Chase Jarvis FRAMES: Studio Buildout

I wanted to share a short video today that’s a little more private than my normal ones. It’s certainly behind-the-scenes, but it’s not meant to reveal anything special about photography. In a way, it’s just a fun little 4000-picture journey–done in the Chase Jarvis: FRAMES style–documenting some of our time during the last few months of 2007. HUGE thanks to everyone who played a role in pulling this project together – you know who you are!

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89 Responses to Chase Jarvis FRAMES: Studio Buildout

  1. Zach Yakush March 11, 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    Hey, just wanted to say thanks Chase for putting up these behind the scenes videos. For a high schooler that wants to get into the business as a career it is great to see all the work involved in this kind of job. Hope all is going well.

    ~Zach Yakush

  2. David Burridge March 11, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    That is one awesome studio. But, I have come to the conclusion that you are a fake. Because, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is”. And, there’s no way that you could have an address of 3333. The number 3 is very special in aesthetics, and you somehow managed to get it 4 times! I no longer believe any of this CJinc madness. Time for you to come clean buddy!

  3. Oscar March 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    wow man.
    can i come play in the studio?

    cool video, as usual.
    thanks for showing!

  4. sokkerdad March 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    YOWZA! That was really cool Chase. Thanks so much for sharing. I love seeing this kind of stuff beyond just the photo world. Your photography is incredible, but thats a relatively established truth. What should be in the news as much as your photos is the seemingly boundless energy and vision you exude. It is incredibly inspiring and refreshing. Kudos to you and your team, and btw, what an aewsome place to go to work everyday!

  5. Bill Allen March 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    Music courtesy of Moby?! Dude! :-)

  6. Eric Schmiedl March 11, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    Like David, I call fakery. Having grown up in Seattle, those must be some incredibly fast builders to put together a studio space just on sunny days! :)

    Looks awesome. Is this the same studio we saw in the gear packing video, or a new one?

  7. Chase Jarvis March 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    Wow, just hit publish and sent a few emails and there were 5 comments. Thanks for the quick and encouraging words you guys. I cherish the positive energy of this community.

    @david: Definitely a lucky address, eh? How bout all dem 3’s! If you don’t believe it, of course send me a letter to 3333 Wallingford Ave North C1, Seattle, WA 98103 and when I get it, I’ll send you 3 something-or-others back so you can share in the good fortune! ;)

    [And btw, i’m not all that lucky really… Probably TMI, but if I were lucky, I wouldn’t have the rather sizable zit that I do right now. Weren’t those things supposed to go away when you were 18? Argh.]

  8. Chase Jarvis March 11, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    @ Eric: same studio as the packing vid and the Flickr meetup vid shows briefly. It all came together at end of 2007, although it feels like details still buttoning up almost daily. Just now getting around to assembling the documentation of our lengthy buildout process – kind of fun to reflect…wanted to have something cool to send to friends and family, as well as our kickass architects: SKB Architects. Shout outs to Amy, Kate, and Kyle. As well as interior help from Doug and Sarah at ObjektsLLC.

    BTW, I *wish* we could have built it all in the sun. Camera was indeed absent on those days where I had to sweep water out as it leaked under the door during construction (amongst the myriad of other construction challenges that don’t get to appear in still images ;)

  9. Anonymous March 11, 2008 at 11:18 pm #

    Sweet vid Chase! Having just finished a remodel on my house, I love the few frames where you’re (at least I think its you) sitting on curb on your phone – looks like you’re tearing out your hair. I can totally relate! But it’s all worth it in the end. Beautiful space, man. Congrats!

  10. Andrew March 11, 2008 at 11:43 pm #

    That takes a lot of discipline to get photos at each step in construction – Nicely done.

  11. Aegir March 12, 2008 at 12:21 am #

    Hey, cool video. Especially interesting to me, as I work as in the data communications industry installing small to large cabling systems for buildings, we get in there before the plaster is put on the walls, and end up staying there right till the week or two before the customer moves in, so from a profesional point of view it was interesting to see how the fit-out (We tend to call them fitouts in South Australia) of your studio came along. Watching the construction in fast-forward, and importantly, the customers moving in and furnishing the place to their desire made me smile. It’s not too often that you see such customer interaction on a construction project such as a building fitout.

