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Temporary home studio part I

Feat. Eva M.


These happen at least twice a year. I'm always looking for empty spaces to occupy. From big to medium, to small apartments, I am always up for the challenge. But the question is why, why go through the hassle? There are three reasons for me, and one is why I don't do these often. 


UPDATE: One apartment and 6 separate sessions, 3 are already online!




Eva M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF110mmF2 R LM WR

1/125sec f2.2 ISO 125



I only set these sessions for three reasons:


  1. To develop my portfolio... The end of the year is usually my time for a website update.

  2. It’s my alternative to studio work! I am not a studio guy, so any photoshoot that needs a backdrop or a simple wall might be done during these sessions.

  3. The rare opportunity for people who wish to book me for a private portrait or boudoir session/


It’s an investment if you are doing this for your portfolio. This is why I don’t do them often. I can reduce the overall cost with a few private sessions, and usually, I manage to get the location for free.


I completely stopped doing sessions at home. We still haven’t found a way to move, and it became less complicated for me to move my studio elsewhere. I brought with me 2 hand-painted canvas by gravity backdrops, and a Manfrotto kit to set them up. A few fabrics just in case, a set of Apple boxes, 2 GODOX AD1200 pro, 1 AD600 pro, and one AD300 pro. A pair of stripboxes, the Parabolic P128, and a few C-stands. All these sessions were done with the GFX100II, hang on tight, a review is on the way.


We had no electricity available and I learned this the hard way... one hour before the first photoshoot. We brought at the very last minute 2 Ecoflow batteries.


Eva M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF110mmF2 R LM WR

1/125sec f4 ISO 125



Eva M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF110mmF2 R LM WR

1/125sec f4.5 ISO 160





Eva M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/160sec f/2 ISO 160



Some of these images were for my portfolio. I needed fresh images, simple portraits where I use my optical snoot, and more. I said it earlier it’s that time of the year when I usually do a big update of my websites.



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You can thank me later. 


Eva M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/125sec f/2 ISO 80



Eva M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/125sec f/2,8 ISO 80



So every year, as I am approaching December, I slowly look back and take a look at my portfolio. I get rid of images I do not like anymore, and when possible organize these types of sessions if necessary. It doesn’t always work, but I always end up learning a thing or two, so it’s never a waste of time. You might ask yourself how, how does he get access to these…


One word: Connexions…



I know a real estate agent here, and I know a few owners who rent out apartments. These apartments are sometimes empty, so I take advantage of a transitional period to set up my temporary studio.


This is how it works, at least for me, the relationships you build are very important in this business.

Eva M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100II + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/125sec f/2,8 ISO 80



So expect some changes in my portfolio in the days, to come. I’ve got 3 short films in the editing room right now, I am filming a short dance film next week and I am also currently preparing my last photoshoot sessions of the year… Already. My next video will be up soon, so don’t go too far.


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