UPDATE 30th April: Good news - the construction work is near completion, so we are accepting studio hire bookings for May 14th onward.
Courtenay Studios has be closed for a time as the building is being earthquake-strengthened. Progress updates will be posted here and progress photos on Facebook
We apologise for any inconvenience this causes our customers.
Student discount is available by negotiation, but not for payment on invoice. Payment must be made prior to or on the day of hire to get the discount. Proof that you are a student is required.
Other discounts: if you are doing a charity or fundraising project, or some kind of non-profit art project, we may be able to offer a discount.
Deposits: bookings on weekends may require a deposit to confirm, because this is when the studio is in greatest demand. See Cancellations, below.
Cancellations: we understand that things don't always go to plan with clients, models and product availability. However, repeated cancellations and postponements may mean loss of deposit, and/or making full payment in advance for your next booking.
ONDITIONS OF USE
In undertaking hire and use of the studio, you have agreed to the following conditions:
Rubbish removal: taking your own rubbish away after a shoot is greatly appreciated. Please leave the studio reasonably clean. You do not need to pack up all the equipment used, just leave things tidy.
Gaffer tape: please don't stick this on the floor or walls, as it tends to remove the surface when it's lifted.
Leaving the studio after hours: you can work as late as you want (provided there is no one booked in after you), and the studio and building doors will self-lock. You can have a key if needed. Please see the Studio Checklist document for info. on locking up, etc.
Safety: the photographer or principal person hiring the studio should have experience in operating studio flash equipment, and knowledge of its safe use. If you are not an experienced studio photographer, using the studio during the day when someone is available to help out is the safest option.
Also, please do not use the ladders in the studio; they are for Courtenay Studios staff use only. We will do the things that require the ladders, such as changing background rolls.
Basically, we want to avoid potential accidents. If in doubt about something, please ask.
Liability: James Gilberd Photography Ltd and Mark Henry Beehre Ltd (trading together as Courtenay Studios) are not liable for any damage, accident or injury occurring on the premises during studio use. While we endeavour to maintain the studio as a safe working environment, users must act responsibly and take due care operating the equipment.
Breakages: We understand that breakages of equipment may occur during normal use, but please take care and please do not abuse the equipment. Report any damage so we can sort it out it straight away. Please do not attempt to repair anything yourself. We are trying to keep the cost of hiring the studio down, and want to avoid having to charge deposits and bonds.
Also, the studio floor is concrete. Be careful of your own camera, lenses and other equipment, as the floor is hard and unforgiving!
NB: these conditions are provisional only, and were updated in October 2017.
Conditions and other website contents may be updated at any time without notice.
If you're not already familiar with using Courtenay Studios, here are some basic notes on using the flash meter, radio triggers, and suggested camera settings.