I Just Bought a Photography Studio and it Came With a FREE House!

posted on 29th of june, 2012

Yes, you read that right! It's just a matter of perspective. We all are on a journey through life and for me, obtaining a new job in a different part of the area where I live meant I could relocate out of the city. The neighborhood here is changing and I'm getting older so it was time to move on. However, you have to live reasonably near where you work.

That changed in December 2010 when the economy caught up to me and I was laid off. Finding another job wasn't too difficult since I work in Information Technology but finding a job doesn't always mean you can find a GOOD job. I bounced around for a while and finally started a great new job last April 30. Because of the location, I jumped at the opportunity to find a new place to live.

It didn't take long; perhaps less than two weeks and it was only the fourth property I looked at. Though it is a modest home the house is in a perfect location. However, a previous owner used to run a business there so there is an addition to the garage. The extra "room" to the garage has 650 square feet of space (650 square feet!!!) and a 10 foot high ceiling.


One of the criteria I had for house hunting was to have a house with a large room for photography but when I saw this garage I practically peed in my pants. I might have bought the house just because it had everything else I wanted and I was just stunned when I saw the addition to the garage.

I have lots of work to do yet, I just started moving and need to clean up the old house to get it ready to sell and the "studio" needs a lot of scrubbing and painting before it's ready for shooting. I've already been scouring through the thrift stores and buying props. :-)

I figure the earliest I will be able to start working in my new studio will be in about a month though I won't be surprised if it will take longer. Either way, my ability to shoot stock has greatly increased. Many of you know what it's like to try shooting stock on a kitchen table or in a room with the furniture pushed to one side.

650 square feet of studio space! And it came with a house! (Well, a mortgage comes with it too, but let's not talk about that!) :-)

Comments (20)

Posted by BCritchley on January 10, 2013
Not sure how I missed this, how's it coming on ? :)
Posted by Transformx on December 23, 2012
Great point of view ;) Congrats on the new house!
Posted by Petarneychev on July 29, 2012
Congrats on the new place! Make the best of that garage and may the talks about mortgages be few and far between. :)
Posted by Michaelee on July 27, 2012
Looks like you will be a very busy guy in the months and years ahead and good luck getting that studio up and running.
Posted by Maxx71 on July 27, 2012
Nice story, I like it, and well written! Good luck to you and keep it on :-)
Posted by Kikkerdirk on July 04, 2012
Wonderful! Sometimes life really smiles at you!
Posted by Laurasinelle on July 02, 2012
Nice! Great story!
Posted by Egomezta on July 02, 2012
Great, good for you.
Posted by Mary981 on July 01, 2012
laughed out loud- congrats!
Posted by Iwhitwo on July 01, 2012
Good luck to you in your new place and enjoy all that comes with having your own photo studio. Should be fun!
Posted by Jdanne on July 01, 2012
Wish you much fan with your new house and the studio!
Posted by Davidwatmough on July 01, 2012
Wonderful story....... brilliantly told and explained........... you wont need a job soon perhaps apart from that in the new studio !!!!!!!!! David.
Posted by Inyrdreams on June 30, 2012
oh congrats!!! I started out with the dinning room table on wheels... I know what you mean. keep us posted on photos.. and good luck with the move!
Posted by Chanevy on June 30, 2012
Congratulations! I recently sold my house and am hoping to relocate. I hope that you wlil keep us up to date with your studio design. I can use all the tips I can get!
Posted by Clearvista on June 30, 2012
wow, fantastic. Very exciting for you, hope you enjoy every minute. :)
Posted by Cammeraydave on June 30, 2012
Good Luck Mate ! Would love to do the same as you.
Posted by Peanutroaster on June 29, 2012
Awesome! My first condo was about 650 square feet. Nothing like big empty space to spark the imagination.
Posted by Hanbaoluan on June 29, 2012
Look at your library, pictures of you have very rich imagination and innovation, have very good lasting appeal. But, in "DT" on set up a professional photography studio to make a living, can be very difficult!
Posted by Bradcalkins on June 29, 2012
Too bad you didn't pee your pants - that would have been one more stock photo "under your belt" :). Enjoy the studio, er... House!
Posted by Stephanie_Zieber on June 29, 2012
Congratulations! That's awesome!

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