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Last updated on March 31st, 2022

How much does it cost to build a photography studio?

Looking to start up your own photography studio? We’ve pulled together the key costs and top tips to think about when building a studio.

Whether you’re a photography veteran or new to the industry, you’ve probably considered creating your own photography studio.

If you’re looking to set up your own, then you’re probably wondering how much it costs to build a photography studio. We’ve pulled together all the costs you need to consider, with top tips on making your studio a success.

Cost provided itemUnitRange - LowRange - HighAverage cost
Cost to build a photography studioMetre square£1,350£1,725£1,537.50
Cost to build a photography studioPhotographer/ photography student£15,500£22,000£18,750
Cost to convert/fitout existing buildingMetre square£125£250£187.50
Camera kitCamera body£2,500£2,700£3,000
Camera kitCamera lenses£2,500£2,700£3,000
Camera kitFlash gun£400£420£470
Camera kitStudio lighting£1,000£2,000£1,300

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How much does it cost to build a photography studio?

The cost of building a photography studio can range between £1,350 – £1,725 per m2.

Photographers and photography students wanting to build a photography studio from scratch can expect to pay between £15,500 – £22,000.

If, however, you want to convert or fit-out your existing photography building, expect to pay between £125 – £250 per m2.

The fit-out cost excludes the purchase price of your existing building and doesn’t include furniture and specialist equipment fees. However, the prices do include builder overheads.

Photography studio cost factors to consider

If you’re a photography lover and are keen to construct your very own studio, it pays to understand all the costs involved, beyond the building of it.

The key equipment needed includes:

  • Camera lenses (24-70 2.8 & 70-200 2.8) – around £3,000
  • Camera body – around £3,000
  • Studio lighting – around £1,300
  • Flashgun – around £470

Not only this, you’ll need the correct insurance policies in place, including:

  • Public liability insurance
  • Professional indemnity insurance

How do I build a photography studio?

cost to build photography studio

Getting your photography studio just how you want it will involve a lot of forward planning. The key things to consider include:

  • The space and location needed
  • Which photography backgrounds/backdrops you’ll require
  • Lighting equipment and camera kit, including editing software and photo printers (if needed)
  • The design of the studio’s interior

Building a photography studio will require a tradesperson as you’ll have to consider things such as electrics and wiring.

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cost of photography studio

Is a photo studio profitable?

Most definitely, especially if you’re passionate about what you do.

You could also consider other ways to make money such as introducing photography courses, taking on outdoor photoshoots such as weddings and also videography. Of course, part of your success will be down to how well you market yourself and word of mouth recommendations too.

How much space do you need for a photography studio?

It’s perfectly possible to have a photography studio that’s about the size of a bedroom or smaller, but a compact set-up may feel a little cramped, particularly if you want more space for your subjects to move around for action shots.

It’s important to consider the ceiling height to make sure it’s adequate for installing a hair light and ceiling light. Typically, a regular three to three-and-a-half-metre ceiling is more than enough for a full-length body portrait photography project. you’ll also need to make sure there’s enough action space for your subjects and equipment such as stands, flashes and reflectors.

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