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Los Angeles takes pride of place as the biggest metropolitan center in the state and the second largest in the country. A city that is a unique and interesting mix of cultures from all around the world, Los Angeles attracts many visitors to its picturesque shores who come for the bountiful amounts of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and interesting nightlife and cuisine.
Found along California’s Pacific Coast, Los Angeles is a natural haven for those with a love for food and fun. There are many interesting things to see and do in this city. One of the most popular attractions is Hollywood, a suburban area that is home to such iconic landmarks as the Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The hunt for the perfect professional photo studio venue can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking for a stand-alone building with beautiful natural light, a unit in a strip mall for a video shoot, somewhere that could double as an event space or a place you can easily set up a cyc wall for commercial shots, you’re sure to find the right photo studio rental in LA.
Finding the right photo studio in Los Angeles can be quite a rush. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, it’s time to partner with some of LA’s top professionals to help you get the place sorted and ready to open for business.
For that extra special touch, it’s a great idea to hire some local professionals to do hair and makeup for your clients to ensure the perfect photoshoot. There are many LA-based hair and makeup specialists that will come directly to your Los Angeles photo studio venue. You will have no trouble finding the right ones to help your clients get ready for their headshots and photo shoots.
Providing on-site coffee service during photo shoots is something clients appreciate. The right coffee catering service can equip your professional photo studios with everything from disposable coffee and tea carafes to a full-service espresso bar and a fully qualified barista.
Having a good supply of props and décor items on hand is helpful in creating photos that are unique and distinctive. There are many Los Angeles designers and furniture rental companies that can help you source everything you need. Many places allow you to rent or lease furniture pieces on a short-term basis, giving you the option of frequently refreshing your photo setups with new and interesting items.
Once you’ve found the best photo studio Los Angeles has to offer, the hard work is done, and the fun can begin. Though setting up shop and equipment rental in Los Angeles can feel like a grand adventure, it also takes a lot of planning and elbow grease. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, why not call on some of LA’s top professionals to help lighten your load?
Serving Los Angeles and the surrounding area since 1994, Specialty Office Coffee Service offers a unique java experience that is ideal for businesses: the automated espresso machine. Delivering the feel of a coffeehouse and the rich taste of espresso beverages your clients have come to know and love, Specialty Office Coffee Service’s machines are affordable, reliable, and the perfect addition to your photography studio.
Omega Cinema Props stocks a wide selection of equipment rentals and props suitable for use in residential, institutional, studio spaces and commercial settings. Among the items found in their inventory are furniture, light fixtures, draperies, linens, costumes, and even custom-designed items.
Hollywood Makeup Studio employs a team of professional beauty specialists skilled at helping their clients look and feel their best. Serving their Los Angeles customers for more than 12 years, Hollywood Makeup Studio stays current with the latest trends for the industry to ensure they bring the very best to your clients, assisting them with achieving picture-perfect looks for their photo session.
LA is the perfect place to set up a photo studio or photo shoot. Still, big cities come with their advantages and disadvantages.
Beautiful year-round weather
Los Angeles consistently enjoys beautiful weather. Its perennially blue skies, warm climate, and sunshine-filled days are a drawing card for tourists and residents alike.
Since Los Angeles is a seaside city, it has many beaches to offer. Coupled with its consistently beautiful weather, you can be guaranteed many days of fun in the sun at one of LA’s many beaches.
Efficient public transportation system
Though LA has heavily congested roads year-round, it also has a public transit system that is quite efficient and affordable, making it quite easy to get around the city.
Heavily congested roads
Los Angeles is a heavily trafficked city, seeing the worst congested highways in the country. Excessive traffic and long commutes are the norms in LA.
Spread out attractions
Los Angeles is a city that has immense urban sprawl. This means you may need to do a fair bit of traveling to get to your photo studio rental. Thankfully, the public transit system is efficient and affordable.
The excessive cost of living
The City of Angels has one of the most expensive income taxes in the country. In addition to this, LA is a very costly city in which to live, work, and play. You may need to bulk up your budget when you rent photo studios here.
The Warner Bros Studio Tour consists of a two-hour guided trip through the TV sets and studio lots found on the premises. Here you will have the rare opportunity to see some of your favorite TV stars filming and to visit some of the most iconic film sets from TV and the movies including Central Perk from Friends, DC Universe: The Exhibit, and a selection of Batmobiles that saw screen time in several different movies and TV series.
The La Brea Tar Pits are found in one of LA’s most trendy areas, near Wilshire Boulevard. Considered to be at least 65 million years old, you can enjoy such attractions as archaeological digs and asphalt pits. Then, pop down the street for some tasty eats at places such as the very popular El Chato Taco Truck.
Founded in 1953, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is among the most frequently visited hotspots in the city. A stroll along this iconic boulevard covers 15 blocks that bear the names of over 2,600 of the world’s most beloved stars. Some of the highlights include Elvis Presley, Humphrey Bogart, and even Bugs Bunny.
The 1920s marked a huge period of growth for the city of Los Angeles. At the start of the decade, just over half a million people called the sunny, Southern California town home. By 1930, that number had jumped to just over 1.2 million. Gone were the days of LA as a farming town, changed forever by the arrival of the film, oil, and aviation industries.
Without a doubt, one of the most famous industries to stem from LA's growth was the motion picture business. While filmmakers first began migrating to SoCal in the late 1910s, the '20s brought the big studios, major stars, and all the money. If not for studio heads' desire to escape the Northeast's temperamental weather and patent restrictions, LA certainly wouldn't be the city we know it to be today.
