I have become quite accustomed to shooting in tiny spaces. ;) First in our tiny house, which was such an adventure. Living in our tiny house taught us so much, but we'll save that for another day. While we have just moved, our living quarters are still small. We've upgraded from a tiny house cottage, to a small one bedroom apartment. Gaining a bedroom as been nice. :) We have grown to really enjoy living small and it will probably be a while before I have a whole room to dedicate to photography or even an off site space.
For everyone else out there trying to shoot in small spaces or watching others move along in there journey having their our studio space, I hope this post can be an encouragement to you. We have learned to make the most our spaces and you can to.
ONE WALL OR ONE COUNTER
In our tiny house, I technically didn't even have one wall, ha! But I did at least have one flat working spaces. I could set up on our kitchen bar or I could set up next to our desk were we had a cabinet. I didn't have a big fancy room... just me, my gear, and one small section to photograph. I now have one wall, which you can see pictured. The cabinet that is there will change soon so I've been brainstorming the best way to continue to shoot there. We're going to put a kitchen bar there and I'm hoping it will continue to work.
MOVE YOUR FURNITURE AROUND
While in our tiny house, in order to set up my tripod I had to move our couch out of the way. At first I didn't even think to move our couch, I have no idea way, we moved it all the time to work out, ha! Moving the couch gave me more space to shoot.
LET GO OF HAVING ALL YOUR GEAR IN ONE PLACE
If I had one room dedicated to photography I would store all of my gear there, but that's not the case. While in our tiny house we had to be incredible organized and we had to get creative about were we stored all of our stuff. Right now, I have backdrops and props all over the place, ha! All of my backdrops are in the living room. Most of my props are stored on my bar cart that hangs out in our bedroom. When I shoot in the living room I roll the cart out and I use what I need. When I'm finished I roll the cart back in the bedroom.
CREATE YOUR OWN BACKDROPS
When you create your own backdrops you can create them at whatever size you need. I feel like most of my backdrops are small or can be rolled up, or folded up. Because my backdrops are on the smaller size or can be easily stored they work well in small spaces.
There was definiltey a time that shooting in a tiny space would have been discouraging or even demotivating. I have learned a lot from the challenge and it has forced me to be a different and better photographer. Do you find yourself shooting in small spaces? What are some of your tips and tricks? xoxo. Samantha