Hire Studio 19

Need a studio space for your own photography? Studio 19 is small but perfectly formed, based just outside Colchester with lots of free parking on site, and is available to hire year round.

Whether you’re shooting products, fashion or portfolio work, it’s a fab space, in a building full of artists’ studios – a great creative vibe!

Specs & kit

Use of any/all of the following is included in the hire:

  • Two Elinchrom D Lite RX4 flashes
  • Two 120cm deep octaboxes (plus grids)
  • Strip softbox plus grid
  • Small square and octa softboxes
  • Westcott 7ft translucent umbrella & cover
  • Rotolight NEO II three head kit
  • Sony and Canon triggers (please let me know if you’re any other brand before booking!)
  • Manfrotto video tripod
  • Vanguard tripod with adjustable angle central column
  • Calumet Arctic White and Storm Grey 2.72m backdrop paper rolls
  • Lastolite 1.35m Super White paper roll
  • Heavy duty backdrop stand
  • Wood-look vinyl flooring for shoot space
  • Grey chaise longue, blue velvet boudoir chair, green bar stool, wooden chair, grey chair

Hire fees

All time slots are inclusive of set up & tear down/pack away time, and overrunning will be charged for – please arrive and finish promptly!

SHIMMER / 2 hours / £60

SPARKLE / half day (4 hours) / £110

DAZZLE / full day (8 hours) / £195

Please note Studio 19 has high ceilings but no windows/natural light. The floor is concrete. All walls are white, with fixings/shelving/artwork attached.

Info & questions

Camera info

Studio 19 is kitted out with flash triggers for Sony and Canon DSLRs which have hotshoes. If you don’t have a camera with a hotshoe, you can still use continuous lights, but might be worth a chat first. If you have another make of camera, give me a shout first! 

Accessibility info

Studio 19 is on the ground floor, and is fully wheelchair accessible (but please let me know in advance so I can get rid of rugs etc!)

You can bring a car down to doors very close to the entrance, but if you have heavy kit I’d suggest bringing a trolley of some sort.

The building is generally fairly quiet, and we try to keep noise to a minimum. You sadly can’t play music during your session unless it’s in headphones or you have a PRS licence – sorry!

Facilities info

The studio has tea & coffee facilities and a small fridge. Tea, coffee and bottles of water are included in your hire fee. 

The building has a sink, microwave and bigger fridge in the communal area, plus loos (although these are up a set of steps). 

Cooking apart from using the microwave is not allowed in the building.

Do you teach lighting?

No, although it’s an ideal space to practice and learn. I will help you get set up and usually work at my desk in the corner throughout shoots, so am on hand for any panic questions!

Can I bring a model / how many people will fit?

Yes, you can bring a model, and makleup/hair people if you want to as well. 

Studio 19 is a small but perfectly formed studio, best suited to 1-2 people at a time and props, products, costumes etc. I have had a crew of 6 in there but it was a squish!

Can I bring my own lighting/other gear?

Absolutely yes, but it must be PAT tested. Bear in mind that all the existing lighting is Elinchrom fit and triggered, so anything that’s not Elinchrom compatible won’t work with what’s already there.

You can’t bring anything gas-powered or any heaters (the studio has three heaters of its own and does get warm).

Are there any restrictions on what I can shoot?

Yes, if you let me know on the booking request what you’re planning to shoot during your hire session, I’ll let you know before confirming if there are any issues.

I am present in the building for the duration of the hire for insurance reasons so if you have any pets / dramatic kit / odd things please let me know in advance – I’d much rather not have to chuck you out on the day!

Studio hire booking request

Ready to book? Drop me a note and let me know what you’re after, and let the diary duelling begin!

Please note availability varies week to week, so please don’t book anything that is dependent on this until you’ve received confirmation from me and paid the booking fee.

Got a question? Chuck that in the form too (just put question marks or “none” in the dates & length boxes), or you can email me directly on hello@carlawatkins.com.