To be honest, the best way to learn is to shoot your still life's because they don't make you nervous and you don't waste somebody else's time sitting for you. Better to get the lights right, by understanding their relationships etc, when you can take all the time in the world.
With people, you have to worry about posing in addition to the lights... and when you're just starting out the less you have to worry about at one time the better.
Ultimately it boils down to what you main objective is. To learn about controlling lights in a studio environment, or to spend time with a beautiful young lady?
renting of the studio will be shared among uswho are going, planning to rent for a whole day for about $150 that is from 9-9...... the studio have 4 lights and accessories, backdrops and boom-arm...i don't think they have working table there...just in case i'll bring 2 more x-tra lights...HOW ABOUT HAVING IT THIS MID OF MARCH...EXACT DATE WILL POSTED LATER...WE CAN BE OUR OWN MODEL IF AGREED...STILL LIFE =I'M SURE YOU CAN FIND ALOT IN YOUR CAMERA BAG.....WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK ???