As working from home becomes the new normal, we have to think creatively about how to make it work. See how fashion photographer Emily Teague converted her living room into a fully functioning studio.
If you have been to New York City, you know that space is often limited, so when you are tasked with making your living space, kitchen, living room, office, and studio cram into 1,000 square feet, Emily shows us that you can create great work no matter where you are.
In this video, Teague goes into some useful storage tips and how she lays out the equipment in her apartment. For example, she likes to label her backgrounds by color and length, so they can easily be recognized before a shoot. As she continues her tour, you'll notice that in Teague's workplace, all of the gear is tucked up against the edges of the wall, maximizing shooting space in the middle of the room. With just a little readjustment, this tiny space is converted into a fully working studio.
One of the ways she shows us her space is by demonstrating a quick and easy versatile lighting setup that could be used in any small living room studio. She begins by placing her key light, which is an Elinchrom ELC 500 with a Elincrom 59-inch softbox, camera right, so that the light on the model became feathered. Then, to fill the shadows, she places another strobe aimed at the ceiling to bounce the ambient light back into the scene. Lastly, she pops open two v-flats on either side of the model.
As a small home studio shooter myself, I instantly connected with this video. I find myself in a similar situation every time I want to shoot. It's also fascinating to me to see other people's workspaces and how they create their images there. It teaches you that you're able to make a small space work for you and not let it limit your creativity.
What does your studio workplace look like? Leave a photo showing us in the comments below!