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  1. #1
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    Photographer that loves coffee

    Hello all,

    I wanted to do a quick intro. I'm from Gurnee, IL, about 20mins south of the WI/IL border (near Six Flags Great America). I am currently a full time photographer with a studio in Gurnee. I'm looking to double my studio as a cafe as well. I'd love any tips or pointers of which threads to start with.

    With the research I've done, setting up a mobile coffee cart will reduce my startup costs dramatically because then I won't have to renovate the studio. I've been looking at the ready made carts but I'm thinking of just building my own to my specifications.

    Anyways, thanks for having me.

    Cheers,
    BJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    Unless you want to give up photography, you have to keep the cafe in the studio since they promote each other.

    Yes, thatís correct. Iíll be keeping both open. Thought is to have the cafe open for the morning hours then photography studio afterwards. Iíll just incorporate the photography theme into the cafe.

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    I'm not a regular potographer but i love to drink coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    Name all your coffee with photography terms, such as Light Exposure/Dark Exposure, etc.

    And take/display/sell coffee related photos in your cafe, teach some simple photo techniques while they are drinking coffee to keep them there longer and drink more...

    The opportunities are limitless.
    Thanks a lot for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    Unless you want to give up photography, you have to keep the cafe in the studio since they promote each other.
    That's right answer.

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    BJ - one thing to consider is how many people you anticipate coming through the doors. Once you have a good guestimate of how many that will help you dictate the type of machine and requirements. Keep in mind when you open to the public and serve food you may have to provide a minimum of 1, possibly 2 bathrooms. You will also need the standard 3 compartment sink, hand sink and sometimes mop sink (all dependent on local code).

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    Pour-over drip coffee is a great idea for shops that are just starting up. The cost of equipment is minimal, and you can brew to order so that you can really curb your waste stream!

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    The most difficult thing in the work of a photographer is to stop time and make it for memory. This moment is the most valuable thing that we do not appreciate and forget. I'm talking about photos of newborns, I tried to take such pictures myself, but it's extremely difficult, because the child is constantly spinning, and to find a beautiful pose, it's an act of selfishness for me. My own daughter was just over a year old at the time. At first, I took pictures on weekends, while my husband was sitting with her. But then we realized that we didn't see each other at all. A neighbor came to the rescue. We were advised by the direction of newbourn and the orlando newbourn photographer. Now we have joint pictures of the family and the child
    Last edited by margohathaway66; 04-02-2021 at 05:59 AM.

 

 

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