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Huge, Affordable Production Space
  • $50/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (17)
  • 17
  • Instant book
  • Oakland, CA
- 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
  • $125/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (2)
  • 2
  • Instant book
  • Oakland, CA
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.
Warehouse Loft with 30 Ft. Ceilings
  • $125/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (1)
  • 1
  • Instant book
  • Oakland, CA
This space is 1900 square feet of pure magic. Built 100 years ago, this building used to manufacture farm equipment but was converted to artist lofts in the 1970s. There are many features to explore within the space to enjoy it's unlimited creative potential. The loft features a built in dance floor (12x14ft), sonos, wall of studio mirrors, photography set up, two giant skylights, and total privacy from neighbors, open air design, wall of plants, 10 person dining table, guest bed, and full kitchen, breakfast nook, and bathroom upstairs. There are unlimited possibilities within the space to create film, art and photography. Set up is perfect for dance, yoga, aerial silks and performance of all kinds. Wonderful place to host a meeting of minds and spirits. The skylights create an amazing diffused light all day. Skylights vary in color from all white, gray or are blue and white depending on the weather. Best way to have total control over all lighting is to shoot and record after sundown. Magical hours of light are between 5-8 pm. Recording audio you have to tolerate some occasional street noise but I've always found the sounds here authentic to the Oakland and totally workable. I look forward to hosting your production, event or meeting in this one of a kind space experience.
Downtown Oakland's premier Photo and Video Studio
  • $50/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (4)
  • 4
  • Instant book
  • Oakland, CA
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, a hair/makeup table, and ample photo, video, audio, and lighting equipment if you want to record your event or stream it online. We have a 42" 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. PRICING Just $60/hr on Weekdays between 9am-6pm $70/hr on Weekends and Weekdays after hours. Due to Covid-19 and the extensive cleaning and sanitizing protocols we have in place (including sanitization with UV- light sterilization) we have a 3-hour minimum rental time. Rules: Nothing illegal on premises. No fog machines, no glitter or confetti, and 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.
Oakland Farmhouse
  • $275/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (5)
  • 5
  • Instant book
  • Oakland, CA
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.
Bright, airy studio near Lake Merritt
  • $95/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (4)
  • 4
  • Instant book
  • Oakland, CA
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.
Bright and Cozy Multipurpose Home Studio
  • $124/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Oakland, CA
Versatile, multipurpose home studio with ceiling track lights and bright natural light; located in lower level of medium size mid-century home. Perfect for small photo shoots, co-working space, meetings, and art projects. Schedule preferred is 8:00am-5:00pm for all activities. The studio has a main space plus an adjacent smaller room/office, with a small bathroom and separate laundry room area with a utility sink with door that exits to the back and side yard. The side yard features a lush hydrangeas bush that connects to the thriving eclectic front yard, which features a vintage distress bench. Note: Please send host a message via Giggster chat to request a custom quotation. (Most especially for art shows that require more attendees.)

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About Oakland

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the seven wonders of the modern world, but have you ever wondered what’s on the other side of it? That would be Oakland, California. Although it may not receive the same level of hype that San Francisco does, this city by the bay has many of the same features.

Oakland has some amazing Victorian architecture, delicious restaurants, and a thriving art scene. The city is also known as a port city for the boats and shipping that comes in and out of its ports every day. One other claim to fame: it’s also the birthplace of Kamala Harris, current vice president of the United States.

Photo Shoot Options in Oakland

The architecture, parks, and boutique shopping lend themselves to photo shoot venues in Oakland. Indeed, the city’s charm, mixed with the workman-like attitude of the ports and manufacturing areas gives it a mix of everything a photographer needs for a successful photo shoot. The service industry in Oakland has enlarged to meet all the needs that businesses and residents have.

  • Catering
    It’s always easier to finish a photo shoot when no one is hungry, or worse yet, “hangry.” Enter catering. Luckily, Oakland, California is known for its catering options, and everything from a light breakfast to a themed dinner is available. One of their specialties is Chinese food, and there are plenty of options to choose from in the Chinatown district.

  • Furniture Rentals
    There is no shortage of furniture rental options in Oakland, CA since it’s a port city that welcomes shipments from all types of industries every day. The items needed for a photo shoot, whether it’s a homey living room set, a modern office, or some accessories can be rented from one of the many companies in the city.

