UClick was just what I needed. It is a studio that is rented by the hour to all different levels of photographers. They have a natural light studio as well as formal studio. It costs $35.00 per hour. In my book, it is certainly a WIN-WIN. I have rented the studio several times including for a few senior photo shoots and it has been fabulous. They have props, lighting (if you want to use it) and a variety of backdrops. I think the whole concept is such a wonderful idea and has certainly been the answer that I was looking for.
Our girls are both skaters and every year before their ice show I rent the studio. I cannot get any decent shots in an ice arena and it has been SO worth it. Here are some shots from the studio in their skating costumes. They will be skating to "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Techniocolor Dreamcoat".
Of course since we had it for an hour, I had to do a few more (ok, more like 100 more)...
I am so grateful that UClick is near and has been my answer to my photography frustrations from years ago. If anybody lives in the Minneapolis area, I really think you should check them out.