The details

Rules, rules rules.

We’re photographers not lawyers, but there are a few rules we need to follow when we rent.

Rental space and time:  Half day rentals are 4 hours in length and full day rentals are 8 hours in length.  You are charged for the half day or full day session when you  reserve the time.  Please note your session includes time to set up and clean up after your session.  Please allow this time when scheduling your clients.

THINGS HAPPEN, we get it.  If your session time needs to change because a client is ill or has a scheduling conflict, no worries. We will be happy to reschedule based on availability.

Your rental includes use of the North Loft Studio space.  You may add access to TheLoftDSM event space for an additional $49 per session.

VIP Package photographers who have their proof of commercial liability on file with us are are welcome to shoot in the common areas including the stairwell, and the building exterior when they not otherwise in use.   The Loft DSM event space may also be available, depending on time of year and day of week, check with us, we will work with you to make access possible.

Building access:  please have your clients enter and exit via the Maine Street entrance.  Parking is free and available on the Maine Street side.

No Smoking in the building.  If your shoot uses theatrical smoke or fog, please let us know in advance.

100 Indiana is a historic building and even though we have sprinklers and a fire alarm system,  there are no open flames allowed during any session.   If your session includes food preparation, we can work with you for appliances, there is gas and 220 V electric available.

Are you working with something messy?   Let’s chat. All hard to clean materials must be approved in advance. A refundable deposit might be required. 

Are you photographing pets or live animals?  Please let us know in advance.

Please, leave the studio in the same condition you find it. If the studio requires  cleaning after your session the cleaning fee will be added (from $150) and will depend on the amount of work required.  Your rental of the space grants us permission to charge your credit card on file for these fees.

Seamless backdrop fees:  Your use of our stocked colors (black, super white, fashion gray) is included in your studio rental and normal wrinkle and footprints from typical sessions is at no additional charge.  If you want to use paints, foods, inks, drawing or other materials let us know in advance.  Messy use is charged at $3 per lineal foot.  (Check with us, we may have scrap ends you can use.)

Custom colors – we can order any Savage color for you with 2 days notice at $80 per roll, installed for your session.

Freight elevator.  The elevator capacity is 2000 pounds. Insurance regulations require the elevator to be operated by our employees, we cant allow you or your clients to ride in or operate the elevator. If you need the elevator, let us know.

This is not a sound proof studio, while other clients are using the facility there is a possibility of noise/distraction like music or speech.  The audio level is comparable to typical on-location audio.

We share the building with The Loft DSM event center and events may be going on during your shoot.  To be good neighbors,  we ask that your music be kept at reasonable levels and not contain vulgar or offensive lyrics that would offend your grandmother.   Live music bands must be approved in advance.

Multiple day rentals allow equipment to be stored overnight for the length of the rental period at your risk. Multiple day rentals do not allow overnight occupancy and all persons associated with the rental must leave the building each day at the close of business hours and may return at the beginning of the next business day’s hours.

If you are a PACKAGE VIP PHOTOGRAPHER, you will be emailed a VIP reservation link to book your studio reservation at your lower rate. Please protect the links and codes as if they are cash.  If we think your code has been compromised  we will de-activate your code and let you know.  By purchasing a VIP Package, you agree and authorize recurring monthly subscription charges charged to your credit card on file.  Unused monthly certificate codes will roll over and not expire as long as you continue as a VIP package photographer.  You may cancel your VIP subscription at any time, doing so will de-activate any unused monthly certificate codes  and you agree you are not entitled to a refund for those used codes.

Terms of Use:

Use of our studio and our equipment is AT YOUR OWN RISK. You hereby waive rights to seek legal redress for mishaps, accidents, and/or loss while on our premises. You agree to leave the studio and adjacent grounds in the same condition as they were when you arrived. You are solely responsible for any legal infractions you or members of your party make during the conduct of the shoot, be they in our studio or elsewhere. This includes parking tickets, all other violation or citations, and legal action resulting from the conduct of the shoot, taken at whatever time. You agrees to hold harmless Maine Street Studio, its owner, agents, representatives, and contractors acting on its behalf for any loss, accident, or injury to yourself or anyone who accompanies you while on our premises.

You agree to be solely responsible for the conduct and welfare of all persons accompanying You while on our premises. You are solely responsible for the safety and well-being of any models you engage. You understand that if we observe dangerous, pornographic, or negligent practices or activities are being engaged in the we reserve the right to stop the shoot and require you and your party to leave immediately — HOWEVER, we assume NO RESPONSIBILITY to act in such cases. You agree to hold Maine Street Studio, its agents, representatives, and anyone acting on behalf of Maine Street Studio completely harmless from any action, legal or otherwise, that results from your conduct. You are solely responsible for verifying that all models employed during your rental period are of legal age for the activities they are to be engaged in. We have no responsibility to determine or verify the age of participants in your activities but reserve the right to end those activities if it becomes aware that legal age violations are on-going. You agree that you will be present in the studio at all times you are using it.

INSURANCE: Individuals, Businesses, Corporations, Production Companies and other legal entities may be required, prior to rental, to present a certificate of general liability insurance naming Two Mile Ranch, LLC d/b/a Maine Street Studio as additionally insured on the dates of the rental. If so required, Photographer’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.


We agree to provide equipment in good working order, but make no special guarantees as to said equipment’s functionality or suitability for your purposes. We are not liable for acts out of our control that affect the shoot, such as power outages, weather or emergencies. In such cases, we will refund a prorated portion of Your payment.


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 Polk County, Iowa. The parties further agree that any such controversy or claim shall be submitted to one arbitrator selected from the panels of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, that they will faithfully observe this agreement and the Rules, and that they will abide by and perform any award rendered by the arbitrator, and that a judgment of the court having jurisdiction may be entered on the award.


This Agreement incorporates the entire understanding and agreement between us. 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 Iowa shall govern this Agreement.

By reserving studio space, the parties verify they have read this entire Agreement, agree to all its terms, and the stated rules as posted on the website and acknowledge receipt of a complete copy of the Agreement.