Hey party people! Hope your St. Patty's was patty-licious or whatever it's supposed to be.
Conan made Irish soda bread and we splurged on the fancy butter. Par-tay. I know.
Anywhoodle, chicken noodles!
Since I said upon our return to the blog that I was going to talk a little about our new business venture, Lamphouse Photo Co., I thought I should probably, eventually actually talk about it and show you guys some pictures and explain what we're going to do and how we came up with the crazy idea to put a photobooth inside of a vintage travel trailer.
Here goes nothin'!
Well, as I mentioned in the last post, we were having some serious trouble figuring out the exterior lights. I am now happy to report that just moments after I hit "Publish" the problem was resolved and now we have beautiful little amber and red lights all over!
Just for fun, I snapped some pics as the sun was setting the other day...
The Grand Wagoneer looks pretty spiffy in front of the trailer. I think they're going to make a great team.
I mean, the trailer hasn't even been painted yet and they still look pretty cute together!
Cutest. brake lights. ever.
Okay! You get it, you get it! The lights work and it's awesome. Moving on then...
What are we planning to do with the travel trailer and what have we done so far?
The plan for the trailer is to convert it into a mobile photo studio and darkroom. Sort of like a photobooth except that instead of little moving parts inside, it has little moving people.
So, the first step was finding a trailer that would fit both of those things along with room to move around in it. We looked at several on Craigslist and ended up settling on our cute little vintage Conestoga Travel Trailer that's about 16 feet long by 7 feet wide.
Next, after taking a bunch of pictures and giggling a lot about how cute it was we started the very fun process of gutting it.
That meant saying goodbye to this lovely piece of equipment...
As well as the bed that was underneath it.
The other end had a little table and kitchenette
Which we removed very carefully (so, if anybody has need for a tiny stove or table, we can totes hook you up!)
One of the neatest things? There was a little gas powered light next to the door. Kept that, too of course!
Once the whole thing was pretty much totally empty, it was time to start replacing all of that rotten wood and fixing the leaks that caused it..
With the help of the 'rents we slowly replaced all of the rotten wood (ceiling braces, wall supports, giant chunks of the floor, etc.)
Once the wood was replaced, it was time to start wiring the exterior lights
It was a pretty frustrating couple of days. All new wiring inside, everything looks good, hook it up to the Jeep and...nothing.
Our next door neighbor was even standing in his backyard giving us suggestions! We all stared at it and and wrinkled our brows and then finally, after Conan suggested that maybe the skin of the trailer wasn't grounded, my mom ran a new ground wire from the frame to the skin and success! Lights!
She said she "could have just cried right there" when they finally came on.
Wiring is incredibly frustrating when it doesn't work and incredibly thrilling when it does.
This applies to house wiring, too!
Speaking of house wiring, our next step is to begin wiring the darkroom which will be contained in the back of the trailer where that bed used to be...
That little cubby where the shower and fridge once were is now gone and a wall will be built, just past the wheel wells to divide the studio end of the travel trailer from the darkroom end.
If you're wondering what kind of pictures we'll be taking, I'll hand it over to Conan to describe the whole process to you
*hands the computer to Conan*
Way back in September Katherine and I took the wiener dog on a walk, as we do, and after much talking and discussion of various ideas pertaining to food-truckery, we decided that it simply wasn't for us. But we still wanted to create a small business, and Katherine naturally pointed out that we needed to do something that was actually a part of our lives, and I said, "Like what, home improvement?" After the rolling of eyes, she said that it needed to be something "magical".
I mentioned that watching traditional photographic prints develop in the darkroom always seemed pretty magical to me, and that led me to recall something I had seen several years ago about Afghan box cameras. After a quick google search on the ole intertubes, I found this video that gives a pretty good explanation: