Faded Grandeur and the Opulent Photo Shoot Locations

Sophie Hitchens Monday, 27th June 2016  0 Comments

A more theatrical photo shoot location lends itself to the stage of opulent creativity and allows stylists and photographers to set a scene, which evokes a feel of times gone by. An opulent photo shoot location may merely hint at the past with a feel of romantic decadence or it can go all out to take the voyeur to a specific time in the past.

We’ve picked out some of our favourite grand and opulent locations, which have been used by stylists, photographers and film makers to recreate specific points in the past or to showcase furniture or fashion which takes you to another time and place.

Airlie Gardens

This beautiful apartment in Holland Park acts as a stunningly romantic setting for furniture and fashion pieces. With its parquet flooring and uniquely distressed walls, light bounces around to create dreamy and ethereal imagery.

Eagle House

Whilst the majority of this stunning Georgian House is light, bright and radiant, it has one room in particular – a formal dining room, that oozes opulence. With its distressed walls, bare floors and period mouldings, it acts as a fabulous setting for luxurious textiles and furnishings.

Mile End Road

With its dark and atmospheric living room to its lavish bathroom wallpaper, this late Georgian House brings together an eclectic interior full of opulence and character. It’s the perfect setting for quirky shoots with a touch of nostalgia.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our brief time travel trip to opulent days gone by and look forward to more time travel adventures with you in the future….

Retro Chic Photo Shoot Locations

Sophie Hitchens Thursday, 16th June 2016  0 Comments

Retro chic. Definition = Imitative of a style or fashion from the recent past.

Many of our glorious photo shoot locations belong to great architectural eras of the past such as the Georgian period, notable for its reference to classical architecture or the Edwardian period with it’s revival of medieval or Neo-Georgian features.

But sometimes our Light Locations have rejected elements of their traditional past and combined their architecture of centuries gone by, with interior décor of decades past. A splash of wallpaper from the 1970s or a bright sofa that adds a reference to the 1960s has transformed interiors, which then lend themselves to very different photo shoot options.

We’ve selected a few of our favourite locations that have added the allure of retro chic to make undeniably retro cool interiors.

St Johns Avenue 

This converted carpentry wood workshop in North West London pays subtle but effective homage to the clean and open starkness of the 1960s with dashes of the bright sunny style of the 1970s. The clean white kitchen table which became popular with the onset of kitchen diners in the 60s and into the 70’s is married with pops of brightness in the upholstered armchairs and sofas sprinkled through throughout the interior.

Guildhill Road 

This stunning Edwardian house in Dorset pays plenty of credence to its early 20th century past with elegant living, ornate molded fireplaces and roll top bath. Yet is also manages to bring in very subtle hints of later 20th century influence. The buttoned upholstery in the kitchen seating area marries beautifully with its retro wallpaper setting and 1960s teak spindle back chairs.

Sydenham House 

This glorious townhouse in South East London has no 19th Century ancestry to adhere to. Built in the 1960s it is retro personified and in fact brings the 1960s into the 21st century.  Molded kitchen table and chairs and open style Danish furniture throughout make this location a veritable prop heaven, all of which is available to use for stylists and photographers.

Going Sea Bound with Coastal Inspired Photo Shoot Locations

Sophie Hitchens Monday, 18th April 2016  0 Comments

Hands up if you are thinking ahead to summer. Are you dreaming of boardwalks and beaches, swimming pools and sea views?

In case you haven’t noticed, the trend for coastal interiors continues to grow and develop, due in part to their ability to conjure up thoughts of summer whatever the time of the year.

Coastal interiors set a mood, bringing calm when the world around may be feeling stormy. This is what makes them hugely popular photo shoot locations as they bring to mind a set of emotions that make the vast majority of us happy and serene. The nature of these interiors also often provide open space, which makes the perfect canvas for showcasing statement floor lamps or designer furniture.

The coastal interior screams ‘light’ with expansive windows and white or neutral walls. This neutrality allows for sea, sky, sand and shell coloured accessories to combine with a delicious integration of light weathered wood or exposed and earthy features.

To give you some ideas for your coastal inspired interiors or shoots we’ve picked out 3 of our Light Locations that illustrate and utilize the lure of coastal:

Sussex House

This stunning New England style house in West Sussex utilises weathered wood furniture and sea grass flooring housed in bright white open spaces and encased in external weatherboarding.

The Boathouse

It’s white at every turn at the truly gorgeous house set on the Thames in Middlesex. Its large use of tongue and groove throughout not only provides fantastic backdrops for interior stylists, but also exudes the calm that coastal interiors evoke.

Winchelsea House

Set next to the sea near Rye, this rustic seaside house makes use of its coastal heritage with accents of deep sea-blue set against bright whites and stunning internal wood cladding.