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!
Alesha Dixon popped into Studio 2 to shoot this colourful campaign for her Little Black Dress clothing line.
Adam Whitehead shot this lovely beauty editorial for Stylist magazine in Studio 1.
Photographer: Adam Whitehead
The charming Georgia & Hamish were married at Sunbeam Studios in May 2016:
“Not sure where to start, we had the most fantastic day and all your team were amazing. From start to finish it was perfect.”
Have a look at the full story shot by Kirsten Mavrick.
Photographer Phil Poynter shot this stunning Harvey Nichols campaign in Studio 1, it features 100 year-old model Bo Gilbert in collaboration with Vogue magazine for their 100th anniversary issue.
The legendary Mario Testino recently popped into Studio 1 to shoot one of today’s hottest faces Edie Campbell for British Vogue’s cover story, styled by the inimitable Lucinda Chambers.
Rosco production recently came along to shoot an exciting feature on the new surge of British musicians making their mark on the US. Among others Studio 1 hosted; Years and Years, Wolf Alice and Jack Savoretti.
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.
Studio 2 was turned into a fun, sunny, summer holiday for the SS16 TK Maxx campaign, shot by photographer Jimmy Marble.
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.
Industry legend Patrick Demarchelier came by to Studio 2 with supermodel Karlie Kloss for British Vogue’s December cover. The shoot also featured French dance stars Les Twins.
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.
To start planting trees and become part of the green (r)evolution go to www.ecosia.org for your next search!
Debenhams AW15 campaign featuring supermodel Helena Christensen.
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
© Egle Plytnikaite ‘How Much Water Do You Eat’
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.
For more info please visit : www.second-chance.org.uk
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
The minute-and-a-half-long fashion film for boutique fine jewellery brand Loquet features among others model-actress Gala Gordon, entrepreneur and art director Ooooota Adepo, Game of Thrones’s Nathalie Emmanuel, and the young daughters of Sheherazade Goldsmith and Cuarón. Shot in an elaborate split-screen sequence it required multiple “clapping choreographers” and precise synchronisation and the editing took about six months. “It was a bit of a Rubik’s Cube,” explains the director, who enlisted the same crew he has used for such films as Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. “If you pay attention to all of the different frames, it’s quite easy to get lost.”
We were immensely proud to host recently a reception for the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The evening focused on the charity’s excellent work with children and young people, which helps them to build their skills, confidence and aspirations.
You can explore their work more here:
Its been nearly 10 years since Sunbeam opened its doors, and since day 1 we have been running on 100% renewable electricity. That means we have bought from a specialist supplier a deep green tariff ensuring that for every KWh of power used, they have to put the same amount from renewable sources back in to the grid.
(If we all did this we could be running the whole country on renewables – just saying)
When you shoot with us it means you help to support our sustainability initiatives, so take some credit for these good works!
In the early years our emissions savings were around 5 tonnes per year, but as we have expanded we estimate that over the past decade we have reduced our CO2 output compared to the national average by approximately 100 tonnes. Now we are all big and grown up the figure is around 30 tonnes of CO2 saved every year!
Sounds impressive but what does it mean? What does 30 tonnes of CO2 each year actually equate to?
Turns out we could take our friends on a road trip in a double decker bus 12 times around the equator with the equal amount of CO2 emissions.
The trip would also take a whole year, driving 8 hours a day. That’s a lot of Eye-Spy and One Man Went to Mow. And environmental damage.
We decided to stay at home and save the C02.
The above map of world CO2 is from the Guardian, you can see the whole article here.
Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Changing over to renewable energy is a simple choice, we use Green Energy.
Music weekly NME came by to shoot the Daniel Radcliffe cover.
Talent: Daniel Radcliffe
Photographer: Dean Chalkley
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Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø
Model: Mads Broberg Jensen
Stylist: Robbie Spencer
Make up: Hiromi Ueda
Hair: Shon Hyungsun Ju
Nail: Ami Streets
Art Direction: REM – Ruini e Mariotti
Production: Mascioni Associati
Celebrity accessory brand Silver Spoon Attire came by with Anaïs Gallagher to shoot this super cute fashion film in Studio 4.
Sunbeam is delighted to welcome back the AOP Photography Awards. For the second year we have curated a show of some of our favourite images from the prestigious awards show. This year we picked the theme of New World Order. We feel this selection of images together hold a mirror to the current social justice climate reflecting in part our sustainability values. The show invokes memories of Choose Your Own Adventure novels by torchlight along with influences such as the 2015 election, Cloud Atlas, Mad Max and the tumult in the Ukraine ultimately offering a glimpse of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
We invite you to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in attending our Private View.
Photo: Greg White
Lianne La Havas and photographer John-Paul Pietrus came by recently and shot this stunning, summery artwork for the new album Blood.
Talent: Lianne La Havas
Photographer: John-Paul Pietrus
Label: Warner Music