Union 206 Studio: Old Town Alexandria

Union 206 is a premier full-service photography studio rental located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.  The studio, owned by Charles Butler,  consists of two shooting facilities as well as rooftop space that overlooks the Potomac River.  Studio A is a 3000 sqft private studio space equipped with a 16′ x 16′ x 10′ cyc wall, a lounge, studio lights, a private dressing/make up room, & a separate studio designed for product photography.  Studio B  is a 3000 sqft raw warehouse space that offers an abundance of distressed & edgy environments. If you are not familiar with these facilities… you MUST check ’em out.  I recently signed on as a member & am psyched with all the possibilities that the studio offers.  Definitely haven’t found anything quite like it in the DC metro area.


Mmmmm… Mojitos: A Portable Studio


The images for this project were created “on location” at various restaurants around the DC metro area… thus required a practical & portable studio set up.  When dealing with cold drinks… it’s inevitable that the seamless will continually get wet & need to be replenished as one works.  To practically solve this need for LOTS of paper & portability… I decided to take a small hand saw to a 53″ white seamless and very gingerly saw it in half.  This conveniently yielded two 26″ rolls.  Nice and small… & more than I needed.  Anyway… here’s it goes:


1. 7″ Reflector – positioned directly behind the white seamless… thus acting as both a background and a diffused light source. This effect illuminates the drink like a slide on a light table.

2. Softbox (on a boom) – positioned directly overhead. Lowered further down than shown in this pic. This softly lights the garnish and fills shadows on the base of the paper.