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Valerie L. Cook

Ideas for studio set up, flooring, walls, etc.

Hello everyone, I happened on this site looking for lighting techniques - WOW - what a discussion started by Betsy! I printed it - 85 pages! I am inspired by you Betsy and many others from this post - after checking out your galleries and websites, I am in awe at how you've grown!
On to my question:
I am 32 - 2 kids (7 and 10) - taken a couple of photography classes at our local college. Started them just b/c I LOVE taking photographs - finding the beauty of something ordinary! I gradually became more apparent with the amount of people asking me to do photographs - that maybe I could do something with it. My husband has his own business here - a Machine Shop - so it has just kindof naturally happened. We live in a very small town in rural Illinois, but it seems like I could have a niche here.
I have some hot lights, a Nikon D200, SB-800, background stand and 2 canvas backgrounds. That's pretty much what I have so far. We are going to convert our living room into a studio. It is 15 ft wide, 24 ft long with 8ft ceilings. It does have an east facing picture window and 2 north facing smaller ones. I would like to use the available light sometimes, but also be able to block it out if needed. Basically the room needs a total makeover anyway - so do you all recommend any particular wall treatment/color (white) or flooring? I also plan on purchasing a backup D200 and a new laptop and assorted posing stools and baby posers, etc.
So if any of you could do it over again, what would you change??
I am so inspired by you all, Betsy, Lisa, Tom! all of you guys. FInally some lighting talk that I can understand!! Any ideas would be much appreciated!!! Here is my Flickr site to see some of my stuff:

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9/16/2006 5:57:38 AM

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