Studio Policies & Procedures
Reservations for Studios and Equipment must be made within current Mpls Photo Center hours, Monday through Thursday 12:00pm to 8:00pm and Friday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm even though the Online Reservation System allows you to reserve both before and after those times.
We will not be held responsible for reservations made before and after Center hours listed above. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, but at this time our only solution is to clearly inform you prior to planning your photo session and reserving space and equipment.
In addition … the "start and end times" of your studio bay reservation is the time by which you, your equipment, as well as any assistants and clients/subjects arrive in the space to setup and should be completely out of the studio bay. Your reserved time must include set-up and breakdown time so as not to infringe on another member's studio time. Please allow adequate time for this when making your reservation.
Studio space reservations are currently made through MPC’s online reservations system. Members pay for studio reservations at the time of booking. MPC does this to help those serious about using studio space from those who are just trying to block out time they may or may not use. Please note that members will be charged the full amount of their reservation unless MPC is given a cancelation notice at least 24 hours in advance of the reservation time. Members have only their reserved block of time to set-up, shoot, and break down equipment. Please plan accordingly because during popular times (weekend days, etc.) it’s not uncommon to have back-to-back reservations in some studio spaces.
Reservations Limited to Single Member
Studio reservations are for MPC members only. When a studio is reserved it is for one member’s sole use. Members cannot share the time with another member without prior, specific approval from MPC. In other words, the member making the reservation is the only photographer allowed to shoot on the set. Make-up artists, models/subjects, stylists, clients, set designers, etc., are of course welcome and do not need to be MPC members.
Using More Than One Studio Space
Members are charged for each space, for the full hour, so book spaces accordingly. Members must use only their assigned space or they will be charged the hourly rate for each additional space occupied. Fractions of hours cannot be used in multiple spaces.
Studio Props & Furniture
Members are welcome to use or move any of the furniture that is around the studio, so long as they don’t inconvenience other members who may be using the lounge, kitchen, or other studio spaces. When moving items do not drag anything across the floor as doing so scratches the floor - please ask MPC staff for assistance with moving large items. When finished with the photo session, please ensure that all items used are returned to the proper location. When in doubt about what to do, just ask a staff member.
Privacy in Studio Spaces
Large V-Flats are available in both the Photo Coop and Lighting Lab. The V-Flats (in black or white) can be configured around any space to create privacy and/or control light during a photo session. When finished, all V-Flats should be returned to their designated storage area in either the Coop Studio or Lighting Lab. Please do not drag these along the wood floors. V-Flats are not able to be reserved. However, the studio’s ample supply should be sufficient as long as everyone is respectful of everyone else’s needs.
There is a bathroom in the Photo Coop Studio that may be used for changing. Do not leave any articles of clothing or make-up in the bathroom, the kitchen area, or the lounge. It is often easiest to set up a changing/dressing area with the tables and V-Flats mentioned above. Just ask any staff member and they will be happy to demonstrate this.