Business Spotlight: Orlando Photography Studio, a unique creative space in the Milk District


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There is a good chance you have passed this month’s business spotlight multiple times and didn’t even realize it. In the heart of Downtown Orlando, in the confines of the Milk District, there lies the Orlando Photography Studio. It is a 1,750-square-foot space providing a unique environment to “create in.”

Carlos Romero and Deon Cooper are the owners and operators of this “pop and pop” studio and
have been in business for three years. (Photo by Tommy Cardinal)

Carlos Romero and Deon Cooper are the owners and operators of this “pop and pop” studio and have been in business for three years. Cooper is an Orlando native, and Romero was born in Venezula and has lived in Orlando since he was 8 years old. Both Romero and Cooper have a love for Orlando and are happy to call it home. Not only are they the owners of OPS, but they also have their own respective photography businesses as wedding, event, commercial and portrait photographers.

From taking photos or shooting a music video to hosting a podcast or throwing an event, Orlando Photography Studio is a space that can be utilized for a variety of purposes. The possibilities are endless. The studio space is very versatile. It has a Cyclorama that is 20 x 12 feet, and it offers a range of applications only limited by the creator’s imagination.

Reclaimed-wood wall that extends 20 feet and provides a different, rustic feel; white-washed brick that is perfect for an urban-city feel; sheet metal that provides an industrial yet clean look in images; daylight area that is a large pane of frosted glass that provides soft lighting on subjects — OPS’s built-in aesthetics are multi-functional.

“We see everyone that comes through here personally make sure they have everything they need and feel at home when they’re here,” Romero said. “We strive to create a fun, professional atmosphere [where] creators of all levels can come work, place and find if their creative voice is in this medium.”

The studio’s most popular bookings are the two-hour rentals, and a close second is the five-hour rentals. One notable person who rented the space: Mandy Harvey, a deaf musician from America’s Got Talent, shot her book cover at OPS. OPS was featured in Teen Mom 2, and LeJuan James’ (notable viral celebrity) book cover was shot there.

Orlando Photography Studio offers monthly plans for members who wish to use it on a regular basis.

“The thing I would say 99% of people say when they come in is, ‘We didn’t know you guys were here.’ Well, we’re here, y’all. Come try us out for your next production or event. We promise you wont have a smoother session anywhere else.”

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