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The top 10 rental photography studios in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 13, 2013

Photography rental studio torontoThe top 10 rental photography studios in Toronto are ideally suited to the photographer who finds him or herself in need of a space to do a staged shoot. Luckily, there are plenty of rental studios available for just such a scenario. I checked in with our photo team, as well as some talented photographer friends, and put together this photog-endorsed list of rental photography studios for your convenience. Aside from shooting space, most of the studios on this list also go out of their way to make you feel at home, renting out additional photo equipment, and provide extras like kitchen facilities, steamers, makeup and dressing areas and WiFi.

Album Studio Rentals
If you're on the hunt for a more high-end studio space, check out this spot on Geary Ave near Dufferin and Dupont. It offers up no fewer than 4,800 square feet of space behind an unassuming exterior. Album Studio Rentals features two studio spaces in one, with the smaller going for $350 per day and the larger at $650 a pop.

Pikto
If you go with Pikto, your studio is the historic Distillery District. Pikto provides exclusive access for shooting in the area, with permits starting at $225. Of course, anyone is permitted to take shots in the district, but for professional shoots, Pikto is the way to go. They'll also set you up with photo prints, mounting services, photobooks and greeting cards.

Revprint Studio 205
Revprint Studio at Kipling and Lake Shore Blvd. W. has a number of options available at affordable rates. If you just need half a day, you can rent space for four hours during the week for $85, or you can have the space for a full eight hours at $140. The studio is by appointment only, but you can check out a video of their facilities on their site.

Working Proof Studios
Working Proof Studios is a shiny facility set up at Dundas and Carlaw. All studio equipment is included with a rental, including a hair and makeup area. Rates are $45 per hour, $160 for half a day and $270 for a full day.

Loft 302
Loft 302 is located in Leslieville, at Dundas and Carlaw. For decent rates, the studio offers the gamut of extras, including dishes, a coffee press, makeup station, etc. The shooting area is 1,200 square feet of brightly lit space, and it can be rented for $100 for half a day, and $200 for a full day.

Studio 202
Studio 202 is one of the prettiest spaces on this list. It used to be a knitting factory, and the building was constructed in the 1940s. Given its quaintness and good energy, its rates are amazing: $70 for four hours, and $250 for the full day. Rates change on the weekend, though. They've got wifi, a full kitchen, and typical extras like a steamer and rolling rack.

Hello Studios
This studio at Queen and Dufferin in Parkdale doesn't have the most natural light, and it's probably not going to be the top pick for fancy folk. But it is a great option if you're just starting out and need to save some dough. There's a make-up area, wifi, and a comfy waiting area for clients. The space can be rented for $90 for a four hour session, and $150 for eight hours.

@Sumach Studio
Sumach Studio is flooded with natural light and provides a more homey experience than some studios, if that's what you're looking for. There's a fully-outfitted professional kitchen (indlusing a deep-fryer...), a wardrobe and makeup room, and they have wifi. It's rented by the day at a rate of $300.

Silverline Studios
Silverline Studios includes a total of three studio spaces, all of which are pretty breathtaking, to be honest. They'll cost you, though. A day in Studio C goes for $700. But if you're a pro photographer working on a special project in this specific type of space, this Leslieville studio at Eastern and Pape is worth checking out.

Make Blv
This studio, also in Leslieville, is the dreamy place of a girly photog's dreams. The makeup mirror is surrounded by bulbs like the mirrors of many Hollywood starlet (or cranky pageant queen) and the light is stunning. Rentals are done through fashion photographer Ishmil Waterman. Pricing is incredibly low for this spot, too, at $45 per hour, $175 for four, and $300 for eight.

Do you know of any other sweet shooting spaces in Toronto? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of @Sumach Studio

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31 Comments

Alex / July 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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Studio1 is also very nice. www.s1group.ca
Alvin / July 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm
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Kith Studio at Carlaw and Lakeshore. They offer production services as well. Amazing team to work with. http://kithstudio.com/
Vince / July 14, 2013 at 10:11 am
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www.hellostudios.ca

Studio rentals for $90 half day, $150 full day. Studio located at Queen/Dufferin in an artist collective space.
Fashion / July 14, 2013 at 01:37 pm
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I've used PTSM studios in east end before....reasonable rates and nice lighting. http://www.ptsmstudios.com/studio-rental-contact/
Dan / July 14, 2013 at 03:27 pm
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This list is definitely not complete without S1! s1group.ca.

