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5 Benefits of Renting a Photo Studio

If you’re in the photography or videography industry you may have considered renting space at a photo studio venue at some point in your career. Perhaps you have more clients now and you’re trying to find a way to be as efficient as possible. Or, you’re dealing with more specific demands and you need a controlled environment to make it happen. Whatever your reason may be, here’s a breakdown of the top photo studio benefits that will help you determine if renting one is your best option.

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Photographer and assistant preparing for a photoshoot

1. You Avoid Guerilla Shooting

Guerilla shooting is when a photographer or videographer shoots photos or videos in a location without permits. Permits, of course, require certain fees that some artists would like to avoid. However, getting caught doing guerilla shooting can lead to steep fines that surpass the cost of permits. There are numerous other disadvantages to guerilla shooting, such as taking the risk of getting caught and needing to do the shoot quickly; in this case, the old adage “you can’t rush art” stands true. 

By renting a photo studio, you can truly take your time with getting the “perfect shot.” Moreover, the process of renting a photo studio is faster and a lot more seamless than securing permits. Whatever fee you pay by renting a photo studio does not only give you the freedom from stress but also gives you added comforts and conveniences that you will not find anywhere else. 

2. You Have Full Control Over External Factors

Shooting outdoors or in a public space requires a lot of flexibility. You need to be able to work with the lighting, changes in weather, curious bystanders, and loud traffic – all of which are outside your control. You may even need to deal with onlookers snapping pictures of the shoot and leaking them on social media. All-in-all, the experience is stressful for all parties involved and this can affect your work negatively.

Renting a photo studio eliminates these hassles and allows you to maintain focus for a more productive day. You won’t need to stop shooting because of rain or because of sudden loud traffic. You also won’t be at the mercy of changing daylight. A rented photo studio will be your own space that is optimized for your specific needs. This means you can make the most of your working hours and be able to produce incredibly polished outputs.   

3. You and Your Crew Get Comfort and Convenience

When shooting outdoors or in a public space, you’ll be exposed to the elements. Additionally, restrooms could be far away which means that if you or anyone needs to take a restroom break, it can eat up valuable time and break the momentum. You might also need to either rent equipment for private changing rooms or create make-shift ones with materials on-hand. It’s these little things that get in the way of the creative process.

On the other hand, by renting a photo studio, you get to experience essential comforts such as temperature control and private restrooms. If you are able to find a bare space with a fully customizable layout, you even get the freedom to make special areas for the following:

  • The working area or set up for the shoot 
  • Storage area for props, costumes, or equipment on stand-by
  • Changing rooms and makeup corners
  • Break areas and waiting areas

And speaking of breaks (which are important in any creative process), the reprieve that a photo studio can provide is second-to-none with possible inclusions like in-house catering

Video shoot in a photo studio complete with lighting equipment and a full crew

4. You Might Not Need to Bring All Your Bulky Equipment

As any photographer or videographer would know, needing to bring along bulky equipment to the shoot can be incredibly inconvenient. In response to this need, some rentable photo studios have equipment that you can use, such as floodlights, C-stands, photo strobes, smoke machines, and so on.  

5. If Needed, Reshoots Are Easy

This benefit ties back to the controlled environment you can have in a photo studio. In a public or outdoor location, you are working with temperamental daylight and different backgrounds. This means that if a photo or video is not to your liking, you may need to walk or drive back to that location and shoot it again – but as inconvenient as this already is, it’s never as simple as snapping the perfect shot in one go. If the photo or footage doesn’t match the previous lighting and weather conditions it will look out-of-place.

In contrast, the controlled environment of a rented photo studio makes it easy for you to redo any of your photos and videos. This is because most rentable photo studios have little to no daylight, allowing you to manipulate it as you like. The result is that the lighting is the same if you reshoot something in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Just imagine being able to work with this kind of freedom and assurance.  

What Should I Look for in a Photo Studio Venue?

When it comes to getting the best photo studio benefits, not all venues are equal. We made a comprehensive guide about the Top Tips to Find the Right Photo Studio to Rent, so if you need more information, feel free to check that out! 

Toronto Photo Studio Benefits You Can Customize

In the heart of downtown Toronto is a hidden gem called The Loft on King. This versatile and private venue is a blank canvas that can be transformed into whatever you need it to be for your photo or video shoot. The Loft on King also gives you ample square footage and high ceilings which makes it perfect for hours of creative work. To top it all off, the venue is nestled inside a historic building with beautiful views of downtown Toronto, setting the perfect ambience for your most inspired work yet.

If you would like to learn more about what photo studio benefits we offer, please feel free to contact us. We’d be very happy to hear from you!