How to Create A Photography Studio in your Basement

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!  

RENOVATION HIT LIST:

  • 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.

The carpet was removed in the basement and laminate wood floors were installed for the studio portion of the space.

Sarah and her husband installed the laminate floors.

Laminate floor installation in the basement photography studio.

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. 

The DIY shiplap walls was the perfect backdrop for so many photo shoots in her new studio space.

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.

A wall partition was created by utilizing tongue and groove wood planks.

How amazing does this wall look painted & decorated?!

DIY tongue and groove wall partition in the basement photography studio and office

Storage for Photography 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!

Storage space for props to use in photo shoots.

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

Organization idea for baby wraps used to swaddle newborns during photo shoots.

DIY photography studio at home

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.

Designated office space in the photography studio

I love all of the little details in this office.

DIY photography studio space

Studio Tour

Isn't the full space beautiful!?

DIY photography studio

Photo collage wall at the basement photography studio

Sitting area for clients in the basement photography studio.

DIY Photography Studio In Action:

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:

Newborn photos with DIY shiplap wall

Newborn photos with DIY shiplap wall

Baby photos in front of the DIY shiplap wall.

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

Family photos with Denver family photographer, Sarah Lechner.

Family photo inspiration with CO photographer

Family photo inspiration with CO photographer

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

Family photo shoot with Sarah Renee Photography

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

Family photo inspiration with CO photographer