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I'm always getting asked what the setup is when I shoot. Since I've got a newborn in just a bit, I snapped a photo for posterity's sake. Mouse-over the image for notes on particular items. My studio is completely "portable" so I can transport my equipment / gear and shoot in clients' homes.

I don't use strobes -- I use "hot" / continuous lights. I didn't pay a fortune for my equipment because what I have does the job. Your mileage may vary... But I've done it this way for almost 5 years now! :-)

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  1. shutterblog 50 months ago | reply

    An "after" shot:

    tell and show

  2. christine [cbszeto] 50 months ago | reply

    oh wow-I did not expect the doors to be a backdrop (saw the "result" shot first). thanks for sharing.

  3. shutterblog 50 months ago | reply

    One more from this setup - the green backdrop was the same place as the red / white one in the photo above:

    peek sneak

  4. AprilShowers Photography 50 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much for all your great tips. I just ordered the light in the image above.

  5. {beverly} 50 months ago | reply

    i really need a new bamboo floor! but i cannot find them anywhere. :)

    tfs. :)

  6. shutterblog 50 months ago | reply

    This is about triple what I paid, but you can find them here:

  7. shutterblog 50 months ago | reply

    One more this week with the doors:


  8. Trisha Christensen 49 months ago | reply

    You are so sweet to share your setup info :) Your WB looks so great on your subjects skin. Do you use a custom WB or a gray card?


  9. shutterblog 49 months ago | reply

    I used a WhiBal card when I first started out, but I've used the same lighting for so long, I do it in-camera now.

  10. ljohnsonh 49 months ago | reply

    Shutterblog...this is great. Wish I would have seen some of these ideas, before I started mounting things to my wall. I'm now trying to figure how to make things more portable. I'm a newby...bear with me. Thanks for the ideas.

  11. Christina Devlin Photography 49 months ago | reply

    You have an awesome studio setup. I am just now getting started again after about 2 years off, and I am kinda freaking out a little...wanting new equipment and stuff, but I agree with you, what I have works just fine, so I'm gonna stick with it for now. I have the same umbrella lights, but I have never really used them a lot. Now that I have a small studio space again, I'm gonna try them out :) Thanks for your inspiration! Your photos are amazing!

  12. bobusn 49 months ago | reply

    Hey, nice!

  13. Lauren Kennedy-Voves 49 months ago | reply

    Oh my gosh i love that tutu. where is it from ?

  14. shutterblog 49 months ago | reply

    She's closed right now, but Frill'er Up Couture on Etsy:

  15. Iris Mjoll 48 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing.

  16. barnabywasson 48 months ago | reply great to see the behind the "buttons & bows" using hot-lights but have now moved into strobes for there portability and versatility...although for newborns...the heat is welcomed :-)

  17. shutterblog 48 months ago | reply

    I just got Bees for some of my editorial work -- it's a whole 'nutha ballgame, lemme tell ya'! :-)

  18. shutterbugzz2 47 months ago | reply

    Hi, Can you tell me where you got your flooring in this picture? What Bee's did you get, I am just getting ready to order some? And was wondering what to get????

  19. shutterbugzz2 47 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing all your other stuff! Your Photo's are beautiful!!!!

  20. shutterblog 47 months ago | reply

    Thank you! The bamboo mat was a gift, but it's from a clearance website and they're no longer for sale. They were like $15 / each back then. You can get an identical one (in a lot of different colors) here but they're much more expensive (over $50):

    I talk about the whitewash faux wood floor and where to buy from multiple sources here:

    And I have a new Denny roll up floor that I absolutely LOVE (not shown here):

    On the Bees, I ended up with a B400 and a B800 with Octaboxes based on how I shoot with hot lights. I would read up on them first though -- some people get by just fine with a single B400.

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