What is Somerville Studios?

Somerville Studios is a shared membership, private studio rental space.  It is located off I-93 and just minutes from downtown Boston.  This space is ideal for the photographer or videographer looking to have their own studio but without the hassle of management and costs.  This space is also an excellent location for seminars, workshops, private classes and private events.

How private is this space?

The studio space is located on the fourth floor of the building. During your rental hours, the studio is fully yours.  The lounge, meeting table, hair & makeup station, and editing stations are all located behind one closed door, leaving you with the complete freedom and privacy as if you had your own personal studio.

What is in the studio?

The studio offers an array of commodities including: 

  • Cyclorama studio space

  • Gray and black backdrops

  • Professional hair and makeup station

  • Conference table, lounge area, fridge and a coffeemaker. 

  • Flash Light Kit - Paul C. Buff Einstein

  • Manfrotto 1004BAC Alu-Riser Light Stand

  • Softbox:

    1 - Paul C. Buff 10"x36"

    2 - Paul C. Buff 32"x40"

    2 - Paul C. Buff 30"x60"

  • C-Stands

How do I book the studio?

Hourly Rentals:

Click on: “The Studio” on Somerville Studios Website

Click on: "Reserve Studio" Button

Click on: Choose Your Plan (Hours)

Click on: Choose the date & time

Click on: Sign Up (pops up to side of date when selected)

Fill in your information

Click on: "Pay Now"

Once you complete your payment, you will receive a booking confirmation in your email. 25 hours prior to your reservation, you’ll receive an email from Somerville Studios that displays studio access code and additional information.


Members will be given access to a online calendar.  Simply log in to view open times and reserve your shoot. 

How does the pricing and memberships work?

Being a member is just like an apartment or other space in terms of having a lease.  First and last month security fee are due upon registration.  Rent is do on the first of every month.  We do offer discounts when membership is paid in full.  Just like a lease, a contract is to be signed upon registration.

How about equipment rentals?

Somerville Studio is giving you access to a vast array of equipment rentals ranging from cameras, lenses, commercial lighting kits, and much more! Go into Somerville Studios Equipment Rental to see the full list!

How do I sign up?

Signing up is easy.  Simply contact the studio to start the process.  Once you determine which membership is best for you, we will send you over the contract and take it from there. We accept checks as well as credit cards, which can be paid online.

Are there other locations to shoot on, outside of the studio?

Yes!  Along side the basement and freight elevator, we have a beautiful turn of the century wood staircase with ample natural light leading up to the studio.  We do offer rooftop access as well, with special notice.

What is the Cancellation Policy for The Studio?

Please refer to our Legal Terms and Condition and Renters Agreement to learn more.


“Company” is Somerville Studios. “Premises” includes the studio and any adjacent property associated with Somerville Studios. “Renter” is the person or entity renting Premises or equipment.


Rental rates are set by the most current version of the Rental Rate Sheet in effect at the time of signing, a copy of which is attached and incorporated by reference.


In order to confirm and hold a reservation, all rental fees, plus any refundable damage deposits must be paid in full at the time of booking. In the case of additional time or equipment rental is added on the shoot day, additional invoice will be given and due within 72 hours after the shoot. There will be a 20% fee added for each day after 72 hours.


Cancellations of confirmed bookings will result in the following charges:

48 hours or more:

A confirmed booking that is cancelled more than 48 hours prior to the booking date and time will incur no charges. All payments will be refunded in full.

24 to 48 hours:

Cancellations made from 24 - 48 hours prior to the booking date and time will be charged fifty percent (50%) of the basic cost of the total studio rental. The remaining 50% of the basic fee plus all prepaid equipment rental fees, cleaning and damage deposits will be refunded.

Less than 24 hours:

Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the booking date and time will be charged the full fee of the basic studio rental. Prepaid equipment rental fees, cleaning and damage deposits will be fully refunded.

All refunds will be made to the credit card used for the original booking.

If the Company must cancel Renter’s reservation, Renter will be given, in Company’s sole discretion, either rescheduling priority or a full refund. Company is not liable for acts out of its control that affect the shoot, such as building equipment failures, power outages, weather, acts of God or emergencies. In such cases, Company will refund a prorated portion of Renter’s payment.

If cancellation is made more than 24 hours prior to the booking time and date, cancellation fees may be waived by Company, at Company’s discretion, if the session is rebooked within five working days and the Company studio calendar can accommodate the new shoot date and time.


Rental periods are pre-arranged at the time of booking. Renter’s rental time begins promptly at the designated starting time and ends promptly at the designated ending time. Time includes set up and break-down. Studio must be cleaned and vacated by the end of the rental period. No prior drop-off and/or pick-up after completion of shoot, of equipment, props, etc. unless negotiated at time of rental contract. Additional fees may apply.