    And from a photographic point of view, I’m inspired by the video collage of photos right from day one of the buildout. Especially where you freeze on a particular frame and pan across it.

    I dunno, call me a geek but it makes me giddy inside seeing such smooth videos of a project like this.

    Thanks for sharing :D.

  12. Ben March 12, 2008 at 12:34 am #

    Very well done Chase, and awesome new digs as well.

    Were they all still photos used in the movie?

  13. Chris March 12, 2008 at 2:03 am #


    Congrats Chase.

  14. Rechena March 12, 2008 at 2:10 am #

    Excellent, I wanna work in a place like that.
    Can’t think of any place in Portugal, with RedBull and drinks on the work place, well, maybe on the RedBull offices itself. ;)

    Great work chase.

    Regards, from Portugal.

  15. Nicholaus Haskins March 12, 2008 at 3:43 am #

    Chase, that was unreal. You’ve heard this time and time again but I hope that it hasn’t desensitized you. You really are an inspiration even for moderately successful photographers such as myself, and are continually setting the bar.


  16. Christian Kahlbom March 12, 2008 at 3:51 am #

    It’s beautiful!! Man, you’ve created a dream.

  17. Simon Winnall March 12, 2008 at 4:17 am #

    Nice Chase,

    Have you a studio space as well the meetings/office area? I might have missed it in the blur of shots!

    What was the Moby tune? Is it off Hotel?

    Keep up the good work!

  18. roger duncan March 12, 2008 at 5:37 am #

    Nice presentation: I’m wondering — is is made with Flash, a video editor like Final Cut or Avid — or what?

    I use ShowitWeb Pro and I think I probably could do this sort of thing — but I think it might be easier with with something else — and I’m fairly sure you guys are up on the ins and outs of the how-to dept.

    Again — nice presentation —
    ~ Roger

  19. Chase Jarvis March 12, 2008 at 6:19 am #

    @roger – indeed, made using Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

    @ ben – yes, all stills.

    @simon and bill – Moby’s music licensing is cool and user friendly.

    @ oscar – sure, come play!

  20. Julian Love March 12, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    I admired your setup in the Packing vid, seeing more of it here makes me realise it is an even cooler space than I had realised. Now I just need to get one of those for myself :-)

    Thanks for sharing!


  21. Kingston March 12, 2008 at 8:27 am #

    Amazing! and congrats it looks like a rad place!

  22. Jim Goldstein March 12, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    Great video and incredible looking studio. I hope it proves to be a great place to do business.

  23. mario.ross March 12, 2008 at 8:37 am #

    only wanted to say that i really enjoy your backstage videos… i hope you will post some more about your studio and outdoor photography, it’s very helpful. Have some fun with the new studio.

    Saluti dalla svizzera, mario

  24. Gary Allard March 12, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    Ah, Wallingford. Isn’t it always sunny in Wallingford? When I lived in Seattle I always liked taking a side trip through that ‘hood. Usually on my way to the old Red Door (RIP).

    That’s a pretty nice joint you built there. Kinda reminds me of my place here in San Diego. Well, the well-stocked bar and the holding-stuff-together-with-Liquid-Nails part anyway. Congrats.

  25. Scott March 12, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    Party up at Chase’s studio!

    Kidding of course…

    But that is an amazing place – very impressive looking, very professional. Congratulations!

  26. Michael D March 12, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    cool video and cool studio!

  27. Marshall March 12, 2008 at 10:42 am #

    That’s a heck of a project and it looks like a great result, so congratulations.

    I would totally stop by next time I’m in Seattle (for an Ultimate tourney, probably), except I can’t think of what I’d say other than, “Hey what a nice place you’ve got here”…

    - Marshall

  28. bmillios March 12, 2008 at 10:47 am #

    Whoa, Chase … the place rocks. Nice to see more of the place that didn’t show up in the packing video, and the Strobist commercial.

    Red Bull? (shudders) I’m going to send you a package.


  29. JB March 12, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    Congrats with the new-ish studio. Looks like a cross between a bar and a studio (fully stocked bar I might add). Hopefully one day I’ll be able to document my future studio here in Boston.

    Thanks for sharing!


  30. udijw March 12, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    This is certainly something to aspire to.
    the video rocks as usual. But what’s with all the restroom closeups ;)
    - udi

  31. Oscar March 12, 2008 at 1:12 pm #


    Sometime soon I will be def. taking you up on that offer. Although im in Calgary, Canada (somewhere you must visit) I want to take a drive down the West Coast.

