Archive for April, 2013

As mentioned in earlier posts we’ve been working hard on completing some studio construction projects. A few weeks ago we posted how we spruced up our entry and today we’re happy to feature the various stages of building our dressing room walls! Something we had to carefully plan as we didn’t want to damage the original hardwood floors or brick. Eric designed a free floating wall concept of sorts, one that would minimally tack into the flooring to create the base support. We also decided to build the framing out of steel because it’s extremely light weight. Being on the second floor it’s something we are very conscious about.

When documenting the process we were working late into the nights and we quickly realized that we needed to take the photographs during the daytime. The first two images reflect our impatient mistake. Please forgive us… we were also too lazy to use our ‘real’ cameras.

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

Next we started the puzzle of putting together our salvaged wood plank wall. Remember all those pallets? Now you get to finally see our vision!

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

OUR HOW TO
• Decide on a wall or walls.
• Start the hunt for collecting pallets. Free is the best, there are many left in alleyways or contact an industrial business nearby.
• Sawzall (ladies this is a tool) through the nails to get the planks off the pallet frame, we recommend two people for this part.
• Measure the wall (height & width), rough out your pattern on the ground.
• It’s a good idea to paint your wall black so seams appear uniform. Wood shrinks, even old wood.
• Now is the tedious part… you will need to rip down many planks because most are not the same height or width, repeat this a lot!
• Use a finish nail gun to secure them to the wall.
• Step back and admire all your hard work!

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

You’re in the dressing room now… we added this unexpected board for it’s awesome color and font.

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

Instead of a door into the room we constructed another wall (half size). It also was cladded in planks.

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

We had these chunky branded nubs left over. They added a little more character + life to the wall. You know how we love our plants!

Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace
Purple Nickel Studio Tucson Photography Workspace

Stay tuned for another update coming soon where we add the drywall (seems like a boring step, but this is us you’re talking about) and our indoor photographing wall and platform!
If you have any questions on ‘how’d we do that’ or just want to tell us about your latest DIY project, feel free to leave a comment…


A post on a local photographer’s FB group started our relationship, but it felt like we had met even before she moved to Tucson. We were glad to see another friendly person contributing to the group and asking for advice. Not enough photographers do!!! It is truly a great feeling to have a community within the industry to connect with colleagues, bounce ideas off each other and mostly important build trust. Looking back to when our company first started, we wish something like this existed. If you haven’t attended a local meet up in your area, we highly suggest doing so… you automatically have at least one thing in common! For today’s headshot, we have the pleasure of featuring the sweet & simple Kristin of Kristin Anderson Photography. She’s a laid back gal, keeps it real and is easy to talk to. MmmmmHmmmmMmmm! It only made sense to capture these qualities. She wanted an updated headshot to compliment her ‘newly relocated’ brand and of course we wanted to help a sista out! Lastly, she soooooo deserved it! Thank you Kristin for making us laugh and ensuring us that we are not the only ones in the goofball department.

Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Headshot Photography Purple Nickel Studio

When you have been with someone this long, it sometimes takes a special glimpse of them to remind you of how truly beautiful they are, and always have been.” – William Anderson (Kristin’s husband)


Spring season is in full bloom and we have added a furry child, her name is Teek!

Tucson Instagram Shots Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Instagram Shots Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Instagram Shots Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Instagram Shots Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Instagram Shots Purple Nickel Studio
Tucson Instagram Shots Purple Nickel Studio

If you aren’t following us on Instagram be sure to check us out by searching @casiafletcher & @unluckyscholar to see all our daily snapshots!


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