I have had an idea for a while of starting a type of cooperative studio near Bellingham, WA. I have done some research and found that especially with Wedding Photographers, the idea of an actual studio is becoming les and less common. There are a lot of posts about people who meet clients at the local Starbucks, etc. However, most of the books I have read, suggest otherwise, even going as far as to recommend large plasma TVs to show your work. That in mind, I have thought of an idea to start a studio where you can rent the space for blocks of time. Because of the age that we are in, I am thinking of purely digital. I would like to have a couple of meeting rooms set up so people can meet clients. Computers in case people need an office away from home (I have read that this can be more important than a lot of people think. (The office away from home helps separating work and home). I also want to provide a studio area with lights and backgrounds, dressing rooms and possibly a boudoir area if that is something that people would use. Since I myself am just starting out in photography, I am starting to realize how expensive all of the equipment and space can be. I am sure that other beginners, and even seasoned professionals are noticing the same problems with our lagging economy. Now to my questions: · Is this something that other photographers would be interested in starting? · Do you have examples of cooperatives like this that have been successful or unsuccessful? · If people were interested in this type of cooperative, what kind of lighting and equipment would you like to see available? · Lastly, how many people do you think you would need in order for this to work? I would like to thank you in advance for helping me with my brainstorm. This is just the beginning of my idea and I would like help making it grow.