'What it is like to have a shoot location'

Sophie Hitchens Monday 13th April 2015   0 Comments

What made you register your home with a Location Agency and how long have you been doing it?

I can’t quite believe it, having just looked at my first invoice, but I have been registered with Light Locations since December 2004!  I don’t know where the time has gone, but what I do know is that my bookings with Light Locations have gone from strength to strength.

I am a stylist and interiors author and have worked on many projects including Habitat catalogues where I sourced real life locations . When we bought the house, a rambling Victorian villa in Palace Road in 2003 it seemed a practical idea to combine its function as a domestic space with doing photographic shoots.

My aesthetic which you can see in my ‘Pure Style’ books is very clean and simple, and so it marries well with the Light Locations look.

What is the best thing about working with Light Locations?

Sophie is really efficient and business like and never keeps me waiting for payment. She takes the time to photograph the properties and any room updates herself, and sends the girls in the office to also see each property so that they all have a good sense of what will suit a particular client.

What advice would you give someone who is thinking of registering their home?

Don’t do it if you feel stressed at the thought of strangers heaving box loads of props and photographic equipment through your home.  Don’t do it if you are OCD about small scratches and nicks on your floors and walls. And don’t do it if you’re not a peopley person, because letting shoots into your home is a little like running a hotel or a restaurant, you’re providing a service and it helps if you can engage with your clients. But if you have a large space with high ceilings, white walls,  good light and no clutter , then I thoroughly recommend getting in touch with Sophie.

Where has your home featured?

We have had an incredibly broad array of clients, from Jack Dee’s comedy series, Lead Balloon to Boden, Tesco , Farrow & Ball paints and most of the interior decoration magazines.  The house is a versatile space, in that there are white walls, but also rooms with colour, and then there is very good light because it faces south, and also a large garden which is put to use at all times of the year (cold storage for a drinks company in January!) to outdoor living shots in spring.

My location is known as Palace Road on Light Locations site so do have a look.

See my website at My new book Pure Colour which also features the house is published in April 2015 by Pavilion.