Sophie Hitchens

Sophie Hitchens


Looking Back at the Light Location Highlights of 2023

Sophie Hitchens Friday 29th December 2023

As the festive twinkle of Christmas lights gently cascades through our homes and offices, we find ourselves at the perfect moment to reflect on a year that’s been unconventional in many ways.

The narrative of 2023 has been a financial one for many industries, and ours is no exception. Consumer caution has had a knock-on effect across the creative industries in the context of economic stagnation and rising living costs. But despite fewer shoots than usual, our office has remained a hub of activity.

In the spirit of the season, let’s cosy up and journey through the highlights of 2023.


A Bonanza of Fresh Locations

We’ve welcomed some beautiful locations this year, from historic manor houses to studios hidden in secret gardens. Every single one is incredible, inspiring, and drenched in character.

We want to say a huge thanks to James Gardiner for shooting all our new locations for us this year. James is a joy to work with, and we always achieve a fantastic set of shots that always showcase a location in the best possible light.

What’s new?

Gaulden Manor is a striking home within beautiful grounds in the rolling Somerset countryside. Six months after coming on board in the depths of winter, this stunning property received a photographic summer update.

Yeabridge House is a beautiful home and the perfect shoot location. Jam-packed with features and fantastic, well-proportioned rooms. If you think it looks familiar, your eyes aren’t deceiving you! It’s celebrating a welcome return to the Light Location family, but this time with different owners.

Moon Cottage is a spacious single-storey house near Rye. With oodles of rustic character and charm, it’s a winner in the flexibility stakes.

Emery House Studio is an achingly cute artists’ studio squirrelled away in a secret garden in Hammersmith. Super pretty and open plan, its position affords stunning natural light.

The Rectory has joined us from a different spot in the UK than we’re used to. Based in Lincolnshire, it’s attracted clients who are more than prepared to travel for its spacious interiors and 2 acres of versatile and beautiful gardens. Watch this space for a fantastic new bedroom and bathroom early in 2024.

The Bugle is an incredibly impressive Grade II-listed Victorian townhouse a stone’s throw from the historic Southampton docks. With two huge reception rooms, a medley of marble, and a handy basement storage area, it has plenty to offer.

Albourne House is another location returning to us, and we’re delighted to have it back on our books.

Upton House  joining us this month provides stunning open plan spaces, cosy spots and bags of character and charm. With a stunning pool and pool room, this grade II listed property is set for even bigger things in 2024.

Stroud House our last location of the year in Gloucestershire is a beautiful Cotswold stone property featuring plenty of period details, rustic touches, and a garden with a studio and outbuildings. We know the owner well, as her previous house was also a Light Location.

Updates and Refreshes

As well as discovering plenty of new places to shoot, 2023 saw a range of locations treated to design changes, refreshed interiors, spectacular garden makeovers, or new visuals to showcase a different side. These included:

Find out more about sizzling summer updates for some of our shoot locations here.

Staying Agile in Shifting Tides

Alongside changes to the industry against a changing consumer backdrop, this year’s projects have brought complexity, requiring more hands-on management and a notable increase in administrative tasks. Our incredible team of four Light Locations troopers have risen to the challenge, honing our expertise to meet the demands of each unique shoot. The silver lining has been a strengthened skill set and a reinforced team spirit.


Another Year Over

So, there we have it, the 2023 highlights for the Light Locations team. As we continue into 2024, we will carry forward the resilience and flexibility that have marked our success in a year dotted with the signs of changing times. We can’t wait to see what next year brings and wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

Sophie Hitchens

Sophie Hitchens