One of the truly great places to shoot in Ohio is the deserted, Mansfield reformatory. I have brought three different groups of photographers and models to the site in the past, but was dissuaded from doing it last year when they increased the price for any photographer to $150. I recently worked out a deal with the reformatory to bring a group of 25 photographers and five models for a total price per photographer of $80. That includes your admission, and the cost of the models. Tourists cannot come into the facility before 11:00 am and normally don't get to the cell blocks before 12:00 noon, so we will have it to ourselves for the first two-plus hours. Additional, non-photographers, can come with you for $9.00 per person.
For those not familiar with the facility, this prison was scheduled for demolition, when Hollywood found it, gave it a stay of execution, and shot the Shawshank Redemption there. The cell blocks are as they were on the day the prisoners left, but the rust and peeling paint were caused the the dis-use after the filming. Making for great images. Today, there is a foundation dedicated to preservation, and the fees go to the foundation.
I will provide additional information soon, but we need to make sure we have 30 people interested or the per person cost jumps.
Take a look at their website at: http://www.mrps.org/