Silverline is really excellent too.
Heather / July 14, 2013 at 05:06 pm
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276 Sterling Studio is amazing for motion and stills rentals. They are equipped with all the newest and best equipment, and have a 65' cyc wall. They have an amazing green roof, too, and the staff are super duper friendly and accommodating. They also have a production company, Scout Media, and are excellent at what they do.
www.sterlingstudio.ca
www.scoutmedia.ca
Janice / July 14, 2013 at 05:28 pm
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I can't believe the good folks at Light & Hevvy aren't even on this list! Definitely worth it since they include lighting equipment in their rental rates.
Oscar / July 14, 2013 at 08:20 pm
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not sure why V1 Studio isn't on this list. $30 an hour and their loft is beautiful with tons of natural light.
Chris / July 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm
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I would vote for Fizheye Studio at Carlaw and Dundas St. East. It is a spacious and modern studio with 20ft Cyclorama and a lot to offer. Check out their website:
www.fizheyestudio.com
E / July 15, 2013 at 08:54 am
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Light x Hevvy has a fantastic space in Liberty Village!! and run by photographers themselves. They are excellently priced and super accomodating to all needs.
Michael replying to a comment from Heather / July 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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I vote for 276 Sterling Studio hands down. They have enough power and disto to shoot high speed video, and, have all the lighting and grip on site including 4x 5k Fresnel's, 1x T12 Fresnel and 12x 2k space lamps - pre hung. The building is freestanding and perfect for rolling sound. With 65 ft of presine cyc wall you can do everything from car shoots to room sets to large scale fashion set-ups. Parking for 22 cars, a stylish client lounge and 12 ft ground floor load-in doors and a fully electrified rigging grid.
www.sterlingstudio.ca
Craig / July 15, 2013 at 02:03 pm
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Hi Sarah:
Not certian why S1 Studios Toronto www.s1group.ca is not at the top of his list?
It is the busiest studio in toronto (We have 4 studios), and the only true full service operation, although many others claim that.
We also have the largest Pro Equipment Rental in Canada.
Seems funny to omit us?
Your information is very out of date, as Pikto closed their studio some time ago.

Thank you
Craig Samuel
Jen / July 15, 2013 at 02:29 pm
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S1 Group should be at the top! I would have to agree with Dan. :)
Not to mention they have an approachable and charming staff, and offers high end studio space.
Gina / July 15, 2013 at 04:44 pm
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Check us out at ProStudios (www.prostudios.ca) for a comfortable and spacious studio with professional grade lighting equipment.

We are located in the Bloor and Lansdowne area -- 163 Sterling Road.

Gina
Mike / July 15, 2013 at 07:13 pm
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S1 defoniely gets my approval as the top full service rental facility in Canada. Their operation compared ver favourably to many top tier operations in the USA and abroad.
Jon / July 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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Light & Hevvy should be on this list! Best rates in the city and a beautiful space too. I really don't think this list is accurate considering I haven't even heard of some of the studios on this list.
James / July 16, 2013 at 05:30 pm
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Thanks You T.O. Photographers and Sarah for the top spot!
Were working very hard to provide Toronto with the very best in photo/video production services.
We have just partnered up with
http://www.cmpwds.com and http://www.bron.ca/
More partnerships and Big changes coming in the next few months!
Big Thanks,
James
Chris / July 17, 2013 at 03:47 pm
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Thank you so much for including Silverline on this list!!

I just wanted your readers to be aware that we also have more moderately priced studios starting at $300 a day....as well, we offer half-day bookings on all our spaces, student and editorial discounts as well as multiple day booking discounts....we are very aware that not all shoots have big budgets and try to offer a wide range of options and price points so a wide range of shooters can take advantage of our spaces.

Cheers

Chris Chapman
Gina Hole / July 17, 2013 at 07:50 pm
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S1Group.ca is the only studio we book, and their equipment, when we produce shoots in Toronto through THEYrep.com...if you're ever bogging on "the best studios in Vancouver", please add our own Sugar Studios! www.sugarstudios.com
Gord / July 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm
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Doesn't Jen work at S1? Sounds fishy to me.
Gord / July 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm
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Doesn't Jen work at S1? Sounds fishy to me.
Adi / July 18, 2013 at 08:16 am
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S1 is the best studio in T.O. and should be on this list.
Pati / July 19, 2013 at 03:00 pm
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ProStudios is a great new studio near Bloor and Landsdowne area. They have really god student rates and lots of equipment to choose from. I highly recommend them
www.prostudios.ca
Colin replying to a comment from Oscar / September 9, 2013 at 01:12 pm
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Hey Oscar, where is this V1 studio located? do you know their website address?
Robert / October 15, 2013 at 08:58 am
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Studio Cozy is popular with students because they can shoot all day and use the equipment for a flat $60. But lots of pros come as well including music videos.

https://www.facebook.com/studiocozytoronto
Gregory Bennett / December 29, 2013 at 07:31 pm
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S1 Studios should definitely have been on this list. Great shooting spaces with full amenities, a huge inventory of lighting/grip gear and friendly helpful customer service.
Henri Mahal / January 3, 2014 at 02:20 pm
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Studio V1 has a great retro feel!
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Phil Sutherland / February 14, 2014 at 05:21 pm
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Revprint Studio 205 is actually $45 per hour Min 2 hrs and has a sale on 3 hours or longer including a lighting tech in the price for $35 per hr. We have occasional sales on odd hours but never 4 hrs for $85 or full day for $140 unfortunately.
navid / March 12, 2014 at 02:00 am
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Hi,Dose anyone know a studio for rent near Eglinton or Eglinton east?
navid / March 12, 2014 at 02:02 am
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Hi,Does anyone know a studio for rent near Eglinton or Eglinton east?thank you.
len / May 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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looking for an outdoor space for a shoot with open space and trees must be total Private. anyone no any place?

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