    Take care,

  32. Veduta Valerii March 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    Thank you for it. This one is very private but very touching!
    Your works videos and blog gives energy to me, motivates me to improve my photo skills, learn more, do more.
    So THANK YOU for that!

  33. Joe DuPont March 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    An absolutely beautiful studio. Happy shooting!

  34. Adam Kaplan March 12, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    Thanks for posting the video, I’ve been wondering what the studio looks like, after getting a glimpse in the packing vid’s. Very nice place, wish I had a place like that.


  35. Eric Schmiedl March 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    @Chase, there’s one part you haven’t shown us, though — where’s the studio area for taking pictures in?

  36. snorri March 12, 2008 at 9:49 pm #

    damn that is sweet, congrats probably nice to work there after all the hard work.

  37. Anonymous March 13, 2008 at 12:38 am #

    wow! can I come and play?

    what is the square footage? By the video, it looks damn big.. if that’s the case (and it may not be), why is such a big space needed if most of your work is on location? this question was brought up by a friend I shared the video with. I’m not Chase, so I didn’t have a answer for him..
    My guess would be besides office space, you have a shooting dock for any in-studio/green screen shoots that occur?


  38. Eric Baumann March 13, 2008 at 7:07 am #

    beautiful space, you really did an amazing job with the design.

    thanks for sharing and enjoy the red bull/guitar hero ;-)

  39. Chase Jarvis March 13, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    @ udi: the mens restroom because we like potty humor ;)

    @ anon (dov): the big main space about 2500 sqft. We indeed do a lot of location but some studio in the vein of what you’re saying with greenscreen,etc and also shoot some just plain studio stuff as well and have a lot of fun! Space is key.

    @ simon: the main shooting space is where you see the conference table – that alone is about 35’x35’x18′, although we can shoot all over…

  40. Anonymous March 13, 2008 at 11:19 am #

    Dude: Rocking place. I love your aesthetic.

    Also checked out the FRAMES Hasselblad Masters piece. That is sooooo sick. Play it again and again… People if you haven’t seen it, go there NOW!

  41. Anonymous March 13, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    hey Chase, great frames vid, be sure to put it up on your itunes podcast!!!

  42. Jacob March 13, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    For anyone interested in Moby – Check out – if you’re a student or using it for non-commercial or non-profit it’s all for the taking (or using, rather). Very cool stuff.

    And Chase… as it’s been said many times, nice digs. Although I am disappointed that there is no pool table.

  43. Mike Asencio March 14, 2008 at 3:19 am #

    Ok, so we know that you’re an “On Location” Photog that still needs a photo “Studio” maybe I missed it in the vid, but do you actually have a “Traditional” studio room somewhere in place. Thanks for posting the video! Can you let us know the price of admission once you start the studio tours. I want the strobist discount! :)

  44. Anonymous March 14, 2008 at 10:51 am #

    anybody know the name of the tune ?

  45. Simon Winnall March 14, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    Tune is Flying Foxes

  46. Timothy Lefkowitz March 14, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    Thanks Chase for posting this.

    I love how this little clip was done. That’s a great idea for the project I’m doing now!! anyway amazing studio very sleek, sexy, profession Badass!! I would love to come and see it if i’m ever in Seattle?

    I have to ask. where did you get the frames for your photographs hanging in your studio?? there Sweet!!!

  47. Chase Jarvis March 14, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    @ Tim: they’re custom steel frames.

    @ Mike: I don’t roll “traditional”. We have no cyclorama – we just use the big space in the front and hang seemlesses as necessary. It’s a very versatile room.

  48. Duncan March 15, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    Rawk! Very nice video of the build-out process. The resulting space is so very kick ass.

  49. Jenny Hill March 16, 2008 at 3:09 am #

    Thanks for sharing Chase. Great video, stunning studio.

    Luck and happiness,


  50. Pelayo March 16, 2008 at 4:31 am #

    As a CJ Frames fan, I like this one very much. Nice and plenty of light studio. Like it very much. Good luck, regards from Spain.

  51. Jasmine Marie March 16, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    What an amazing way to document this whole process! I’m so excited for you. :) It looks amazing.

  52. Eric March 17, 2008 at 5:45 am #

    WHERE is the darkroom?

