Studio Info


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Building

  • Located across the river from downtown St. Paul
  • Large private parking lot
  • Loading dock and freight elevator access
  • Rolling carts and pallet jacks provided
  • 16' ceilings, white brick walls & concrete floors
  • Corner studio with 9 large windows provide splendid natural light
  • Quiet floor with other tenants rarely present
  • Studio Apparatus staff regularly on site

 

Basic Grip Package Included with all rentals:

  • V-Flats - White & black
  • 3'x5' Reflectors
  • C-stands, boom pole, and backdrop holders
  • Rolling supply cart loaded with clamps, sandbags, gaffer's tape, cables, extension cords, power splitters, etc.

Other Amenities Included with All Rentals:

  • Clothes rack, hangers & garment steamer
  • Fans, ladders, apple crates
  • Wi-fi & speaker system
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, water

Available add-ons:

  • ARRI Tungsten Fresnel Lights - 750W, (2) 650W, 300W
  • 8'x8' Butterfly Scrim / Diffuser
  • (2) 4'x4' Matthews Silk Scrim / Diffuser
  • (5) ProFoto Compact Plus 600/Ws Monolights
  • (6) Pocketwizard transceivers
  • 64" Parabolic Umbrellas x2
  • Profoto RFi Stripbox 1'x6'
  • Westcott 84" Octabank
  • Westcott 24" Beauty Dish
  • (2) Westcott 54"x72" Pro Signature Softbox
  • Colored gels & diffusers
  • 4k Tethering monitor, tethering cables

Lighting Equipment,
Tools, Supplies
& Grip Gear

 


 

Studio Layout

 

 

The studio is about 3500 sq feet in total, with about 1400 sq feet in the main shooting space, and 1100 sq feet of other shooting areas.

Day rentals typically include access to the main shooting space, commons area and kitchen. Access to the external secondary shooting spaces, such as the Black bay or Natural Light bay can be requested in advance. Our floor is home to other tenants and these secondary bays are a shared commodity - their availability is not guaranteed.

Access to the Boudoir is available at an additional rate for intimate sessions with full privacy.




 

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Pricing

Production day rates

  • 2 Hours - $150

  • 4 hours - $250

  • 6 hours - $350

  • Full-Day (12 Hours)  - $650

multi-day production rates

  • 3-6 Days - $550 / Day

  • 7 Days - $3600 / week

test shoot day rates

  • first hour - $50

    • $35 / additional hour

test shoot packages

  • 10 Hour Package - $350

  • 20 Hour Package - $600

  • 10 hour boudoir package - $500

  • 20 hour boudoir package - $850

 

 

Extras

  • Lighting Equipment - $25 / Hour

    • Choice of ProFoto or Arri

    • As many lights as needed

    • Modifiers included

  • BACKDROP USAGE - $25 / 9' Roll

  • Fog Machine - $20

  • Tethering Monitor - $20

  • BATHTUB FILL/DRAIN - $25

  • Boudoir Access - $75

    • ($125 for full day)


FAQ

+ Should I be booking a test shoot or a production?

Test shoots are shorter, with a maximum of up to 4 hours, with few people involved and typically minimal prep and production. Test shoots are an afforable option for photographers that are portfolio-building or shooting simple client sessions, such as portraits, boudoir sessions, or basic product photos.

Productions allow you to book longer sessions further in advance, and have no crew size limitations. If you are planning a shoot that has more than 8 people involved, and you need more than 4 hours for your shoot, you would be required to book your session as a production.

+ Is insurance required? What are your policies?

Insurance is not required for normal hourly rentals, however, is still highly recommended. Renters are liable for any damages or fees incurred, and we do require having a card on file for billing purposes. By reserving your appointment, you acknowledge that you've read and agree to our day rental policies. We may require insurance for certain productions or events on a case-by-case basis.

+ Can we host an event?

The studio is able to accomodate small events and intimate gatherings by request. Please note that the online booking feature is ONLY for scheduling photo shoots and video shoots. Please contact us directly if you want to discuss hosting an event at Studio Apparatus!

+ What amenities are included?

Your reservation includes access to all the furniture and props we have available. Access to tools, such as our ladders, clothes racks, hangers, mirrors, fans, and garment steamer are included. You will also have access to basic grip equipment such as C-stands with pole arms, light stands, freestanding reflectors, extension cords and clips. As an added bonus, we have free wi-fi, filtered water, tea and coffee.

Certain amenities may be reserved for an additional fee, such as lighting equipment, modifiers, gels, backdrops or fog machines. Access to the boudoir is an additional fee.

The studio is very well equipped for a large variety of productions, so we are likely to have everything you may ever need!

+ Can we bring large props or our own furniture?

