Do you believe that dreams can come true? I do!
Let me start this post with one of my favorite quotes: “Do not give up your dream only because it will take long time to achieve it. Time will pass anyway…”.
Personally I do not believe in “overnight luck” success stories. Sometimes looking at someone’s success we think ” How lucky he or she is, I wish I was.. or I wish I had …etc etc ” … We do not see that hard work 18 hours a day, tears and sweat, sleepless nights, all sacrifices and hard choices that had to be made to get there. I think to achieve something great, to make your big dream come true it takes time and commitment, you have to work very hard, be very persistent and patient. And at the end that is why it makes you feel so proud.
Today I want to share with you a story of one photo studio, a story of a mom who decided to follow her dream to start photography business and 6 years later was finally able to open her own studio. Here is a story of Virginie:
“… I loved to photograph since I was a teen, but to my great pity my family could not afford to let me study photography – I would have to study too far from my native town and it was too expensive for my parents. I did not gave up my dream and began to learn photography by myself, shooting sunsets and the nature. When my son was born I think I was making hundreds of photos a day and from then till now I never stop!
I started my photography business at this period, and it all began with my pregnant friends and their babies, and after the friends of my friends, and my business grown like this 😉 Now I have clients who travel hundreds of kilometers to meet me and work with me, this make me so proud of my work!
I was always dreaming about having my own beautiful photo studio, but it is a big investment that I could not afford in the beginning of my career. I was making my photo sessions in the living room of my home. It took more than 6 years to make this dream come true. Six long years!
Me and my husband were searching for our “perfect house” with a separate part which I could use as my studio and 5 years ago we found this old building.
Yes, it does not look fancy 🙂 But we loved it because we saw its beautiful “soul”, it just needed a lot of work and a lot of love. Unfortunately, it was off our budget because it was on sale together with a big piece of land. Last year, in march 2015, by chance we saw an add with the picture of this house again, but this time it was on sale without acres of land and we bought it immediately.
The house was a complete disaster not only from outside, but inside too. For 12 months EVERY weekend my husband was working on the house to renovate it completely. Here are some shots of how the “studio” part looked before renovation:
and this is how my studio looks now 🙂
I do not know how many magazines and Pinterest boards I looked through to get ideas for decor, using spaces, props storage and backdrops fixture solutions. Here are my Pinterest boards if you also need some inspirations.
It’s still work in progress. But day by day my new working space becomes more beautiful and functional. Looking around I feel so happy – it is incredible feeling when your dream come true!
My main advice for photographers who plan to open their own studio? Patience!!”Everything happen to those who wait!”
Thank you Virginie for this inspiring story. To know more about Virginie and her work please visit her web site.
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