With that massive population growth came a number of other changes—the suburban sprawl, a reliance on automobiles and the freeways constructed to get those automobiles around the spread-out city, and a burgeoning desire for luxury and leisure. It can be hard to put into words just how unique LA was in the 1920s. For that reason, Giggster combed historical archives to create a collection of pictures that best demonstrate what life was like in the City of Angels during the decade.
From snaps of old Hollywood to glimpses of everyday life, these photos perfectly exemplify the history of the nation's second-largest city.
In the mid-1910s, many movie makers began heading to Hollywood to shoot, hoping to avoid the fees they were charged when shooting on the East Coast, not to mention taking advantage of Southern California's year-round temperate weather. By the 1920s, nearly every major studio, and many independent filmmakers, were doing the bulk of their work in the LA area.
In the 1920s, the Pacific Electric railway system was the largest interurban electric railway system in the world. With more than 1,000 miles of railways, the public transit system connected cities in the counties of LA, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside. Here, one of the famous red cars carries commuters along Hollywood Boulevard.
In the 1920s, dozens of fancy beach clubs sprung up along the beaches in Santa Monica, California. These gathering places, which were whites-only, attracted some of the area's most wealthy and notable restaurants, who'd all crowd together under the clubs' beach umbrellas and around dining room tables.
In 1927, two years before he was elected president, Herbert Hoover visited LA. The Republican politician had seen his popularity skyrocket (as evidenced by this reception) thanks to the assistance he had offered Mississippi Flood victims earlier that year in his role as Secretary of Commerce under President Warren Harding.
With its wide boulevards and crisscrossing freeways, LA is known around the world for its car culture. This reliance on automobiles really took off during the 1920s, when the number of registered private cars exploded from 161,000 to more than 800,000. To keep up with these Fords and Chevys, the LA Motor Corps (pictured above) took to riding around on Indian motorcycles.
One of the biggest independent film studios of the 1920s, Fox Film acquired the rights to the Movietone sound system—a sound-on-film technique that allowed for the synchronization of sound and image in recorded film—in the mid-1920s. The company's West LA studio, pictured here, was dedicated to producing these new talkie pictures.
Wilshire Boulevard runs from the heart of the city's downtown district to the Pacific Ocean. One of the first parcels of land for the street was donated by millionaire socialist Henry Gaylord Wilshire, in the late 19th century on the condition the street be named for him and remain absent rail lines or streetcars. The properties surrounding it were only just beginning to be developed by the 1920s.
Folks without a private car, and who couldn't be troubled to rely on the regularly striking Pacific Electric railway system, would use cabs to get around the sprawling city. Here, a yellow cab driver helps his passengers disembark after their ride.
In the early years of the 20th century, beach resorts began hosting beauty pageants as a form of entertainment for vacationing middle classes. These contests, like the Bathing Beauty pageant pictured above, would eventually lead to the Miss America pageant we're so familiar with today.
A pioneer in the film industry, actress Mary Pickford was one of the most recognizable faces in the world in the 1920s. Dubbed the "Queen of the Movies," Pickford is often regarded as the first movie star and is best known for movies like "Coquette," which won her the second-ever Academy Award for Best Actress. Here she's pictured with her husband, fellow actor Douglas Fairbanks, at their sprawling mansion in the LA hills.
Conceived as an advertisement for a new suburban housing development, LA's most famous sign originally read Hollywoodland. Erected in 1923, the wooden sign was meant to be temporary, but in the late '70s, the still-standing marker was replaced with a more durable steel structure (the "land" had been dropped in the 1940s).
Two industries helped drive LA's growth in the 1920s: oil and movies. Here, a group of well-dressed young women line up outside a studio office, hoping to be chosen as extras for a movie.
In 1920s LA, pageants and performances weren't restricted to humans. Here, a young boy poses on a studio backlot with two Russian wolfhounds, the winners of an LA Kennel Club dog show.
Days before Black Thursday, a group of relatively stress-free men crowded in front of Sturgis Radio store to listen to a World Series game. They had no skin in the outcome (the LA Dodgers wouldn't move from Brooklyn until the '50s), but the gathering proves that the city had been primed to host a Major League Baseball team for years before it happened.
The 1920s marked the beginning of an architectural movement in LA architecture when kitschy novelty buildings began popping up everywhere. These structures were designed to catch the eye of motorists and were often large-scale versions of the wares sold inside—for example, the pig pictured above was actually a barbeque joint. The trend continued until the end of the 1940s, and many original examples still exist in LA today.
Described as the first theme parks in Southern California, ostrich farms were hugely popular (and quite abundant) in LA in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors would flock to these ranches for a chance to look at the exotic birds, and the brave would hop in ostrich-drawn carriages or wagons for a ride around the property. Gift shops sold clothes and accessories decorated with the birds' feathers, which were considered luxurious at the time.
Founded in 1919, the University of California, Los Angeles, now the second-largest university in California, was still in its infancy in the 1920s. Here, a group of aspiring dentists train in the school's state-of-the-art medical center.
During the 1910s and 1920s, LA caught a severe case of flight fever. Dozens of aircraft manufacturers popped up around the valley, enticed by near-perfect year-round flying weather, plenty of space to lay down runways, and cheap, plentiful labor. As the industry grew, so did the number of demonstrations, where gravity-defying tricks like this one (where a young man refuels another airplane midair) would be performed.
A prime example of the movie magic that LA has created behind countless films, this picture shows a film crew on a Hollywood studio lot working on a set constructed and dressed to resemble midtown Manhattan.
In the 1920s, actors and actresses flocked to LA. They saw the city as their playground, not a real place but a fancy backdrop for their hedonistic lifestyles. Here, actress Miss DuPont drives a car up a set of hotel steps, demonstrating just how wild things could get in the City of Angels.