Hello Friend of Union 206 Studio,
We would like to share with you some of the changes that will be happening at Union 206 this year. Union 206 started in a 2,500 square foot space on the second floor with a DIY CYC wall and has grown into an 8,000 square foot space with huge studios and two CYC walls, beautiful finishings and hundreds of active members. We’ve come a long way. As we continue to have a greater impact on the community of photographers, videographers, and artists in the region, the demand for new services and features increases as well.
New Booking and Membership System: We are bringing a new website and booking system online! When the new system goes live you will have your own membership login. With the new system you’ll be able to:
- Book online instantly (no more waiting for confirmations).
- Sign up for workshops and events.
- Send (and receive) gift certificates.
- Manage your account including payment options, contact info, etc.
- Review your studio usage and stockpile credits for later use.
- Access “Member Only” special rewards and discounts.
We are planning to bring the new system online starting Monday, May 2nd. We are doing everything to ensure a smooth transition and appreciate your consideration.
Equipment Demos: We have been talking to leaders in the visual arts industry and will have reps from companies including...
- Phase One
Latest releases from these companies and others will be in the studio so you can shoot with the lens or new camera body you’ve been looking at. Maybe there’s a specialty lens or a camera strap you’ve been on the fence about? For many of these events we’ll have models ready for you to shoot and studios ready for you to use. There’s nothing worse than making an expensive equipment purchase only to find out that the camera body doesn’t “feel” right or the lens is not as sharp as you’d like. During our demo days you can try before you buy in a real world environment, ask questions and get advice from the people in the know.
New Featured Models
Many have asked for us to reach out to models that travel from afar. In addition to continuing to feature models from this area we have been talking to models around the country to add more variety to your shoots. Have you been following a model from LA but can’t afford to pay their travel costs? Let us know! Using the leverage of our hundreds of members, we’ll try and find a way to make it worth their while to come to town.
New (and more) Workshops
We'll be conducting more workshops over all, we are adding new workshops too! Not only that but we’ll also be hosting many FREE workshops! In the coming year we will be offering:
- Photo Editing
- Shooting Video
- Business and Marketing
- Posing Your model
Workshops and classes for models and MUAs will also be available. If group workshops aren’t your thing, try one of our "One on One” lessons taught by professional photographers.
New Furniture & Props
Throughout the year you’ll be seeing quite a bit of new furniture as we expand the selection of props in the studio.
New Equipment and Studio Upgrades
We’ve already begun replacing older lights and modifiers. We’ll be adding more continuous lighting for video as well as for photographers that prefer it. Better booms and backdrop stands, smoke machines, etc.
In addition, we’ll continue to upgrade the studios themselves with painted walls, brick surfaces, new cloth, etc.
As looked to implement these upgrades and new services, it was necessary to simplify our pricing. Our goal is and will continue to be to provide the best space possible at the lowest rates possible. Balancing quality with value has always been the guiding principle for us. We will now offer one membership level. The other change is that there will no longer be a weekday and weekend rate. We’ll have one membership level and one rate for members going forward. We’ve also removed the cost for many of the services we currently charge for.
The new pricing looks like this:
Studio Membership: $19.99
Members Hourly Rate: $45 per hour
Non-Member Rate: $90 per hour
Paper Pulls: FREE
Cloth Backdrops: FREE
Chromakey Backdrop: FREE
Continuous Lights: FREE
Linens for Studio B: FREE
Wireless Triggers: FREE
Smoke Machine: FREE
New pricing will be effective May 2nd along with the new booking system.
We know that many of you have 6 month and 12 month memberships that you’ve paid for in advance. You won’t lose anything and we will honor your membership through the dates you’ve paid up through. Some of you may have free hours available when we do the transition to the new system. Don’t worry, we are going to take care of you too. If you already have a shoot scheduled because you’ve sent in a booking form before we make this change, you will be charged with the old pricing.
We believe Union 206 provides an amazing space filled with amazing artists and continues to be affordable. This is the vision that has guided us for the past 6 years and our commitment to support art will continue. We believe artists make a dramatic impact on the world around us. When we opened the studio to the community in 2010 we set out on a journey to help artists flourish. That journey continues and we invite you to come with us.
We will be posting an FAQ with answers to questions we think you may have on our current website www.union206.com. Feel free to call the studio Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM at 202.567.7206 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Thanks for being a valued member with us!
Union 206 Staff