Name: Jane Buck
Location: Brooklyn NY
Company: Foxy & Winston
What is your aesthetic? Cheery, colorful illustrations hand screen-printed in richly saturated silhouettes onto stationery, announcements and invitations, apparel and home wares. I use 100% post consumer recycled paper goods, water based paints and 100% Organic apparel.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Well, its all business in the studio at the back of the shop; no frills, just shelves, books, paints (much of it up the walls and all over the floor!) and paper, so I suppose that would convey my more serious, industrious side behind the scenes. However the front of shop, where I don my shopkeepers hat is another story, a riot of color and inspiration and – perfect for chatting with customers and meeting with custom clients.
Favorite part of your studio? The Shopfront, it has the most beautiful mirrored Victorian dresser which makes the perfect showcase for all of my stationery, framed prints and apparel, also the shop window where my recently adopted rescue Beagle “Hope” sits on her bed of roses!
Where do you go for inspiration? I often take walks around the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and visit the zoo’s of New York. I get a lot of inspiration watching the wildlife specials of Sir David Attenborough, other than that I collect National Audubon Society field guides to all things nature; seashells,mushrooms,wild flowers, insects and birds they help me a lot with my designs, along with textile books old and new.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? There are many but I am a stickler for a super hard edged squeegee for printing fine paper goods.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I’d love a new digital drawing tablet my old one’s worn out, but more than anything I’d adore a proper chair to draw at after 5 years of sitting on a diner chair!
Anything else we should know? Not many people know that I offer both silkscreen AND letterpress printed fully custom wedding invitations, announcements and stationery. Also that Foxy & Winston are actually my lovely parents who live in Norfolk, England.
[images from Foxy & Winston]
Name: Eva Chiou
Location: Southern California – 138 W. Main Street, Tustin, Ca 92780 (Old Town Tustin)
Company: The Wedding Pantry
What is your aesthetic? I would say its Clean, Calm, cozy and Contemporary.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? The colors I picked are basic Gray/blue and white. That’s just how my closet looks as well; basic whites, blacks and grays. I wish I could pull off a bright patterned or flower print outfit but that’s just not me.
Favorite part of your studio? My Favorite part of the studio is the Workspace area. It’s like a dining table where people come to hang out and it’s also where we meet for classes and workshops.
Where do you go for inspiration? Having such a busy schedule, I don’t really have time to read blogs daily for inspiration but what I do have time for is attending SMARTY events. The SMARTY group is an organization that is filled with other women entrepreneurs and each time that I attend a SMARTY event, I’m inspired to do more for the business. (www.smartypeople.com) I guess I’m more of a business person than an artistic person.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? SPREADSHEETS!! I have a whole list of spreadsheets that I refer to all the time. It’s my saving grace especially when dealing with inventory.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, I’d like to eventually re-do my floors! I really want stained concrete.
Anything else we should know? This space was built for both brides and vendors. We have products, classes and workshops for brides and we also have meeting space for vendors. We know how important it is to have an office space to meet clients and give them a great first impression. Our goal is for brides and vendors will feel a sense of community here.
Name: Luke Walker (and wife/fellow photographer Alisha Clark)
Location: Troy, NY
Company: Clark+Walker Studio
What is your aesthetic? Clean and contemporary with a little bit of bold and and a hint of vintage.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Because our studio is located in the antiques district of our city, we wanted to blend a little local flavor by using a window display full of old frames that were almost throw-aways. Our local community has given us an appreciation for adding a bit of vintage into our studio space. Overall though our studio gives the clean and bold look of Clark+Walker Studio. From the commercial grade wallpaper accent to the italian tile flooring to the bold slate gray and gold studio coloring…we wanted people to walk in and have the same in-person experience they’d expect from the Clark+Walker brand.
Favorite part of your studio? The meeting area has to be our favorite place by far. A comfortable place for all of us to gather and share ideas, as well a place to watch our in-studio Apple TV if one of us needs to come up for air from editing. Our videographer proposed a rule of “no shoes” during winter time, only slippers. We believe in comfort over here.
