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Why I Sold My Photography Studio

A photography studio can be exciting and profitable. It can also have major pitfalls that you should be aware of. 

How to Start a Photo Studio

Opening a photography studio is an exciting opportunity! This video will tell you if you should start your photography studio. What is good about having your photo studio? What is bad about having it? And what's the ugly part of having your photography studio for rent? It's exciting to open a studio but you should have a proper understanding of the reality of opening a studio.

I'm going to use my own experience of owning a studio (5 Points Studio, Los Angeles) and the lessons that I learned from it. Should you open your studio? This video and blog will help you a lot.

Madonna and Kate Moss Wall in the Beauty Room

The Good Part of Opening a Photography Studio

There are many good things about having your photography studio. Here are a few below to give you an idea. The video contains more information to help you on the voyage of starting a photography studio:

  • It builds your name around the community. "Oh that's your studio?" is a common phrase, and the more people you meet, the better your photo business does.
  • You have space to photograph whatever you want! You don't need to book another photo studio ever again. You can shoot at 4 am or 4 pm!
  • You can generate an income that's on top of your photography business income.

5 Points Studio, LA

Your Photo Studio? Avoid It Because:

This video will provide so much more insight into owning a photography studio. Here are a few things that got in the way of my business.

  • You're responsible for everything. Every person that walks into your studio could (and I hope not) be their lawsuit. You'll need to get insured with a great agent and be an LLC for the most protection. That's not legal advice. Please speak with your lawyer about your exact business. 
  • What if someone falls in your photography studio? Will you have the proper coverage? What if they fall on purpose to cash a check from you? People will do things for a quick buck, and I would like to see you protected. 
  • You're not like this, but other people can be sketchy. Will they protect each model? Will they behave professionally? What can you do to make sure everyone is safe on your property? Can you trust others who come in and rent your space?

Makeup and Hair Chairs

The Very Ugly Part of Own a Photography Studio

Your photography studio could be a trap for some awful situations. You run a clean operation and treat everyone with respect. You pay business taxes and treat everyone with respect, but then, you get a rude wake-up call. 

  • You hear that there was a situation that was unsafe in your studio. Did you have the studio covered with cameras? Was a model mistreated? Was anyone in an unsafe situation? Did you take every precaution to ensure other humans are safe? There are photographers with reputations. You want to make sure that your space is a safe space for everyone. 

There are several reasons why you should open a photography studio. The point of this video is to prepare you for just about every scenario and present a dose of reality. You could create a profitable business that serves the community. You could also be a studio manager that never has time to photograph again. 

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Walid Azami is a Photographer/Director and creative consultant from Los Angeles. He got his start working with Madonna + Co by contributing to her many projects. It was then he realized his place in the creative world & began teaching himself photography. He has since shot Kanye, Mariah Carey, Usher, Bernie Sanders, JLO, amongst others

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I think this spot on. Get a small space ready to use and be happy. If you better want to use your friends space, pay him :)

Small space it is! And then rent the bigger one from someone else.

1m x 1m is good, nobody can tip over in such a small space. And how is renting any better? Who is responsible then? The guy you rent from? If so, why should anyone want to rent out studios? Is this really a problem? If so it seems we only had one safe window in history, just after we climbed down from the trees, but before we moved into caves ...

have studio just yourself as big as you can afford. If you want to make a business of renting, invest on equipment and start a renting job