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How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Photography Studio?

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Written By Nate Torres

This is a helpful guide discussing the price to rent a photography studio.

We’ll be covering the following topics (click on a bullet point to jump to that section):

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Photography Studio?

To rent a photography studio, it can range from less than $100 an hour to roughly $500 an hour for the very high-end studios. Of course, if you open up your own homemade photography studio, it is free and the only expense will be your setup costs!

Finding the right photography studio place to rent can be difficult but it can make all the difference!

Ideally, you will want to rent a photography studio that is flexible, ideal for your vision, and affordable.

The cost to rent a photography studio, also largely depends on the location you live in. If you want to find a more accurate cost in your area, performing a simple Google search in your area should help.

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photography studio

The best way to do this is to type in “rent photography studio in [location].”

While I can provide an estimate, this is the best way to know the cost to rent a photography studio in your area.

Why Would You Need to Rent a Photography Studio?

Reasons you would need to rent a photography studio include having a fully controlled environment, having access to certain props, and having a comfortable space.

1. Fully Controlled Environment

For most photographers, the number one reason he/she will rent a photography studio is to have an environment that is fully in their control.

Whether you specialize in photography or creating video content, the benefit of shooting in a photography rental studio as opposed to the outdoors is known certainty.

When shooting outdoors, photographers and their teams have to worry about the temperature for the day, environmental elements such as rain, wind, or snow, and they worry about the lighting for day as it can change from hour to hour.

When you shoot in a photography studio, you can be sheltered from various environmental variables and you have full control of your space and environment, from temperature, elements, and lighting.

By renting a photography studio, you also have access to certain props and equipment.

2. Access to Props and Equipment

Most studios are dedicated spaces for photo or film shoots.

They come with their own appropriate lighting, props, and backgrounds to help you capture the photos you envisioned.

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lighting props and equipment

A major part of the appeal of using a studio is the access to these props.

You could have access to different sorts of furniture, lighting fixtures, and other key elements that will help add to the vision and composition of your shot.

3. Photographing in a Comfortable Space

Certain photography studios might even have “breakout” rooms where you and your team can relax and have a breather between your shots.

Plus, photography studios are usually a relaxing environment in general.

Photography studios could include a private washroom for you to freshen up between shots, they could have restaurants nearby, and they also have thermostats for you to control the temperature in the room in case you or your team gets warm or cold.

People choose to rent photography studios because of the easy and flexibility that cannot be found when shooting outdoors in an uncontrollable environment.

How to Rent a Photography Studio?

If you need to rent a photography studio, the best and quickest way to do so is to perform a search on your favorite search engine for local photography studios in your area.

If you are traveling to a different location then simply search “photography studios to rent in (location).” I have found that this is the easiest way to do so.

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search phrase

The job of a search engine is to serve up the most popular and relevant results to users so I am never disappointed with what I find!

Types of Photography Studios to Rent

The types of photography studios you can rent range from average-quality spaces to fully furnished apartments/houses.

Each photography studio has its own perks and here are some marks of a photography studio that is good to rent.

1. Lighting

Of course, lighting is key to any photography shoot.

Although most photographers choose a photography studio for artificial lighting, you should also have the option of natural light within a good photography studio.

Your lighting setup could serve as your main source while the natural light can serve as a secondary source.

By mixing natural light into your photography session, you can mix artificial and ambient light sources to create beautiful imagery that is shot within a photography studio but has a natural feel.

To accomplish this mix of natural and artificial light, look for photography studios with large and open windows as this will be better than a studio that is dark, small, and windowless.

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mix of natural and artificial light

Be sure to always look at the images and reviews of the studio you are considering renting to ensure the studio does offer what it says it does.

2. Location

Location can tie into the point of comfort listed earlier in this article.

If your studio is within a big city and you plan on photographing in your studio all day, it will be great to take a break with everyone and grab a bite to eat or some coffee at a local cafe or restaurant nearby.

When discussing location, pricing is also discussed.

Certain locations have higher expenses. If you choose to rent a photography studio in the city, it will most likely be more expensive than renting a photography studio in a local town.

The location could also increase transportation costs which you will have to factor into your overall equation when discussing your cost of business.

Finding that balance between a great location that serves your vision that is not too expensive is key.

After all, unless you are shooting a long music video that will capture the whole studio, you most likely will not need the premium-end photography studios.

3. Pricing

Pricing was discussed briefly above in relation to location, and there are other factors to take into consideration when researching the pricing to rent a photography studio.

When researching the price and making your final picks, you will want to take into consideration what the studio is offering.

Photography studios could charge hourly or a daily rental rate. Some offer on-site assistance or even coffee and snacks.

Some photography studios offer designated areas for makeup and hair artists or even come included with lighting setups and studio gear.

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designated area for makeup and hair artists

If you are not sure what the photography studio has to offer, you could also most likely reach out to the studio manager ahead of time.

In summary, you will want to perform your research on your desired photography studio space so you know everything it has to offer and what to expect when you arrive. This ensures you are only paying for what you need in order to capture your vision.

What Do You Need to Start Your Own Photography Studio?

If you want to start your own photography studio, you first have to decide whether it will be at your home or in a location you will be renting.

From there, you can decide everything you want to include within your photography studio based on what you look for personally within a photography studio.

If you have ever thought about starting/opening up your own personal photography studio, then there are some pros and cons that need to be weighed.

Pros of Starting Your Own Photography Studio

Some pros include making money using a skill you learned, flexible hours, meeting new people, and helping people capture special moments.

Cons of Starting Your Own Photography Studio

Some cons include expenses, stress, taking up time on the weekends, inconsistent income, and a hobby turning into a “tedious” job.

Now that we have listed some pros and cons, here are some steps to get started (given that your photography business has already been started).

  1. Decide a space that will be your designated photography studio.
  2. Ensure you have all of the necessary equipment (camera, lights, props, etc.)
  3. Test your new studio set up on some friends or family.
  4. Market, market, market

While this list is pretty short, this is essentially the “bare bones” of what you will need to start your own photography studio. And of course, make sure you do your research throughout all these steps and find examples of people who started their own photography studios.

Ensuring you do your proper research and due diligence is key to any successful photography endeavor!

To further explore the subject of opening your own photography studio, we also recommend this video by Kayleigh June:

Should You Rent or Buy a Photography Studio? [Photography Studio Pros and Cons]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average size of a photography studio?

A portrait photography studio might be relatively small, perhaps around 200 to 400 square feet. A commercial photography studio or a studio that specializes in product photography might be larger, with an average size of around 1,000 to 2,000 square feet.

Concluding Remarks

Hope you were able to learn something new regarding renting a photography studio or tips to start your own!

Also, be sure to check out our guide on studio photography tips.

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