The process of being in a photo shoot is really fun but all the production behind it takes a lot of preparation. For example, as a photographer, you must consider the idea, the models, the equipment, and, of course, the studio you’re going to use. Choosing a photo venue can be an incredibly stressful job since there are a lot of crucial elements to be considered.
Referrals and Research
Good and bad recommendations are key. Referrals are the first step when looking for a photo studio. If you recently heard about a friend of yours doing a gig in a studio then ask him about it. Ask him about his personal opinion and what did he think about it.
Another option can be researching about the space yourself. There are websites such as Peerspace that let you know the opinion made by several photographers about a specific place. These professionals describe their experience and conclude by recommend or not recommend the space. Additionally, don’t forget to always recommend the spaces you like the best to your fellow photographer friends.
Size of the Space
Do you need a big space for your photoshoot? Do you need a smaller one? How many people are going to be helping you in your session? You must ask yourself this question since this determines the amount of square feet you’re going to need.
The size of the space is essential when deciding which photo studio, you’re going to rent. This is going to be determined by the idea of your photoshoot but also by the amount of money you have. It’s logical to think that the bigger the space the cost per hour is going to be higher.
This is an obvious step, but the most obvious things are invisible to our eyes (and schedules). Before renting a photo studio you must check it’s available for you. The factor of availability comes hand in hand with the type of photos you’re going to take.
So, once again, what type of space do you need? Do you need access to natural daylight or not? Are you taking a personal or a group photo? Remember to always ask yourself these questions. Ninety percent of a good shoot is pre-production done right.
Cost per Hour
The cost of a photoshoot is very important, especially when it is measured in hours. Additionally, in many cases, the cost of a photo venue comes hand in hand with the quality of the space. In order to consider a specific studio, you must study your budget first.
The phrase: location, location, location is key in real estate and in the photography business. Yes, the location of your photo venue is important too. The location can determine the price of the space. Additionally, it can tell you if it’s a safe place for bringing your equipment, which is also a crucial characteristic to consider. If the location of the studio is far away from everybody then the logistic of movement has to be thought out way before the shoot.