Advice On Opening A Small Studio Space

Advice On Opening A Small Studio Space

13 posts
13 Aug 2012
Does anyone think of me renting a space in Bristol to make it into a small studio would work? As I can't shoot from home and can't move at present, all I can do is work at studios or photographers houses. But most can not provide somewhere to shoot. I have been umming and eying for ages whether to sort something out but I don't want to do it if it is going to fail... Someone give me advice
Posted 13 Aug 2012
GaryWallace
Photographer
GaryWallace
studios are an expensive toy for most and a meagre living for some. Only a very few seem to get a decent living out of one. The gear alone could set you back a small fortune. It might make more sense to do a deal with an existing one. Negotiate a special rate and offer it as part of a package.

Posted 13 Aug 2012
flashman
Photographer
flashman
Not only have you rent to pay there will be rates, insurance, utility bills plus the initial decorating costs. Then as Gary said equipment is not cheap. Lights, softboxes, backdrops, props. Then the essentials, tea, coffee, JAFFA CAKES, soft drinks. You need to check BEFORE you sign anything that the landlord is happy for its use and then the local council will grant planning permission for a possible change of use. Once all this is done there are the legal fees and these are not cheap. Good luck
Posted 13 Aug 2012
flashman
Not only have you rent to pay there will be rates, insurance, utility bills plus the initial decorating costs. Then as Gary said equipment is not cheap. Lights, softboxes, backdrops, props. Then the essentials, tea, coffee, JAFFA CAKES, soft drinks. You need to check BEFORE you sign anything that the landlord is happy for its use and then the local council will grant planning permission for a possible change of use. Once all this is done there are the legal fees and these are not cheap. Good luck
that sounds like soooo much work. i just want to be able to provide somewhere i can shoot booo
Posted 13 Aug 2012
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
Why not talk to a local studio about a discount structure for volume bookings you make of their studio space. Once up and running you could cost out shared sessions to other photographers in small groups or as individuals! The problem is once you narrow down your options to a certain studio or a space you own or a studio you set up at home it might affect your market or just not increase it enough to justify the expense! Your contact rate here on PS is really good but be cautious that it will grow dramatically with additional dynamics!
Dominic

Posted 13 Aug 2012
Edited by dominicdgt 13 Aug 2012
PeterH
Photographer
PeterH
cathfazaxxx

i just want to be able to provide somewhere i can shoot booo


Any local hotels (independent, not chains) or guest houses etc ou can talk into letting you use them? I use to have several such deals and got decent rates from them.
 
Posted 13 Aug 2012
CJI01
Photographer
CJI01
I went to the Princes Trust fund for funding my own studio.
Business plan was a very rewarding process.

Posted 13 Aug 2012
Edited by CJI01 13 Aug 2012
Sarge
Photographer
Sarge
I had a studio about 3 years ago (before i built my own at my home address).
It was a spare room above a hairdressers.
The owner offered it to me for free, but i ended up paying a small amount of money (about £30 per month) for its use.
I left because it was a 30 mile round trip, and i used to get sick of no shows.
My friend (another PS member) still uses it.
Is there anything like that in your area? A company that may have a spare room you could use?

Posted 13 Aug 2012
RobGolding
Photographer
RobGolding
As far as I am aware, there are 3 studios in Bristol at the moment. MJM studio's has 2 (different locations) and if I remember right, there are studios at Orange Street in St Pauls(Lemon lane photography)

Then there is the new Hengrove Studio's opening shortly, my mate Martyn Russell is opening with his partner Kim.

I would say that this is not a good time to be opening up a studio in Bristol....

Posted 13 Aug 2012
diipii
Photographer
diipii
Keep your money in your own pocket.

Posted 14 Aug 2012
barone
Photographer
barone
I think striking a deal with one or more of the local studios might be worth looking into...As for the rest of the time do little tours to other studios further a field. (however I do know this can be tricky when it comes to getting a firm booking from photographers)

Posted 14 Aug 2012
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
I reckon the OP is best off trying to negotiate some sort of deal with local night clubs, theme pubs, boutique hotels, B&B's etc. and using those as locations rather than bare-wall studios. Photographers willing to pay (like myself) would gladly cough up for shoots that a model can pre-arrange like this.
Posted 14 Aug 2012
Freelance_Bob
Photographer
Freelance_Bo..
I would suggest;

1) See if you can do a daily deal with one of the new local studios on a 6 month basis. It'll benefit them and you'll know if you can fill it weekly (or whatever). You'll also realize what is involved in this venture. (No overheads if it doesn't work and you can walk away from it)

2) Visit a handful of small shops, hairdressers, florists, even industrial sites which may have large rooms above, or old conference/meeting rooms they could do with some peppercorn rent for. This will be the cheapest way, but probably more limiting due to open hours, needing to decorate, toilet facilities etc.

3) Do the small boutique hotel (more than one) route, ask for a discounted day rate, and see if they can help. If you suggest that photographers might need somewhere to stay when they work with you, this would be an attractive offer for them.

Basically the key selling point, is you need to think about what business you will bring to the 'studio' space. You are 'selling' your project to them. If you just think about 'renting' it for yourself, (ie buying space) the answer will probably be no sadly.

PS: We still need to do a shoot sometime LOL!!

Posted 14 Aug 2012
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