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Create an In Home Photography Studio in Minutes!

Hey, you. Yeah, you. The one with the camera. Do you have a window in your house? Do you have a wall? How about a sheet or big piece of fabric? Guess what? You can set up an in-home studio and take great pictures at home!

Create an in home studio in minutes

Now let’s not get crazy thinking this “studio” is going to make you a millionaire. It’s not. But depending on how many kids you have in school, it can save you a few bucks in school picture money. Or what about taking pictures of your brand new baby? Or getting a shot of your kids to frame for Father’s Day?

Or you and your girlfriends want a group shot before one of you moves to China? Not that that’s happened to me or anything. Except, yes it did. Our bestie moved and we missed her.


I use this set up whenever I take newborn shoots in my home. I also used this to take this shot here:

Tips for beginning photographers

This is also a great way to take SMALL group shots when the weather is yucky outside. For the sake of showing you that you can get great pictures SOOC (straight out of camera), all my pictures are unedited unless I specify otherwise.

Let me show you how to set up your studio.

In Home Photography Studio

Find a big window.

Big Window for good lighting

That’s photography gear for a newborn shoot I was getting ready for.

Note a time of day when the room is fully lit, but not full of direct harsh sunlight. For me and this east facing window, it’s around 9:30 – 10am.

Find a wall near but not directly against the window.

Window positioning to backdrop wall

If you have to move a couch or table to get that empty wall, go for it. As long as it’s not a piano, it can always be moved right back.

Tape or hang up an ironed sheet or large piece of fabric.

White sheet for backdrop


Fabric backdrop

Have the subject sit at least 12 inches away from the wall. Two to three feet would be better, depending on how much room you have.

Subject sitting far away from the backdrop

If they are sitting directly against it, there will be shadows. And the background will be nice and sharp.

Sitting too close to backdrop

Too close!!

You don’t want that. You want it to be artistically blurry.

Blurry backdrop

And that’s about it. Check your camera settings to ensure that you’re operating on the best settings for the amount of light you have. Make sure you can’t see the top of the backdrop in the picture.

Backdrop goof


Change your backdrop if you feel like it. Grab a white sheet and a willing (or not so willing) subject.

Subject by white backdrop

Swap it for a black one if you like that better.

Subject by black backdrop

And just snap away! Starting with better pictures means less time editing.

Before and After in the in home studio

If you don’t have photo editing software, you can do plenty on free editing sites, like PicMonkey. (There are tons! That’s just the one I use the most.)


An in home studio won’t always assure you get smiles…

Use a sheet as a white backdrop

…but it does mean that you’ll be ready for them if/when they do come! What’s your favorite photo tip for taking great pictures?

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Kiara Woodsland

Friday 22nd of January 2016

Aw, I love this little set up! I would love to set up a place like this in my home. My daughter, I know would love it as well. It would be fun to one day have a photo shoot with my whole family. Maybe I can even make it an event. I'll have to see what I can do about making my own set up.

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