Once Upon a Time Lay a House in the Forest

Sophie Hitchens Monday, 6th March 2017  0 Comments

Once upon a time, deep in the middle of a forest, lay a house set in a beautiful fairytale setting. The house had been lived in by the same couple for 40 years, and once they moved on, the building and garden lay uninhabited and decay began to set in.

The location was difficult to rival as whilst only 2 hours from London, its woodland setting created a unique and picturesque setting with direct access to the surrounding forest through the garden gate. And so a new chapter began for this fairytale house in the making.

The garden was slowly cut back to reveal the wonderful trees and shrubs that had been planted with care over the years. The garden was terraced and large cedar decking was added around the property and the stairs up to it.

The house was stripped back to a frame and rebuilt, adding modern insulation and wiring.

The main room in the house was in fact 3 rooms, which were opened up with a significant amount of steel.  A further bedroom was added to the rear corner.

Old floorboards were sourced to match the originals and used to replace those that were rotten. 

The walls were panelled and pined to give a cabin look and many of the windows replaced. Luckily the bare wood frames in the main room were salvageable.

After much deliberation the fairytale creators decided to clad the entire house in cedar boards and paint it a very dark grey which suits it perfectly!

The result was Forest house - one of our favourite locations in the office. Everyone in the team adores it, as do all of our clients! We love it largely because of where it is situated, right in the middle of a wood, but also because of its stunning wood clad exterior. As a shoot location it’s interior is incredibly flexible, stylish and offers lots of different backdrops thanks to all the different wall textures. It’s also a special location to us as it has always been exclusive with Light Locations so it is a dream to deal with as makes our job with the diary and bookings so much easier! Its popularity with clients is further enhanced as clients get the house to themselves as the owners live in London.

It was always going to be special location as it’s owned by interior photographer, Emma Lee and her husband Daniel. Emma has impeccable taste and as a food, interior and still life photographer she knows what people like in a location. They want flexibility and versatility…and the feeling of being in a fairytale.

Down at the Bottom of the Garden

Sophie Hitchens Tuesday, 24th January 2017  0 Comments

Down at the bottom of a North West London garden lies more than a worm or two! A very unique and quirky space, which our location clients love, exists within the confines of a summerhouse.

Our Pallet Shed is no ordinary shed or summerhouse however, largely due to its ingenious pallet wood cladding, which provides an envious photo shoot backdrop, which stylists and photographers clamor to utilize.

The location is very special to our team as well as it is situated at an existing location of ours ‘Marmora Road’ who have been with us for years. Marmora Road is a large and extremely pretty Victorian House in East Dulwich owned by an architect and interior stylist, Rose Hammick.

The Pallet Shed had been in the making for a long time so as soon as we knew the owners were building it themselves we eagerly waited for the finished article.

The result is a fabulous and distinctive extension to a popular house, which now offers our clients more scope. It was most definitely a wise choice as lots of clients choose to use both spaces on their shoots.

In amongst the normal garden paraphernalia, down at the bottom of the garden, lies more than a worm or two. ….

The Romance of a French Retreat

Sophie Hitchens Tuesday, 25th October 2016  0 Comments

The seduction of French romanticism leads many an ardent soul to pursue a new or supplementary life via a retreat nestled within the beautiful architecture and scenery that France has to offer. These villas, homes and chateaux’s create dreamy settings that act as a perfect backdrop for idyllic photo shoots and location photography.

Three of our Light Locations are set within the glorious French landscape and with short flights and transfer times, they provide a practical location with an amorous twist.

Nimes House

This rustic house near Nimes radiates a feeling of traditional French living. With its variety of stone based interiors, this Light Location is cool, classy and nostalgic. Several years ago it featured in beautiful contemporary furniture shoot for Homes and Gardens for coastal interiors, but it would be equally at home for a beguiling and romantic set.

Chateau de Lartigolle

Set in 22 acres of dazzling countryside, this classically decorated Chateau includes a swimming pool, vineyard and wood. The epitome of chic French countryside life, it was voted by Harpers and Queen as one of the ‘Top 100 Places to Stay in the World, making it an irresistible choice for shoot crews.

The Manoir 

If your idea of a romantic French backdrop is moody dark interiors adorned with rich timbers set against cool stone walls and Rococo furniture pieces, then the Manoir is your ticket. A truly stunning 14th and 15th century home that includes an additional 18th century Pigeonnie tower, historical French romanticism hits you at every turn. The exterior of this truly unique location also provides ample romantic inspiration for stylists and photographers