Downtown Oakland's premier Photo and Video Studio
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.
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.
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.
Eclectic Loft, Bright Natural Light, 10ft Ceiling
**NOTE: Rates are variable and based on impact (i.e. motion vs. stills, hours on property, cast/crew size, content, and amount of areas used). The rate proposed on this listing is based upon minimal impact and crew size for a NON-commercial stills shoot.**
The price for the space is for up to 2 people. Additional people are $10/person per hour. So 5 people would be $127/hour. 10 people would be $177. 20 people would be $277/hour.
1100 sq ft space
10 ft ceilings with large windows
All white walls and a polished concrete floor
Photo ready minimalist kitchen
Movable furniture for staging
All props in the space are available to use
Projector and large screen
Dining table seating for 6 people (with the current white chairs in the photos)
*We have 4 extra folding chairs if needed to seat up to 10 people at the table.
*Extra dining table and chairs available for additional fee (for dinner parties up to 20 people) - $375
1 gated parking spot. All others, FREE regular street parking in a residential neighborhood with no time restrictions other than street cleaning on Thursday and Friday afternoons between 12:30pm and 3:30pm.
Available for an additional fee:
*Extra dining table and chairs (for dinner parties up to 20 people) - $375
White seamless paper backdrop - $175
Clothing rack and two small steamers - $175
About the lofts:
Originally an industrial laundry facility built in the late 1920s, it was once named one of the most beautiful industrial buildings in America. At the entrance of the building you can see some images of the original exterior and interior of the building in use. It was later converted into live/work units in the late 1980s.
1. Keep the front door to our unit closed at all times except for coming and going.
2. All people and equipment must remain inside of our unit. (ABSOLUTELY NO using the common space outside of our unit).
3. When coming and going, please keep noise to a minimum.
We maintain the right to be on location for the entirety or portion of the rental, to ensure the success of the rental and also for maintaining the rules and regulations of the building.
Availability 7:00am-11:00pm 7 days a week.
All booking start and end times are inclusive of set up and tear down time.
Food & Beverage/Catering
Food and beverages and/or catering are welcome. If you are not using a catering service, but are bringing food we require a Specialty Event Insurance Liability waiver with Host listed as an additional Insured. You can find this online or through your current insurance renters/homeowners policy.
All dishes and cooking supplies are available for guests use, including plates, glasses and silverware. NO ALCOHOL can be consumed onsite unless cleared prior to the rental.
Garbage, Recycling & Composting
The is NO garbage disposal. Put all food waste into the green bin that is just to the right of the sink (Push down on the stainless steel lid and it will pop open).
We have bins for all three types of waste and ask that you organize accordingly.
Decorations & Displays
PRIOR to any moving of furniture or items, please take photos so you can return the unit back to the original condition.