Local photographer Hannah McKeel of McKeely Creative loved the idea of a collaborative work environment but discovered the majority of co-work spaces were male and technology-driven.
So she created her own solution for that.
On July 21, McKeel officially launches MEANT, a small-scale, curated co-working space and photography studio designed with creatives in mind. Applications will be accepted at that time, while MEANT plans to open Aug. 1.
Located in Hampton Station’s ARTUP studios at 1320 Hampton Ave., Bay 2, MEANT is a 400-square-foot space designed specifically to accommodate the needs of photographers, graphic designers, and anyone looking to work in an inspiring collaborative environment, McKeel says.
ARTUP studios also houses Tanya Stiegler Designs, Gerry Wubben, The Flow Depot, and Company Interior Designs.
No more than five people will be allowed to use the MEANT space at once to allow for more organic networking, McKeel says.
“It’s so easy to be collaborative in a small space, or someone can pop in their headphones and work in silence,” McKeel says.
In addition to being available to rent for meetings and small events, the space features professional retractable photo studio backdrops; umbrella and soft box lighting, a flat-lay station with different backgrounds, and a prop box filled with various items for use in product shoots; white walls and a red brick statement wall, a communal table and workspace; free Wi-Fi; and a mobile pour-over coffee cart.
Usage fees will begin at $75 a month, McKeel says.
The space is decorated in neutral earth tones and metal finishes, with rose gold and glass coffee canisters on the brushed gold coffee cart, a large hammered nickel “M” resting on the concrete floor, a full-length silver-framed mirror, a gold wire cactus sculpture and various succulents on a small marble-topped conversation table between two dark chestnut-colored chairs. The Oriental rug under the wooden worktable provides a pop of red.
“Every inch is meant to be photographed,” McKeel says.
Visit mckeelycreative.com for more information.