The photo studio reimagined: A new model for creative hubs
While coworking spaces have been cropping up around the world, shared production space for collaborative creatives has yet to catch on. The House Studios, a premier photo and production studio in Seattle, is seeking to bring the coworking model to the art world, and the results have been staggering.
From the moment The House Studios founder Emily Goodnight first stumbled upon the space, she knew she had found something special. With over 1,500 square feet of sunny event space featuring 16′ ceilings, polished concrete floors, and three walls of huge windows, the space inspired her from the start. Although she was looking for a production space for personal use, she immediately saw its potential to be much more.
Located in one of Seattle’s hottest neighborhoods, The House Studios is structured to be a community oriented space where creatives can come to produce their finest work. “In addition to the members, we have a diverse group of clients who also use the space – from corporate clients to other indie freelancers,” Goodnight says. “This gives us an incredible synergy of utilizing resources and referrals.”
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Regardless of their industry niche, guests immediately feel at home at The House Studios. Goodnight has worked to create an environment that empowers creatives to have access to whatever they need in one spot. “What I find most compelling about my job is supporting creative ideas while interacting with talented artists, photographers, and directors,” Goodnight says. “It’s rewarding to take their ideas and make sure that they get access to all the resources they need to be successful. Some of our best days are when we are working together with clients like Nordstrom and Amazon to get amazing shots.”
In addition to hosting high-profile clients, The House Studios have successfully held training workshops, film festivals, industry networking events, and even weddings. According to Goodnight, regardless of activity, guests love that the space offers a relaxed yet professional vibe. This cozy sophistication makes the space versatile and an ideal backdrop photo shoots and events alike.
“When I think about the future, I would like to branch out and spread wings to other cities. It’s great to have that in mind and have a great team and community who sees this vision as well and is supportive in making it happen,” says Goodnight. One thing is clear: regardless of how their model evolves, it’s clear that The House Studios is onto something special. Wherever they go, they’ll be sure to inspire creative collaboration.