The universe was on my side
This post was long overdue, and has been drafted for months, but somehow I didn’t post it yet.
The universe was on my side on that day. Or just call it sheer luck.
A few months ago, I made a decision to rent a commercial photography studio space and after countless showings, I finally reached out to an artist I knew and asked her if she knew of any vacant studio spaces, either in her studio building or any other building. She immediately got back to me and told me a space just opened opened in her building, she also scheduled a meeting with the building manager the next day after which I signed the lease! All this happened within less than 24 hours!
Studio 316: a commercial photography studio located in a historic artist building
My studio is in the Dow arts building, a historic building located in the Twin Cities Midway area right of Interstate 94.
What is super cool about this building is that it was was originally home to the Louis F. Dow Company, which specialized in advertising and printing materials. So, this building houses dozens of artists, and with its history, I immediately felt that this was a perfect fit for Sigg Photography.
Tall 14 foot ceilings, plenty of space (1400 square feet), natural light/windows (South facing), white walls, concrete floors, private bathroom, running water, easy street parking and private parking lot (also for clients!), as well as easy studio access with freight elevator, loading dock and studio garage door, great and central location, and close vicinity to public transportation (light rail, Green Line) all make this place close to ideal for my commercial photography / videography studio.
I decided to do a few upgrades including: a newly remodeled (and fully enclosed) private bathroom, freshly painted ceilings and walls (in pure white!), a set of fantastic studio furniture for clients and studio gear (all on wheels), and some electrical and communication upgrades.
After the remodeling job: white walls and nice light 🙂
“Selfie” shot in my studio, one of the first shots I took in preparation of an upcoming corporate headshot gig.
Design of Studio 316 / Sigg Photography Suite Sign
Silver ring with blue gem, also one of the first commercial shots in Studio 316. I used techniques of pre-visualization as explained in this post (mindfulness in photography).
Tear sheet of another still life shot in the studio: this one with Minneapolis-Saint Paul magazine. See this blog post for more details.