The Apex Community January Photoshoot Giveaway Winner

Flexible Woman Photoshoot at Apex Photo Studio in Los Angeles

We started a monthly giveaway in 2020 to give back to the Apex community. Alex Afzali won our January Giveaway and was rewarded with rental equipment and photo shoot time in Studio B. Check out a Q&A and photos from Alex's shoot below!

Q&A with @alexafzali

What is your background (brief history, things you’ve done and the things you are known for/specialize in)?

I’m a full time producer, currently working mainly on national commercials, for brands such as Google and Disney… though in the past I’ve spent a lot of time producing creative content on live concerts for clients such as Just Bieber and [for] award shows like the VMA’s.

What inspires you the most for photography?

I love photography because the technical and financial barrier to get started is low. With just a few pieces of equipment you can get out of the house (or stay inside the house) and start being creative. I also admire that there’s no finish line. The boundaries of photography are infinite. From a small patch of beach to a 25,000 square foot sound stage, the chances to learn are endless. The room for improvement is constant. All any photographer can really judge themselves on is their progress. 

How did your shoot at Apex Photo Studios go? What are some things that stood out about your experience here?

My photo shoot at Apex Photo Studios  in Los Angeles was fantastic. Every time I’m there I can feel my creative synapsis firing off. We’re so lucky to have a fully equipped professional studio in town that charges such reasonable rates. On top of that, the low minimum required hours for booking make the studio accessible for personal tests and smaller shoots with independent clients. When my needs expand, Apex is there with the facilities, expertise, and customer service I need to create and deliver. 

Where can we find more of your work?

I’d love for anyone interested in connecting to follow me on Instagram (@alexafzali) or check out my website at alexafzali.com

Want to be entered into our giveaway next month? Follow us on social media and make a post/story of us. Remember to tag us (@apexphotostudios). Best of luck, and thank you for supporting Apex Photo Studios!

Featured Photos from Our February Photoshoot

Girls Doing Yoga Pose for Pictorial in Apex Photo Studios

Selena Gomez In The Studio for Dazed Magazine Photoshoot

Selena Gomez was recently in the studio for Dazed Magazine's Spring 2020 Issue.

The photo shoot took place in Studio A, Studio B, and Rooftop A. Throughout the spread Selena can be seen rocking large pink Disney gloves and posing with a Barbie doll head in her mouth. She can also be seen photographer in a fountain of pennies that was built within the studio. Follow the link below to read Selena’s spread in Dazed, which features an in-depth Q&A. Some topics include Selena’s take on her Latin identity, her involvement with immigration activism, and her favorite karaoke song.

Click Here to Read the Cover Story

Featured Photos from Our January Photoshoot

Women posing with 2020 balloon in LA photo studio, Apex

Jonathan Van Ness In The Studio Fitness Video Shoot

Smiling Guy with Shiny Hair - Jonathan Van Ness during the photoshoot at Apex Photo Studios in LA

Jonathan from Netflix’s Queer Eye, recently came into the studio to shoot a fun fitness video with FitOn. The shoot took place in Studio D. You can view the full video through the FitOn app which is available for free in the app store. 

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Studio D is the perfect studio for fitness, e-commerce, and lifestyle photo shoots. As one of Apex’s most popular studios, it is known for its incredible sunrise light, large floor to ceiling windows, and its urban East LA views.

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Thank you FitOn for another awesome shoot! If you’re interested in seeing more content from the shoot, follow the links below for additional Behind The Scenes footage. 

JVN Video 1

JVN Video 2

JVN Video 3

Featured Photos from Our December Photoshoot

November Photo Features

Affordable Photo Studio Rental in Los Angeles - Girl and Boy Photoshoot

Each month Apex will be showcasing a collection of photos from all of the wonderful shoots that happened at our studios throughout the month. This will include final photos from shoots, as well as fun behind the scenes photos from crew. We love all the creativity that happens at Apex, and we want to share it with our community. Check out photos from our November shoots below, and vote for your favorite image! Starting in 2020, the top photo with the most likes will get a special prize!

Red Hooks Lab Workshop at Apex

Beautiful black and white portrait taken at the studio for rent in downtown area.

What is Red Hooks Lab?

Red Hooks Lab is a non-profit organization that offers “free, comprehensive, photography programming and career training for local teens and adults…”. Their mission is to “create centers that provide high-caliber photography arts education to teens and young adults, to materially advance their skills and access to job opportunities that can allow for long term-success…”. Apex recently hosted one of Red Hooks Lab’s photography programs for local teens, in our very own Studio D. Take a look below for some Behind The Scenes photos of the workshop, as well as a Q&A highlighting Red Hooks Lab’s experience working with Apex. 

 

Photo & BTS of the Workshop

Q&A with Red Hooks Labs

How long have you been doing these workshops and how frequently do you shoot at a photo studio?

 

We have been doing [them] since 2015. This was [the] first ‘studio day’ for this group of students. They didn’t have any studio experience before. 

 

How did your class at Apex Photo Studios go? 

 

The class went wonderfully well. We were greeted by friendly Apex staff and were able to enjoy the beautiful space for the student shoot. 

 

What are some things that stood out about your experience here?

 

First of all, we are truly grateful that Apex was able to donate some studio time for a good cause. The whole experience exceeded our expectations. This class enabled us to advance our student career skills and provided [us] with industry insights. 

 

Please include anything else you’d like us to potentially mention regarding why it is important to teach kids about photography and how you see your classes growing in the future?

 

We believe that it is very important to give the students an opportunity to understand and access the professional creative world and provide them with tools for success. Therefore, a ‘studio day’ in a real photography studio is an essential part of the program. We hope we can repeat it at Apex next semester again!

 

Where can we find more of your work?

 

Please visit Red Hook Labs website or Instagram to learn more about our educational and gallery programming. 

 

Website: https://redhooklabs.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redhooklabs/

 

Thank you to Red Hooks Labs for coming into Apex, and also students Jyyel, Jason, Diana, Celeste, Azucena, Honey, Jasmine, Jyya, Jyyhan, and Leylani for creating wonderful photos in our space!

Apex Gives Back

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Apex Announces a New Monthly Giveaway

Here at Apex, we value all of the creatives that choose to work in our space. We love to celebrate the creative community, and we want to do something each month to express our gratitude. Starting now, each month we will be giving free studio time for a session up to 6 hours, with up to $200 worth of rented equipment. See below for more details on how to apply in the giveaway each month.

Photography rental studio from Apex Photo Studios located in Los Angeles near the Downtown area.

Giveaway Rules

To enter into the giveaway each month, you must:

-Follow us on Instagram & Like our page on Facebook

-Post a photo from your shoot and tag us on Instagram

-Post a story from your shoot and tag us on Instagram

Please send us a message whenever you’ve completed all of the steps. A winner will be chosen at the end of the month. Thank you for choosing Apex, and good luck!

@apexphotostudios

Beverly Hills Luxury Magazine – Luxury at Apex

Beverly Hills Lifestyle - Beverly Hills Luxury Magazine taken at Apex Photo Studios

It’s no surprise that a lot of magazines choose to shoot at Apex Photo Studios.

Most recently, Beverly Hills Luxury Magazine shot actor and male model Gregory Zarian for a campaign for their men’s section. The shoot was held in Studio E. The crew made use of both the white cycloroma and the natural light coming from our floor to ceiling windows. Here is a BTS video of the crew hard at work, having fun, and enjoying their time at Apex.