Wallflower Studios to move to former Roots & Bloom space on South Laura

WICHITA — Wallflower Studios isn’t a floral company, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from its name or address — present or future.

Aaron and Christina Patton started the photography business from their home studio in March 2008 and last year moved into the former Flower Factory space at 1302 E. Waterman.

Now, they’re expanding at a new site.

“Ironically enough, we’re moving to another flower building,” Aaron Patton says.

The Pattons are moving from their current 4,000-square-foot space to more than 11,000 square feet in the former Roots & Bloom building at 151 S. Laura.

“It’s massive,” Aaron Patton says.

Roots & Bloom closed early last month when owner Chris Coburn decided to devote all his time to his job in sales at Doonan Truck & Equipment of Wichita.

Patton says he and his wife like the openness of the former Roots & Bloom space plus the extra rooms it has, which they can convert to studios, a gallery and a showroom.

There will be a 1,500-square-foot separate studio for other photographers to rent, which Patton says is more sizable than some other photography spaces for rent in the area.

“We’re just kind of hoping to offer something a little more versatile,” he says.

Their lease is up where they currently are.

“It’s been really great,” Patton says of the building. He adds, though, “We had been looking at having more of a showroom.”

Wallflower Studios includes Boudoir by Wallflower, which is all about boudoir-type photos. That’s the main growing part of the overall Wallflower Studios business.

Patton says it’s going “really, really well.”

“We’ve just now been able to stop working 90 hours a week.”

He says he thinks there’s an unmet need for those kinds of photos. Boudoir by Wallflower employs an artist who does hair and makeup as part of the photography packages.

Patton also has Aaron Patton/Photographer, which he began late last year to diversify what kinds of photos Wallflower can offer. He does glamour, beauty and fitness photos.

“Basically, our entire studio is focused around female portraiture,” Patton says.

Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Look for a soft opening at the new space in June, and the official opening on July 1.