Who We Are and What We Do:
Hi there! My name is Amanda Valentine! I own and run a successful and creative photography business better known as Redrum Collaboration! I spent 4 years traveling non-stop as a touring photographer but recently retired my touring life to base myself solidly in the heart of Philadelphia, PA.
It has always been my dream to run and operate a stunningly unique photography studio. I currently live with my partner in crime, Hayden Prouty, an industrial designer who recently graduated from Philadelphia University. He has similar dreams of a welcoming, spacious studio to work and create in, day to day. Hayden and I have been building sets together and running a studio out of our two bedroom apartment for the past 8 months. Our sets have been visually stimulating, elaborate and fun to build! We have received enthusiastically positive feedback from models, artists and photographers visiting Philadelphia from all over the United States! Places like New York City, Boston, Chicago, Albuquerque, Baltimore and even Los Angeles!
Though we are doing well in our two bedroom apartment we are getting to a point where, as much as the sets are widely adored, our 10 to 20 square feet of space per set just no longer cuts it. We sit and talk and daydream about what we could do in 1500-2000 square feet of space... and Philadelphia is just the place for such a warehouse and loft-type space! Basically, our lack of true "space" is beginning to put us at a stand still and even hold us back quite a bit.
Below is a 3 minute slide show of the images I have accomplished while shooting in mostly small and challenging spaces.
A space to work, live, build, create and SHARE! We want to pay it forward constantly, creating more unity in the Philadelphia art community...
We want a space that will work as a studio for photography and design and also be well suited for workshops. We also want to have an on-site art gallery!
Hayden has always had a dream to build fully functional moving walls or "flip through" walls to create easy to change settings. Once he met me he realized his dream went beyond just making a cool "living space" and that his moving wall concept was actually PERFECT for the type of concept photography I do. Together we plan to make stunning movable sets that offer the ability to set and reset... and totally change from one style to something completely different in 30 minutes or less.
Philadelphia already has some amazing commercial studios available for rent. These studios are great for commercial shoots and catalog shoots as well as some fashion and glamour... this is not the studio we plan to build! We want to offer highly decorated, dreamy, upscale, classy, funky SETS while posing to be zero competition for those functional commercial studios located nearby! In fact, we hope to network with those studios and offer referrals when we are contacted by a client whom we feel would be better suited in a commercial studio! Financial Goal:
*We have saved $3,000 total to go towards this project ourselves. $3,500
- We need at least $3,500 more to be able to make the space function the way we wish for it to function.Studio Features:
In studio photographer available.
Fully equipped with lighting, sets and backdrops.
Up to 20 fully movable diverse sets available.
A custom set service: We will build any set of any theme for clients that include: models, other photographers and designers!
Extensive wardrobe and 24/7 styling available. We already have over 1,000 pieces of a high variety wardrobe on hand! With more space comes more organization and less cramping, and even more wardrobe!
Make-up stations designed for both basic photo shoot applications or large make-up artist lesson workshops!
Educational workshops: photography, modeling, make-up art, hair styling, retouching - you name it!
The Artist Gallery Wall to feature one artist a month in a high traffic environment! Below is a collage of our life together as artists these past 8 months! YOU can help us achieve our dreams!