When you agree to a photo shoot in your villa what happens?
DoinDubai can now tell you what it would be like to have a photo shoot in your villa; I accepted the opportunity last week.
How many people are involved in a Photo Shoot ?
A veritable cast of characters including the clients, the agency who commissions the work and the production house who actually do the photo shoot. So in terms of job titles, expect a Creative Director, an Art Director, Account Managers, Producers, Stylists, Manicurists, Models and the all-important Photographer. All in all expect there to be roughly 15 people in your villa for most of the shoot.
What are the timings for a Photo Shoot
We were informed beforehand that the first person would arrive for the photo shoot at 7am and the photo shoot would continue untill 5pm the same day. The first person arrived at 6.55am and the photo shoot went on a little longer than planned. We finally got our villa back around 6.30pm the same day.
Will your possessions like furniture and personal items be safe during a Photo shoot?
Our photo shoot crew handled all our personal effects and large pieces of furniture very carefully and we had no damage. It is mentioned in the contract you sign that any damage will be made good, but we didn’t need to test that. I put my own chargers, handbags, wallets etc upstairs out of sight but also in a place I could get to them if I needed them. Your villa is a base that is turned into a set you won’t recognize so there is a lot of moving and rearranging of furniture that happens, best not to look too closely. The crew did take photos of how things were beforehand so they were able to replace everything into its original place once the photo shoot was over.
What about food and drink for all these people?
Generally they bring all their own supplies to the photo shoot, but I did make our crew a strong coffee first thing in the morning. It might be a good idea for you to have a supply of paper plates, plastic cups and large black bin bags as a lot of rubbish is generated! They called out for pizza at lunch time and brought croissants and Danish pastries with them in the morning. I made sure I had a spare large water drum in our filter.
Can you move around your home freely while the shoot is happening?
NO! This won’t be possible, you don’t have to leave but with so many people often in one room it won’t be possible for you to wander around and see what’s going on, in fact you’ll get in the way. Later in the afternoon, we couldn’t really leave our kitchen as at that point our tv room was the location for the shoot, the pathway to the rest of the house.
Do the crew bring much with them in terms of equipment?
YES, I was really surprised at how much “kit” is required to take a few photos. Large suitcases, multiple stands, screen and lighting equipment will be standard. In fact the photographer dropped off most of his equipment the night before, so be prepared with some space!
Is it worth it?
I would say YES and payment happens on the day of the shoot! Although I wouldn’t personally do this on a regular basis as your villa really isn’t your own whilst wear and tear will really takes it toll. I also don’t think it’s a good idea to leave the villa while the photo shoot is happening. Do have your maid or a good helper on hand just in case. People tend to be a little less careful than you would be with surfaces of tables and dressers etc, so have some large cloths around if they are eating at your coffee table! Do think about how the shoot will impact your pets (and vice versa!) we were lucky! The crew loved Leila, our Jack Russel, but this may not be the case with all pets and crews.
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