We are starting a new segment called “Show Your Space” where we feature really cool spaces that photographers work, play, and let’s face it – sometimes sleep in during the busy months of summer wedding editing! Our first “Show Your Space” participant is photographer, Nick Frontiero! Nick is a busy guy between the studio (which he transformed from his carport at home to a very sleek studio and consultation room), his fun and energetic family, and keeping up with his other passions. One step into his super sleek and ultra-hip studio and you can tell his passions – his love of music (he has written, recorded, and performed original music, and also worked several years in the radio industry) and creating playlists, his beautiful family, humor, and really cool art.
Right now I work literally around the clock, and being there for my family is super important. Which means being extremely flexible while being prepared to work late nights! About two years ago we hired a contractor to transform our carport at home into a studio and consultation area. It’s decked out with a lot of music stuff, I’ve got my guitars hung on the wall, tons of framed posters and art I’ve collected over the many years, two drum sets (my nine year old slays on the drums), my huge work station, my assistant’s work station, and we have a dedicated wall with backdrops mounted for headshots and product photography. It’s about 450 square feet of space we transformed, and I’ve got two doors to shut if I ever need privacy for consults or work, and two french doors that lead outside so clients can walk right in without having to go through our personal home. Eventually I’d like to get a store front going, but right now while I’m still building my business this is perfect for me. So much has gone into this space, and we kept all of the exposed brick on each side from what was our car port. It’s actually a really nice getaway, and I know paying rent on a space like this would cost at least $800.00-$1200.00 a month if not more. My only regret is not having more open space and more open windows for more conceptual photography opportunities working with natural light. I’m still a little torn when the time comes to have a full blown store front, or really just a place to shoot and have consults, which would mean still keeping my space here dedicated for editing!