Today I’m continuing the Wednesday tour of our home. Today’s stop, the photo cottage.
This is a little building that’s out in our backyard. I feel like it would be selling it a bit short to call it a shed, but it’s a little overkill to call it a summer house. The people who owned the house before we did used it as a playhouse for their kids.
It has undergone several transformations since we’ve lived here. It went from a storage area to a potting shed to a summer house, all of which were sadly underutilized.
Then in 2014 I decided to put it to use as a photo staging area. I started by painting the interior walls and ceiling white, then painting a white & grey checkered pattern on the floor.
I have a cupboard out in the photo cottage that came with the house. It’s a great spot for storing some of my photo props.
Although that chair stayed out there for a little while, I’m actually using it inside the house now.
I did quite a few furniture photo shoots in here originally.
But I really struggled with the lighting, and with getting the white balance right. At certain times of the day the sun reflected off my red carriage house next door and turned everything pink.
Plus, the photo cottage isn’t really big enough to get shots from every angle.
Also, over time the painted floor started to really show its age.
I realized last summer that I needed to repaint it if I was going to continue to use it for photo shoots. But time ran out and I never got it done. Then I planned to paint it this summer. And guess what? It’s the end of summer and once again I still haven’t done it. At this point, I’m giving up trying to accomplish it this year. Also, I’m just not sure it’s worth the effort for a building that isn’t optimal for photo shoots anyway.
So the truth of the matter is that this little outbuilding has reverted back to its original purpose, as a storage area. We’ll probably store our deck furniture out there this winter. Maybe next Spring I can refresh this space once again. Honestly, I give it a 50/50 chance of getting done.
I’m curious, what would you do with this little cottage if you had it in your backyard?