• 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 with splendid natural light

  • Quiet floor with other tenants rarely present

  • Studio Apparatus staff regularly on site


Basic Grip Package Included with all rentals:

  • 3'x5' Reflectors

  • C-stands, boom pole, and backdrop holders

  • A-clamps, mighty grips, 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:

  • (4) 1000W Daylight LED Panels

  • (4) Color-changing 150W LED Panels

  • 8'x8' Butterfly Scrim / Diffuser

  • (2) 4'x4' Matthews Silk Scrim / Diffuser

  • (2) ProFoto D1 1000w Air Monolights

  • (1) ProFoto D1 500W Air Monolight

  • (6) Pocketwizard transceivers

  • 64" Parabolic Umbrellas x2

  • Profoto RFi Stripbox 1'x6' & Grid

  • Westcott 84" Octabank

  • Westcott 24" Beauty Dish & Grid

  • (2) Westcott 54"x72" Pro Signature Softbox

  • Colored gels & diffusers

  • 4k Tethering monitor, with cart and 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.





  • 4 hours - $250

  • 6 hours - $350

  • 8 HOURS - $450

  • Full-Day (12 Hours)  - $650

multi-day production

  • 3-6 Days - $550 / Day

  • 7 Days - $3600 / week

test shoot

  • 2 HOURS - $85

  • 3 HOURS - $120

  • 4 HOURS - $155

test shoot packages

  • 10 Hour Package - $375

  • 20 Hour Package - $700

  • 10 hour boudoir package - $500

  • 20 hour boudoir package - $900


Please inquire





  • Lighting Equipment - $25 / Hour

    • Choice of ProFoto or LED Panels

    • As many lights as needed

    • Modifiers included


    • $30 / 9' Roll

    • $55 / 12' Roll

    • $20 / muslins & fabric backdrops

  • Fog Machine - $20

  • Tethering Monitor - $25


  • Boudoir Access - $75

    • ($125 for full day)


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

Test shoots are short - with a maximum of up to 4 hours - have few people involved and require minimal prep and production. This is 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. All video shoots must be booked as productions.

+ Why can't I book more than 6 weeks ahead or bring more than 8 people?

Test shoots are only reservable up to 6 weeks in an advance to keep our calendar open for longer productions! If you do bring in more than 8 people for a test shoot, it will be charged at a production rate - with some rare exceptions. It's the total number of unique individuals involved with your session. We offer our test shoot rates in an effort to be as accomodating as possible for photographers who need minimal production for their sessions, to keep their overhead low with affordable studio space.

+ 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 liability purposes - not unlike a hotel. 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 pets! All critters are welcome as long as they are well-behaved and supervised.

+ 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 neighboring tenants 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!


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 photoshoots 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 well-equipped for all your production needs.

We are, however, 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, but you will generally be left uninterrupted during your reservation, and any privacy needed for more intimate sessions will be respected.

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.

All rentals require a valid credit card on file for liability purposes. After assessing damages and notifying the renter of any claims, we reserve the right to charge the card 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 5 days before their reserved date with no penalty. After this window, any changes may be subject to a holding fee up to 50% of the rental fee based on our discretion. (Holding fees typically apply towards holidays or busy periods, or for longer / multiple rentals.)

Cancellations are no longer possible within 24 hours of the reservation on weekdays, or within 5 days on weekends. Any amounts paid will be non-refundable.

If an appointment has been prepaid in full, 50% can be applied toward a rescheduled date within 30 days.

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, paint touch-ups or minor damages

    • $50-$100 considerable cleaning or moderate repainting / repairs

    • $150-500 excessive mess or considerable repairs

  • Capacity overages:

    • 50% Additional rate for test shoot bookings that exceed 8 people

    • $150 additional rate for high volume productions (30+ people)

  • Time overages:

    • $50 / additional hour

    • $75 / 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 - up to a maximum of $500.

Media Consent

Studio Apparatus regularly shares media created within its facilities on social media and its website, often for promotional purposes - whether it is BTS (behind the scenes images on set) or completed works from clients within the studio, Studio Apparatus assumes the right to do so unless stated otherwise.

If the client or their representatives do not consent to Studio Apparatus sharing any of their media, through their website, social channels or otherwise, verbal or written notice must be given. If Studio Apparatus is not given notice, Studio Apparatus LLC or any if its associates or representatives are not liable for any usage fees, damages or loss of revenue occurred upon the client due to any shared media.

If notice is given after media is shared, Studio Apparatus will comply by removing the media in question without any further repercussions.