The AOP Photographers Awards are considered the ultimate accolade for the UK’s commercial photographers, as well as a celebration of extraordinary work by the industry as whole. For our latest installation here at Sunbeam Studios, our walls have been decked with some highlights from the recent awards, held originally in October. Marking our third year of celebrating the awards with the AOP, we are very excited to continue our collaboration and feature work from some of the UK’s most exciting talent.
Stella McCartney had our studio looking pretty in pink for her Pre-Fall 2017 lookbook. Shot by Charlie Engman, the collection is showcased against with a wonderfully trippy backdrop designed Andrew Lim Clarkson. Not only does the collection feature characters from ‘The Dandy’ and a killer line up of accessories, its 100% leather and fur free. Go Stella!
We recently welcomed Emeli Sande to Sunbeam Studios to shoot the new music video for her fantastic song ‘Highs & Lows’. Studio 2 was transformed into the set of an intimate gig, complete with ballons and partygoers aplenty.
We love love LOVE Sean Paul’s latest song featuring the beautiful and talented Dua Lipa. We were delighted to see the final video, shot here at Sunbeam Studios, with Studio 3 as well as our garden both making very glamorous cameos.
For their AW16 issue, Wonderland magazine stopped by Studio 2 to showcase Chanel’s Cuban inspired Resort 17 collection, photographed by Mattias Bjorklund. The classic tweeds are given a flare of Cuban glamour with a colour palette of vibrant yellows, pinks and blues, while set designer Alun Davies mirrored the nostalgic splendour of Havana with dusty tones of pink and tobacco.
For more on the collection you can see Wonderland’s review at:
Filip Hrivnak is looking good and smelling fine in Elle Man China, shot here at Sunbeam by the lovely John Paul Pietrus. Filip looks dapper in Autumn’s sharpest suits as styled by KK Obi. We were glad to see our wonderful portico entrance made a cameo for Filip’s arrival. You know what they say- in order to make a grand entrance, one requires a grand entrance!
For most people in the know, photographer and all around digital genius Nick Knight has long been synonymous with ShowStudio. And so it was a great honor to host one of his latest projects here at Sunbeam. The project, a collaboration with GARAGE Magazine, encompassed a high fashion photoshoot and a luxury life drawing class.
Nick Knight shot models Molly Bair, Yasmin Winjaludum, Jazzelle, Ruth Bell, Julia Banas and Selena Forrest in Studio one, before each model moved on to the drawing salon in Studio 2, where they were rendered on paper by some of fashion’s top illustrators including Frida Wannerberger, Richard Kilroy and Helen Bullock.
The whole thing was broadcase and viewed by an incredible 1.7 million viewers. The whole project can be viewed here, or to get your very own original illustration, artists work’s can bought here.
Biannual magazine ‘Forget Them Magazine‘, a fantastic open showcase for new style, fashion and contemporary taste stopped by with photographer Tung Walsh to shoot story ‘Transference’ with model Maggie Maurer. The pictures came out beautifully, looking both modern and classical at the same time, their hyper-realistic quality looks almost painterly!
Few names generate as much hype these days as Moscow native Gosha Rubchinskiy. Designer of his own eponymous label and photograrapher in his own right (his book with super-publisher Idea was one of their fastest selling to date) Gosha lent his eye and lens to Topman for their Spring/Summer 2016 lookbook shot here at Sunbeam. Known for his soviet style and unique take on youth culture, the portfolio of images are at once vibrant and muted, wonderfully capturing the laidback Topman style.
They don’t come much better than Bailey. Or Valentino for that matter. So no surprise the Autumn Winter 16 menswear campaign shot here in Studio came out pretty fantastic!
With a collection reminiscent of the Swinging Sixties, the campaign invokes the spirit of the likes of Kerouac, Lennon, Morrison and Dylan. Who better to capture the feeling of their generation than a man who helped to define that period himself?
With a campaign as eccentric and diverse as the collection it showcases, we were very excited to see the final images that were shot here at Sunbeam by bright, young thing Jack Davison. With an eclectic mix of talent- from the legend Guinevere Van Seenus to the new face Ina Maribo Jensen- the result is a sort of magpie mix of beanies, ballgowns and race cars- what could be better?
