5 Years of the Pixels Studio | A Tale of 3 Places (and dozens of stories)

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From the day we found the property in 2011 to the day we celebrated our closing and received the keys on June 11, 2012.

This is where it all began. Not our business certainly, but the journey of the Pixels studio and the place we lay our heads each night. This place has three stories, if you will. One of them is ours. This home is our shelter and houses our personal lives and our day-to-day, holds many memories, celebrations and even more sweet, albeit mundane moments. Ryan, our sweet Chelsea and I love living here. You’ll see her in several of these images, by the way.

The second story is that of a living library. It contains the stories and moments of every newborn, every first birthday portrait, lots of teens dressed for prom or graduation, children and their parents, pet and holiday portraits and a hundred other stories that happen in a photography studio and outdoor portrait garden. This space houses our clients and friends. It houses all of you – in part. You show up at our studio to have a moment in time captured forever and you leave a little bit our yourselves behind for us to remember. It’s pretty awesome when you think about it.

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After landscaping

The third story this place tells is that of an active, creative working business. It’s our portrait studio inside and portrait garden space outside and we worked hard to make this place inspiring for our clients while you’re here and inspiring for us when we’re setting up and after when we’re editing. “Place-making” is something that architects talk about a lot and we believe in many of those concepts. It’s important to us as creatives seeking inspiration and critical for our clients because we want comfort and ease for you. There was a lot of work, but it has really paid off.

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Entrance foyer before and after.

Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro NC portrait studio wedding photographers outdoor garden photo

Portrait studio lobby before and after.

Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro NC portrait studio wedding photographers outdoor garden photo

The lobby walls and throughout the studio display wall art collections, canvas wraps and our full selection of frames.

With a house that is over 100 years old, there were plenty of renovations and we had a vision for our home spaces and certainly for the Pixels spaces. Rooms were remodeled, re-envisioned and repurposed and our equipment was housed and our work – and the possibilities for clients – were showcased. Looking back, it was a lot of labor done with a lot of love. We created an elegant space for client consultations and photo previews, a dressing room & bathroom (wardrobe changes happen, people) with a baby-changing station, and we transformed a large room into our portrait studio itself.

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Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro NC portrait studio wedding photographers outdoor garden photo

Client bathroom, changing room, and baby changing area.

Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro NC portrait studio wedding photographers outdoor garden photo

The indoor portrait studio and shooting space underwent a major transformation.

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The indoor portrait photography studio contains 3-4 hand-crafted photo backdrops that rotate seasonally.

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Before and after transformation of our client preview and consultation room.

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Our clients can see their images projected during their PreView sessions along with useful size aids to help during their ordering process.

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The Pixels On Paper office work stations before and after.

And that is just some of how we transformed the inside of Pixels. We also have amazing outdoor spaces and getting them synced up with our vision took some doing. Seriously. Cutting, pruning, planting, mowing, sewing seeds: you name it, it happened. The best part is that we have captured some of the most memorable moments of families, babies and kids in these spots. And we celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary out here too.

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Landscape cleanup was a huge effort in order to create the outdoor portrait garden

Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro NC portrait studio wedding photographers outdoor garden photo

Summer sunflower portrait garden from start to finish

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Our colorful outdoor portrait wall changes with every season

Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro NC portrait studio wedding photographers outdoor garden photo

Unique outdoor garden spaces are ever-changing and being created for new photography backdrops.

Pixels On Paper Wilkesboro NC portrait studio wedding photographers outdoor garden photo

At the risk of bragging, Ryan and I have created an amazing business space separate from but housed within this glorious old manse. It’s like no other portrait studio we’ve ever seen. It’s where modern work and technology meets a century of memories lodged in every board and room… with some updates.

NOTHING happens overnight and we were never on our own during this transformation journey. I could never name everyone in and outside of our families who’s worked tirelessly with us these last 5 years. There’s just no way. The boards inside and the dirt surrounding our home have been touched and trod on by so many. We’ve been blessed beyond expression and we love that we get to live in this place and that we are able to share it with all of you – even for a few hours during a session. It’s a magic spot where love and creativity lives, where laughter is encouraged, and where everyone is welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

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