Finding the perfect studio for your project is crucial, it can significantly impact your end result. The right studio can provide you with the necessary space, lighting, and equipment to produce exceptional results for yourself and your clients.
Renting a studio for your photoshoot can provide many benefits. But with so many options available, you may be asking; How do I go about choosing the right one? Or where do I even start?
This article has the answers, let’s go!
Purpose of project
Not so fast, before you begin your search for the perfect studio, it’s super important to define the purpose of your project and have a clear understanding of why you’d need one in the first place!
Ask yourself what you’re trying to achieve and what type of content you’re looking to create. If you’re working for a client, their brief should answer these questions for you.
Are you shooting a fashion editorial? Corporate portraits? Or product shots for your client's new line of plant-based cereal?
No matter the project, understanding its purpose is essential in determining the studio's specific needs. It’ll also help you effectively communicate with the studio owners, ensuring that you select the perfect studio and achieve the best possible results.
See where this is going?
Needs of project
Once you’re clear on the purpose of your project, it’s time to identify the needs of your project. These are the specific requirements and features a studio must have for your project's success.
Here are some things to consider before choosing a studio:
The size of the studio you need will depend on the scale of your project.
A smaller space will work if you’re working on a small shoot with only a few crew. However, if you’re planning a large production with crew, models and lots of gear, you will need a larger studio.
The studio size will ultimately determine the way you shoot your project and the equipment you need. So it's important to think about the surface area (in m2) and the ceiling height (in m).
For example, lower ceilings could limit lighting options and make getting those bird's eye product shots more difficult.
Lighting is arguably the most important factor of any photo shoot.
Therefore, It’s super important to understand the purpose of your project, so you can determine what lighting setups you need to realise the creative vision!
For example, your product shots may require soft; natural light, while those corporate headshots may benefit more from a bright, evenly distributed lighting setup.
Thankfully, most studio spaces come pre-equipped with a range of lighting setups to use, but it’s up to you to know what setup would best suit your project so you can select the studio that meets those needs.
You’re also going to need specific gear to make your shoot a success.
As mentioned in the previous section, some studios include certain gear as part of the rental charge or may offer additional packages for an extra rate.
Just make sure to thoroughly check their description and keep in mind that if a studio doesn't offer the specific gear you need, you’ll need to bring your own or rent it out.
Although this doesn't affect the outcome of your work, it's important to consider the studio's location, especially if you’ve got clients or crew joining you on set.
Choose a location that is convenient and accessible for all parties. This will save you time, transport costs and (hopefully) minimise any lateness.
Try to avoid making your team travel across the entire city - unless absolutely necessary; they’ll thank you later.
Now for the amenities.
Don’t underestimate the importance of the additional, seemingly less important features you may need from a studio. Some may be essential.
Such as a dressing room for your models, kitchen facilities for lunch breaks or on-site parking for the crew.
And here are some other amenities to look out for:
- Clothing rails
- Air conditioning
By taking the time to identify these needs before you begin your search, you can ensure that you find the perfect studio that meets your requirements and increase your chances of success.
Let’s talk money.
Once you’ve determined the purpose of your shoot and everything you need to make it happen, it’s time to consider what sort of budget you’re working with. Start by estimating how much you can afford to spend on the studio rental whilst factoring in all other costs. Such as equipment, wages and travel if necessary.
Beazy tip: Setting a realistic budget is essential to avoid overspending and compromising other aspects of your shoot.
Keep in mind that some studios charge by the hour, while others only take bookings at full-day rates. Rental prices vary depending on location, size, gear and amenities available.
For personal projects, don't be afraid to take the more cost-effective option (as long as it meets your project's needs)
With your budget set, you can now move on to the exciting part, searching for the perfect studio!
Have a browse
Now that you’ve got a clear picture of your shoot's purpose, needs and budget, the research phase can begin.
This is obviously the most important step so don't rush into booking the first studio you see because of its trendy aesthetic. Your end result is what matters most, so prioritise suitability over appearance.
With so many options available, this may sound overwhelming; so I’ve broken it down into three simple steps: Search, Compare and Book.
I may be biased here but the best way to start your search is to browse 100s of unique, shoot-ready locations on platforms such as Beazy. You can find anything from photo studios to trendy apartments and even Mediterranean villas!
Narrow down your search by filtering space type, location, price and amenities; allowing you to save time looking for studios that align with your needs and budget.
And you don’t have to limit yourself to traditional photo studios. You never know, a loft apartment with a minimalist aesthetic could fit your brand image perfectly.
Get creative with this, but always keep your desired outcome top of mind.
After identifying the studios that meet your needs, you should compare all aspects against each other to ensure you’re getting the best value for money.
Take a look at the photos and videos of each studio. This’ll give you a general idea of the space and its aesthetic.
For instance, Studio A has an industrial vibe, whereas Studio B is more colourful and flooded with natural light. Comparing photos will help you decide which studio style best aligns with your project’s needs and desired outcome.
Additionally, you should check out all available info about each studio; including their description, amenities, max # of people and cancellation policy. And don’t forget to read reviews from other creatives who have used the space for some insider knowledge!
Beazy Tip: If you’re unsure about anything regarding the pricing or what's included, reach out to the studio owner ahead of time so there are no surprises on shoot day!
By taking the time to research and compare your options, you can ensure you find the perfect studio for your next photoshoot - the whole point of this article!
Settled on the perfect studio for your photoshoot? Then it's time to book it!
Carefully read the terms and conditions (especially the cancellation policy) and clarify any questions you may have with the studio owner. It’s also a good idea to communicate the details of your shoot and discuss any extra requests you may have.
Once you’re happy, check the availability on your desired date and book directly from the platform.
Don’t forget, booking is just the start of the process. Plan the rest of your shoot ahead of time, including equipment, crew and transport for a stress-free shoot day.
If you want a second opinion, consult your creative network for recommendations!
Reach out to those who use studios regularly such as fellow photographers, videographers and models. They can offer valuable insight into the services available.
They may even hook you up with a contact number!
Just remember that each project is unique. What worked for their project may not work for yours. Always keep your specific needs in mind when considering recommendations. Be open to suggestions, but make sure to weigh them against your own desired outcome and budget.
This whole process can take some time, but trust me, it’s worth it in the end.
By defining your purpose, setting a realistic budget and carefully evaluating your options, you can book a studio that meets your needs and takes your project to the next level!
Ready to start your search? Browse 100s of unique shoot locations on the Beazy Platform.