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!
We are really proud to host Laura Holmes Production shoots. Not only are the productions always for great clients with fantastic photographers but they are also doing their utmost to follow the Ad Green philosophy. It’s great to see production companies taking a stand against climate change and making changes to effect big results.
Sunbeam was delighted to host the lovely and very talented Coolgraycreative in studio 2. Along with photographer David Oldham they shot the beautiful, flower-filled Hobbs Collection No 6 campaign with model Arizona Muse. The set and art direction perfectly complemented the collection, which is a collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces and was inspired by the garden at Hampton Court Palace.
A big shout out to one of our own Sunbeamers. Sunbeam photographic assistant Tori Ferenc recently joined the volunteers in France documenting the daily struggle faced by refugees in Grand Synthe and has shared some of her beautiful pictures with us. Many agree that much of the struggle these refugees have faced was originally caused by climate change.
We’re loving Ecosia! It’s a search engine which by using its search ad revenue, empowers us (and you!) to plant a tree for every search done on the site. How easy is that! With the help of over 2 million active users and over 2 million pounds donated, nearly 4 million trees have populated draught ridden areas in different corners of the world.
Check out the land in these before and after Ecosia pictures. They brought a dry and deserted piece of land back to life: the new forests create a return of the water cycle and brings back the rain, which helps further develop and sustain the biodiversity of the region and healthier livestock – all of which chain up to more jobs, stronger local economy, personal independence and education opportunities.
We are very excited to be going back to the roots and supporting Meat Free Monday – a beautiful and ever-growing non-profit campaign launched by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney in 2009, which encourages everyone to contribute to a healthier environment by having one meat free day each week. The chefs here at Sunbeam Kitchen are continuing to develop further delicious vegetarian meals for our clients every week.
This is one more way we are making all shoots at Sunbeam more sustainable. You can explore the project and get involved though here: www.meatfreemondays.com
As the spring is knocking on our doors we are making new and promising bonds. Meet Ad-Green – one more ambassador of all things eco-friendly and sustainable.
This new initiative supported by Advertising Producers Association is on a mission to educate and support the commercials industry throughout all the phases of the production process, in creating and further developing a consistent action plan for sustainable and eco-friendly work practices. Together we hope to add even more shades of green to our productions in the future!
Following on from the success of his book “Portraits”, a 20 year retrospective of his celebrity portraiture that features the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Sting, Bruce Willis and Kylie Minogue, Uli Weber has now turned his lens to the magic of the Goodwood Revival.
The Goodwood Revival Exhibition private view fundraiser was held in Sunbeam Studio’s grand Talbot Hall, a magical step back in time, as seen through a selection of images from Uli’s book. This show was in aid of Second Chance, a charity offering help to children from disadvantaged backgrounds or with histories of abuse with all profits stemming from the show going to the charity.
Every year Goodwood stages a highly competitive race meeting featuring the kind of cars and motorcycles that would have been at this historic circuit during the period of 1948-1966. It offers visitors the opportunity to leave the “modern world” behind and see motor sport luminaries such as Sir Stirling Moss, Nick Mason, John Surtees, Jean Alesi and Sir Jackie Stewart racing.
Sunbeam was proud to host such a beautiful and appropriate show, bringing cars back into this former car showroom.
‘Thank you Sunbeam Studios for allowing us to exhibit in such a spectacular space, Ladbroke Hall being one of the fist purpose built car factories in Britain.’ Uli Weber
The exhibition continues in our reception gallery until the end of March
We are thrilled to befriend a gorgeous collective of extraordinary minds at Novel Beings – an artist owned and run creative agency, exclusively representing conscious creatives for the fashion, beauty and advertising industries. Their beautiful creations share the centre stage with transparency and strong ethical code of practice.
Makeup: Lauren Kay – a Novel Being’s artist Photographer: Dave Wise
Publication: Fisco Magazine
Fashion Editor: Anne Look
Hair: Eugene Davis