Photo Studio Rental

SOPHA rents studio space for photographers.
SOPHA has 6,000 square feet of studio space available to rent.  And we will admit, we really love our studio!

Our studio space is on the second floor of an industrial building in Manchester, New Hampshire.  We rent studios principally to our Members, but we rent to non-members as well.  We are heated and air conditioned, have plenty of on street parking out front, clean restrooms – everything you should expect!  Oh, and this:

Our studio includes the gear!
That’s right: our studio lights, modifiers, stands, grip gear – it is all included in the studio cost.  Most photographers simply bring their camera bag, and we have all the rest!

We have two large spaces to meet your photographic needs:
We have cleverly named our spaces Studio A and Studio B.  When you rent the space you are getting one studio for your exclusive use for that time period.

About Studio A…
Studio A is larger of the two spaces, and features a 12′ wide white cyclorama, a large bank of north facing windows (room darkening curtains are at hand if needed) and a large number of set walls that change frequently.

About Studio B…
Studio B is more traditionally sized, featuring a number of set walls oriented to portraiture.  Studio B is also converts to a classroom and is also often used for client meetings.

Both Studios Include…
Both studios are fully equipped with six Einstein studio lights each including boom arms and large pre-configured Octadomes.  Each space has its own supply of c-stands and sand bags, along with ceiling mounted cord reels for power, built in stereo speakers (Bluetooth, of course) and a make up booth/station. Both spaces share a common equipment area which holds all our softboxes, reflectors, grids, grip gear, props, textiles, etc.  You name it, we probably have it.  All of it is included in your rental.  Video lights are not included in your rental but are available for rental separately.

Please schedule a tour
The best way to get a feel for our space is to contact the office and schedule a tour.  Tours are scheduled at a time of mutual convenience and when both studios aren’t rented (we don’t interrupt shoots to give tours).  Most tour requests can be met within a day – it really is just about finding the best time!

Take the Google Tour
Google did a pano tour of our studio a while back. Much has changed, but you can get the basic idea here:

Studio A –

Studio B –

Equipment Rental

SOPHA is the only photographic equipment rental house in New Hampshire.  A local company with local service.  Click through to see the large array of gear we offer for rent and call or email to reserve your rental today!

While this website is always the most complete and accurate listing of our available gear, you can download our complete rental flyer (PDF) here.

We rent Nikon, Canon. and Sony lenses and camera bodies, as well as studio lighting by Profoto, Alien Bee, and Einstein.  We have a full range of stands, grip, and other needed accessories including all the lighting modifiers such as softboxes, reflectors, parabolics, gels, etc.  We also rent Off Camera Flash gear, Tripods, Video and Audio Production equipment, and Monitor, Lens, and Color Calibration Targets.

To reserve your rental gear, please call us at (603) 782-8403 so we can help you best.  While we strongly recommend reservations, we can often accommodate last minute and urgent rentals.

All rentals are done out of our Manchester, NH office, with pick ups and drop offs are scheduled individually and are usually between noon and 7pm daily.  We do not offer shipping.

Lost, missing, damaged rental equipment is subject to repair or replacement costs at our option, up to full retail value of the item.  We do not offer insurance, so when renting please be sure you are able to cover costs should a calamity occur.

Our standard rental period is two nights.  If you rent for two rental periods (four nights) you get three nights free (i.e. a week).  Late returns are subject to additional fees.

We are glad to custom quote any rental gear or package to suit your needs, simply call.

If you don’t see what you need, please ask – we have lots of gear coming and going and we might be able to meet your needs!


The Studio of Photographic Arts (SOPHA), an 6,000 square foot rental studio and photographic community in Manchester, New Hampshire. SOPHA was founded in 2006 to support photographers of all levels by renting equipment, providing instruction, and offering the coolest space possible for its members to practice and display their art.

While we are run like much like a co-op, with member photographers using our space and our services as they need, our services are available to non-members as well.

Bud Thorpe

Bud Thorpe is the owner of SOPHA.  Bud is an accomplished self-taught photographer and experienced instructor.  You can reach Bud at


Kim SancrantiKimberly Buccheri is our resident artist, supporting the activities of SOPHA daily.  Kim is a frequently-published dog photographer and instructor.  You can see more of her work here.  You can reach Kim at

SOPHA is supported by a great Staff of experienced photographers.  We recommend contacting us to schedule a tour of SOPHA so you can learn more about SOPHA and the efforts of its fantastic Member photographers.