YORK — Skylar Watkins, owner of Wandering Creative Collective, has worked as a traveling photographer since 2015. Specializing in couple’s photography, including engagements, destination weddings, and elopements, she’s taking her business to the next level and opening Wandering Creative Studios in December.
“I was ready to branch out and own my own studio because I really wanted to create a space for photographers and other creatives to work,” said Watkins. The storefront will be located at 534A Wythe Creek Rd. in Poquoson.
She hopes the studio will become an artists’ hub where creatives can rent space to work on their art and collaborate with other like-minded people. “It’s going to have a large multimedia area, as well as several different setups for photography,” said Watkins.
The studio will offer a large meeting area that can be customized according to renters’ needs. With a background in event planning, Watkins is versed at working within a budget. She realizes not everyone can afford to purchase formal wear that they may only wear once in their lifetime. Gowns and other items may be rented to accentuate photo sessions on a 24-hour and weekly basis.
She said the idea of opening a studio came to her while working with the local Meetup group Coffee and Headshots Hampton Roads. “My main goal is to offer a safe space for newer creatives to ask questions and meet up with others to practice headshots and different techniques,” she said. Watkins plans to hold workshops for budding artists who are looking for guidance.
Watkins was raised by her grandparents and said it was only natural that she’d feel a connection toward photography. “My grandmother always had a camera wherever we went, and my cousin, who is a talented photographer, gave me a nudge and said, ‘you can do this too,'” said Watkins.
Watkins describes her photography style as a mix of posed and lifestyle imagery. Her goal is to capture significant moments that depict the unique lives of her customers as well as traditional portraits.
To stay up to date with the progress of the new studio, please visit Wandering Creative Studios Facebook page. Those interested in contacting Watkins regarding photo shoots are encouraged to visit Wandering Creative Collective.