We originally showcased the fabulous studio of Kristin Vining way back in 2011. Since it’s been a few years now, I thought we’d share this drool-worthy space again!
Can you share a little about your business style?
Business style? OCD! ha! Okay, in all seriousness – I am a fast worker. As a mommy of 4 year old twins and operating two companies, I have learned to master my workflow so that everyone stays balanced and happy. My typical approach is – photograph the wedding Saturday, Sunday’s are untouchable – they are dedicated to my husband and twinkies, Monday’s I drink lots of coffee while culling images, marrying my work with my 2nd shooter’s, organizing and processing. On Tuesday’s, my studio manager steps in and starts designing slideshows and storybooks while I begin the blog layout and upload process. By Thursday, the wedding has posted online and the couple are welcomed back from their honeymoon with a sweet little treat waiting in their inbox reading, “Images Ready!”. I try to plan my weekday sessions to happen Wed/Thurs/Friday’s. Of course, on our off-weekends, we’ll shoot any day of the week. Shooting style? Clean. I love crisp, classic and clean imagery. I love soft skin tones and pretty attire. I am in love with pink-buttery, natural light and prefer sunrise shooting to sunset.
Will you share a little about the process of designing your studio?
I just turned 37 – can I still say, “Super-duper, Fun!”? I purchased our space in Uptown Charlotte the same month that I gave birth to my twinks. I left the walls in its natural cinder block state, but took the two dry walls and had them painted glossy black. Up until this January it was ‘cool’ space, but I was longing for a “soft, white, clean with a touch of glamour space.” My girls here in the studio are amazing. With the help of Lindsey Regan Thorne, Tiffany Ratliff and Liz Connolly, together we started the process. Lindsey actually has an interior design background so she truly stepped up and started drawing, suggesting and helping me implement what you see now. We all absolutely adore coming into work and we love seeing the looks on our clients faces when seeing the space for the first time.
What are the benefits and drawbacks to having a studio?
Since the infancy stages of my business, I have always been a proponent of having my own space. I love the professionalism of a quiet, cozy and comfortable studio when meeting a client for the first time. I love that my current clients will always know where to find me. I love that hair and makeup prior to a shoot takes place right here in the studio. I love having all of our favorite work displayed around for people to enjoy. Most of all, I love having all of the girls in the studio at the same time. Amazingly fun times. Drawbacks? Truly – I have never looked at studio space as a drawback. While there is extra overhead, I am still able to keep my pricing competitive with other photographers who are of the same caliber and experience as KVP.
What has been your favorite moment as a professional photographer?
I don’t think I have one favorite moment as much as I have a handful of favorites. This one in particular definitely stands out in my mind. Shortly after I was back to shooting from having the twinks, I was photographing the mother/son dance at a reception. It was the first time I lost it during a dance. I instantly flash-forwarded 25+ years and envisioned holding my precious, Bray on his wedding day. The mother of the bride was standing right next to me and saw me choked up (I had to keep the camera square in front of my face b/c I was too embarrassed to let it down). She took her arms around me and just started loving on me – it was a pretty profound and touching moment. I still kept pushing the shutter though. 🙂
A huge thank you to the fabulous Kristin Vining for giving wonderful insights into her photography business and sharing her amazing studio on LeahRemillet.com!