One step backwards, for three steps forward

This is a subject that has been weighing on my mind for a while now, and I have gone back and forth wondering if I should even say anything, or keep it to myself. I have wondered what others will think, and wondered if people will think I failed. Because of that, I have decided to go ahead and talk about my future plans for SKP.

As most of you know, I have an amazing commercial space, which I love everything about. I love the location, I love my light, I love the size, I love the layout, and I love my landlords. I love having a separation between home life, and business life. I don’t love the amount of money I am spending to be there every month. When I moved my business, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get more business. Having the street frontage, people would see me, therefor I would book more, right? Well, not really. My clients typically book me before they even realize where my business is actually located. (Yes, I had a lightbulb moment);)I’m sure you are wondering where I am going with this, or you are already assuming where this post is headed… So with that being said, as of August 1st, 2014, I will be moving my business back to my home studio where I started out. BUT, it doesn’t end there. This is a temporary move. Confused?;)
Let me explain. My husband and I have decided we want to build a home. With that home, we will be building a brand new studio for SKP! Exciting huh?!? We have a lot picked out, a floor plan picked out, and have the basic layout of the new studio already figured out, but there is a catch. When going to see about getting a construction loan, we found out that the banks are MUCH stricter than they were just 5 years ago, and while we were approved, it wasn’t enough without cutting corners on our dream home. When building, you surely don’t want to cut those hardwood floors you love.;)Right? So, by moving the business home for 12-18 months, we can take that money I have been paying in space rent, and put that towards bills. Pay off my vehicle, yada yada….. In the end, we should be going into the building stage debt free. Yay!

So what about the “home studio” you might wonder? What about the entire experience? Well, while I will be moving from 1,200sq feet down to 500sq feet (Eek!) it is still a dedicated space, separate from our home. You will still be in a professional environment, and you will still get the same excellent service you have grown to expect with SKP. the only difference is that you will be driving a few blocks farther.;)While this isn’t my ideal situation, it will be VERY worth it in the end… Sometimes you have to sacrifice a little, to get a lot.

Hopefully with this post, clients and future clients will understand why I have made this choice. A difficult one, to say the least! I am excited to build my new custom studio, and it can’t come fast enough… For someone who works with babies all day and loves it, patience is not something I was blessed with. Lol! I have to continuously remind myself that this will be worth it in the end…. I will finally have an office in my new home, and the new studio will have some pretty awesome things in it as well. =)

In the meantime, here are some old photos I have dug up of my home studio. (Excuse the crappy cell phone shots);)

Thanks for taking the time to read this..
I am excited to keep all my fans involved in this upcoming process, so be watching for blog posts regarding our building process!:)


March 4, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Huong Forrest - Awww, Stephanie! This is a smart decision! Your home studio space is GORGEOUS!!! And quite spacious as is!

March 4, 2014 - 11:33 pm

stephaniekrupicka - Thank you Huong! This has weighed heavily on my mind, and it feels good to get some positive feedback! :)

March 4, 2014 - 11:46 pm

Quita Miller - What a beautiful space and a brilliant idea. Craig and I often talk about our next home and the studio space it will have! So much better than renting. Great job!

March 5, 2014 - 12:01 am

Melissa Layton - Such a smart choice! The location doesn’t make the photographer – your clients will still get the same great service and product!

March 5, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Stephanie Smith - Steph, I can only imagine how difficult this decision has been but I know it was a wide one. I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be able to leave my current studio for a new’s a bit scary.
I am so happy for you, not only for your dream studio, but your dream HOME! Can’t wait to watch this incredible journey unfold.

March 5, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Tracy Joy - CONGRATS! And good for you :)
I am closing my retail studio this year too, and bringing it back home as well… where I started. I’m pretty excited for myself, and you!

March 6, 2014 - 1:33 am

stephaniekrupicka - Thank you Melissa. I really appreciate the comment. :)

March 6, 2014 - 1:36 am

stephaniekrupicka - Thank you all so much for all the positive feedback, and encouragement. It means more to me than you all know. I know being able to build our home, and studio will be so worth it. It’s an investment into our family’s future. It’s time to take that leap of faith and do what I know is right in my heart.

April 12, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Stacey - We had our first son’s portraits taken in your home, and the second’s in your storefront studio. The location changed, but your professionalism and quality work showed in both places :) I’m sure going back ‘home’ won’t change the outcome at all – beautiful photographs capturing such a special and brief stage of life. You do what you have to do for your family.

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