Hi! I'm a Boston-based portrait photographer, and I've just finished moving into my very own studio. It is located in the 119 Braintree Street building in Allston, MA. I've been there just over a month, and now that everything is set up, I'm ready to open up the space to share with two or three other photographers. Currently it is set up for headshots, but would be a great studio for small product photography and even solo fashion photos.
I'm looking for folks who are flexible, professional, polite, quiet, neat, considerate, and respectful. Excellent communication skills are also a huge priority, as we need to be very clear about who is in the space and when. I don't really care what kind of work you do in the space so long as you leave it exactly as you found it when you got there.
About the space:
- Roughly 500 square feet, about 35' long by 15' wide. I've found I can shoot landscape orientation full-frame images at 70mm if I shoot all the long way across the room.
- 11-foot ceilings; though unfortunately a lot of the vertical space is interrupted by sprinklers, lights, etc. I still find the height to be sufficient for most portrait work.
-A bank of large, north-facing windows, which provide lovely natural light
-A professional clothing steamer
-Coat rack and large metro shelving for storage
-Many electrical outlets, some equipped with expanders which have dedicated USB charging ports
-16 colors of 53" seamless paper with dedicated storage
-107" black and white seamless, and 107" grey and white vinyl
-One largely empty white wall which can be used as a backdrop
-On-wall mounting points for Profoto speedrings so that modifiers can be left set up and not take up floor space
-A large shelf by the window
-Always-on heat, which can be regulated with the A/C unit or by opening the window. (Full disclosure: It can get hot in there, and both the A/C and the highway are loud)
-All kinds of light stands, including standard Manfrotto folding stands, 2x C-stands with booms, small stands, a backdrop stand, etc.
-Two ceiling-mounted seamless holders; one configured for 2 rolls of 107" paper and the other configured for 3 rolls of 53" paper
-3x Profoto D1s, (2x 500w/s, 1x 1000 w/s)
-1x Profoto B1
-1x Profoto B2 Kit (2 lights, extension cable, power pack)
-Profoto universal air remote for triggering the lights; compatible with all camera brands/hotshoes.
-Tons of Profoto modifiers (too many to list, including all of the OCF series of softboxes, 2x 4 x 6 softboxes, beauty dishes, stripboxes w/grids, etc.)
-A small rolling cart for storage and/or laptop use during a shoot
-Wall mounted 46" television with attached Mac Mini for tethering and live image viewing for clients
-Client sitting area with carpet, couch, and chair
-Warm and inviting string lights running all around the room as an alternative to the harsh green fluorescents on the ceiling
-Corner client changing area with curtains and a wall-mounted clothing rack
-Fold-out makeup table with variable-color-balance LED lights and storage
-Studio can be double-locked from outside; can be unlocked for easy client access
-Building features lobby with very helpful signage, 24/7 access, freight elevator and passenger
elevator, both 24/7, loading dock, free and ample parking, quiet neighbors, very clean and well-kept.
-The surrounding area is great too, with close proximity to great restaurants and tons of interesting and accessible space for outdoor shooting.
-Our own wireless network
I think that covers it. As you can see, the space is pretty much decked out with anything a portrait photographer would want to use, so I would prefer any potential renters store as little of your own gear in the space as possible, as I value an uncluttered and functional environment above all. I'm willing to offer a single shelf or a few square feet of storage space, but any large equipment that clearly won't fit in the room as it is now configured I would request you bring on and off-site as needed.
The total cost of the space for me is $1067.00/month in rent, plus $95/month for internet and ~$25-50/month for electricity. I'm hoping to share with two or three people, with no more than four, including myself, having access. Depending on a number of factors, I would be happy with between $200-600/month in rent from each person; we'd base the amount on the number of total renters, how much of my equipment you'd be using, and how often you'd need access to the space.
At this time, I work 9-5 Monday-Friday, so the space is wide open for use during those hours. My heaviest shooting times are Tuesday-Friday from 5:30PM-10:30PM and all day Saturdays and Sundays. I'm also a professional theatre actor, so there will be times, namely when I'm working on a play, where I won't be in the studio for weeks at a time. I haven't put it together yet, but I'm hoping to set up a calendar system and some baseline rules so we can determine how best to balance booking times and needs.
I do require that you have proof of professional liability insurance, no exceptions. I'm not so much worried about damage to my equipment, as I insure it myself, but I want to make sure that I am protected should any of your team or clients get injured in the space. I get mine through The Hartford/Hill and Usher. Simple renter's insurance won't be enough- you must have professional liability coverage.
I am open to daily or hourly rental, but again, insurance is an absolute must. Contact me and we can discuss rates.
If you're interested, let me know! Do know that I'm going to be pretty picky and uncompromising about with whom I share and my rules for the space- I understandably need it to serve my needs first and foremost, but it would be foolish to not share it as I'm there so relatively little. If you want to come take a look, send me a text or email, and we can find a time to show you around! Looking forward to hopefully meeting and sharing with you!
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers