Best damn Daylight Rental Studio in Town. 

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Watt Second Studios is small but mighty!

Watt Second is a dynamic creative studio space built to be an adaptive, budget-friendly, yet fully custom environment for photographers to get the most out of their studio time.  Built by photographers, for photographers. We know how you need to work efficiently for your clients, keep costs down, and still have a space with personality. And make no mistake, Watt Second is not made for 20+ person crews… unless you reeeeeeally like eachother. Watt Second is a space made to support small to medium-sized productions with high-end details. 

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1600sf of gorgeous natural light.

We like big light and we cannot lie. With three 12.5’ wide and 8.5’ tall casement windows, how could we not?! Our east-facing windows give the best of both worlds with crisp direct light in the morning and soft even light in the afternoon. And all the windows are rigged to support multiple modifiers… and we know that some projects need consistent artificial light too, so the windows can also be blacked-out if your project needs it. The studio has also been wired for light industrial applications, so bring those big Profoto 10 packs and fire away!

Set up any way you need it.

No, we don’t mean like that Thursday group meeting… although we’re always happy to listen. We’re here to support your shoot, if you need us. We’ve built our business to cater to yours. Just need a space to shoot? No prob. But if you need more, we can handle everything from full shoot production to talent castings, crew selection to set construction, and just about everything in between. All you need to do is ask.

Watt Second Studios is also set up in an agile, but barebones way. With over thirty years of combined experience in the industry, we know what you really need & what you don’t. So the studio is adaptable in a huge way, ready to be reconfigured for the workflow you want. And while we kept our equipment on the skinny side, we have access to the best rental gear you could ask for, and can have it ready and waiting for you on your shoot day.


Shot at WS:



  • DAY rental (8hrs) - $350

  • Extended DAY Rental (10HRs) - $450

  • Studio OT (After 10HR) - $75/Hr

  • Prelight / Prep Day (4HR) - $200

  • Equipment Drop (8am-5pm) - FREE

  • Equipment Drop (after hrs) - $50

  • ProducTION - $350+

  • CASTING - $500+

  • Digi Tech - $500+

  • Photo or Stylist Assist - $350+

  • Shooting Workstation - $400

  • Equipment Rentals - Varies

  • Craft Services - $80+

Grip & Space.

  • 1,600 sq ft total (1-3 photo bays)

  • Shooting area is 48’ long x 15’ wide at the north end and 17’10“ wide at the south end

  • Tall 14’ Exposed Wood Joist ceilings

  • (3) 12'x8' east-facing casement windows

  • Private dressing room

  • Hair & makeup station with vanity lighting

  • MOBILE MUA WorkStation

  • Lounge area with 2 small sofas & coffee TABLE

  • (2) 48" rolling/locking Work tables (seat 6 each)

  • 16’ Countertop with Small Sink

  • Vintage fridge/freezer

  • 12'x10' movable wall

  • (2) 11' Arkay camera stands w/ Majestic heads

  • Ceiling-Mounted Camera Platforms

  • (10) 40" and (5) 20" c-stands w/ grip arms

  • (2) 12x Solid - black, (2) 12x full silk, (1) 12x 1/4 stop silk

  • EVEN More c-stands

  • Enough apple boxes to build a nice fort

  • Various Sandbags - 35lb

  • VArious Clamps & Grip - Just Ask

  • Various Seamless & Expendables - Just Ask

  • (2) professional quality z-racks with wood hangers

  • Jiffy PRO clothing steamer

  • Makita variable speed blower

  • 10' ladder, 8’ Ladder

  • Convertible handtruck

  • (4) Height-Adjustable Sawhorses

  • Plywood Surfaces: (2) 5x4,(2) 4x3

  • Loading dock w/ two 14' doors

  • Easy-Access to Freight elevators

  • Rooftop access

  • Shared building restrooms

  • Secure fiber optic & WiFi

  • Drip, pour-over, cold brew, french press & aero press coffee makers... yeah, we know we have a problem


Come Play!


Watt Second Studios

755 Prior Avenue North #301, St. Paul, Mn 55104

> Parking and Loading is best in the small lot at the base of the green water tower (south-most building with the Flannel Jax sign). There is also street parking and two lots across the street from this parking lot. Enter the building at the single door marked #755 directly on Prior Ave. The building is secure, so you will need codes to access our floor (IF WE’RE NOT EXPECTING YOU).