So...just looking for some input and advice.
I just decided to take over management (and hopefully, eventually ownership) of a local co-op photography studio. It's established and has maintained itself for over 4 years. When I say "maintained", I mean that it virtually runs itself with no effort. BUT, that lack of effort and interest from the owner has caused it to begin to decline.
That's where I step in! I am going to overhaul as much as possible with little financial investment. It's a long story. But, I will be investing my time only. If I get it to profitable status, I will get to keep the profits. Just as a sidebar, we are in agreement in having contracts that protect both of our interests. It really is a "turn-key" opportunity for something that just needs some TLC and proper marketing.
So...what I would like to know is what would you want in a studio that you would be proud to bring your clients into??
Keep in mind, this is a co-op, but not the kind where it's just 4 photogs sharing studio. It's a HUGE studio with like 100 members that subscribe to various amounts of time based on their membership. But, we also rent to hourly people and commercial etc.etc. So, this is really a community studio accessible to everyone.
I know you can't make EVERYONE happy. But, the diversity of the studio and the size has been very appealing to many. but, it's in disrepair, and needs some updating and basically to be rebranded etc.
So, I'd just like to know what kinds of things you would look for or hope for in a place like this? I want to make as many people as happy as possible, but also reasonably. I already have boat-load of plans and ideas to implement. I'm just hoping for some outside perspective too. What would make you want to come to "Joe-Blow Studio" and shoot as a member or even just occasionally?