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Photographer Spotlight #7

Photographer Spotlight #7

Jess Angell is the subject of the 7th instalment of our Photographer Spotlight series. Jess, aka Miss Underground is best known for her gorgeous pictures of the London Underground, so as proud Londoners, we were really keen to talk to her. How did you start in Photography and decide it was the career for you? I(…)

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STUDIO EVENTS: Linda McCartney’s Veggie Table

STUDIO EVENTS: Linda McCartney’s Veggie Table

With such a wide range of events happening here at First Option, we get to see many different and equally fascinating uses of our studio space, but every now and then we have something so great that we just have to share it with you. In May this year we had one such event when Veggie(…)

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Some Favourite Magazines

Some Favourite Magazines

Magazines are wonderful things. From a comforting flick through in the Dentist’s waiting room to some well earned cover-to-cover me time – magazines are always there for us. Here at First Option we’ve hosted a countless number of tv shows, feature films, online channels, photoshoots, pop-ups, weddings and so much more in between and seeing the finished product(…)

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Director Highlights : #I

Director Highlights : #I

  Following on from our successful Photographer Spotlight series, we thought we’d extend our exposure to moving imagery as well. This Director Highlights series aims to share some of our current favourite directors and filmmakers with all of you, with the hope that you are equally as intrigued and inspired by their work. Our first highlight features the(…)

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Breaking the golden rules with animals!

Breaking the golden rules with animals!

THE GOLDEN RULE   “Never work with children or animals.” – W.C. FIELDS If you’ve ever broken this rule, you know how true it is and no more so than with wild animals. By their nature wild animals are… well, wild, which means they very rarely do as they are told and in some cases(…)

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The UK Film Industry

The UK Film Industry

A Reason to be Happy The UK Film Industry is in the midst of a renaissance. In 2016 UK qualifying films had a total global box office of $6.5 billion, taking a 27.5% total share of the market. With a rich pool of filmmaking talent, world-class facilities and the support of the government’s UK film(…)

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Why east London is ideal for filming

Why east London is ideal for filming

A Filmmakers Paradise Birthplace of the world famous Cockney English and the Pearly Kings and Queens, East London has always been bursting with unique sights and sounds begging to be captured on film. To this day, the vivid East London streets are just as cinematic and offer a versatility beyond compare. Where else can you find(…)

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Photographer Spotlight #5

Photographer Spotlight #5

Photographer: Zena Holloway In the fifth instalment of our Photographer series, we speak to underwater portraiture photographer, Zena Holloway. How did you start in Photography and decide it was the career for you? When I worked in Egypt after college. I was 18  became a diving instructor and then some years later I taught very simple(…)

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5 Easter Treats full of the joys of spring

5 Easter Treats full of the joys of spring

There’s nothing quite like the first days of spring to make the tummy rumble, especially if you’ve given up a naughty food group for lent. Whether it’s meat, chocolate, dairy or alcohol (or heaven forbid, all of the above) when the clocks spring forward and the days get a little longer, it’s just that little bit(…)

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Photographer Spotlight #4

Photographer Spotlight #4

Photographer: Tom Oldham In the 4th instalment of our Photographer Spotlight series, we speak to portrait-obsessive and Hasselblad ambassador, Tom Oldham. Gilbert & George How did you start in photography and decide it was the career for you? I had a really boring job in retail and was given a camera for my 21st birthday. It felt(…)

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