A Tour of the Soph n’ Stuff Studio

A few of my loyal readers have asked for pictures of my new space. I’m not sure if I told you this, internet, but I moved into my first home last year (thus my brief blogging hiatus while getting everything moved in, fixed and set up). Cheesler and I bought an adorable century home in the heart of small-town Acton, Ontario. And let me tell you: it is indeed worth the drive. Or rather, the train, which is what I take.

So we’ve been painting and doing minor renovations and making plans for our garden this spring.

The best part of this house is: the HUGE kitchen.

Soph n' Stuff Kitchen

Feast your eyes on this space. It is somewhat strangely laid out, but I love it. We need a bigger table, as you can see. See the subway-tile backsplash? Me and my mom did that together. My mom is a home-renovating maven.

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The peculiar placing of the range right next to the doorway into the back room is actually an advantage for food photography. I can stand with my camera on the left side of it and take action shots of food cooking in pans.

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Like this!

Soph n' Stuff Kitchen

And like this. See that painting on the far wall? The painting of peppers and garlic and olive oil? Yeah, I did that. Not only do I do food photography, I do food painting, too. And embroidery. But that’s another story.

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Here’s the view from the other side of the kitchen, facing the front door and the staircase, and peeking into the living room. Do you like my red accent wall? I did all the painting myself.

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And here’s the next room in the tour: the “back room”. This room is mostly for Cheesler’s purposes, but he graciously allowed me to use a corner for my photography, since there is such great light in here. So, I cook up my delicious creations…

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Then I scurry into my “studio” to take the photos. As you may know, bright red does not make for a good background in photography. We might paint this room. For now, I make do with black and white sheets. See that table? It is a work in progress – Cheesler found some old salvaged barn boards and went right ahead and built a table with them. It will go in the kitchen when it’s done, and will be a combination table/kitchen workspace. For now, it makes a fabulous surface for taking food photos on.

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Here’s some of my props and pretty dishes.

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Here is my fabulous speedlight flash, for when natural light just wont cut it. A birthday present from…you guessed it…my main man.

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Look at all that fabulous natural diffused light pouring in the windows. I should be down there taking photos right now! The snow outside definitely improves the quality of the light too.

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Ok, back through the kitchen door we go…

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And up the stairs to some sort of heavenly gate. Time to edit those photos I just finished taking.

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The upstairs hallway, where you’ll find…the door to my “office”! The green was there when we moved in. At first I hated it, then it grew on me. Now I love it! I might paint the far wall a different colour, like purple or something.

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Just as Cheesler has the big “back room” downstairs, I claimed one of the smaller bedrooms upstairs for my creative space. This is where I am allowed to decorate as girly as I want.

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And where I do all my “post” work on my photos. Deleting all the crappy shots, editing, cropping the good ones. I like having two monitors to work on. Look, I’m working on something now! Looks like some mushroom risotto shots…

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Yes that’s a bacon sticker on my iMac. So?

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Then when I’m done all of my blogging and posting and its time to relax, I curl up in my nook with a good book and a glass of wine.

So, that’s it, Soph n’ Stuff readers! I hope this post did not bore you to tears. Never fear, the next post will be food-related. Oh, you just wait and see.

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2 Comments on “A Tour of the Soph n’ Stuff Studio”

  1. Marl
    January 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Wow the whole house looks great! I’m glad you are enjoying your space and getting so much use from ‘the back room’!

  2. January 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    The place looks great soph. It sure was nice of the cheesler to allow you to use HIS space for the photos 😀 haha will have to get as good at the photos as you but for now we just use my phone haha.. it seems to do the trick for now.

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