The Rental Photo Studio

Maine Street Studio –  on the corner of Maine Street and Indiana Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Rent the affordable, timeless, unique photo studio that will thrill your clients and take your images and business to the next level. With flexible studio options to give you total control over the mood and light, Maine Street Studio is open for casual and professional photography use.

Rent by the month

We have dedicated studio space for use and flexibility without the hassles of a long term lease.    A shared  studio with your own security code access, connected to the Maine Street Studio North Loft.

An average of 60 hours use per month  $225

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Schedule your session

Instant confirmation for your session

Pick your session and we’ll send an immediate confirmation via email.

  • If you need a slightly different start time, email, text, call us.  (for example, you need 3:30 and only 2:00 is available.)
  • **NEW**  If you want extra time for set up or prep, you can add 30 minutes prior to your scheduled session time.  See the add-on option when you book.

Need the details and rules?  Check ’em out here.

Save up to 50% if you have more than one session per month

Manage your costs and pick either single payment or easy monthly auto pay. Monthly packages include your first session free each month and a discount on every rental after that. No contract or long term membership hassles, schedule your sessions when you need them. 

Gallery – Inside the studio

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by.

Maine Street Studio is located on the corner on Indiana Avenue and Maine Street, Des Moines, Iowa.  Photographers, videographers and designers began using the amazing space and light here in 2012.

Maine Street Studio is ideal for professional photographers as well as amateur and casual shooters.  We also have private storage and access to props, backdrops, and unique furniture from our neighbors: Stuart Alexander Productions and One Source Event Rentals.

By the numbers:

We are 2 blocks north of University Avenue,  just off the 2nd Avenue I-235 exit.

We are 4 minutes to East Village.

We are 15 minutes to Des Moines International Airport.

Walking distance to Scooters coffee.

  • 3200 square feet (about the size of a high school basketball court)
  • 12 foot ceilings
  • Open floor space
  • Sofas, chairs, and some props included
  • Amazing natural light from north facing glass block windows
  • Raw loft look and feel, with air conditioning, heat, and 110 / 220 electric
  • WiFi
  • Video monitor
  • Separate bathroom and changing area
  • Clothing Steamer & wardrobe rack
  • Grip cart with gaff tape, clamps, extension cords, power strips
  • 20 foot wide grey wall
  • 20 foot wide white wall
  • Ceiling mounted seamless backdrops 107″ wide.   White and black, other colors available
  • 8 foot V flats, reflectors and portable backdrops
  • Lighting rental available

Save Money With VIP Studio Rental Packages

Package Rates

VIP package plans are designed for photographers who have more than one session a month and desire access to TheLoftDSM event space. (Access without the VIP package is an add on of $49 per to your session.)

No contract or long term membership hassles, use it when you need it. Our annual package is less than $21 per hour and you can use the sessions any time during the year.

Shared Studio Space Option

Dedicated space — No Lease — Monthly access

We have dedicated studio space for use and flexibility without the hassles of a long term lease.    A shared  studio with your own security code access, connected to the Maine Street Studio North Loft.

Approximate 400 square foot studio with original vintage west windows, shared by no more than 5 photographers, allowing up to 60 hours of use per month.

No lease required, no deposit necessary,  use by the month. Photographers self-schedule sessions.  All the benefits of an (almost) private studio with none of the headaches.

Monthly use:  $225

Add access to North Loft Studio and TheLoftDSM event space for $99 per month.

All brick corner with natural light. Ask about renting hand-painted backdrops.