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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.
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.
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price range for Photo Studio venues in Oakland, CA?

The price differs based on the length of rental, but majorly 1-hour booking will be in the range of $50 to $175

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About Oakland

The Athletics, Kamala Harris, and one end of the Golden Gate Bridge all call Oakland home. It was once filled with oak trees, scattered across the grassy plain. While many of these have been replaced by houses, businesses, and other structures, you can still find some of the trees that gave the city its name throughout its streets and parks.

Oakland is a port city – the busiest one in northern California – and home to about 440,000 people. The port is one of the dominant features of the economy, with an estimated 99% of container goods in California entering the state here. Other companies, from Kaiser Permanente and Clorox to and Pandora call the city home as well.

Photo Studio Space Options in Oakland

It’s easy to understand why the photo studio spaces in Oakland are so popular. The city has a vibrant economy, beautiful location, unique architecture, and a thriving population. These all create a place where photography and artistic genius can thrive and be supported.

  • Catering
    Catering companies in Oakland are as diverse and interesting as the people living in the city, and the cuisine they will cater at your photo studio space will be just as special. The caterers have ample experience working with projects both big and small and will ensure that you have what you need for a filling and fulfilling meal.

  • Furniture Rentals
    Sometimes you need a big, comfortable couch in your studio or a lighting set that speaks to you to help make the project feel complete or give the design effects you’re looking for. Rather than shipping everything to Oakland, you can use one of the furniture or equipment rental companies in the city to fill the gap.

  • Transportation
    The San Francisco Bay Area has a reputation for bad traffic. Really bad traffic. You can be part of the solution instead of the problem though. Sure, there’s public transportation. But private transportation is more efficient too because the driver knows exactly where you need to be and can get you there more efficiently than you can. They know exactly when and where to turn, the possible shortcuts, and when to delay your photo studio time.

Photo Studio Space Companies in Oakland

Each of these photo studio space companies in Oakland made it onto our list because of their exceptional service and commitment to quality. Even better is that there’s a host of other companies that didn’t get included on this list because of space constraints, so you know that you’re in good hands when you’re in Oakland.

  • Everett and Jones
    Everett and Jones Catering Company is famous for its soul food, Southern barbecue, and live music. Fortunately, they also offer catering if you can’t make it to the restaurant in person. They cater to all types of events, and their menu includes all the favorites from their restaurant.

  • Element Camera
    The right equipment is transformational for the results in a photo studio space, and Element Camera makes sure you have all the right lenses, cameras, and other equipment. They can also help with gimbals, grips, dollies, and other equipment.

  • 1st Classic
    1st Classic is a private transportation company that has services throughout California, including to and from Oakland. They specialize in airport transport but can help with any travel logistics with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail.

Pros and Cons of Photo Studio Space in Oakland

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? It’s debatable. Instead of debating that topic though, how about a quick debate on the pros and cons of photo studio space in Oakland.


  • Cultural opportunities
    Oakland can hold its own when it comes to cultural opportunities. The restaurants, museums, entertainment, and nightlife are all sophisticated, fun, and consistently draw large crowds of locals and visitors.

  • Weather
    We used to think those “best of” lists were just a joke until we experienced Oakland. You see, the city consistently ranks high on the list of cities with the best weather. Growing up in less-than-ideal climates, it was hard to believe that any place actually had consistently good weather. Oakland does. It’s moderate and sunny for most of the year.

  • Location is everything
    Location is everything and when you select a photo studio space in Oakland, you have that covered. The advantages of easy travel, access to San Francisco, and the amenities within the city make it the perfect location for a number of projects.


  • Sweltering heat
    Most people spend a good chunk of their time hiding behind an air conditioner during the summer months in Oakland. The city has fantastic weather for most of the year, but the high temperatures (up to 109 degrees Fahrenheit) during July, August, and September make people flee indoors.

  • Traffic
    The infrastructure in the city, both the interstates and secondary roads, couldn’t keep up with the growing population, and we’re all paying for that in time spent in traffic.

  • Must be the money
    One of the disadvantages of Oakland must be the money, right, Nelly? Oakland is expensive and the taxes here are high too, with a 9.5% sales tax compared to the 7.5% in the rest of California. Increase your budget, it will be worth it.

Famous Locations in Oakland

  • Morcom Rose Garden
    The Morcom Rose Garden is a must-see if you’re in the city from April through October. It’s a municipal space, and the eight-acres features over 6,000 rose bushes of numerous varieties. One of the coolest features and something you can’t see in every rose garden is the amphitheater of roses. There are walkways, fountains, a reflecting pool, and plenty of spaces to just sit and take it all in.

  • Lakeside Park
    Morcom Rose Garden doesn’t have a corner on the beautiful garden market. One of our other favorites is Lakeside Park. It’s located within Lake Merritt, a tidal lagoon-turned lake with three miles of shoreline. Lakeside Park features numerous gardens including a Bonsai garden, succulent garden, Japanese garden, sensory garden, and more.

  • USS Potomac
    Did you know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a presidential yacht while he was in office? The USS Potomac was used from 1934 to 1945 and now is docked in Oakland where it offers tours, cruises, and educational programs. They called it his floating White House. You will figure out why pretty quickly when you visit.