Photographers, do we need our own studio? [Part I]

Behind the scenes Lingerie & Swimwear photoshoot


For a long time, I thought I didn't need one, I was fine working on location, indoors and outdoors, for me everywhere and anywhere was my studio.


But strangely, I've been asked a few times this year if I did any studio work. Portraits, Glamour & Fitness sessions with a simple plain black or white backdrop... But how can I make this type of image without my own studio?

Things change, clients change and your work inevitably changes too. What kept me away from studio work so far was my love for inspiring places to work in. I always thought I would be bored making portraits in a studio... I guess I was wrong. I was surprised to see that I was able to adapt and bring my style to a studio setting... My only problem was that I didn't have a studio.


Renting one is an option, but it ain't cheap, especially if it is fully equipped, well located and if you are looking for space. But If the goal is to photograph a given subject with a simple backdrop, you can actually do this anywhere. I've done this in the past, a simple attic could do the trick.


When you think about it any room with a simple white wall could work. During my latest trip to Bordeaux a few weeks back I was in this amazing space usually used for exhibitions where I used the white walls and a few white wooden boxes for a couple of “studio-like” sessions.

Fujifilm GFX50s + 2x Broncolor SirosL GF 120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro 1/125sec at f/5.6 ISO100 - 120mm





I had a few other options, textured walls and even a nice wooden black wall that wasn't easily accessible, but although we were lacking space, I managed to find a useable angle.

Fujifilm GFX50s + 2x Broncolor SirosL GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR 1/125sec at f/5.6 ISO100 - 59mm



Fujifilm GFX50s + Broncolor SirosL GF 120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro 1/125sec at f/4 ISO100 - 120mm


Fujifilm GFX50s + Broncolor SirosL GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR 1/125sec at f/4.5 ISO100 - 60mm



Fujifilm GFX50s + Broncolor SirosL GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR 1/125sec at f/4 ISO100 - 60mm


Fujifilm GFX50s + Broncolor SirosL GF 120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro 1/125sec at f/4 ISO100 - 120mm



So this got me thinking, should I invest in a mobile studio, a portable, foldable backdrop?

Let's continue this conversation in Part II! Photographers, Do we need our own studio [Part II]