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Who Were The Spirit Photographers?

Who Were The Spirit Photographers?

“Would you like a retheipt?” lisped the adolescent vampire from behind a lurid display of ghoulish costumes in Sainsbury’s. It must be Halloween again… still… even a harried exchange with a cashier reluctantly sporting plastic fangs beats the horrors of the self-service check out. Fortunately there’s been no mention of forcing the First Option Studio(…)

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FOOD WASTE – WHAT CAN BE DONE?

FOOD WASTE – WHAT CAN BE DONE?

FOOD WASTE If you’re a stylist, photographer, or production company who regularly finds themselves working with food, you’ll know that waste at the end of a shoot can be a huge problem. As a studio with two kitchens, we often find ourselves hosting cookery programmes and commercial shoots that involve food products. Whilst it’s sometimes(…)

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FRANCO GUIDI: PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT #16

FRANCO GUIDI: PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT #16

Franco Guidi, the acclaimed portrait and documentary photographer is next up in our Photographer Spotlight series. Born in Gorizia– Northern Italy, in 1980, Franco grew up in Florence and is now based in London. He works to show the living and social condition of people. His work is focused on a social-political analysis and its environmental(…)

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Kit Harington’s Omaze-ing Opportuni-tea

Kit Harington’s Omaze-ing Opportuni-tea

Most people get giddy with excitement when they catch a glimpse of Kit Harington on their TV screens at home. Granted. Well, just imagine joining the man himself for tea before heading to the theatre to watch him in True West? Yeah, just what we thought: pretty AWESOME! Thanks to the lovely team at Omaze, this(…)

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Photographer Spotlight #15: James Burns

Photographer Spotlight #15: James Burns

How did you start in Photography and decide it was the career for you? I discovered photography at university – it was black and white film in those days (quite a long time ago now) – and I fell in love with it. But it was the transitional time from film into digital and so they closed(…)

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KNORR GET SAUCEY WITH FAT LEMON

KNORR GET SAUCEY WITH FAT LEMON

Knorr have been a staple in our cupboards for many years, but now thanks to our friends at FAT LEMON they’ve graced our studio kitchen as well, when they shot the two campaigns for Knorr, right here at First Option Studio. Take a look at some of our favourite images from the shoot! I need a(…)

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Taika Waititi: Director’s Highlight #7

Taika Waititi: Director’s Highlight #7

Next up in our series of Director Highlights is New Zealand Filmmaker, actor and artist, Taika Waititi.  Waititi began his filmmaking career like many others, by making short films and he got off to an impressive start. In 2005 his short film Two Cars, One Night earned him an Academy Award nomination. At the awards ceremony, Waititi famously pretended to be(…)

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Always a must-see when it comes to the AOP

Always a must-see when it comes to the AOP

We’re very familiar with the AOP here at First Option. Having been a photography, film and TV studio for over 30 years, we’ve had many wonderfully talented AOP members come and go through our studio. First Option Location Studio’s owner, Christine Hanscomb, has been a member of the AOP from the moment it began in 1968 and picked(…)

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Photographer Spotlight  #14: Debby Lewis-Harrison

Photographer Spotlight #14: Debby Lewis-Harrison

Next up in our photographer spotlight is the marvellous food photographer, Debby Lewis-Harrison! How did you start in Photography and decide it was the career for you?  I was an interiors stylist for many years and art directed lots of shoots so I was already in the industry and photography was a natural progression. My(…)

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First Option Hosts the Easter Eggs-sentials

First Option Hosts the Easter Eggs-sentials

Easter comes laden with traditions: Easter egg hunts, egg painting and hot cross buns to name a few. Some more bizarre than others, though; the residents of Haux in France, for example, like to make an omelette large enough to feed 1,000 people every Easter Monday lunch – that’s about 5,000 eggs worth of omelette(…)

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