This year we tried something new in order to make our studio stand out. Adam built a wall for us to use during our trade shows, but we are thrilled that it will also be doubling as a studio background as well.
This is something that we have wanted for a long time and now Adam has made it a reality. With this reality came many challenges, but we wanted to share his step by step process and his accomplishment.
One of the best ways to determine who good a person is at their craft, observe the ease with which they approach it.
When I am shooting, I make it look easy and simple. I’ve been doing it a long time, and I’m pretty good at it.
I could never credibly lay claim to the same ease when it comes to building a wall. Especially a wall designed to be collapsed, stacked, and stored in the back of a small car. Oh, and the wall needs to be 16’ long. And support heavy frames and prints, since the whole point of the wall is to have a bright, vibrant space to show off beautiful photographs. Selling beauty is easiest when you put it in a beautiful context.
When it comes to this kind of carpentry, I am the most dangerous kind of craftsman. I have worked in a shop doing cabinet making, and I’ve also done framing. When it comes to woodworking, I actually know what I’m doing. Except I don’t, because I haven’t done those jobs in 15 years, and I was in fully equipped professional wood shops. This wall was to be built in my photography studio, with power tools, but no serious woodworking equipment. No table saw was in many ways crippling. But a bad craftsman always blames his tools.
From start to finish, the entire project was an exercise in patience and discipline. I am more patient now than I was before the wall. Mostly with myself. I would measure twice, cut once, and then cut again. And again. I took extra precautions to make sure that every piece was the same size so that every section and every panel will fit together, snugly. In spite of my best efforts, the wall is not perfect. Since I didn’t sand the wood enough, the paint is textured by the wood underneath (not smooth, glossy, and gorgeous like I intended). The center trim pieces that hide a joint that allows the panel to fold in half, those are not all even with each other.
It is not the wall that I intended. But, it looks clean, is functional, and so regardless of the flaws, I am satisfied. It’s impossible to make everything in life perfect, but if it’s attractive and practical, then I really can’t complain.
Thank you again, Adam, for putting in all this time and effort into helping make our company better.
Take a look at these photos from Olivia's 2-year session that were taken using the wall as a backdrop!