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A Decade of Green

Posted on Oct 07 In - Garden, News

Since opening in 2005 it has been our mission to make sure Sunbeam Studios is the most sustainable commercial photographic studio around. The producers, stylists and photographers coming through our doors tell us that they appreciate shooting here because of our sustainability actions. For many of them, sustainability is an important issue, yet they tell us that they don’t always know how to do more professionally. Here’s a little of what we do…

-We only have renewable energy powering your lights, fairtrade teas & coffee powering you and our gorgeous gardens are powered by our wormery (our little pets eat our catering waste).

-Harvest rainwater off the shed roof for our garden.-Feed our clients healthy, locally-sourced food, paying close attention to seasonality and trying to minimise our food miles whenever possible.

-Use push bikes and foot power for deliveries and pick-ups whenever possible and use only hybrid or carbon-neutral courier services, as well as hybrid taxis for our clients where possible.

-We are always adding to our sustainability action list with things like donating our colorama ends to our local primary school, upcycling unused paint from our set builds to a local charity, planting to protect bees and building our sets taking care to re-use materials instead of dumping them in landfill, as well as recycling all paper, aluminium, plastic & glass.

-We support Meat Free Monday and offer our clients an exciting fully vegetarian menu every Monday.

-We use Ecosia for all our production search needs- a search engine who rather than pocketing their ad revenue, use it to plants trees! With the help of over 2 million active users and over 2 million pounds donated, nearly 4 million trees have planted in different corners of the world. (Make the switch and start planting trees from your desk!)

It’s exciting to be at the forefront of creating a successful business model for our industry that takes the most important thing into consideration, but it’s even nicer to see more and more clients now making this an important part of their business goals too. While not everyone understood why we were doing what we were doing ten years ago these days it’s an absolute pleasure to have conversations regarding sustainability within the production industry. Get in touch if you want to be part of the green production revolution. This can start with little things like simply making the green choice as to where you shoot!green

U2

Posted on Jun 06 In - Garden, Music, News, Photography, Studio Two

Studio Two became home to rock royalty earlier this year when musical legends U2 came to Sunbeam for their feature in major US title the Hollywood reporter.u2
Taking time out from promoting their upcoming album to meet photographer Joe Pugliese they produce some striking imagery of the band around our studios.

The shoot also made use of the Sunbeam facilities outside of the studio setting as well as inside, as can be seen from these head-shots where our grounds make a great backdrop in these eye-catching black and white images.
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110 Years of Excellence at Sunbeam Studios

Posted on Sep 08 In - Cars, Catering, Events, Exclusive Hire, Fashion, Filming, Garden, History, Music, News, Photography, Production, Shows, Studio Four, Studio One, Studio Three, Studio Two, Suite A, Suite B, Suite C, Suite D, Suite E, Sunbeam's Own

A dozen pre-war Talbot motor cars with a combined age of over 1000 years returned home on Sunday 8th September to where they were made; our building, Ladbroke Hall.

Our building  was the first purpose built car factory and showroom in the UK, opening its doors in 1903 and impressively this year we celebrated the centenary of the 100 miles in 1 hour World Record, set in 1913 by a car built right here at Sunbeam’s Ladbroke Hall. Through this achievement the driver Percy Lambert became the fastest man ever over this distance – on land, sea, or air, for which he earned the status of celebrity and national hero.

With people like Winston Churchill using the building as his experimental warfare establishment in WW1, the famous Kings visit in 1918, and the long line of motoring heroes such as Percy Lambert’s achievements, our building’s history has certainly set a high bar for us to aim for.

Studio 1 showed off our photographic services with a modern studio photo-shoot of a 1933 Talbot AV105 Super Speed Brooklands Tourer, produced by Sunbeam and photographed by Mitch Payne.

Photography : Mitch Payne, Andrew Lunch                                                                                                      Location: Sunbeam Studios                                                                                                                                            Press: Classic & Sports Car ,  Metro

English Women

Posted on Nov 11 In - Fashion, Garden, News, Photography

Photograhed by Paul Wetherell and styled by Mattias Karlsson, our garden was the backdrop to this shoot for Double Magazine with 10 distinguished London ladies.

See the whole shoot here.

Photographer: Paul Wetherell @ MAP
Stylist: Mattias Karlsson @ LundLund
Models: Cathy Kasterine, Bella Freud, Yasmin Sewell, Jacquetta Wheeler, Susanne Deeken, Carolyn Cowan, Catherine Bailey, Polly Morgan, Meera Sleight and Shona Heath.

It’s a Little Bit Funny…

Posted on Feb 10 In - Fashion, Filming, Garden, News, Photography, Studio One

In the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar Stephanie Rafanelli explores the allure of British funny men. Case in point, the unstoppable James Corden. Fresh from his stint in the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors, the creator and star of Gavin and Stacey strikes a pose for photographer Trent McGinn, with cover star Georgia May Jagger, as the pair recreate the chemistry of Peter Sellers and Swedish beauty Britt Ekland.

Check out the behind the scenes video here.

Photographer: Trent McGinn
Make up Artist: Lotten Holmqvist @ Julian Watson
Hair Stylist: Paul Merritt @ Jed Root
Grooming: Donald McInnes @ Milton
Set Design: Kila Carr-Ince

Gary Barlow: The Sexy One

Posted on Oct 30 In - Fashion, Garden, Music, News, Photography, Studio One, Studio Three

When Gary Barlow needed the flexibility to have two separate shoots and a breakaway interview space we were happy to help. Studio One housed  The Guardian , who also made great use of the garden for a few shots and a quiet place for the interview. Read the full interview here.

Photographer: Kevin Westenberg
Styling: Luke day

Hamish Brown shot Gary for the Radio Times in our Studio Three, making use of the fantastic period detailing in the room as well as the goal post set up that comes as standard with the space. See their interview here.

Photographer: Hamish Brown

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