Melbourne photography studios for hire

The list below has been compiled by hand. It may include studios that are no longer available and it may be missing studios I'm unaware of. You can send suggestions for updates to david@gilliver.net.

CBD

L1 Studios - 1/377 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

BK Studio - 12 Drewery Lane, Melbourne

North

Dragonimage - 72-74 Cromwell St, Collingwood

Rokeby Studios - 1/90-94 Rokeby St, Collingwood

Hire & Fire - 8 Stawell St, North Melbourne

Mycelium Studios - 255-259 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

DCP Studio - Level 1, 3a Talbot St, Brunswick

Wick Studios - 23-25 Leslie St, Brunswick

Monster and Bear - 13-19 Leslie St, Brunswick

Studio X - 4A Ballarat St, Brunswick

Studio Brunswick - 1/24-26 Hope St, Brunswick

Young Street Studios - 202 Young St, Fitzroy

Teardrop Studio - 31/44 Sparks Ave, Fairfield

Big Bang - Unit 1, 177 Beavers Rd, Northcote

DUC - Factory 4, 159 Heidelberg Rd, Northcote

Tamale Studios - 47B Gadd St, Northcote

DCF Studios - 721 High St, Thornbury

MESMA Studio - Level 1, 6 Nicholson St, Coburg

South

All Time Studios - 21 Lincoln St, Richmond

Studio Bastille - 35 Lincoln St, Richmond

Sun Studios - 100 Cubitt St, Cremorne

Warehouse 100 - 100 Stephenson St, Cremorne - CLOSED?

Daylight Studios - Level 1, 122 Chapel St, St Kilda

Epic Studios - 15 Simmons St, South Yarra

Ripe Studios - 80 River St, South Yarra

Blue Tree Studios - 2/126 Bertie St, Port Melbourne

Flying Art Films - 4/323 Ingles St, Port Melbourne

Eleven40 and Orchard St - Malvern/Armadale

Pod Studios - 402 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick

StudioSpace For Hire - 27/26-28 Roberna St, Moorabbin

Green Screen Studios - 2/42 Hartnett Drive, Seaford

Filmsets Studio - 88 Warrigal Rd, Oakleigh

Picture Perfect Studio - 4-31 Glomar Court, Dandenong

East

Luminosity - 79F Lexton Rd, Box Hill

Koukei - 9 Trade Way, Kilsyth South

West

Agency Eight - 280 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne

Artificial Studios - 212a Whitehall St, Yarraville

Eclat - 6/8 Techno Park Drive, Williamstown North

Lightdrop - Level 2, 10 Elizabeth St, Kensington

Glow Studios - Ireland St, West Melbourne

Awesome Sauce Photography Studios - 81 Whitehall St, Footscray

Kindred Studios - 212A Whitehall St, Yarraville

Creative Behaviours - 91 Moreland St, Footscray

Jordyn Photography - 118 Maribyrnong Rd, Moonee Ponds


Studios come in all shapes and sizes. Some are empty rooms, some have backdrop systems, some have large continuous cyclorama surfaces. Some have lighting equipment while some have lots of windows to shoot with available light. There's no right or wrong but a photographer needs to understand whether a space will suit their requirements.

Photographers might look for some or all of the following:

  • list of lighting equipment available (eg. studio flash heads, reflectors, v-flats, stands, sandbags)
  • available backdrops (eg. coloured paper rolls, painted cyc, brick wall)
  • private changing space for models
  • bathroom/shower facilities
  • makeup mirror with suitable lighting
  • racks for hanging clothes
  • available furniture for studio use (eg. chairs, stools, sofas)
  • car parking availability
  • access to public transport
  • basic costs and general availability (days/hours)
  • additional costs (eg. bond, lighting equipment hire, backdrop re-painting charges, cleaning fees)
  • dimensions of space (height, width, length)
  • heating and air-conditioning availability
  • drive-in accessibility for unloading and/or car shooting
  • blinds on windows to block/manage available light
  • privacy of space (eg. figure models don't appreciate an audience)
  • fridge, tea/coffee or nearby cafe/restaurant facilities for food and refreshments
  • wifi internet availability

I wouldn't expect every studio to be able to provide all of the above features but disclosure is always helpful (eg. "there's a tram stop right outside but we have no on-site parking").

Of course, photographers appreciate good clear photos of each space so that they can easily see whether the space is likely to meet their requirements.

this page last updated: 26 June 2017


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