Diffuser
Canon speedlite 600ex II-RT
Canon speedlite 580ex II
EDITING SOFTWARE AND COMPUTER ACCESSORIES
Capture One (Latest Version)
Lightroom CC (Latest Version)
Photoshop CC (Latest Version)
Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet
Spyder 4 screen calibrator
I use on all my shoots one of the most current and high-performing camera bodies.
• Primary camera body: Canon 5D Mark III
• Backup camera body: Canon 6D
I only use high-end Canon professional L quality lenses. I find they achieve the very best sharpness, contrast and saturation.
My lens collection consists of:
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
BACKDROPS/PHOTO PROPS AND ACCESSORIES
Here is a a wide range of colored hanging backdrops, flooring panels and photo props and accessories ready to use I’m very positive that you will find something that you will like.
One of my hobbies is that I knit and sew many of the Newborn props and outfits myself. My husband is good at carpentry so many of the wooden props are also hand made.
Please feel free to bring your own toys and props if you prefer, I am happy to incorporate them in to the photo shoot to make it more personal for you.
Props and toys are great especially for kids to have a lot of fun during the sessions.
Top tips for setting up your home studio.
It is so convenient to work from our home, I love having a home studio, I do different photoshoots in the studio mainly Newborn, Maternity & Headshots.
Minimum space for a home studio
In the home studio I am using about 28 square meters, the space is 4×7 meeter in width and length. This is about the minimum space I would suggest if you are planning on doing full figure & family portraits. I want my subjects separated a bit from my backgrounds and I found that this area works pretty well. Previously I worked in a smaller room about 4×4 meters but it was just to tight length wise for the portrait shoots.
When you are setting up the studio you need to think about where you will place your lights. One of my wishes is that I had more width in the space as right now my light go on to my biggest paper roll backdrops. It would be more handy if I just had a bit more space on the sides.
You want your subject to be about 1.8 meters or further away from your background to get a nice separation. And also be able to blur out imperfections on the paper and to avoid your subject casting shadows on the the backdrop.
When shooting newborns you don’t need that big of a space just enough for your beanbag and one prop set up, I would say minimum a space of 3 x 3 meter would do.
Practise your Workflow
A suggestion is that you do a few practice shoots before you invite your clients to your studio, you would want everything to go as smooth as possible and you might want to rethink or redesign your layout of the room several times before its time for your paying clients. Practice with family and friends first.
Keep it organised
When working in a smaller studio is very important to keep everything organised. You want to be able to have a good overview of your props and your equipment. I use boxes and a lot of my wall space to get my items out of the way. Also you don’t want to hide your props away you want to be able to easy locate and be able to use them in your shoots. I find that I get a lot of inspiration just seeing what I have on hand.
Use a dedicated space
When you are having clients in your home its nice to have a separate studio space that is entirely dedicated to the shoot. Also if you have a bathroom in connection to the studio space entirely for the clients will make them feel more comfortable, you don’t want them to feel like they are invading your personal space.
To have a changing table, spare diapers and baby wipes in the guest bathroom for the Newborns and babies is also very handy.
Make the clients feel welcome
A good idea is to also offer Coffe, drinks & some small chocolates or wrapped candies. You would want it to be in wrapping to ensure the clients that it is fresh. This will make your clients feel welcome, and for nursing mothers the extra kick of energy might be necessary towards the end of the shoot.