A little bit about the studio | West County Portrait Photographer

January 13, 2021

So....for those of you that have been in the studio several times you've noticed it's all nice and fresh and new inside.  Well it wasn't always like that.  I bought the building in 2011.  It was a total mess but I knew it had great potential but I also knew it would take a ton of work and I was pretty crazy for buying it, but hey, sometimes you just gotta take a chance.  So I did.  I'd say it turned out pretty nice.  

 

My building was built in 1901.  When we had it tuckpointed a few years ago, our tuck pointer need to replace some damaged bricks so a few bricks came from Soulard, since we wanted to match these brooks as much as possible.  So a little history...for those of you that don't know the location of the studio used to be the Depot Cafe.  The cool custom made stainless steel sink is in my garage, lol, but let's go back even further.  Ann Michelle Photography's building was once a Kroger Grocery Store.  We're talking about the 1920s and 1930s here.  When we started remodeling the building my contractor TJM Construction found a bunch of old handwritten grocery orders and receipts shoved up in the ceiling in the addition to the original building.  We had to demolish this addition when we remodeled and we replaced it with a much smaller one.  When you remodel a building as old as this, you really never know what you're getting into.  I once had a session where we had gum balls on the floor around a newborn in a basket, all the gumballs kept rolling to the front of the studio because there is a 1 1/2 in drop from the back door to the front door.  I like to say it just gives it character.  

Anyway I don't want to ramble, but here are some photos from when I very first bought the building. 

 

 


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