I remember first meeting Steph at a music event in an alley in Columbus. She sat barefoot on the ground with her adorable little skirt on, nursing her first born. I couldn't stop looking at her, and her ability to just BE. BE there in the moment & music, BE there for her baby, and to not give a care in the world who was watching. Smiling that big Steph smile, moving with the beat, her light shined. Being a person that is pretty intuitive, I knew she was a beautiful soul. I remember thinking it would be wonderful to photograph her. Years pass and we would say hello in passing, but I remember we always hugged. I am a hugger, so I loved that (I doubt she even remembers that).
I follow her in Instagram and when she posted a photo in the playhouse ... & I insisted on photographing them in it! I knew the images would be PERFECT. We scheduled on a Saturday morning, I showed up with fresh chocolate chip cookies and left with her homegrown garlic scapes. I never gave one direction on what to do (other than where I wanted to take photos). I was maybe there an hour. I documented them the way I desired, the way I envisioned it would it be. I didn't ask them to do one single thing.
I let them BE. I let life happen. I let raw emotion and love BE my subject.
She is continuously BEcoming & BEcoming.
I really stopped looking for a studio space & never thought the day would come, but we stumbled upon a lovely space in the Village Green Building in Nashville Indiana. This three story brick building, Nashville's only skyscraper, was built in 1910 and is one of the largest buildings in Brown County. It has so much character, several spots for rent, and I looked at them all, but this one was perfect. I mulled over it for weeks (as my husband asked me daily if I signed the lease yet, I am glad he had faith in me). When I finally called and told the landlord that I thought I was ready, they told me 2 other people were interested in the space, & one was ready to sign a lease. BUT I was the first one to inquire, so I had dibs. I told them I would be down that day to sign the lease. & BAM!!!
I thought you all may enjoy seeing the progress. So here are a few unedited iPhone pics of before/during/after the AJP Studio opening (I am terrible about bringing my big girl camera everywhere and documenting our own lives, I know, shame on me!).
THANK YOU to my husband who pushed me to take the plunge. My son who made many trips up and down the stairs, carried heavy items, and helped me tremendously. My father in law for hanging curtains. My dad & mom, brother, niece & nephew aka "Pauls Painting Crew" for ALL of their help painting. And my sweet fur baby Luna for keeping me company while I filled ALL of holes in the wall & painted.
I had no idea what exactly I planned on shooting in this sweet space, I just knew I needed a studio. All of the additions are still being made & I am enjoying shooting in here FAR more than expected. I do plan on offering special mini session days, but I am always scheduling families, kiddos, headshots, boudoir & seniors!
A shop vacuum bag full of dust & dirt, some scrubbing, and a couple gallons of paint ... and BOOM ~ I am ready!