This beautiful storefront studio is 600 square feet on the ground floor with a cozy 150 square foot loft upstairs. It's located in the Ivy Hill neighborhood of Oakland, close to Lake Merritt, downtown, and freeways, with very easy parking. Away from the crowded Grand Lake/Lakeshore area, Ivy Hill still has a funky neighborhood vibe, with a couple of great indie cafes within a block of the studio, a small park with playground across the street, and larger conveniences such as Walgreens and Lucky within easy walking distance. The newly renovated space is primarily a versatile photo studio with an elegant dressing room and space for makeup and hair. The main area is roughly 14' wide x 20' deep with 12.5' ceilings. It's large enough to do a fashion shoot and intimate enough to do headshots, boudoir, and more. While the overall vibe is clean and contemporary, there are tons of different areas within the studio to shoot lots of different looks. The studio is also available for small events (up to 30 guests) as well as offsite meetings or retreats. It has free wi-fi as well as a small kitchenette.
No smoking of any kind is allowed inside the studio.
Everything was great, Cheshire was the perfect host. Meet with me before the shoot to show me the property. He explained everything well enough to make us feel at home. I really enjoy the place really adds value to any production. Everyone was Impressed, I will most definitely book again. Thank you!
Cheshire was a wonderful host; very helpful! We used this space to film an interview. He was concerned that noise from the street might be a problem for our shoot, but after checking it out we decided to book the space anyway. The space was too good to pass up!; it looks exactly like the pictures. We're so glad we chose this space. The sound turned out just fine on film. Will be booking again!
The space was intimate and well organized! Definitely a great space to use for any kind of event! And the owner was so nice and helpful! Definitely going to use again and recommend to anyone who wants to create!
Cheshire was such a wonderful host. He was responsive, understanding, and completely thorough. His studio had many amenities and beautiful natural light. I would recommend this location especially for boudoirs. All his furniture was very light weight and versatile, perfect for photographing. Thank you Cheshire!
The location is awesome. So many looks and room for creativity. Cheshire was very accommodating and a wonderful host. Made us feel right in our element to get the shoot done. Definitely will be back soon
Cheshire was a wonderful, responsive host and his place was the prefect basecamp for my film crew during our shoot in the Lake Merritt area. I highly recommend his space for location, amenities and hospitality - thanks, Cheshire!