  • Transportation
    The 1906 earthquake in San Francisco sent a lot of residents fleeing across the bridge into Oakland. The city responded by adding more infrastructure in the form of ports, roads, and railways. Since it is such a thriving port city, you know there are many routes in and out for all the cargo and transportation companies to serve everyone else.

Photo Shoot Companies in Oakland

One of the things we like best is the vast number of choices involved with photo shoot venues in Oakland. They make it possible to truly tailor your photo shoot to the theme you are working within and the personal preferences of your actors and crew.

  • Carrie Dove Catering
    Comfort and elegance meet with Carrie Dove Catering. They offer a variety of menus and options for corporate and private events, including venues and weddings. They source seasonal ingredients from the Bay area, making fresh and unique food that incorporates flavors from around the world.

  • The Wild Ones
    What’s not to love with a name like The Wild Ones Rentals. This husband-and-wife dynamic duo has design expertise, years of experience, and a sense of fun. They provide furniture rentals in a variety of styles, from mid-century modern to the bohemian flare. They also understand that not every photo shoot needs to be on the wild side, and easily work with the needs of their clients.
  • Pacific Town Car
    Pacific Town Car offers private transportation for corporate, executive, and personal travel. They have a fleet of sedans and limos that service Oakland, CA – as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. They solve the logistics of any photo shoot as all the equipment and people arrive where they need to be.

Pros and Cons of Photo Shoots in Oakland

Each of the unique characteristics of Oakland that are advantages can weave themselves into making a better photo shoot. The disadvantages are being addressed where possible, making Oakland a continuously appealing option for a photo shoot.


  • Sophisticated restaurants and bars
    Oakland burst onto the tourism scene (and the top ten lists) in 2012 and has maintained its reputation, partly because of the sophisticated restaurants and bars in the city. The upscale and hip locations are “the place to be,” and tourists may come to the area for other attractions, but they keep coming back for the culinary scene.

  • Mediterranean climate
    You know that a city that consistently ranks an 8.7 out of 10 on the best weather charts in the country has something going for it. Oakland has a Mediterranean climate; the weather is comfortable year-round. It’s sunny with limited precipitation, and this makes planning a photo shoot easier. Subtract bad weather as a variable you need to plan for.

  • Proximity
    Oakland is right in the middle of all the action. It’s easily accessible from San Francisco and Berkeley, and the infrastructure makes it easy to travel in and out of the city. The thriving business economy and cultural areas offer access to everything that’s needed for a photo shoot.


  • Summer heat
    Oakland’s temperature usually doesn’t go above 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, but when it does, it can get really hot. The highest recorded temperature was 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind, these are usually short heat waves that are replaced by the Mediterranean climate everyone enjoys.

  • High crime
    Oakland has a bad reputation for being a tough city. The crime rate is high in Oakland, CA and unfortunately, has not improved a lot, therefore earning this reputation. Although measures are in place to improve public safety, there is still work to be done. Take necessary precautions, as you would anywhere else, to stay safe.

  • Taxland
    Taxes are higher in Oakland than in other cities in California. While most charge 7.5% for sales tax, Oakland is 9.5%, which means anything you purchase for your photo shoot will cost you a little bit more in Oakland than it would have somewhere else. Work these figures into your budget before you arrive.

Famous Locations in Oakland

  • Knowland State Arboretum and Park
    The Joseph Knowland State Arboretum and Park are over 200 acres of wildflowers, trails, native plants, and beautiful views. The park is in Grass Valley, an Oakland neighborhood, and is owned and managed by the city. Joseph Knowland was the longtime commissioner of the California State Park Commission.

  • Jack London Square
    Jack London Square is a vibrant area on the waterfront that has entertainment, restaurants, hotels, stores, and of course, the cabin from Klondike where Jack London lived (it was relocated to Oakland). Amtrak and the San Francisco Bay ferry both stop in Jack London Square, making it easy to stop in for a visit.

  • Oakland Museum of California
    The Oakland Museum of California believes in belonging together and does that by bringing the community art, science, and history. The museum offers education, community events, and immersive exhibits that allow visitors to deeply explore topics.