Photography Studio

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Individual Photographers

Usage Policies

The party reserving the studio is responsible for adhering to these guidelines. Failure to adhere will be grounds for loss of future access to the studio and/or damage charges.

  • A studio monitor will be present for the duration of each reservation period and will ensure that the room is left in its original condition. Reserver will be required to reimburse the cost of repair or replacement if there are damages to the floor, furniture, props and/or equipment. If the room is left untidy, the name on file will be charged a $100 cleaning fee.
  • Maximum room capacity is 10 people.
  • No food or drink allowed in studio.
  • All garbage brought into studio must be removed and put into available garbage bins after your shoot is completed. If garbage is left behind, reserver will be charged a $100 cleaning fee.
  • No pets allowed.
  • No smoking allowed.
  • Studio is not soundproof. Therefore, noise should be kept at a reasonable volume, including any use of music.
  • Do not move or use furniture from another room or space within the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest (VHLF).
  • VHLF is not responsible for loss or damages to unattended items.
  • For additional questions, contact us at 205-978-0155.

Professional Photographers

If you are looking for a great place to book portrait sessions? Reserve the photo studio at the Library in the Forest TODAY!

Studio Rental Rates

Hourly – $50/hour: 1-hour minimum. Includes access to studio space, use of accent furniture, access to two soft boxes (lighting) and access to tripod with cell phone mount. Maximum capacity: 10 people.

After Hours – $70/hour: For sessions before or after the Library in the Forest’s regular operating hours. Includes access to studio space, use of accent furniture, access to two soft boxes (lighting) and access to tripod with cell phone mount. Maximum capacity: 10 people. After-hours rentals based on studio and staff availability.

Half Day – $180/4 hours: 4-hour rental. Includes access to studio space, use of accent furniture, access to two soft boxes (lighting) and access to tripod with cell phone mount. Maximum capacity: 10 people.

Full Day – $320/8 hours: 8-hour rental. Includes access to studio space, use of accent furniture, access to two soft boxes (lighting) and access to tripod with cell phone mount. Maximum capacity: 10 people.

To book your appointment call 205-978-0162.

Hours of Operation*

Sunday: 1-5pm
Monday & Tuesday: 9am-8pm
Wednesday-Saturday: 9am-6pm

*Hours subject to change. Click HERE for full list of holiday closures. After-hours rentals based on studio and staff availability.

Usage Policies for Professional Photographers

The party renting the studio is responsible for adhering to these guidelines. Failure to adhere will be grounds for loss of future access to the studio and/or damage charges.

    • All rentals must be paid in full at the time of booking to secure space.
    • Cancellations must be received in writing. Full refund is available only if cancellation request is submitted more than 48 hours in advance of booking. Cancellations submitted within 48 hours of booking time will not be refunded.
    • A studio monitor will be present for the duration of each rental period and will ensure that the room is left in its original condition. Renter will be required to reimburse the cost of repair or replacement if there are damages to the floor, furniture, props and/or equipment. If the room is left untidy, renter will be charged a $100 cleaning fee.
    • Maximum room capacity is 10 people. If the number of attendants is expected to exceed maximum capacity, call us directly to book the studio (205-978-0162). If you exceed capacity without pre-approval from our team, additional charges will apply.
    • No food or drink allowed in studio.
    • All garbage brought into studio must be removed and put into available garbage bins after your shoot is completed. If garbage is left behind, renter will be charged a $100 cleaning fee.
    • No pets allowed.
    • No smoking allowed.
    • Studio is not soundproof. Therefore, noise should be kept at a reasonable volume, including any use of music.
    • Do not move or use furniture from another room or space within the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest (VHLF).
    • All items must be brought into the studio space you are renting. VHLF is not responsible for loss or damages to unattended items.
    • To book your appointment call 205-978-0162.

Is photography permitted in other areas of the Library?

Casual amateur photography, filming, and videotaping is permitted in the lobby, outdoors and in program areas of the Library for patrons and visitors wanting a remembrance of their visit, provided that the photography does not distract, disturb or interfere in any way with Library patrons or operations, or capture any identifiable likenesses of individuals without their permission.

No commercial, professional or media photography or filming may occur in Library facilities without the prior written permission and approval of Library Director or Deputy Director. Such approval shall contain the conditions under which the commercial/professional/media photography or filming will take place, and address the rights to ownership of the photos/films. Photographers must submit a Photography Request Form a minimum of 72 hours prior to the requested photography session date. The request will not be valid until official approval from Library Administration is received via email by the requester. Click HERE to view the Photography and Videography Policy and submit a Photography/Videography Request Form online.

Community organizations hosting scheduled programs, events or meetings in the Library’s meeting rooms may arrange for their own photography or videotaping/recording of their event, provided that the photography or videography does not distract, disturb or interfere in any way with Library patrons or operations, or capture any identifiable likenesses of individuals without their permission. Such photography and videotaping is restricted to the space reserved by the group, and the group is responsible for any necessary releases and permissions.

For additional questions, contact us at 205-978-0155.