Our studio is located in downtown los angeles near the fashion district with convenient access from the 101, the 110, the 10 and the 5 freeways. There are numerous parking lots in the area - when you confirm booking - we'll send over a detailed map with lot locations. **PLEASE NOTE: Most lots are cash only and range in price from $5 - $12 per day. Its helpful to let all involved in your production know that in advance.** When you arrive - if you have anything to unload - just pull up out front and throw your hazards on and give your location manager a call on their cell. We'll come down and meet you and help you bring in gear. We're on the 3rd floor - but there is a small passenger elevator available at the main entrance on san pedro. If you're bringing larger items/equipment in - we do have access to a freight elevator M-F - 9 a.m - 4 p.m. If you'll need access after hours or on the weekend - an additional fee of $50 on weekdays after 4 P.M. and $125 for weekend dates will be required as our building maintenance man is the only one authorized to operate the elevator. If you'd like to use the freight elevator, we'll need 24 hours notice to arrange for the freight elevator operator to be present. We do have some grip equipment in the space ...C-stands, light weight stands, sandbags, flags, cutters, v-flats, floppies, mafers, pins, etc...We also have some lighting gear and modifiers (dynalite and profoto lights & various speedrings, grids, beauty dishes, softboxes, strips, photeks, etc. - depending on if its in use on the day by any of the other photographers who share the space!) Most guests use their own gear - but - if you wanna check in before hand - we can let you know what's there that you might like to use and we can figure out an additional rental package for gear costs if you need it! The studio is about 900 square feet...The shooting space is approximately 17 ft wide and 40 feet deep. The space has 18 ft ceilings and a 9 ft x 14.5 ft wall of north facing windows and a large skylight that brings in plenty of natural light all day... The space has an espresso maker, mini-fridge, microwave, men's and women's shared bathrooms on either end of our floor, makeup chair, boombox set up with an auxiliary input...And us! There are 4 photographers who share the space and we all work as photo assistants as well as shooters - so if you need an assistant (or four!) - let us know and we can talk rates for that as well! ; ) we're happy to supply you with a list of references of photographers we've worked with in ny, chicago, and la if you'd like! The power situation has never given us a problem...I've shot in there with four packs and 6 heads going as well as fans and curling irons, etc. And I've never blown anything. If you plan on shooting more than three packs - I'd plan on bringing/renting a few 50 ft' stingers. We can always run power out into the hall if necessary! We're in a bit of a food desert down there. There is a ton of stuff west of us in dtla proper - but not a ton in the immediate area. There's a convenience store across the street, a starbucks 4 blocks away, and a King Taco a few blocks down the road on san pedro - but that's about it. Although - places near us deliver of course...But - just a heads up - if you wanna bring some crafty/trader joe's snacks - not a bad idea! We have tap water available - but if you have any beverages other than tap water and coffee that you'd like present for your shoot - you'll need to provide those yourself! We don't have internet set up yet. We're still exploring options for a cost effective method and hope to have internet up soon. We've been using our own phones as a hot-spot when absolutely necessary. We stream music on spotify and pandora during every shoot and never have a problem. Phones work great in the space - so it hasn't been a huge issue for us yet but we are working on it! It's a great space and it works fantastic for smaller shoots that don't have the budget for giant studios but still want the look, feel and presentation of a professional photo studio! Pictures of the space are included here and - if you'd like more info - we will happily send over a walk through video for you to check out as well - just so you get some context of the spatial layout in the pictures! And - like we said - because everybody has their gear in the space - we've all agreed to make sure that one of the studio owners is in the space as a "Location manager" with anyone we're renting to. If you need some privacy while you shoot at any point - let us know. We'll probably bring some editing/work down there...And if you need privacy in the space for a bit - we can always happily head up to the gorgeous roof and work for an hour or two! And - speaking of the roof - please note - the building has plenty of gorgeous, communal nooks and crannies that the landlord has graciously authorized us to shoot in as needed. However - he has emphasized the need to keep these areas available to all tenants at all times. So - while we can use them - we cannot monopolize them, we cannot reserve them, we cannot ask anyone to vacate them and we cannot spend hours shooting in them. When using the common areas to shoot - we will always have a location manager with you and will need to keep the crew, equipment, and time spent there to a minimum! *** for this reason - video work on the roof is not allowed. Its our experience that video shoots always take longer than expected and require more people and equipment. *** the space is great for something like a small stills shoot that is focused primarily on work in the studio and wants to pop up on the roof for 10-15 minutes here and there. But - anything that is focused on longer periods of time on the roof is just simply a no go for us. Thanks for your understanding! The building is full of other artists and photographers - so everyone is very supportive and understanding - but - that's because everyone goes out of their way to respect the common area usage policies! Any thoughts or questions - just let us know. And feel free to message us chat about anything. Look forward to connecting further!
All garbage must be removed from the space after usage. A studio owner will be present before/during/after the shoot to help facilitate usage. Any damage incurred by the renter will be paid for by the renter. We have a "You break it you buy it" policy with any of the gear you decide to use from us...if anything is in questionable shape when you open it up - just let us know and make us aware of the situation before using! 8 -10 people OR LESS is ideal for the space when working.
Fantastic rental and great space. Brendan is top notch and his service went above and beyond in every way. Looking forward to renting with him again. His space is clean, well kept, and looks great on camera. Back windows are frosted enough to temper light coming through, and the sun through the skylight above offered nice fill without being difficult to control.
Great space! We got so many great shot from this space! The host Braden is wonderful! Very attentive and helpful! Would recommend this place to anyone strongly! Will definitely work with him and this place again in the future!