Building HYVE studios (Pt. 1)

Some of you know that I’m in process of getting a photography studio built with the three other co-owners, called HYVE studios, which will be opening its doors for photographers to rent and myself to use for a main studio within the next two weeks.

This is how it got started.
I’m good friends with the principle designer at Studio Tumo, Timothy. Timothy had recently gone into a partnership with ZJ Builders, a general contracting company to make a design/build firm. I was introduced to the ZJ Builders partners, Simon and Lucas, as Timothy’s go-to photographer. A few weeks in, Simon, Lucas, and Timothy began talking of starting a custom furniture company. It’s pretty expensive to ship and move large pieces of furniture around to studios large enough to properly photograph them, so Simon posed the idea of putting a little photography studio in the building and I was asked to consult on the kinds of things it would need.

A few weeks went by and I had a need for a place to take some headshots for a client. I remembered Timothy telling me that Simon and Lucas had a warehouse they didn’t use anymore and thought that might make a pretty unique space for this particular client, so I asked about it. Well, apparently that place wasn’t good, but I asked to take a look anyway. I asked if, maybe, that place would be a good trial for opening a studio to rent. That got everything started. Timothy went to talk with Simon and Lucas and they came back and said they didn’t want to use the warehouse as a trial. They wanted to use it as the first actual studio.

So now we spoke and all agreed that the four of us would be equal partners. We all have contributed in getting the warehouse converted and the business up and running, which is getting near completion. Simon and Lucas are taking point on the actual construction aspects, like building the cyc wall and a changing room. Timothy is taking charge of the general operations and web design. I’m doing the graphic design and planning out exactly what we’ll need and how it should be set up for proper, professional photography. We’re also going to be offering equipment for the photographers who rent out the studio, such as strobe lights and various light modifiers, so I have to plan all that out as well.

When I first came to the studio, I saw what was ahead, and it was pretty daunting! No power, loads of industrial shelving covered in everything under the sun, boxes upon boxes, even electric buggy-type cars.

And thus the work began…


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