By Appointment Only – Alliston Wedding Photographer
The day has come! The paint is dry, the photos hung, cozy pillows tossed on the couch, and of course the Tassimo machine is plugged in.
Heart and soul; blood, sweat and tears. A dream became reality this past week and a bit. I opened a boutique wedding and portrait photography studio at 29 Paris St in Alliston.
Deciding if a space of my own would be at the top of my goal list for 2016 didn’t come lightly. There are always voices (both internal and external) that question if you can do this. With any major business decision you cannot ignore it, and you must weight the pros and cons! I did just that – for 3 months. Crunched numbers, finessed a budget, evaluated risks. Evaluated what I could gain every bit as much as what I could lose. In the end, change is good, and I’m always up for a challenge!
“I would never be able to sleep if I ignored my loudest inner voice saying “Go For It”.”
But enough about all that! Here are the “Before and Afters, of this journey so far – which is ALWAYS a work in progress, but Im super proud of how it’s unfolding. Pardon the iphone photos.
Working with helpful (dirty faced)
toddlers around is pretty awesome 🙂 Adam is a pro at patching walls too I might add (work for hire! lol)
At times it didn’t feel like it would ever be done.
Lots of little projects – like recovering this chair with a fresh fun pattern.
And my desk, which had seen better days got a fresh coat of Fusion paint that I picked up at 3 Sheep Mercantile in Cookstown!
An old piece in a new home, and new favourite coffee cup that waits for my arrival, along side this photo of my great grandparents.
Redid the coffee table too; keeping its old world history and charm, and a fresh coat of stain. I love this stuff – I could repurpose, makeover things for days!
Pardon the instagramy filter – I took the first after photo at like 11pm when I had pieced it all together; and didnt notice that I had put some crazy colour on it lol (So much better with a real camera thank God), but this is it! My new home away from home!
“The thing Im most excited for is spoiling my clients here.”
The moment their photos are ready they will be invited along with 4-5 of their friends and family to come in, have a little bubbly, and some appetizers, watch a custom slideshow of their wedding day and see all their photos, and pick out materials for thier albums. Here my brides and grooms can relive their day and celebrate their new life together with some of their favourite people. That is why I do what I do, and what makes my heart full!
2 seconds that I want to spend talking about my neighbours and how excited I am to be on this street!
Paris Street is part of the downtown core. A little one way street with some AMAZING businesses and a bustle of activity.
My neighbour to the north – Hair with Hart. Truly talented, fun, (actually she’s hillarious and my belly hurts every time I leave there!) and just so refreshingly genuine. I’ll be doing a full feature on Cait Hart, as I just think she’s incredible, and I have her to thank for tipping me off on the space!
To the south – Indian Flames – an authentic Indian restaurant. While I was painting I couldnt help but notice the flourish of activity in and out of this place ALL DAY! It is obviously a very popular lunch spot, and at dinner I spotted old friends on their way over, and flagged them in to sneak a peak at the progress I was making. They told me it was one of their favourite restaurants; and that I just had to try it! It’s now at the top of my to do list! Lunch date anyone?!
Across the road – Armstrongs Cleaners – I mean, this place has been there for decades – and again, the volume of people popping in and out, its no wonder its such a huge success! Which reminds me – I have a few things to take in.
Around the corner on Victoria is Range Of Motion Massage Therapy, who is ALWAYS booked solid so I’ve learned to book my appointments well in advance.
The atmosphere. Its charming. Lined with classic black lamp posts featuring large snowflakes (during the holiday season)- its like the perfect compliment to the logo on my business cards hehe! You’ll pass a large arched window if you walk past, and a brick walk way leads to my door. By appointment you will be greated by me, in a warm, comfortable boutique environment, where we can discuss your wedding photography or lifestyle portrait photography needs while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.
If you are looking for an Alliston Wedding Photographer, or Newmarket, Orangeville or Barrie wedding photographer give me a call or send me an email and we’ll set up a casual meeting at the studio!
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Nice job! I am in the process of doing this to my basement. How do you like that desk? I love that style but am afraid there is not enough leg room.
Kaylan, I think if I was any taller it might be an issue (Im just 5’2″). That being said, the space is more for appointments, and the bulk of my work is still done at home at a big (messy…) desk lol!
Beautiful! You did a great job!