I've considered a home studio for years but never had the space to set one up and keep it up. A few months ago, though, we moved into a two bedroom condo in Denton and I figured our spare bedroom was the perfect opportunity! I bought two lights and a backdrop stand off Amazon and anxiously awaited their arrival. They got here late Tuesday and I immediately texted my good friend, Aubrey. She came over the next morning and we got busy experimenting and practicing using the lights.

I didn't have any real backdrops, so I grabbed the biggest blanket from our closet and rigged it up. Holllyyy mollyy.. I never expected it to look at gorgeous as it did. 

The cool thing is, you don't have to spend a fortune to set up a studio. I paid less than $200 for my entire set up including lights, backdrops, the stand, and stools.

Cheap doesn't always mean low-quality. Don't let the idea that you will have to spend thousand of dollars get in your way. Just find an alternative route that fits your budget and make it happen! 

The rainbow effect was created by holding a CD against one corner of my lens!

I wanted to get some crisp portraits with a white backdrop, but since I didn't have one, improvised with a white sheet. We made a little fort with Aubrey and one light in the middle and managed to capture some of my favorite portraits!

Check out our setup below lol

& I'm just gonna say it one more time:

DON'T LET ANYTHING STOP YOU FROM ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS. If you don't have the money for a studio, nail a sheet to the wall and use external flash. If you don't have lights, face your model towards the window and use natural light. Have a friend hold a white poster board behind their head. Have your model lay down and use a cool rug as the backdrop. Make a fort out of sheets. DO ANYTHING! Stop making excuses and start making it work! 

Love you guys.