Should You Use A Self Storage Unit As A Photography Studio?

12 September 2022
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Whether you're a budding photographer or you need to take great quality photos of your goods for sale, a storage unit could be just the location you've been looking for. Why? Here's what you need to know to create a great storage unit photo studio.

Why Use a Storage Space?

A storage unit's inherent qualities make it a great place to consider setting up a studio. You can control the lighting, especially if the unit is indoors or you fully close the overhead door. In addition, climate-controlled units keep things comfortable for your photography equipment, yourself, and any subjects you invite. 

In addition, the unit is a blank space without obstacles to work around. You can set it up exactly as you want it. Larger units provide space to move all the way around both people and inanimate subjects. And you can store your equipment inside where it's tidy, safe, and secure at all times.  

What Are the Challenges?

Of course, any location will have its own challenges for studio planning. Depending on what or who you photograph, the unit may seem a bit cold, uninviting, or small. You can mitigate these factors by renting a larger space so that you can make it more homey ā€” perhaps adding a lounge or waiting area and changing rooms. 

Keep in mind, too, that you generally cannot alter the look or structure of the unit itself in any permanent way. You can't paint it or add holes for hooks, for instance. So you may need to be more clever in how you redress it to provide the right photo backdrops, manage the lighting, and provide a safe and comfortable place for guests. 

An obvious challenge is to ensure that you have electricity if you need it. Many self-storage units don't come with outlets, so you may have to provide your own generator. However, you can find some units with this convenient option. 

Finally, talk with the owner of the storage facility before renting one. Retailers who simply need a controlled environment for product photos may face few rules and restrictions. But if you will have clients in the unit, you may need to rent a commercial instead of a residential storage space. 

Where Should You Start?

If the pros of using a storage space as a photography studio outweigh the cons for you, start by learning more. Tour reputable storage facility locations in your area to see what they have to offer. No matter what type of photographer you are, this might be a handy, one-and-done business solution. For more information, contact a self-storage facility near you.