It’s his really like for images that drove Motacek to open up The Studio Box, a rental photography and videography studio, at 2730 5th Ave. S., Device A, in Fargo.

A Jamestown, N.D., native and University of North Dakota graduate, Motacek moved to Los Angeles immediately after graduating to faucet into his passion for creative imagination. “I was discovering my artistic interest out there,” Motacek informed The Forum. “I’m an optometrist now, but I experienced an art side that I wanted to investigate before I did that.”

Obviously, Motacek located himself in the company of La La Land’s aspiring artists who’d tote their headshots to auditions. “They ended up going to auditions for diverse dance matters and Tv shows and they’d bring headshots,” he recalled. “I was hunting at them and reported ‘I could do far better than that. … I should get into this.’”

In brief order, Motacek took up photography, sooner or later holding shoots for multiple artists per working day. He was able to study pictures by taking gain of Los Angeles’s rental images studios, nevertheless they could frequently get highly-priced. “Most of them were being quite highly-priced and if you additional a pair lights setups to it, it was even extra pricey,” he stated.

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Aaron Motacek stands Monday, June 21, 2021, in one of four studio spaces he has available for rent in south Fargo.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Aaron Motacek stands Monday, June 21, 2021, in one of four studio areas he has accessible for rent in south Fargo.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photograph Editor

Motacek was able to uncover an all-inclusive studio which featured the lights tools he required at no added price tag. “The second time I was there, I believed ‘I want to convey this back again to North Dakota someday,’” he mentioned.

Now back in North Dakota and completed with optometry university, Motacek modeled The Studio Box right after that all-inclusive studio.

A “community rental studio,” The Studio Box features several various areas, together with a pure light-weight studio, regions with studio lighting, a graffiti garage and a YouTube videography studio.

A vital differentiator, though, is that The Studio Box features lighting equipment like ring lights and on-digital camera lighting as perfectly as flash and continuous lights. Lastly, the facility also has diverse coloured seamless paper backdrops, solution images products and toddler pictures gear.

Open up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, artists can guide studio time online and receive a door code to enter the facility. Bookings are now $20 for each hour, however Motacek is currently giving a half-off deal via the close of July. “Anyone can lease it, whether they’re a photographer or just understanding or perhaps even want to use the room for anything else a little bit various,” Motacek defined.

Since The Studio Box’s opening, Fargo-Moorhead region shutterbugs have viewed the all-inclusive facility as a welcome addition. “People are thrilled about the possibility or the availability of getting a area like this,” Motacek said. “The affordability, the availability and then just getting all the lighting and gear to use and experiment with, people have been really enthusiastic about that.”

Aaron Motacek stands Monday, June 21, 2021, in one of his studio spaces he has available for rent in south Fargo.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Aaron Motacek stands Monday, June 21, 2021, in a single of his studio spaces he has readily available for lease in south Fargo.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Studio Box is “BYOC,” carry your own digicam and lenses, Motacek reported, though he’s hoping to purchase cameras and lenses customers can rent as incorporate-ons.

He is also scheduling to build a team of licensed photographers, allowing for purchasers to e-book a photographer as opposed to the full studio. “Right now, you can only e-book time and studio area through the internet site, but I want to be in a position to have individuals reserve true pictures companies,” Motacek reported. “If they go those certifications, then they have uncovered certain appears to be that I want them to be ready to do and they’ll be detailed as a photographer to e book out for the space.”

A target of Motacek’s was to make the facility approachable for rookies. That meant generating a color- and selection-coded method to simplify advanced lighting arrangements. “Studio lighting, particularly the flash class of studio lighting can be kind of daunting. You have to discover how to do it and join it to your digicam,” he commented. “I’m just making an attempt to make it simpler to know how to use it and not have to know about the names and the models and all this variety of things.”



It is also why he has packed a lot of amenities into an economical bundle. “I never want to price tag any person out. I never want it to be a area just for persons who are now photographers and they’re bringing in clients each and every time they use it,” Motacek explained.

He’s hopeful The Studio Box will improve into a area the place all people can faucet into their creativity. “I want it far more of just a artistic, enjoyment place to master skills, or improve a pictures or videography organization by mastering how to do it,” he concluded.

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