  53. Chase Jarvis March 17, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    Eric: the darkrooms are in each of those shiny silver boxes called Mac Pros.

  54. Chadd March 17, 2008 at 8:34 am #


    “Eric: the darkrooms are in each of those shiny silver boxes called Mac Pros.


  55. Marc Andre Jourdan March 27, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    Hey Chase,

    I am just starting with photography and while i was modelling in Singapore some Photographer gave me your name and told me to check out your page…

    …I must say you are just great man and you just get me going now…

    you are really an inspiration.


  56. soni April 2, 2008 at 1:53 am #

    usually which camera do u use?is it digital or u edit ur phtos before posting?

  57. Chase Jarvis April 2, 2008 at 9:54 am #

    @ soni: for this project we used the Nikon D2x for daily pics. These are just jpgs sewn together in hi-def resolution.

    For pro photo work, I use the Hasselblad Digital platform and the Nikon D3 platform.

  58. JP April 3, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    Furniture?’s:  Herman Miller, right?  Nice.

    Hardware ?’s: that is about the sickest display of Apple gear I’ve ever seen.  Is the local Apple store jealous?

    Software?’s:  we all saw the Final Cut box.  Can we assume that you used FCP to this vid together?  would love to know how.  Also, saw Aperture box.  What do you think of the new 2.0 release? 

    Booze ?:  I recognized lots of the liquor in your cabinet, but what’s the blue bottle?  And hows you’re liver btw, that’s quite a stash 

  59. Chase Jarvis April 5, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    -yes, Herman Miller.
    -yes, lots of hardware ;)
    -yes, we cut these FRAMES videos together with FCP after importing all the thousands of jpgs at hi def resolution (at least 1080 pixels on the short dimension), we can string the shots out on a timeline and coordinate them with music, employ burns effects, etc.
    -yes, we’re digging the new Aperture. See my announcement of the release and assessment of new features in this earlier post on Aperture 2
    -the blue bottle is the worlds first certified organic tequila called 4 Copas.

  60. Anonymous April 9, 2008 at 6:19 am #

    Informative video specailly the music is good.wish i had this kind of studio near the sea!

  61. ofzaks May 16, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    wow, that is a great looking place, I didn’t really see the place where you will take the shots though, looked like an office rather than a studio, could you please tell me where that area is? by the big conference table? do you have to move it out?

  62. Chase Jarvis May 18, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    ofzaks: yes- the area where the conf table is is the shooting area. ~1500 square feet of love, super high ceilings. Everything in that room – tables and chairs – is on wheels so it moves in a matter of seconds.

  63. Anonymous May 26, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    Very nice studio and a talented application of Final Cut Pro. Thanks for sharing your environment with us.

    Who makes the rolling conference table?

  64. Chase Jarvis May 27, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    @ anon: conference table is custom ;) Email me offlist if you want the details.

  65. Anonymous June 14, 2008 at 8:02 am #

    From Italy

    Congrats with the new-ish studio!!!

    Where is the projectors?
    Do you have a basement?

    Thanks for sharing!


  66. Anonymous June 15, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Chase…
    another question:
    what kind of spaces/features do you have in your new studio?

    PS: do you have a plan of it?

  67. Mark William August 14, 2008 at 4:53 pm #


    Awesome studio, what a great building and location. I wish you all the best. By the way, which Moby song is that on the video? Great tune for the video.

  68. codyh August 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    @ Mark,

    That great track is called “flying foxes” via moby’s great site.

  69. Anonymous September 12, 2008 at 7:51 pm #

    Chase brother.. your work is beyond what I thought was the norm for professional expertise in your field.
    I hope to someday meet you and your crew – when my company developes a national advertising campaign you my horse!


  70. Aberazzi September 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    so, when do I get to go work for you at the new studio? I’m definitely willing to relocate.

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    hi + hellos

    its pretty amazin to go thru ur videos
    highly inspirational _ thank u for sharing the behind the scenes stuff

    i too have a smalltime studio , here in blore, india,
    i must say ur studio is a dream space

    hope u r havin fun

  72. Alexander Jordan July 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    just noticed some one bringing in what looks like a neg scanner, errr…. why?


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    example I’m a fire fighter we had a new house built 5 years ago and it was state of the art. Now with changes in personnel and new equipment it seems like we should have done things differently back then.

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