This is the new studio home ya’ll! I am so excited to finally have a space somewhere with a private outdoor space. We’re now located in Union, Illinois. It’s an A-Frame midcentury home with tons of windows, charm, and room for us to shoot. The owner is another talented boudoir photographer and friend of mine, Megan Saul. We’ve known each other for almost ten years now and work together frequently.
Gardens all over the open spaces, trees filling in the pathways all over the property, and a small treated pond accompany the three acres of private property. They have plans to build an A-frame loft on the property for AirBnB renters to go camping. The images from this session were taken on one of the pathways near the house and inside of the completed upstairs studio. That being said, this location is not accessible. I have the lovely Loft 505 in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood on standby for anyone in need of elevator, nearby parking, and wheelchair accessibility.
On top of all these amazing features you’ll be giddy to find out this is also a cat sanctuary for twenty something medical fosters and forever home for some “un-adoptable” cats. Megan is currently raising funds (Venmo is @Megan-Saul) to help pay for Cloudy’s FIV treatment, which is well into $15,000 worth of expenses so far. The great news is Cloudy is doing phenomenally better than he was prior and his life is essentially saved by these treatments. He is cleaning himself, playing any chance he gets, and eating lots! Let’s help Megan keep the momentum up until he’s fully recovered (Venmo is @Megan-Saul)
Amongst all the cats there are also two medium sized dogs named Blueberry and Teddy. Blueberry is a bit shy with new people but intensely smart and loyal towards anyone she gets close to. She’s mostly just a pretty animal to look at for our visitors! If you’re lucky you’ll get hand licks and a little hello. Teddy keeps to himself as a dog and steals the occasional sandwich from you when you’re not looking. We’ve recently become better friends, as I found his tender spot is under his collar, so he now bugs me for pets whenever I’m over.
The room itself is decorated with vintage furniture and bed covers. We’re trying to replicate the room as if it were the year the house was designed and built. The a-frame of the room is made by original wood walls and a few rafters holding the peak of the ceiling together. The light inside of the room is both natural and moody. The windows are large and many, light pours onto the bed during the day.
Since this session, we’ve added a vanity and an armless sturdy chair set up in the corner. Megan added a bright green neon sign that you’ll see in my next blog. It says, “Why aren’t we naked yet?” which is appropriate since my next session to blog features lots of nudity.
Speaking of which, go on ahead and bookmark the blog to see the next session. I’ll be writing a blog about my oldest friend Saxon and her experiences with finding her gender identity. Welcome to my new studio though! And thank you for reading, as always.