Studios through 1st Option

We have a great and varied selection of top end studio locations at 1st Option, ranging from classic white spaces with painted white floors and infinity coves to exposed brick, wooden floors and old-style windows. They cover all areas of London and a variety of price brackets to suit all budgets and area preferences. Due to client demand we’re currently expanding our studio listings and adding more all the time so keep an eye out for updates!

Why choose a studio?

Studios generally will have better access than residential locations, so if you need to shoot large products or props they can be more convenient, More and more these days studios are incorporating elements previously only available at traditional locations such as textured walls, wallpapers, unusual furniture and even working kitchens & bathrooms..

What kind of extra equipment do studios offer?

Studios usually have dedicated makeup and dressing areas with lit mirrors, hanging rails, steamers and other equipment such as reflector boards and backdrops, all of which help to make your day a little easier!

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Why choose 1st Option?

1st Option have an ever increasing portfolio of studio spaces spread throught the London area and beyond, with a great mix of styles & sizes and prices to suit all budgets. We also have a dedicated team of agents who will be happy to help with your enquiry.

What sets us apart from other agencies?

At 1st Option we strive to give the highest levels of customer service! We’ll always go the extra mile to find you the perfect location for your shoot and we’ll also do our best to work with your budget and get you the best deal possible. We also go ‘full-screen’ with the location images in our website allowing you to get the best idea of what’s on offer without necessarily needing to visit a property pre shoot.

Photoshoot location FAQ's

  • How much do studios cost?

    This will depend on your requirements - editorial shoots can start from as little as £300 for some studios but can rise significantly for higher-end locations. Advertorials and advertising will be more expansive than editorial rates. Some studios will sometimes do lower rates for tests - feel free to check with us! 1st Option have a standard booking fee of £95, or 5% of the fee, whichever is greater. On filming shoots the booking fee will be higher.

  • How long is a shoot day?

    A standard shoot day is from 9am-6pm, sometimes 8am-5pm in winter months to make better use of daylight. It’s usually possible to request to arrive earlier, or to shoot later into the evening, however, this will incur overtime charges. Standard overtime rates are usually charged at 20% of the day rate per hour, more after 9pm. Overtime is at the discretion of the owner, as are weekend shoots, which also carry a higher rate.

  • Can I set-build at a studio?

    Of course, most studio owners are happy to allow set building and can sometimes provide the service too, if needed. Studios will need to be re-instated to their former condition following the shoot. All clients sign a booking form accepting responsibility for any damage done during the execution of their shoot and agree to leave the property in the condition it was prior to arriving. It’s the client’s responsibility to ensure that this is adhered to.

  • Any studios outside of London?

    We have a large selection of locations outside the M25 and spread around the rest of the country, including beach houses, country manors and farms. We also have a selection of properties abroad. Have a look at the search filters on the main landing page on the site to help you to narrow down your search. We have a large off-line library too, so if you can’t see what you’re looking for on the website just give us a call!