Photogenic Brockley

Brockleyite Lucy is asking BC's photographic community for help.

I am half of a little bespoke fashion company (www.luasarcy.co.uk) making wedding dresses and evening wear mainly, and we need to shoot our new collection, do you know of anywhere that we might be able to shoot that is local and pretty/interesting/grand looking? I am lookng potentially for an indoor and an outdoor site.. open to any suggestions!

I have a really good photographer lined up, and around 3 models and a hair and make up artist so there would be a group of possibly 8 of us.

Please can readers help?

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27 comments:

Tamsin said...

Nunhead Cemetery (or indeed the Brockley/Ladywell one), the Rivoli Ballroom, a backdrop of the views from the Telegraph Hill upper park (scroll through the background pictures on the Telegraph Hill website - link from the home page here - to get an idea). Or, not that far away, Charlton House, lots of places in Greenwich (although you would probably have to pay) or Sevendroog Castle.

Anonymous said...

Beckenham Place Park, grand old mansion house.

Brockley Dogging Societyl said...

Behind the toilet block, hilly fields, at full moon

Anonymous said...

Eltham Palace or Tudor Barn

Tamsin said...

Gosh, yes, lovely Art Deco background with all the connotations of the Courtrauld lifestyle. But being English Heritage they would probably want to charge quite heftily. Hiring the space commercially for an evening costs thousands. Beckenham Place Park has a "Friends" group who would probably be more amenable and I could put you in touch if you like the look of it.

(PS Love your creatures...)

max said...

The George Lane entrance to the former Hither Green Hospital bu Edwin T Hall, also the architect of Liberty Department Store. A great Art Nuveau setting.

Felix said...

The rivoli ballroom for the grand effect, and just a few steps from there the jam circus for the cosy/trendy shots, then hilly fields for the nature with canarywarf on background and nunhead cemetery for deeper nature. Im sure rivoli ballroom and jam circus wil ask for money, but you might get a deal saying you.ll also shoot for them in return...otherwise, you'll just have to hope someone will be willing to open their doors for free (unlikely). I'd be happy to hang around and help with anything as a wanabe photographer...let me kno:)

Running Nutter said...

on top of blythe hill park - fantastic view

GW Thewind said...

The Stone House opp Lewisham College. If you can get it. Robert Adam interior. Try the Rangers House on Blackheath, I used it years ago for a location, might be expensive now.

Are you expecting to pay for the location & has the photographer at least £2 million PL insurance? If so try a location agency: jj locations are good, 1st Option, or photo-locations. They'll all have locations in SE London or close by. For a really wonderfully distressed ;location, the Master Shipwrights House in Deptford, or Wiltons Music hall in Wapping.

Anonymous said...

Rivoli Ballroom charges - alot

Lizzie said...

I am in exactly the same position, another local wedding dress designer looking for locations. I make 50s dresses (www.lizziejayne.co.uk) so would love to use the Rivoli, but alas i feel it is slightly out of my price range at the moment.

Jam Circus is next on my list to enquire. Hilly Fields is an obvious option for the summer, and i'd also like to have shot in front of the Brockley station murals, but in this weather I'd like to do an indoor shoot.

You can shoot in Greenwich park, have a look on the royal parks site for prices, but obviously you have to pay.

Anonymous said...

Stone House on Lewisham Road has a park and beautiul interiors

Anonymous said...

Why do you have to pay to shoot in Greenwich Park? So long as you don't get in people's way, you are a member of the public using it, right...??

Brockley Nick said...

Because you'd be using it for a commercial purpose. In the same way that you can have a picnic, but you can't start selling ice creams without paying the park.

Anonymous said...

Beckenham Place Park, sweeping lawns and manor house.

HC Bresson said...

Greenwich is a Royal Park They have arcane rules re photography dating from the days when blokes with monkeys offered to take your picture in the street. Happy days.

Anonymous said...

Kingswood House, Dulwich.
Dulwich picture gallery.

Reception area Broadway Theatre Catford.

Manour House gardens/Library.

JK Banquet Hall(formerly Crystal Hall) Forest Hall.

Horniman Gardens.

Anonymous said...

How about a church.

Brockley Jon said...

Yep, was going to mention the Horniman, but you do have to pay. One Tree Hill has some interesting woody bits, as does Dulwich Woods (unsurprisingly) and I guess would be free, but do check. Also try The Ivy House in Nunhead for an affordable alternative to The Rivoli.

Tressilliana said...

You could try asking Prendergast School (the one on top of Hilly Fields) if you could use their hall. That building is listed because of the murals, which are beautiful. I doubt it's a wedding venue, though.

max said...

The Meze Mengal conteiner.

qbf said...

Some of the overgrown sections of the Brockley cemetary could be very pretty as a backdrop, and in some areas you could probably avoid including gravestones in the pictures (I'm guessing reminders of mortality in the background wouldn't be a big selling point....)

lady said...

what about in one of the conservation area houses? i have a flat with the original staircase from when it was once a big old house, that in itself is lovely, but if you could use one of the houses remaining in original condition it would be awesome - huge spiralling staircases, high ceilings, cornices... put leaflets through doors? you never know

Tamsin said...

Crystal Palace with its sphinxes and broken statues. There is also a bit of formal garden at the top - but it might be a little shabby.

I was also wondering about one of the private houses and the Stone House is a very good thought.

You would probably have to pay some sort of licence fee for using any public park.

(Doesn't all this show what a wonderful section of this city we live in...?)

Lucy said...

Wow, thank you for such a lot of good ideas. I will spend the next few weeks investigating them, possibly not the one behind the toilet blocks at midnight however..
Our photoshoot is scheduled for March/April, I will let you all know when the pictures are up so you can see the final shoot location.
Thank you again!
Lucy

Sarah said...

The old High Level railway station at Crystal Palace has a beautiful romanesque vaulted ceiling. I think you need to speak to Bromley council about using it though.

I second Nunhead Cemetery. There is a fantastic neoclassical vault close to one of the path forks.

Tamsin said...

Thanks, Lucy, that would be interesting - and perhaps show them in the Open Studios in the summer...

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