Studio 1912

Studio 1912 is a beautiful photography studio located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota occupying 4800 square feet of the Olde School Apartment building. Studio 1912 is owned and operated by Michael Woolheater under Michael Woolheater Photography. It occupies the entirety of the basement and has two entrances creating an ideal environment for photographers and clients. The entrances are separately labeled as “West Entrance” and “East Entrance”. The Olde School Apartment building was previously the South Dakota School for the Deaf. It was originally built in 1885 and then expanded in 1912 (the year of the namesake). Within the the studio, there are incredible and unique walls that are original to the building which creates the most versatile and unique photography experience in the area. Sioux Falls Photographers have a deep passion for outdoor photography and now that same passion can be applied to indoor photography thanks to Studio 1912.


104 North Krohn Place, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103, United States


  • 4 large creative capture spaces
  • Significant storage space
  • Business quality internet
  • Couches, tables, chairs, lamps, beds, curtains, rugs, amongst other things
  • Professional lighting equipment
  • Comprehensive security system
  • Simple and quick online booking
  • Access to thermostats for all areas
  • Two private restrooms
  • Low monthly cost

Become a Member

To ensure priority goes to our members, the studio is only available to those contractually invested. Members can book one of two studios in just moments from their phone or a computer. Members can schedule as much time as they need in the studio. This is accomplished using a shared studio calendar and a booking feature that is transparent and easy to use. Members are able to use any studio items including furniture, decor, or lighting equipment. Memberships are available with a 12 month membership agreement at $300 per month. Members range from new and growing photographers to established and experienced photographers – It is a great place for all photographers. Membership is available on a very limited basis to ensure the studio has great availability. If you are interested in membership or a tour you can complete the form below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Already a member? Visit the members page.

Here and Now

Located at 104 North Krohn Place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in a building that was first constructed in 1885 then expanded in 1912. Studio 1912 is in a space that has essentially been untouched since its initial build. The studio is divided into two large studios (Studio 1912 East and Studio 1912 West). Each studio has significant natural light, and together have over 3800 square feet. It is one of South Dakota’s most impressive photography studios. Wall to wall lifestyle sets, rustic walls, and modern furniture make this studio ideal for seniors, portraits, business photography, lingerie/boudoir, families, and everything in between.

East Studio Entrance

Studio 1912 started with just a single entrance and one studio room. It has since expanded to several studio rooms and has two entrances. The East studio is where it all began and continues to be an exciting and beautiful space.

West Studio Entrance

The biggest and final expansion of the studio occurred when the West studio and second entrance were added. The West studio has lower ceilings than the East studio but offers different and unique beautiful stone walls that make for great newborn, family, senior, boudoir, and business photography.

Michael Woolheater Photography

Thank you to everyone that has visited us in the studio. Below are a few pieces of work from my time in the studio. I do many family photo shoots in the studio that can be found under Families & Couples and I do a lot of Boudoir sessions in the studio.

Take a Virtual Tour of The East Studio

Take a virtual tour of Studio 1912 East in Sioux Falls, SD

In the News

Studio 1912 was recently featured on Keloland Living, a local news program in the Sioux Falls region. A special thank you to the Cutler Law Firm for the invitation to collaborate on this special program focusing on small business and partnership.

Studio 1912 (among a few other businesses of mine in the news).

Initial Construction

It only took a couple of meetings with the building’s owner to determine that this was the perfect space for something that had been a dream since my photography inception. Initial construction involved building some internal walls, adding a private bathroom, painting the ceilings and walls bright white to reflect as much lights as possible, and adding a reasonable amount of electrical. It did NOT involve touching any of the exterior walls or the floor and that was by design. The idea was to retain as much of the original building’s character as possible.

Total construction only took about 2 months and during that time we were able to assemble a close group of talented photographers to utilize the space. That is also when I began designing the use of the space with lifestyle settings, picking out furniture, and most importantly – picking out light fixtures that would make it unique and exceptional.

Ultimately the space ended up going from an idea on paper to inception in about two months!