Light Locations has been providing beautiful, inspiring lifestyle locations to the Film, Television and Photographic industries for almost 15 years now. Those 15 years has seen an ever-growing base of fabulous clients and locations that we love to work with. As we have recently bought new, larger premises we started to reflect on how far we have come and we quizzed Sophie on how it all began…..
Q: What inspired you to want to start your own business?
Sophie: I always wanted to work for myself from a very young age so always had ambitions of having my own business and being my own boss! My parents were probably an inspiration to me initially and then my first boss.
Q: What do you remember from the early days of owning your own business?
Sophie: Working very long hours and being very excited every time the phone rang!
Q: What experience did you take from your early career in the photographic industry?
Sophie: My experience in the industry after I left college was invaluable and I would have found it very hard to start Light Locations without it. I learnt all the business side of things and how to run an agency on a day-to-day basis from my first boss, Maggie who had her own location agency. I then gained some great contacts from my photographic assisting so both of these areas gave me a great foundation to start Light Locations.
Q: How has Light Locations evolved since it began?
Sophie: It has evolved very naturally! The business has grown in locations and our reputation has grown with this and we are now well known in the industry. Our portfolio always stays at a manageable size that allows us to provide both client and owner with a very personal, efficient service.
Q: What was the real turning point for Light Locations in the early days
Sophie: Taking on our first location ‘Brixton House’ was really important to Light Location’s beginning. It was a very unusual location and offered something that no one was offering at the time and clients loved it! The red sofa appeared in so many magazines that it became quite famous! Brixton House helped to get Light Locations a lot of attention and whilst it isn’t a shoot location anymore, I have very fond memories of it and its owner.
Q: Where there any other memorable locations from the early years
Sophie: We love all our locations so it’s really hard to pick out one. However there was a beautiful location ‘Wash Lane’ in Norfolk that had a lovely log cabin in a wood with an outdoor bath, which proved really popular with lots of clients.
Q: Where do you see Light Locations in 10 years time
Sophie: Still going strong and maybe be known for having a great location house too! That would be my dream!
Q: What advice would you give to anyone thinking of setting up their own business
Sophie: You need to be passionate about what you are doing and ready to work all hours!