Friendly Feature - Business Edition!

Hey everyone,

I would like you to meet my talented friend, Sarah! 

Sarah and her baby girl, Hazel.

Sarah and her baby girl, Hazel.

Sarah is a small business owner (Sarah Renee Photography) and also a crafty DIYer who transformed her basement into a fabulous photography studio.  Sarah was the first neighbor I met when we moved into the Neighborhood House and we have been close ever since!  


  • Install Wood Floors & Remove Carpet: Newborn babies often pee/poop during shoots, so hardwood floors are preferred for easy cleaning!

  • DIY Wood Backdrop: This would span the floor to the ceiling and included a wood platform

  • DIY Partition: Separate sitting area from shooting area

  • Storage for props

  • Office space for photo editing

Laminate Floor Installation

Here is the space once the carpet was pulled up.  You can see some of her office's original setup that was no longer working for her.

Bryan, Sarah's husband, laid the laminate floors.

DIY Rustic Wood Wall

Once the floors were down, Bryan got to work building the wood backdrop. The installation was pretty simple and could definitely be applied if you want to create a wood accent wall in your home.  First, Bryan attached 1x3 pieces of wood vertically into the studs.  He then attached 1x4 cedar planks horizontally to the vertical strips to create the wood wall.  For the platform, he used 2x4's to create the frame (and added felt pads to the bottom to prevent scratches on the floor) and then attached the cedar planks in the same manner as the walls.  They then applied a dark stain for a warmer look. 

Sweet Hazel on the finished product

Sweet Hazel on the finished product

DIY Tongue and Groove Wall Partition

The next DIY project on the list was to create the partition wall between the studio space and the sitting area.  Bryan took two 2x4's and sandwiched them together on both sides of the wall, used pipes on the top and bottom and attached them to the ceiling and floor with flanges. Once these two posts were built, they used tongue and groove planks to build both sides of the wall and finished the ends off with 2x3's so you could not see in between the wall.

How amazing does this wall look painted & decorated?!

Storage for Props

Sarah uses her basement studio for baby, children & family photo shoots.  She has insanely cute wraps, hats & other fun props that she wanted at her fingertips during her photo shoots.  She found almost all of her storage solutions at IKEA.

Sarah added shelving to hold her fabrics & stores all hats & headbands with IKEA clips below.  Not only is this great storage, it also looks pretty!

All of the swaddle wraps used during shoots are out on display next to the wood plank wall. I love the variety of colors!

Office Space For Photo Editing

Sarah created an L-shaped desk to really be able to spread out! Not only is this office functional but I find it super inspirational.

I love all of the little details in this office.

Studio Tour

Isn't the full space beautiful!?

This sitting area included another DIY project with the wood TV wall.  Remember my post on the Neighborhood House back deck where I talked about using porch ceiling wood to make the flower boxes?  That was Sarah and Bryan's house and they also took some goodies including this wood from the old basement.  

Sarah's Studio In Use!

Today I talked about Sarah's studio, but she also does insane outdoor photo shoots.  She has an eye for finding beautiful outdoor spaces to snap the perfect shot you will want to display for years to come.  If you are looking for a photographer, I would 1000% recommend Sarah!  Check out her website here for more information.

Here are a few shots in her new basement studio:

Sweet baby Jack!!

Sweet baby Jack!!

I honestly get chills when I look at some of the amazing images Sarah has captured.  

One of my favorites from one of our family photo shoots.

OK, anyone who can capture a photo like this with a wild toddler and two dogs is a miracle worker.

I could show off her photos all day but you can just visit her facebook page if you want to keep browsing!  I will leave you with one last amazing photo that she recently took on a trip to Canada.  

Thank you for sharing your studio remodel with us, Sarah!!