Although a photoshoot location outside of a London studio might be a what the creative vision needs, it can sometimes seem a mountain climb to organise the perfect setting, especially when seeking somewhere in the rural landscape.
The Challenge of a Photoshoot Location outside Central London
If you are looking for a natural farm or countryside photoshoot location as near to London as possible, Farm Locations has plenty of ideas. Our job is to make life easy for production to source their perfect outdoor location in the countryside.
“I didn’t know where to start. Thank goodness for you”. China Hill, in-house producer for Monsoon had the huge task to organise a Kids shoot without a production company. The brief was a pretty farm and barns. Where would she start, with so little time? Once China found Farm Locations (through trusty Google), we could respond with a handful of ideas. The choice was good, the service efficient. Monsoon had no need to look elsewhere and the mammoth task of arranging 2 day shoot, with 25 kids and animals (the worse combination?!) on a working farm in Kent, went smoothly from there.
Making life easier for location hire in the great outdoors
When organising a shoot location outside of a location house or studio in London, producers have so much more to arrange. Not just the biggies, including equipment hire, travel and catering but also the unknown undertaking of a farm location not used before. Will the owner be friendly? How do we include animals? Where do we source a vintage tractor? Where do we base the talent and crew? What if it rains? Work with us and our aim is to put your mind at rest and take the pain away from the organisation. We have strong relationships with all landowners and all are film-friendly. If the farm itself does not have what you need, the owner or we will use our contacts to try and help you, be that from sourcing 100 bales of hay or a very friendly chicken. For every shoot location we have catering recommendations for you – sometimes the owner is a caterer, sometimes it’s an external caterer, or if you’d like the name of the local deli, we will have it too.
Fashion photoshoot locations for London
About half of all shoots on our farms are for stills photography, with fashion photo shoots just outside London being the most popular. Typically a crew of 10-20 need a farm close to London which they can hire for the day. They want to arrive by 9am and return to London not too late that night. The fashion shoot producer often does not have the time or budget to recce so relies on our knowledge and building a strong understanding between us both. It works. As a location library with plenty of countryside photography locations on our books, all within maximum 2 hours from London, fashion photoshoots on our farms are a regular feature. Brands include Ted Baker, The Little White Company, Monsoon and Carhartt. Publications include Harpers Bazaar, Harrods Magazine, Tatler, Vogue, Prima and Perfect Bound.
No brief is too big a challenge. We work attentively with the location manager, producer, booking editor or photographer, and we find a solution that makes a photoshoot on a farm location outside London not too painful a task.
Please get in touch and let’s help you with your next location hire brief that needs to be close to London and to go with ease.