Where do you go for inspiration? This may sound cliche, but I believe there is a day that comes in the evolution of becoming a photographer where you start to see the world through a camera lens. The everyday view of the world sort of goes out the window, at least it did for Alisha and myself. When we go to Puerto Rico for vacation we walk the cobble stone streets and brightly painted buildings and no matter how hard we try not too, we are both seeing different photographs. When I see a child running by us waving the Puerto Rican flag I think “what an awesome prop that would be for a local shoot.” When I see an older man on the corner playing guitar trying to make a couple bucks I see a great photo opportunity with people dancing behind him in the cobblestone streets. I’m a believer that the greatest source of inspiration is getting out, trying new things, and changing up your comfort zone whenever possible.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I know I’m supposed to say my 50mm 1.2 lens, or Photoshop or something techy. But honestly…the tool that I can’t live without is email. While I certainly believe our work is good (I’m probably biased though), what really books us jobs and takes our business to the next level is the relationships we form. Whether it be with brides who are looking for photo and/or video or whether it’s fellow wedding professionals, our business is founded on relationships and our network of supporters. There is no way we’d be shooting all the fashion runway for The Knot, and getting weddings from Bermuda to Hawaii by just taking great pictures with cool toys. Any successful person or business has a network of supporters backing them, and we really try and make sure we utilize the speed and convenience of email in keeping up with our network and trying to support the people who support us.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes I’d like to propose facebook upgrade it’s email system! Anyone else have a great email system set up only to have it ruined or slowed down by so many people sending emails through FB now? Something that I actually can change though is bringing on a full time production manager which we are currently hiring for right now. As the number of weddings we do grows we have to continue to grow with it.
Anything else we should know? We like long walks on the beach and…oh wait…oops! I mean, we love meeting new people and making new friends! Our online home can be found at clarkwalkerstudio.com and we can connect on facebook at facebook.com/cwstudio. We’d love to hear from you.
[images from Clark + Walker]
Name: Kimberly Canale
Location: Brooklyn, New York (Park Slope)
Company: Inspired Goodness
What is your aesthetic?
I favor mixing vintage elements with modern materials and techniques for a chic and timeless look. Like calligraphy on bright colored envelopes or using a scraps of vintage ribbon to wrap a party favor, it’s about taking things that are beautifully made and finding new and interesting ways to use them – a modern interpretation of time-honored materials.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Since my studio is located in my home, much of the look of it comes from what I’m personally drawn to. We have vignettes of vintage treasures – industrial influences and family heirlooms are mixed with flea market finds. Inspired Goodness tends to have those same sensibilities but with a feminine twist; think subdued colors and delicate accents like flowers, ephemera and vintage jewelry.
Favorite part of your studio? My favorite area of my studio is the large window to the left of my desk. Seated, I can view the back garden of the apartments below and brick walls covered in decades of ivy. Birds and squirrels are constantly stopping on the fire escape to say hello. It reminds me what I love most – being outdoors in the city.
Where do you go for inspiration? After living in New York for almost 15 years, I’ve amassed a list of shops that not only inspire me but have become essential resources for fueling my creativity. Anthropologie is my go-to source for cute clothes and home accents. ABC Carpet + Home has amazing gifts and is full of hidden gems around every corner. For materials and supplies, you can usually find me at MJ Trim, Tinsel Trading or Paper Presentation. And Etsy is my weakness for anything vintage.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My computer is my essential tool – along with my calculator, a sharp xacto knife and self-healing cutting mat, I could pretty much work from anywhere. I could not function without mountains of blank paper and black Pentel EnerGel Pens.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I enjoy having clients over to my space – but sometimes I dream about having a small storefront so that I could interact more with the local neighborhood. I’d love the opportunity to create beautiful window displays for the people walking by. On the inside, the focus would be on providing an inviting environment to meet and entertain clients.
Anything else we should know? My first love is graphic design and along with the event design services, we also offer clients a full range of custom paper goods. From save the dates to invitations and day-of details, the stationery gives us a unique outlet to bring the story of each client to life in a more focused and creative medium.
[images from Jen Huang Photography]
Name: Michelle Gainey
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Company: StudioWed Atlanta
What is your aesthetic? Modern Elegance
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Ceiling drape, chandeliers, and blue suede furniture.
Favorite part of your studio? I was so excited to find a location that wasn’t a typical white box retail space. Our studio is located in a converted brick factory, and we have a brick wall from the original building. Tall loft ceilings and sealed concrete floors add to the modern, loft feel of the space. However, I still wanted the studio to be elegant and soft, so we added
I love sitting on our blue suede couch with custom pillows, made by one of our vendors. The floral centerpiece made by one of our floral designers is a great focal point, and the wedding canvas on the wall is truly a piece of art.
Where do you go for inspiration? Everywhere! My clients, home decor stores and magazines, fashion, etc.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Wireless internet! It makes it easy for all of my vendors to come and work in the studio anytime.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes! I would love to have a Tassimo coffee machine so we can make individual cups instead of pots!
Anything else we should know? With the craziness and stress of planning a wedding, I really wanted to create an environment for couples that would be calm and inviting, while providing inspiration for their wedding. I love having couples come and explore the space and stay for hours!
[images from Project Duo Photography]
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