5 Super Cool photo ideas for a recording studio

As I’m sure you can imagine, when I was asked if I would do a branding photo  shoot for a recording studio, I was like, ‘hell yeah, sign me up!!!’. I can come up with some super cool photo ideas for a recording studio.

This was a completely different shoot for me, and to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Cool photo ideas for your recording studio - artist holding a guitar pick up to the camera

I don’t know if I expected it to be more pretentious (my perception from seeing high-tech studios in films), but when I met Paul from Cherry Street Records, I found such a passionate and down to earth guy and it was clear very quickly that he lived and breathed the music industry.

I knew this was going to be so much fun!

On my first visit, the shoot planning session, we talked about the work he does, his clientele, his passions and also, what he likes to do outside of the recording studio because it’s important for me to capture the person behind the business.

Fast forward a couple of weeks to shoot day, and wow! I had so much fun, and it was amazing to be able to spend the day with him, capturing his fabulous analogue recording studio in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the passion behind it.

Here are my top 5 super cool photo ideas for a recording studio

1 - The ambience

If you run a recording studio, you already have an advantage because automatically, you have a seriously interesting business. But recording studios vary, and the decor and ambiance from one studio to another can be worlds apart.

By shooting the decor of the studio, your audience already understands the feel and the atmosphere that you’re presenting and it’s an exciting opportunity to showcase the work you do.

Cool photo ideas for your recording studio

2 - Equipment

Most musicians will be in ore of the equipment available in a recording studio, so show it off.

From the mixer to the headphones and mics, your followers want to see it. It creates a feeling of professionalism and excitement and represents the next steps in their music career.

Visual images of the equipment will transport them to a place of sheer excitement and prospect, and they’ll be able to picture themselves there – which is exactly what you want!

Cool photo ideas for your recording studio - capture the equipment

The photos that Gemma shot were exactly as I would wish, in both colour and black and white, and I enjoyed the day immensely.

3 - Memorabilia

If there is one thing you will have in abundance in a recording studio, it’s memorabilia. Showcasing who came before is a great way to take your followers into an imaginary world of musical fame.

You don’t have to have had anyone famous walking through the doors, the idea that other musicians have recorded there will be enough to get their creative juices flowing.

But in actual fact, some of the guitar picks in the image below belonged to some seriously famous artists.

Cool photo ideas for your recording studio - shot the vibes

4 - Recording artist

Nothing is going to tempt musicians to use your studio more than seeing someone in action.

Ask a client if they would be willing to be photographed because there is nothing more exciting than seeing the joy of creating music in a professional environment.

I had the pleasure of being able to photograph an amazing musician in action and I have to say, the atmosphere was electrical… Literally!

Cool photo ideas for your recording studio - capture the people using it

5 - It’s all about you

Most of the brand photography packages I offer include an image planning session where we talk through your business and take a deep dive into what you offer and most importantly, get a feel for the passion behind what you do.

I will always encourage you to have some images just of you. Whether that’s in ‘headshot’ style or in your natural surroundings, it is possibly one of the most important pieces of the branding puzzle – especially to help you to stand out on LinkedIn, for example.

It allows your audience to get to know you; to feel comfortable with you, and it inspires them to want to work with you, so I will always encourage you to get in front of the camera and give me your best shot!

I had so much fun working with Paul. My job definitely takes me to the most interesting places and this one has to be in my top five branding photography shoots so far.

Cool photo ideas for your recording studio - show the face behind the business

This shoot may never have happened if it wasn’t for Phil Revill of Its

With thanks...

This shoot wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Phil Revill of it’seeze websites. He was working with Paul on a full rebrand and website, and introduced me to Paul to capture photos for his website and socials.

Thank you, Phil 🙂

Headshot and Brand Photographer, Gemma Wilks with her Canon camera during a HR Brand Photography shoot

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