New photography studio, new chapter | The Gathering Room Indianapolis

 the gathering room, indianapolis, photography studio and boutique by ashlee lauren
 

It’s with a little thrill in my heart to announce that I’m currently in the process of moving into a new studio space that will be 100% my own. I’m also excited to announce that I will (all in due time haha) be opening up a little boutique in the studio!

The studio is named “The Gathering Room” because it captured perfectly my vision for this space.

Not only will people gather here to celebrate some of the most sacred moments in life, it will also be the place where I gather my businesses, and gather together all the things that delight my soul.

I’ve loved the Anne of Green Gables cottagey farmhouse feel since I was a kid. I’m beyond excited to channel my inner Joanna Gaines and turn The Gathering Room into a dreamy little urban farmhouse, right in down Indianapolis.

 My first purchase for the studio — from Hobby Lobby, duh.

My first purchase for the studio — from Hobby Lobby, duh.

 In my happy place.

In my happy place.

The space is located inside the historic Marott apartment building. The Marott, formally a hotel, was built in 1926 so “persons of distinction.” When I stepped into the grand lobby, immediately I knew this was it. This was the place. I could feel the history, the stories vibrating all around me.

 You guys. There’s a GRAND LOBBY with a freaking concierge to meet and direct my clients. This is almost too boojie for me to handle. Definitely NOT what I’m used to or ever expected haha.

You guys. There’s a GRAND LOBBY with a freaking concierge to meet and direct my clients. This is almost too boojie for me to handle. Definitely NOT what I’m used to or ever expected haha.

I mentioned that I’d be in the Marott building to one of my clients. She said, “oh! The Marott! My grandfather met my grandmother there when he came home from WWII. She wanted to spend some time with him away from family.” Chills. I knew there was an abundance of stories there, but to get to hear one of them, a really touching one, just blew me away. I also discovered that JFK, Marilyn Monroe, and many other famous folks has been guests at the Marott. What. A. Place.

Old downtown hotels from that early 1900s period would have a basement level of shops for the convenience of their guests. The Marott chose to keep those basement level commercial spaces available when converting into apartments. And now one of those spaces is *mine.* Hopefully I’ll be able to do some digging and find out what sort of shop was originally in my studio.

 The space when I first saw it. Yeah, a little gnarly, but I saw the potential. They offered to take out the carpet and put down wood flooring for me FOR FREE and I was like… how is this real life??? A huge THANK YOU and much love to Van Rooy for how well they take care of their tenants!!!

The space when I first saw it. Yeah, a little gnarly, but I saw the potential. They offered to take out the carpet and put down wood flooring for me FOR FREE and I was like… how is this real life??? A huge THANK YOU and much love to Van Rooy for how well they take care of their tenants!!!

 Flooring going in! Holy crap I LOVE IT!!! Funny this-was-definitely-meant-to-be story. Knowing nothing about me or my vision, the Marott’s flooring company brought in two samples for the room, and this was one of the samples. Absolutely perfect. And just one of MANY things that keep falling into place.

Flooring going in! Holy crap I LOVE IT!!! Funny this-was-definitely-meant-to-be story. Knowing nothing about me or my vision, the Marott’s flooring company brought in two samples for the room, and this was one of the samples. Absolutely perfect. And just one of MANY things that keep falling into place.

This move has been a looooong time coming. The studio I’ve been in for the past 4 years was a co-op, Indy Studio Share, at the Stutz (if you’re looking for a place to start your newborn photography or studio photography, definitely check them out!), I’m extremely grateful for the share. It allowed me to venture into newborn and studio photography at a time when I had big dreams but small pockets and wouldn’t have been able to afford a studio by myself.

That was amazing. What wasn’t so amazing was having to set up/tear down my setups after each and every session. It wasn’t amazing to be in a 3rd floor walkup with no elevator near by. It wasn’t amazing to be located deep inside a labyrinth that was confusing and hard for my clients to navigate.

And all of that extra work really began to take a toll on me, and it’s been hard to manage shooting, editing, driving to locations, emails, facebook, etc. due to all the extra work being in a shared studio required. I’m so happy to be able to now offer my clients and even better experience.

 Had to stick a newborn photo in here because it’s one thing I’ll be shooting in the new space, and also because this chunkster is too dang cute to not show off and every opportunity.

Had to stick a newborn photo in here because it’s one thing I’ll be shooting in the new space, and also because this chunkster is too dang cute to not show off and every opportunity.

I’ll also be able to offer free consults at the studio, so if you’re interested in my newborn, baby, or maternity photography you can schedule a complementary session to come in, see my products, look through all my prop goodies, and get to know me and my vision.

I’m so excited to bring old clients to this space, and meet new clients here.

It’s the beginning of the next chapter in my photography career. I’m so thankful to all my clients who have grown with me on this journey. I can’t wait to see where this goes!

THE GATHERING ROOM

2625 N Meridian St
PHONE: 317-922-2211
EMAIL: ashlee@alaurenphoto.com

IG: @the_gathering_room
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