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The Art Haus // Our First Year Of Renting Our Home For Photo + Video Shoots Via AVVAY

The Art Haus // Our First Year Of Renting Our Home For Photo + Video Shoots Via AVVAY

 Photographer Savannah Scruggs reloads her vintage camera. Photo by Holley Maher.

Photographer Savannah Scruggs reloads her vintage camera. Photo by Holley Maher.

It's been about a year since I first heard about AVVAY through our friends, Marie + Ben. They have a cozy cottage in East Nashville, lovingly dubbed The Little Green House, which they'd been making available for rent not only on AirBnb, but also on this new site called AVVAY.

Founded right here in Nashville, AVVAY is a booking tool mainly used by photographers and videographers to book spaces by the hour for photo and video shoots. Marie raved about how easy it was to set up, and she started seeing bookings come in right away. Since Daniel and I work mainly from home and rarely leave town (at least not both of us at the same time), AirBnb wasn't really a great option for us. With AVVAY, we could make the house available for just a few hours. Just run errands or take the dog on a walk while there's a photo shoot, a baby shower, or a songwriting session happening at home, and make a few extra bucks towards a fancy night out here and there. Hooray!

So, I had a few photos taken and came up with a name -- The Art Haus, a little wink to the ongoing joke that within a few years, our place will probably look more like an art gallery than a home, and "haus" as an homage to our Germantown neighborhood. It's been about 3 months since we put our place up on AVVAY, and we've been loving it so far! It's been wonderful to see other artists come into our space and find the same kind of inspiration here that we do.

To honor the amazing creators that have come through our door this year, we thought we'd show them off a bit! Here's a peek at the photography that's been captured at Art Haus in 2017. 

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All photos were posted here with permission from the photographers. If you'd like to re-post, please ask permission and give credit where it's due!

SAVANNAH SCRUGGS w/ TANASIA LEE

Savannah, the photographer behind the vintage lens at Savvy Film, is a friend and wife of a co-writer/producer pal of mine, Kyle Andrews, who I've worked with for years. Sav does some uber-creative work with film photography, and I was honored to have her as our very first guest this year for a portrait shoot with track & field athlete and safe beauty advocate, Tanasia Lee. Sav was kind enough to take some lovely interior photographs for us while she was here, too.

HAYDIN OLIVIA w/ SAM HORTON

This shoot by Haydin Olivia was one my favorite shoots this year -- I was totally floored by how lovely these photographs turned out! We see a lot of people use the same space for many different kinds of shoots, but Haydin had some of the most creative ideas for using natural light and the environment around her. Check out her gorgeous shots of young, aspiring musician Sam Horton below.

IVORY DOOR STUDIO w/ SHEENA + ANTHONY of "LOVE AT ANY STAGE"

When Sheena contacted me about booking at shoot at Art Haus, I immediately checked her out on Instagram (as you do) and went "waaaaait a minute, I know this couple!" Anthony and Sheena had booked a shoot a few months back at Marie and Ben's house! (Nashville is still a small town, y'all.) I was thrilled to have this beautiful couple book our place for a birthday photo shoot, by Ivory Door Studio. Check out the couple's relationship blog, Love At Any Stage.

JENNIFER CODY w/ RYANNE + MATTHEW

Here's another adorable-as-h*ck couple shoot, and another photographer who made really great use of the space. I love how natural Ryanne + Matthew look in front of the camera, and how creative Jennifer got with the props she found in our house. She made this shoot feel extra cozy and homey! Check out more of Jennifer's work on her website.

ANDRE ROWLETT w/ HAILEY JO GARRETT

Andre, or Arogant in the Insta-verse, was one of our most recent visits here at Art Haus. He and model Hailey Jo Garrett captured some really stunning, laid-back photos here in the house. (She's a dish, isn't she?!) In addition to his gorgeous portrait work, Andre also does concert, street, and lifestyle photography, all of which you can peep on his website.

THAT'S A WRAP! Thanks for checking out the Art Haus 2017 Year in Review, thank you to all of the amazing photographers and videographers who shot here this year, and of course, thanks to AVVAY for making it all possible! You can book The Art Haus for your own shoot, songwriting session, party, or other creative by-the-hour endeavor by clicking right here.

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