As long as it doesn't violate any of our policies, you can bring in just about anything you want if it can fit through the doors! We have a loading dock and a 7'x9' freight elevator to get to our floor.

+ We are planning a messy shoot - what's the policy on that?

As long as it is well-contained, getting a little bit messy is usually not an issue. We recommend purchasing plastic drop cloths that can be laid out around the shooting area to help keep the mess contained.

We generally prohibit shoots involving substances that are difficult to clean or remove, such as paint. Glitter is strictly prohibited.

The studio must be put back into the same condition it was before your rental session. Anything that is not adequately cleaned up is subject to a cleaning fee at the end of the shoot.

+ Seriously no glitter? Are you joking?

No joke. It's nearly impossible to clean and this isn't Klub Kesha.

More importantly, microplastics are horrible for the environment. It poisons our water. Glitter kills whales. Think about the whales.

+ What about pets?

We love animals! All critters are welcome as long as they are well-behaved and looked after.

+ What is the total capacity of the space?

To keep traffic & production time to a minimum, test shoots have a maximum capacity of 8 people, including crew, models & guests.

Production rentals generally do not have a cap limit, however, due to the size of the space, we recommend keeping productions under 25 people. We do reserve the right to charge additional fees for high volume sessions due to increased traffic and wear on our facilities.

+ Is the building quiet enough for audio recording?

The building itself is very well insulated against outdoor sound, with practically no room noise whatsoever. However, please let us know if you intend to record audio so we can ensure that our neighbors are notified ahead of time and possible interruptions can be avoided.

+ What do we do if we're running late, need more time or need to reschedule?

Your appointment time begins at the time that you reserve online. Please let us know if you happen to run late and if there's anything we can do to help get things rolling right away. If there are no appointments immediately following your reservation, you may extend your reservation for an additional fee.

Rescheduling an appointment is subject to our cancellation policy which can be found here.

Day Rental Policies

As a guest in our space, we will do our absolute best to accommodate your needs and make you feel welcome. We only ask that you follow the guidelines & policies below to ensure that we can keep everything running smoothly!


Conduct

The studio is a professional space, and professional conduct is to be expected. Please disclose all details of your rental so we are prepared for whatever situation may arise. Illegal substances, explosives, loaded firearms and incendiary devices are strictly prohibited. Renters are fully responsible for their guests' actions and will be held accountable in the event of an incident.

Online booking is strictly for reserving photo or video productions. Sharing rental periods with other parties is prohibited without prior notice. In the unfortunate event that we feel our policies are violated, we reserve the right to expel your party and cancel your reservation.


The studio is often bustling with activity, changes and updates are common, and therefore, we cannot guarantee that all advertised amenities will always be available. If there's anything particular you require for your reservation, please let us know in advance so that we can ensure its availability. 

At least one Studio Apparatus representative will regularly be on-site to supervise larger productions, but you will generally be left uninterrupted during your reservation, and any privacy needed for more intimate sessions will be respected.

Amenities


Accidents,
Damages
& Liability

Studio Apparatus LLC is a fully insured entity and is monitored by video surveillance. While we do not require renters to have insurance, it is strongly recommended.

We understand that accidents happen, and that productions can often get messy.  We do ask that you tidy up anything that can't easily be swept into the trash or mopped up so that we can be prepared for the next session. In the event of damages beyond normal wear & tear, theft, or excessive messiness, the renter will be held accountable. After assessing damages and notifying the renter of any claims, we reserve the right to charge the account on file for any fees needed to replace or repair damaged items, cleaning costs or deductibles paid.

Neither Studio Apparatus, any of its representatives, or ACVR Warehouse is liable for any bodily harm, or untimely demise that is occurred upon the renter or any of their guests within the space. You are using this facility and its amenities at your own risk.


Cancellation
Policy

Renters may cancel or reschedule their reservation up to 7 days before their reserved date with no penalty. After this window, any changes are subject to a holding fee up to 25% of the total.

Cancellations are no longer possible within 24 hours of the reservation on weekdays, or 48 hours on weekends. Any deposits paid will be non-refundable. If an appointment has been prepaid in full, 50% can be applied toward a rescheduled date.

Rescheduling an appointment is subject to approval based on availability and prior rental history. If any changes do need to be made, please reach out to us as soon as possible. 


Additional Fees

  • Cleaning & wear costs:
    • $25 for light cleaning or paint touch-ups
    • $50-$100 considerable cleaning or moderate repainting / repairs
    • $150-$300 excessive mess or considerable repairs
  • Capacity overages:
    • 50% Additional rate for test shoots over 6 people
    • 30% Additional rate for high volume productions (30+)
  • Time overages:
    • $50 / additional hour
    • $100 / additional hour outside of business hours

Damages to equipment, props, furniture or the facility will be billed once an estimate has been conducted & after written notice has been given.