BY ROMY ASHBY
STUDIO + EQUIPMENT GUIDE 2016 | 39
Long Island City, New York
Membership was the centerpiece of Christian
Conti’s studio concept from the day he launched
his business four years ago in Long Island City
in Queens. He developed his studio with fashion
in mind, having a background in fashion himself.
His clients are photographers and videographers
alike, and his studio design includes an art gallery where members regularly exhibit work. A
special area for projecting video is particularly
appealing to videographers.
Studios LIC o;ers three membership pro-
grams to choose from: Standard includes three
monthly shoots at $400 per month, Premium in-
cludes five shoots at $480 per month and Premi-
um Plus includes nine shoots at $580 per month.
All shoots are penciled in for up to eight hours,
and all programs include use of the studio mail-
ing address. Storage space starts at a monthly
price of $70. For beauty and fashion photog-
rapher Jason Setiawan, the storage option an
added bonus on top of the studio spaces them-
selves. “I love working at Studios LIC,” he says. “It
is very spacious and filled with lights. And when
you need an area without natural lights, they
have that too. The ambiance is perfect.”
Members also enjoy assistance from the stu-
dio sta;. “On the day of the shoot, we organize
each studio with the photographer’s requests
and equipment,” Conti explains, “and make
sure the studio has all the basic gear, [such as]
C-stands, V-flats, sand bags, apple boxes [and]
computer carts.” Once the crew shows up, the
studio manager is on hand during the shoot to
assist any way necessary, making the total expe-
rience e;ortless and e;cient. LIC can generally
accommodate two shoots in each of its four stu-
dios per day.
All members benefit from the social media
campaigns and newsletter generated by Studios LIC and many enjoy the special “networking
night” events where creative people—including
key players in the fields of fashion and advertising—come together to forge valuable connections.
The location also plays a big part in the success of the studio. It’s perched in close proximity
to both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and its breath-taking views of the Manhattan skyline from the
7,000-square-foot rooftop can’t be topped. As
for the perks of owning such a studio, Conti says
that meeting so many interesting creative people
with whom to share ideas is as good as it gets.
BELOW: STUDIOS LIC'S ART GAL;
THREE STUDIOS WITH MEMBERSHIP
LERY, WHERE MEMBERS CAN SHOW;
PROGRAMS DISCUSS THE BENEFITS
MAINTAINING A PERSONAL PHOTO STUDIO CAN BE PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE,
BUT THERE’S ANOTHER WAY TO FEEL AT HOME. SOME STUDIOS ARE FOUNDING
MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS TO BENEFIT THEIR MOST LOYAL PHOTOGRAPHERS.
THESE THREE STUDIOS IN NEW YORK, COLORADO AND GEORGIA ARE TURNING
THEIR CLIENTELE INTO A COMMUNITY.
OPPOSI TE PAGE: A BEHIND;THE;
SCENES LOOK AT A PHOTO SHOOT
ON S TUDIOS LIC'S ROOF TOP.