Well we finally did it!! 26 months on, the second Miss Boudoir studio is finally open and hosting many fabulous shoots!
Originally taken on back in March 2009, the studio was set to open in the summer of 2009 but due to many unforeseen problems with building, electrics and lack of time, the opening date fell further and further into the future.
Copley studio is based in Stalybrige, Cheshire was to be a bigger replacement for my Woodend Studio. But our clients and we love Woodend so much that it's become a part of the team and very much a second home for us. Therefore we have two studios, both in Greater Manchester and only 3 miles apart with Woodend falling into the county of Lancashire and Copley into Cheshire.
Each of the studios offers different photographic sets, styles and atmosphere. I fully designed both studios to meet the needs of my clients and reflect my love of the vintage style of boudoir and glamour photography.
Naturally Copley being my second studio, it was going to be a step up in every way from my first. I wanted a greater opulence (quite hard seeing as the Woodend is just beautiful), a continental edge to the decor to be different from the now masses of samey "vintage style" of boudoir photographers and another studio that has my personality stamped all over it.
I had ideas for every nook and cranny of my new empty building, what rooms would be built where, the purpose of those rooms, right down to the wallpaper colour and the reflected wallpaper colour if I was using mirrors.
I could picture it in my head, mentally walk around it and I loved what my mind was creating. I don't think anything has turned out different apart from the fabulous pink wingback chairs I have in my waiting/seating area, they should have been a black leather chesterfield but I decided against in the end.
The dressing area is Marilyn Monroe inspired and filled floor to ceiling with lingerie, shoes, props, knick knacks, a dressing table, mirror and screens. It's like a dressing up room from heaven!
Again, this studio like my first was to be a world away from the everyday, feel like you've gone through a door back in time to a private luxurious parlour filled with beautiful gilt furniture in very opulent settings, silky bed sheets on a fabulous Rococo bed, real gold and crystal chandeliers, antiques including 18th century decanters and scent bottles.
Along the same lines is the styling room; I designed it to have a film star theme featuring images of the silver screen stars in the decor, stripes in a classic black and white and the trademark styling room mirror bulbs.
All in all, it is a fabulous studio helping us offer a fabulous experience from the moment you walk in the door, to the first steps back out into the world as a liberated woman!
I look forward to meeting, photographing and helping as many women as possible in my new studio and obviously the giggles had in the meantime.