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Studio Rental Rules & Rates

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We’ve only been open at our new location for a month and a half and we've already had several damages. 🙁
We've invested a ton of money into this new venture, so unfortunately we're going to have to start cracking down and instill a few new rules and fees.
Most are just common-sense, but you'd be surprised by how many people lack common-sense and respect for other peoples property.

Everyone keeps asking if we are going to raise our rates. My answer is always the same, "We will keep our rates low, so long as people take care of the studio and stop damaging things. The less I have to spend on repairs and equipment, the more savings I can pass on to you."

If you take it out, put it back.
If you break it, you bought it.
Take care of the facility, the equipment, the props, etc.

NEW FEES (as of 10/1/12)
- - - - Facility Damages - - - -
Wall/Paint Damage: $25 per wall (this includes dings in the drywall, footprints/makeup on the walls)
Cyclorama Curve Damage: $100 per crack (this covers labor and supplies to fix cracks)
Makeup Room Damage: $25 cleaning fee (this includes body paint, fake blood, spirit gum, etc.)
Excessive Cleaning Fee: $50 (messes from food, makeup, feathers, glitter, etc. Clean up your mess to avoid this fee.)
Wardrobe Rental Damage: Prices Vary

- - - - Equipment Damages - - - -
Blown Flash Tubes: $90
Broken Modeling Lamps: $15
Broken Monolight: $100+ based on estimate from PCB
Broken Wireless Triggers: $60
Broken Light Stands: $50
Damaged V-Flats: $60 each

We are E x p a n d i n g ! ! (again)

Written by Studio OC on . Posted in Studio Rentals, What's New

About 3 months ago I started thinking about adding a 3rd studio. Unfortunately, there are no adjoining spaces to the left or right of our current units. So I figured we’d just put a bunch of money into our current spaces and just upgrade and remodel everything. But the more I though about it, I realized that we still need more space!
So I started brainstorming and getting feedback from our renters and fellow photographers, and decided we just *have to* move to a place we can really spread our wings.
Much to my surprise, not 1 but 2 of our awesome clients offered to invest in my business. Woot woot!
We've spent the last month searching for a location and we've found one! And lemme tell ya... it's going to be amazing!
We will still be in the city of Fountain Valley, just a 1/2 mile from where we are now. More details to follow...
But for now, I want to give you all a tentative timeline of the events leading up to the big grand opening.

Studio A will be closing down July 28th so we have time to demolish everything we built. (Oh how bittersweet that will be!)
Studio B will be available for booking between now and August 30th.
We should have one studio open at the new location by August 15th, but this is still tentative.

About the new building...
It's a total of 6,000sqft with 4,500sqft of shooting space. It's got 18 foot ceilings and tons of natural light. Ample parking and a very nice front entrance/lobby area.
We are adding a 3rd studio and lots of new goodies that are under wraps for now. 😉

New Partners
Evan Seigel and Norm Lao are my new investment partners!
Evan brings many years of business knowledge to the table. He is CEO of Ground Zero Pharmaceuticals in Irvine, CA.
Norm Lao is a Fashion photographer based OC. We've known each other for years, so he's always been a special part of our growth over the past 2 years.
I'm excited to have both of these gentlemen on board as investment partners! I'll still be running the operation on a daily basis, but now I have 2 additional resources to really help us be the best we can be for years to come!

I would love to get everyone's feedback, so if you want to add something to our WISH LIST, please email us at: info@studiooc.com
We want to hear what Photographers want to have in the studios, as well as what Makeup Artists and Models would love to have in the new makeup/lounge areas. 🙂

That's all for now! I'll continue to update this blog as things happen!

~Chanel Rene

April Showers of Savings!

Written by Studio OC on . Posted in Photo Services, Studio Rentals, What's New

STUDIO RENTAL DEALS:
Booking Blocks in Studio A
Book 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm or 5pm-9pm and save! 4 hours for $100. 🙂
WEEKDAYS ONLY!
Use coupon code "aprilshowers"
Discount applies to MAY shoots booked IN April. Code expires 4/30/12.

PHOTO SHOOT DEALS:
Corporate Headshots
$125 for 3 looks. You get all images! Need professional makeup/hair? Add-on for $50.
Model Portfolios
$300 for 3 looks. 4 hour shoot. Includes makeup/hair. Need wardrobe? Add-on for $50.
Offer expires 4/30/12.

March Deals & Specials!

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If you haven’t done so already… be sure to “like” our Facebook Fan Page!
Facebook Fan Page

We’ve got 2 great fan-only deals for the month of March!

Photographers:

    Get a FREE Hour!
    Coupon code: “MAR30” Valid on Studio A rentals only. 2 hour minimum still applies to all bookings. Must be used on bookings in March or April only.
    Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires on: 3/31/12

Models/Families:

    Save $50 on any PhotoShoot package!
    Coupon code: “MAR50” Valid on model portfolios, family portraits, headshots, etc. Must be used on bookings in March or April only.
    Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires on: 3/31/12

Wheelin’ & Dealin’

Written by Studio OC on . Posted in Studio Rentals, What's New

Just a reminder… rental rates will increase starting December 1st 2011! So book your December shoots in November and save! ;o)
Since you are a subscriber to this newsletter, you'll be the first to know about exclusive deals and discounts!!

NEW HOURLY RATES
Studio A: $30/hr
Studio B: $20/hr
No more shared rate. Both studios are 100% private! 🙂

CO-OP RATES
Want to pay by the month and save? Ask us about lower co-op rates! Packages start at $300 a month.

DECEMBER SPECIALS!
Facebook: Check-in and get $10 off your next booking
Foursquare: Check-in and get $10 off your next booking
Yelp: $90 for $120 Certificate (save 25%)
Frequent Buyer Cards will be available on January 1st.

Also, we have changed our hours of operation. Both studios will now be open 9:00am-midnight

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