Photoshoot locations in action

What makes a good photoshoot location? Well, it’s not always easy to answer that! In the end, it’s down to whatever a client might be looking for at the time, although there are several things that might help to make a location popular, such as large rooms that have plenty of space to shoot, good daylight, interesting windows, a great selection of unsual furniture, classic wallpapers, large kitchens, friendly & helpful owners, client parking and easy access for public transport.

What kind of clients are booking shoot locations with us?

Our clients inclde Newspapers & Magazines, Catalogues, PR Companies, Ad Agencies, Retail Brands, TV Production companies and Film Companies. They all have different requirements, looking for a wide variety of shoot locations and we strive to find the perfect property for each one.

What types of locations do we offer?

We look after all of the best London shoot houses and apartments, as well as a comprehensive selection of properties outside of the capital. We also have acess to a large off-line library of more random types of locations, so whatever your requirements, feel free to get in touch!

  • Kiera Knightly shoot for Harpers Bazaar kiera knightly - Harpers Bazaar
  • Diana Gomez shoot at Bassett Road Diana Gomez @ Bassett Road
  • Kelly Brook shoot for Fabulous Magazine Kelly Brook - Fabulous Mag
  • Misguided shoot at Montagu House Misguided @ Montagu House

Why choose 1st Option?

1st Option have been providing cutting edge shoot locations to the media industry for over 15 years and have a wealth of experience in sourcing great properties for our clients. We 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 does a shoot cost?

    This will depend on your requirements - editorial shoots can start from as little as £400 for some properties but can rise significantly for higher-end locations. Advertorials and advertising will be more expansive than editorial rates and filming shoots even more, depending on the size of the crew and the amount of disruption to the owner. 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 decorate the property?

    Most owners are happy to allow decorating at their property, provided it is re-instated to their complete satisfaction following the shoot. All clients sign a booking form prior to their shoot accepting responsibility for any damage that might be done during the execution of their shoot. Some owners actually prefer the clients decoration changes and are happy to keep them afterwards, although in our experience this is quite rare!

  • Any locations outside 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!