pixels on paper to open portrait studio in wilkesboro nc

Well, the day finally arrived that we have dreamed about for several years, agonized over paper work for months and spent sleepless nights imagining. We have taken the next HUGE step for Pixels On Paper and purchased our studio space.

The idea that we wanted a large space of our own was a thought for years and we were not sure how it would happen. We spent a lot of time looking at different location options, and finally landed on Wilkesboro, NC. It was a bit of a struggle because we wanted the small town feel and atmosphere without alienating our clients in Charlotte where we got our start. We feel that being a short driving distance, only a little over an hour from Charlotte, we get the best of both worlds.

We began our search looking at Main Street options with a cool studio street level and our private residence above. After many scenarios and different options on layouts, we quickly realized that either expense or limited availability would not allow that to happen. Finding a way to avoid passing additional expenses along to our clients was a high priority.

It was after a disappointing tour of a property that we were seriously considering that led to a drive on Curtis Bridge Road past a place we had written off earlier, still sitting empty. We pulled in, walked around the outside, peered through the windows and both began to get a certain feeling and just looked at each other and knew…THIS IS IT!  It was completely opposite of the ideal space we originally had in mind but yet so much more than we could have imagined. We very quickly began the purchase process on the historic farmhouse house that was built in 1854. The process consumed us, taking lots of work, causing a few tears when the process wasn’t going as expected and four months later led to to the excitement of finally receiving the keys.

Although in great shape for being 158 years old, we will be working on the space longer than originally anticipated now that weekends are consumed by wedding season. The timing is not ideal but we realize that our timing is not what God had in mind for us. There are reasons that we will see later for why we have had to struggle to achieve our dream.

And just so there is a true appreciation of all the work that will transform this beauty located at 1198 Curtis Bridge Road in Wilkesboro here are a few of the “before” photos.

 For all the wonderful clients who we consider friends, family and new people we are meeting through this process, thank you! We are so blessed to be able to do a job we love and be surrounded with such supportive and loving people.

As we move forward with the space, we will try our best to keep everyone updated on the progress through our blog, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to check back and follow our journey, or if you would like to help, we will post when we will be there working, bring a fun attitude and be a part of it all.

Again, thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your lives and for all that you do for us, it does not go unnoticed.

With much love and gratitude,
Misty and Ryan

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