Living and Working Downtown

Tiffany Manning has the life. The Downtown life. She traded in her spacious suburban home for a cozy Downtown apartment for the reason many others choose urban living – the commute.  Her daughter attends a Downtown magnet school and the commute from St Johns County was just too much. The transition proved to be an empowering change and gave her an opportunity to build out a creative studio space to grow her career as a professional photographer.

After months of renovating, she moved in to a picture perfect studio at 220 E. Forsyth, a building and area of Jacksonville’s urban core that is attracting more and more creative professionals.  The walk to work is the dream commute.

Tiffany was fortunate to find a two-story loft where the downstairs entry displays a gallery of her work. Her office and studio reside in the loft upstairs. She painted the walls and floor stark white to draw in the natural light of the skylights, an important element for her work.  Hidden among the exposed wood ceiling beams is a ladder that comes down every evening when Tiffany ventures out onto the roof to enjoy the sunset over Jacksonville.

Tiffany’s business philosophy is to create an experience for her clients – she wants them to feel pampered, shut down the busyness of day-to-day life, and enjoy a magical photo shoot.  That’s how she captures the best scenes and expressions. And her Downtown studio offers that experience.

She hosts commercial clients, individuals and families in her studio for her photo shoots. Parking is convenient directly below her building and her guests appreciate the short walk to myriad nearby restaurants for a lunch break.

What her clients say about her space: “This place is awesome.”  “This makes me want to move Downtown.”

The best thing about living and working Downtown: “I only get in my car to take my daughter to school.”  “We can ride our bikes to the Riverside Arts Market and around the Riverwalk.”

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