I have an announcement, a very big one! Sabrina L. Greene Photography officially has a studio! You may have seen some studio-style images pop up randomly over the past few months but my studio was not yet complete. However, I can now formally announce that I do have a small portrait studio! The best part about my studio is the commute. I walk outside my home to the adorable stone building adjacent to my house and I am at work.
A Dream to Create
As I began to study portraiture in-depth around 13 years ago I knew I wanted to have a space that I could create unique imagery in. Before my son was born in 2009 I had converted a room of my former home with my ex-husband into a study/studio but it wasn’t to last due to divorce.
As I went through the painful experience of losing my identity and trying to find my feet again I neglected my creative work. Then in 2016, I met my current husband JJ right around the same time I started to get back into creating with my camera. We married the next year and he told me that he wanted to build a studio someday.
This year he fulfilled my dream and labored all summer on building me a space to explore portraiture in-depth. I cannot thank my husband enough for all of his work on this labor of love.
Why is having a photography studio important?
Since my focus has been mainly weddings with a few family sessions mixed in over the past few years you might be wondering why I even need a photography studio. I mean I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world in the heart of Southern Appalachia. This is all true but like most artists I know we are ever-evolving.
I have learned more than I can even tell you from the immense pressure placed on me shooting on location at weddings, events, and families. Jasmine Star a former high-profile photographer turned business guru once said, “I wish all photographers were required to shoot weddings at some point in their careers because it makes you a more astute and better photographer.”
She is correct! It was from never knowing what kind of situation I was walking into that I had to learn off-camera lighting and make decisions in the matter of a second. It has made me who I am today but I can always learn more!
With a photography studio, I can slow down and try out new lighting scenarios in a controlled environment. Not forgetting to mention that having a studio will also allow me to work and experiment year-round regardless of the weather.
Considering Classical Art
Studying the masters does not mean just taking courses from renowned studio photographers in the industry. Instead, it means digging deeper into the traditional art world and examining masters of light such as J.M.W Turner, Impressionist artists such as John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as great portrait painters such as Phillip de Laszlo and Rembrandt and many more.
Did you know that the camera was created for painters? It was and how can I continue to ignore that? I cannot.
On the flip side of the life-changing aspect of seeing monumental examples of the greats on display this past year, as you may well know you can almost always find me with a book in hand.
Being an avid reader of nearly anything I can get my hands on also inspires me too. Characters and images come to life in my mind a l l l l l t h e t i m e!
One snippet from a line of poetry can inspire an image that I desire to create. Now that I have a studio I can create on the whim and begin showing all of you what pops up in my head more!
But also bring your stories and imaginations to life as well! For example, my husband wanted to pull in a western vibe for the images you have been seeing here in this post. We have jokingly called this short series the “Carolina Kid,” and we had a blast bringing this to life! It took me less than an hour to set this up in my studio and place JJ in a world akin to his favorite movies on tv, westerns.
A great image whether it is a photograph or painting will make you pause because it is telling a story. I want to get better at that and now I have space to experiment and grow in.
Are you leaving the wedding photography world?
Before anyone mistakenly assumes I am stepping away from the industry of weddings and capturing love stories rest assured I am not. I’m a hopeless romantic after all! Instead, having a studio and place to try out new things is only going to strengthen my current skill set. In fact, if you would like to see a recent wedding I completed check out the elopement of Hayley and Matthew here.
I would also like to say that the photography studio is not going to be a private place for study I intend to also offer traditional portrait and headshot sessions as well. Not everyone can go on location and they need somewhere to come to and I can now extend that service to my clients. If you are interested in booking a studio session please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. I’m excited to be expanding and I cannot wait to share this exciting adventure with you!
Below you will find some additional examples of early work in the studio before it was complete. Thank you to everyone he came out early and let me run a few light tests.