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Photoshoot locations in London and the UK

What makes a good stills photoshoot location?

Knowing what will make good locations for photoshoots in London and the UK isn’t a straightforward question to answer. It often comes down to the requirements of the client, but there are some things that can make a photo shoot location more popular. These include: large rooms with plenty of space for shooting, good daylight, interesting windows, a great selection of unusual furniture, classic wallpapers, large kitchens, friendly and helpful owners, client parking and easy access for public transport.

What types of clients hire locations for photoshoots through us?

Our clients include a range of different companies from newspapers & magazines, catalogues and PR companies to Ad agencies, retail brands, TV production companies and film companies. Each one of our clients has different requirements for a wide variety of projects, yet we always strive to find them the perfect location for their photoshoot.

What types of photoshoot locations in London and the UK do we offer?

At 1st Option, we look after the best photoshoot locations London has to offer. Whether you are looking for a location house, an apartment or something more unusual, we have it. Not only that, we also have access to an extensive off-line library featuring even more properties as well as locations outside of London. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll have something for you. Just give us a call to talk about your requirements.

Why our location company is the best choice for sourcing great photographic locations

Having over sixteen years’ experience means that we know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to finding the perfect shoot location for our clients. Our team of agents will follow your brief to find a location for your photoshoot that fits. We also have access to the best properties available so we will find something great for you. Even if you need a location that is a little unusual or quirky, give us a call still as we have an off-line library with many more properties that may suit your needs.

How are we different from other shoot locations agencies?

As our customer, we always give you the highest levels of service and we always go the extra mile. It’s literally our business to find you the perfect location for your photoshoot, adhering to your brief and budget. To make your job easier, we have full-screen images of all of the locations on our website which means you can get a better idea of what’s on offer without having to necessarily visit the property before the shoot.

Searching for your photoshoot venue

We have comprehensive search filters available at the top of the page to help you find your perfect shoot location, however, if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!

What’s it like to own a stills photoshoot location?

Using your home as a photo shoot location can be a great way to generate some extra income and it’s always nice to see the finished article when the pictures are published in a magazine or used in an Ad Campaign.

If you’re considering offering your property as a shoot location, it’s important to think carefully about how comfortable you would be with having crews in your home as this can sometimes be disruptive to your family life or schedule and isn’t for everybody.

Although most crews are extremely respectful and considerate, occasionally things may get broken. The client will always be insured against damage and if it occurs this will be put right following the shoot but if your home has a lot of fragile or sentimental items, then offering it as a shoot location may not be right for you.

Owning a shoot location also comes with some responsibilities, it’s essential that the pictures on our web site accurately showcase your property as that is what a client will be expecting on the day. It’s also important to ensure you property is always clean and ‘shoot-ready’ when the crew arrives.

If you think that owning a photoshoot location might be for you then please visit our listing your property page for details on how to go about getting it listed.

Locations for photoshoots London

Because that’s where most of our clients are based, photoshoot locations in London are naturally more popular than photoshoot locations around the UK, we do get all kinds of enquiries though so don’t let not being London based put you off enquiring!

To give you an idea of how your home could look in a magazine, have a look some of our recent location photoshoots below -

  • Kiera Knightly for Harpers Bazaar Kiera Knightly for Harpers Bazaar
  • Diana Gomez @ Bassett Road Diana Gomez @ Bassett Road
  • Kelly Brook for Fabulous Mag Kelly Brook for Fabulous Mag
  • Misguided @ Montagu House Misguided @ Montagu House

Stills photoshoot location FAQ’s

  • Costs for a stills shoot location?

    The cost of hiring our locations for a photo shoot depends on your needs. An editorial shoot can start from £400 but rise significantly for some of our higher- end locations. Advertorial and advertising shoots will be more expensive than editorial rates and filming locations even more. Prices also vary depending on crew size and the amount of disruption to the owner. Standard booking fees at 1st Option are £95 or 5% of the overall shoot fee, whichever is greater. On filming shoots our booking fee is higher.

  • How long is a shoot day?

    A standard shoot day runs from 9am to 6pm and sometimes 8am to 5pm during the winter in order to make better use of daylight hours. Usually it is possible to arrive earlier and to shoot later into the evening, but this will incur overtime charges. Standard overtime rates are typically charged at 20% of the day rate per hour, increasing after 9pm. Overtime is at the discretion of the owner, as are weekend shoots, which also carry a higher rate.

  • Can I decorate at 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 shoot locations outside London?

    We have a large selection of locations outside the M25 and throughout the rest of the UK. Our portfolio includes beach houses, country manors and also farms. Additionally, we have a selection of properties in our off-line library and also have some properties abroad. Use our search filters to find what you need, or please get in touch with us and tell us what you are looking for.