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

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!) :-)

Photo credits: Wisconsinart.

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January 10, 2013


Not sure how I missed this, how's it coming on ? :)

December 23, 2012


Great point of view ;) Congrats on the new house!

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. :)

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.

July 27, 2012


Nice story, I like it, and well written! Good luck to you and keep it on :-)

July 04, 2012


Wonderful! Sometimes life really smiles at you!

July 02, 2012


Nice! Great story!

July 02, 2012


Great, good for you.

July 01, 2012


laughed out loud- congrats!

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!

July 01, 2012


Wish you much fan with your new house and the studio!

July 01, 2012


Wonderful story....... brilliantly told and explained........... you wont need a job soon perhaps apart from that in the new studio !!!!!!!!! David.

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!

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!

June 30, 2012


wow, fantastic. Very exciting for you, hope you enjoy every minute. :)

June 30, 2012


Good Luck Mate ! Would love to do the same as you.

June 29, 2012


Awesome! My first condo was about 650 square feet. Nothing like big empty space to spark the imagination.

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!

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!

June 29, 2012


Congratulations! That's awesome!

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