Renter agrees to leave the Premises and all contents and fixtures in the same condition as they were when Renter arrived. Company will dispose of trash collected in the supplied trash cans. Renter must discard larger items, such as props and set pieces, in the metal disposal bin behind the studio. Disposal of large amounts of garbage due to large sets may also accrue additional costs.

All items brought to the Premises by Renter are to be removed by Renter. Items left after 7 days will be assumed abandoned and may be discarded or kept by the Company for Company use, with no compensation due the renter, at the discretion of the Company.

If Renter does not return Premises to the order and cleanliness found when Renter arrived, Company will charge at minimum a $50 cleaning fee.


The Renter will be responsible for a $100 penalty, at minimum, when the rules listed below are not followed.

• No smoking in and outside the studio

• No alcoholic beverages or non-prescription or illegal drugs.

• People who are under the influence of illegal substances are not allowed.

• No pets allowed without prior consent of a Company representative.

• Music is to be kept at reasonable levels.

• Always ensure the Studio door is locked when you leave.


Should you decide at anytime to terminate the Professional or Go-To Membership before the anticipated end date, you may do so with a 30 day cancellation notice. There will be a $250 cancellation fee for Professional Membership and $400 for Go-To Membership. First and last month membership fees are nonrefundable.


Use of Company’s Premises and equipment is at Renter’s risk. Renter hereby agrees that Company will not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damage, injury or loss to Renter, his party or possessions while on the Premises. Renter holds harmless and indemnifies Company and its owners, agents, representatives, associates, officers, employees, guests and tenants against any suit, claim, loss, accident, judgment, fine, injury or damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees. This indemnification shall continue in full force and effect during and after the term of the rental for such causes arising during the term of the rental.


This is a shared studio and we maintain a professional environment. Renter shall be solely responsible for the conduct and welfare of all persons accompanying Renter while on Company’s Premises. Renter agrees that a Company representative may, at Company’s sole discretion, be present at all times. If the representative observes or otherwise becomes aware of dangerous, pornographic, illegal or negligent practices or activities, the representative reserves the right to stop the shoot and may require Renter and Renter’s party to leave immediately. In such case no refund will be given for unused time. However, Company and its representatives assume no responsibility to act in such cases.


Renter is solely responsible for verifying that all photographic subjects are of legal age. Company has no responsibility to determine or verify the age of participants in the renter’s activities but reserves the right to demand proof of parental consent if models or photographic subjects are under the age of 18 and to end those activities if Company becomes aware that legal age violations are occurring. Company is not liable in the case of an invalid ID or any other form of age verification


Businesses, Corporations, Production Companies and other legal entities may be required, prior to rental, to present additionally, insured on the dates of the rental. If so required, Renter’s liability insurance shall be deemed primary and non-contributory insurance in the event of any claim or suit. Liability insurance shall be Commercial General Liability with a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence & annual aggregate.


Company agrees to provide equipment in good working order, but makes no special guarantees as to said equipment’s functionality or suitability to Renter’s purposes. Renter shall notify Company immediately of any malfunction, damage or other issues with the equipment.


Renter shall be solely responsible for any damage to Company’s property or equipment that occurs during the time Renter or his party occupies the Premises. Damage deposits will be held until repairs can be made. If the damage exceeds the amount of the damage deposit, Renter agrees to pay reasonable additional repair costs to bring damaged equipment back to working condition. Renter agrees to pay for damage to the Premises including spills, excessive wear, marks or stains on furniture, fixtures or painted surfaces.


If the parties are unable to resolve any controversy or claim arising under this Agreement, they agree to submit the dispute or claim to binding arbitration subject to the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. This arbitration will take place in submitted to one arbitrator selected from the panels of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. Each party shall be responsible for its share of the arbitration fees in accordance with the applicable Rules of Arbitration. In the event a party fails to proceed with arbitration, unsuccessfully challenges the arbitrator's award, or fails to comply with the arbitrator's award, the other party is entitled to costs of suit, including a reasonable attorney's fee for having to compel arbitration or defend or enforce the award. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may refuse to arbitrate when the dispute is for a sum less than $200.


Licensee shall comply in all respects with all federal, state, county, city, or other local laws, regulations and ordinances and all rules and regulations of any governmental authority, in connection with this Agreement. This Agreement incorporates the entire understanding and agreement between Company and Renter. Any modifications of this Agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. Any waiver of a breach or default hereunder shall not be deemed a waiver of a subsequent breach or default of either the same provision or any other provision of this Agreement. The laws of the State of Massachusetts shall govern this Agreement. The following signatures constitute a legal and binding Agreement between Renter and Company.

How accessible is the studio and do you offer parking?

Our studio is a short drive from exit 29 off I-93 as well as minutes from Memorial and Storrow Drive.  Free on-street parking is available.