Downtown Oakland's premier Photo and Video Studio
From $50 per hour
We have top of the line Profoto equipment (not the cheap Alien Bees like our competitors).
We have a wonderful 650 square foot studio/event space for rent in Downtown Oakland's famous city center and theater district. We are located in front of the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza park, facing Oakland's beautiful city hall. We are also just 50 ft from 12th Street City Center BART station. An ADA compliant bathroom and we are right at street level so no stairs or funny access to worry about. Just walk in off the street and you're here.
Inside our space we have, 14' high ceilings, 2 hair/makeup tables and 3 large mirrors for clients to use. We have ample photo, video, audio, and lighting equipment if you want to record your event or stream it online. We have a 55" TV and a short throw video projector available. The studio is fully stocked and comes with two Profoto 600ws flashes for photos or two 3000 bi-colored dimmable LED constant light panels for videos and has up to 6800ws of Profoto flash power to rent if needed.
Just $50/hr on Weekdays between 9am-6pm
$65/hr on Weekends and Weekdays after hours.
There is a 2-hour minimum rental on Weekdays and 3-hour minimum rental on Weekends.
Nothing illegal on premises. No smoking, drugs, pornography or acts of sex allowed on premises. No alcohol without prior consent. And if you break it, you buy it.
Please, take care of our photo/video equipment as it if it is your own; we have professional grade equipment available to our guests and expect our guests to be comfortable and competent using it properly. Every client who books our space is responsible for any damages that may occur. If you are not comfortable with using our equipment and being liable for any damages, then you are welcome to bring and use your own equipment. Or, if you'd like to learn how to use our equipment, we suggest hiring our Studio Assistant who can stay with you during the rental and show you how to use our equipment properly. This can be invaluable if you want to rent and use our space on a regular basis. Studio Assistants are $100/hr extra.
When gauging time management of your production, it's generally safe to allow yourself and your crew 15 - 30 minutes for setup and breakdown. We will not open the door 10-15 minutes early to let you set up unless you ask us prior and/or book the extra time. Our studio assistant will help out for about 10 minutes to set up one or two photo or video lights if they are needed, and they will show you how the Air Conditioning and music works, and the safety features of our studio, like where the first aid kit is (always good to be safe). If you need our Studio Assistant to stay longer, then there will be an added charge for thier help. With few exceptions, we offer a 10 minute grace period to clients, but after that grace we wiil need to charge for extra time in 30 minute incriments.
Bright Colorful Spanish Revival
From $100 per hour
This Spanish Revival, built in 1926, is located in the Oakmore District near Dimond Park and Sausal Creek, with plenty of street parking. The house is a bit over 1,000 square feet. It is loaded with charming details like stucco archways, a fireplace nook, vibrant colors and a whimsical spirit. It has been designed by a published interior designer. There will be someone onsite or nearby during all photoshoots to help with anything clients might need and we can be available for walkthroughs before or after the shoot. Wifi is available and clients will have access to all rooms in the house as well as the backyard.
Huge, Affordable Production Space
From $50 per hour
- 3500 square foot flexible space
- 34' x 17' white wall
- 34' x 12' blackout drape
- 50' x 30' open concrete floor space
- 24' x 16' x 3' black carpeted stage with natural wood fascia
- sound system
- 100 amp power distribution breaker panel
- off street loading dock in front for trucks
- roll up door in back, perfect to drive picture cars into space
- off street parking & secure lot for truck overnight parking
- other exterior shooting locations available on-site (ie. industrial backdrops like containers, brick walls, corrugated fences as well as multiple courtyards)
- full day and consecutive day discounts available
- friendly creative environment
Photo Studio Loft with Natural Light
From $100 per hour
Spacious, open converted historic Brick and Timber Cigar Factory loft with warm exposed brick and light hardwood floor details.
2100 Square foot floor plan photography studio with high ceilings and natural light.
Full kitchen with 5 burner gas stove and huge 9ft rolling counter space. Perfect for use by food stylists, chefs, and caterers.
Free use of 10ft Foba camera stand, C-Stands, Apple boxes, sand bags, grip included with FULL DAY rentals only. (8hrs+) Additional rental fees apply for non full-day rentals of equipment.
Additional photo equipment; grip, Profoto lighting and prop/surface rentals available on-site by reservation.
From $250 per hour
The Farmhouse is located in the Oakland hills on a half acre with a view, the house is 2600 sq ft and has 4 bedrooms. It has high ceilings, tons of natural light, and lots of room to set up lighting. There is plenty of free parking and space for crew and staging areas. There will be someone on site during all photoshoots to help with anything clients might need and we can be available for walkthroughs before or after the shoot. Wifi is available and clients will have access to all rooms in the house as well as the whole yard.
Mid-Century Craftsman with Skyline View
From $175 per hour
This 1927 mid-century craftsman possess tons of character. Great period details, immaculate hardwood floors and large windows. Ample lighting in every room. Ideal for film & photo shoots.
Thoughtfully curated. Art, decor, furniture and other design details throughout.
Beautiful views from the master bedroom, kitchen & outdoor patio offer a scenic backdrop of downtown Oakland/SF.
Camera equipment & lighting rental upon request.
Parking in private driveway. Additional on-street parking w/ no time restrictions (except street cleaning)
Near Highland hospital, Lake Merritt, Trader Joe's, 580 and bus lines to BART.
Large backyard w/ garden beds and fruit trees.
Available 7-days a week
2,400ft² Open Loft-styled Versatile Studio
From $150 per hour
Our studio is a large versatile shooting studio offering diverse backdrops. Designed for flexible shooting needs, this space also offers a backdrop of aged brick for a loft-like look, as well as a classic white paneled room with daylight. The kitchen offers a professional stove, concrete countertops, and a custom dining table for crew meals and catering or a production-ready set. On site grip and equipment rental.
2400 ft² studio space
16’ tall ceilings
12.5’ high truss with speed rail supports
280 ft² client lounge/luxurious studio set with northern daylight exposure and panelled walls
12’ Automatic Roll-up door
Inside parking for grip truck or space for 2 cars
Three-phase 400 amp power
More than 45 dedicated circuits around the main stage
Hair and makeup station
INCLUDED IN BOOKING RATE
Semi-Private use of the full 2,400 ft²
Northern Exposure Studio
Hair and makeup station
All listed under space features
OPTIONS (SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL CHARGES)
*Any rental requires an insurance certificate 72 hours prior to booking
Camera, grip, and lighting available on site
Catering with prior arrangements
Bright, airy studio near Lake Merritt
From $60 per hour
This is a cozy space with beautiful natural light, designed to look like a contemporary home and made to be comfortable particularly for boudoir sessions. Perfect also for headshots, lifestyle shots, fashion, and more. It also functions as a traditional photo studio, with a portable backdrop stand and many rolls of seamless; I've shot catalog shoots with multiple models.
Note for video producers: there is ambient noise from the street, but depending on what you're shooting, that could be no problem. Several renters have shot music videos there and loved it.
Oakland Hills family home
From $75 per hour
Oakland hills home with view of Mt. Tamalpais. The backyard is a wooded nature view. Neighbors have goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys that roam there. Lots of other wild life, sometimes foxes, wild turkeys, deer.