Yea Yea Photography Studio Grand Tour

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaAs you may have gathered from my previous post, Yea Yea Photography now has a studio space! We’ve teamed up with Dori Elizabeth Photography to snag a sweet little studio space in the Historic Co-Op Plaza of downtown Fairbanks. It’s just the right amount of room we need for a rotating studio space / office, and separate client seating. It worked well during our Grand Opening Event, where we had a Photo Booth set up in the corner office.

Check out our adorable sign. Dori is the multi-talented Artist behind it. She crafted it by hand!

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, Alaska We are currently operating on an appointment only basis, but may open up one day or one weekend per month for walk-in clients.

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaAll of our furniture is refinished, repurposed, or otherwise second hand. Our benches were scores (if you want to call them that) from Craigslist. They were in awful condition before we stripped the fabric, sanded off the mildew, and applied a new coat of paint. Our friend over at Jax Harmon Photography and Designs is a whiz of a seamstress; she taught us how to create basic patterns from furniture pieces and sew up new upholstery covers. I was a diligent listener to her tutorial, but I know if I were to attempt a project like that again, I’d call her immediately. The Shibori throw pillows were also Jax’s doing — what a friend! Dori, Jax and I all got together a month or so ago to have a Shibori dyeing party. It was really rewarding to bring some of the hand dyed fabric into our studio space.

Our desk is the same writing desk I used in college – previously painted a monochrome silver back when that was all the rage. It houses office supplies, naturally.

Have I mentioned how lucky Dori and I are to have supportive Husbands? A couple of nights before our Grand Opening, we impulsively decided that the dated carpet running throughout the studio just wouldn’t cut it, aesthetically. Least of all in the client seating area. We pulled the trigger on a laminate flooring install, which took our guys one evening to do. They worked well into the night to get it done, doing an exceptional job! It doubles as a newborn backdrop as well, bonus! 

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaFairbanks has a rich tradition for the Art community called First Friday. The First Friday of the month, small businesses and galleries around town showcase the art of local artists. We’re proud to be one of the town’s newest participants!

Our first Artist featured is Laura Hughes, a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. She has a diverse portfolio; the textile art and the water color portraits in this blog post are all her work. I’m the proud owner of one of her pieces — a portrait of my son Woodrow in a ring sling. It was gifted to me on my son’s first birthday – and it took all the self control I could muster to not mewl and cry when I unwrapped it. It’s a truly gorgeous piece. I’ll treasure it forever.

If you’d like to commission her for a water color portrait, shoot me an email and I’ll get you in touch!

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaWe have a mini fridge. I feel compelled to bluntly mention that. We also have a coffee maker to keep our clients caffeinated while in the studio. Creature comforts!

There’s also a great view of 2nd Avenue & Downtown Fairbanks right outside our second story window. Most days you’ll see tourists pacing the streets below with cameras dangling from their necks. They often stop to point their lenses up to our building. It’s a really exquisite old theatre built in 1925 that was converted into a cooperative of shops in 1961. The exterior retains much of its Pioneer charm.

Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, Alaska Yea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography - Dori Elizabeth Photography Small Studio Tour | Fairbanks, Alaska Our Grand Opening Event was an exciting launch for us. We hosted a Photo Booth and handed out souvenir prints to our guests who participated in the festivities. It’s a tradition we may have to maintain: it was such a joy to see the brightened faces of friends and clients when we handed them their one-of-a-kind prints.

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And many thanks to all the friends, family and clients who supported our expansion efforts! We hope to see you all in our studio often!

Yea Yea Photography Studio Grand Opening

 

If you haven’t heard the big news, Yea Yea Photography has teamed up with Dori Elizabeth Photography to open up a studio space in Downtown Fairbanks. Our New Studio is located in the historic Co-Op Plaza, among a number of other great businesses!

We are operating on an appointment only basis, but we will likely open things up once a month for walk-in clients to have a quick session completed. We’ve got lots of Mini-Session ideas rolling around, and a few Holiday Soiree events in the works. Our studio is also available for rent to other local photographers! I encourage local photographers to shoot me an email for availability and pricing.

Dori and I are also big art fans, so we’ll be showcasing local artists on Fairbanks’ First Fridays. This month we featured the work of Laura Hughes. Check out my upcoming Blog Post for more info. Yea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, Alaska This is Dori and I, breaking in the Photo Booth before guests arrived. We had cupcakes, cookies and sparkling cider for our guests. Folks who popped into the photo booth also took away some awesome souvenir photos! We hosted a giveaway for a free studio session — the winner has been selected, and will be announced next week. Yea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaYea Yea Photography + Dori Elizabeth Photography Studio Grand Opening - Photo Booth | Fairbanks, AlaskaBig thanks to everyone who attended our Grand Opening Event — it was great fun visiting with former clients, and new friends!

Check in later this week for a studio tour on the blog.

Aurora Borealis | Fairbanks, Alaska

Aurora Borealis - Fort Wainwright, Alaska | Yea Yea Photography

 

What a show last week! The lights came out in true glory. These were photographed on Fort Wainwright, at the golf course. There were a number of people out enjoying the show, away from the street lights of the neighborhoods. Locals, be sure to check the aurora forecasts and have your thermoses of hot cocoa ready to go! This season should be great!

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