The front of the room is all windows and a door. The other three sides share walls with the garage, kitchen, and living room. There is an exterior door (to the driveway) and a door into the living room, but, unfortunately, no door to the garage, so the space gets little (human) traffic. A pet door allows the cats access to and from the house and it is constantly a-swinging!
Over time, the space has evolved. I finally found the time to paint the walls white and the cash to replace the flooring. I originally envisioned the room as a miniature conservatory, but it gets too cold in the winter to support hothouse plants. The greenery is gone and I’ve chosen to adorn the room with frost-proof bird cages and mirrors instead.
I use only natural light when I photograph in this room. It gets direct sunlight in the morning, so it’s best to save outfit photos until afternoon or evening when the light is even and diffuse. The white walls, floor, and ceiling reflect light beautifully. Before I discovered the exposure compensation button, all that white was a challenge; my subject came out too dark. Now, I set the exposure compensation at +.3 to +.7 and get lovely results. I use an ISO of 400. The camera’s auto white balance usually gets colors right.
The Sunroom, through the blog years:
(The last photo shows the sunroom from the outside.)
This space belongs more to the cats than me. I removed everything but the pillows from any horizontal surface because rambunctious kittens sent my tchotchke tumbling. I even had to ditch the fake greenery (the fern visible in some photos) because they gnawed on it. I’m just grateful they let me take the occasional photo in here.
In May, I'll profile one of my often used outdoor locations. Any requests?