Our Story

WHO WE ARE – 
 
SHOOTFACTORY is a UK location hire agency for the film, photography and corporate event sector. Hires include: editorial, advertorial, national and international advertising campaigns, music videos, online and social engagement, television and cinematic feature releases. 
 
 
THE STORY SO FAR – 
 
In London, 2007, SHOOTFACTORY was formed with only a modest portfolio of locations, a pocket book of contacts and a lot of grit and determination.
 
With an entrepreneurial spirit, a creative background and an insight into the industry, company owner Michael Minns has grown SHOOTFACTORY into one of the most renowned and successful location agencies in the UK. SHOOTFACTORY sets the standard of excellence for others to follow. 
 
With Michael Minns remaining at the helm, SHOOTFACTORY now represents over 400 locations, delivering thousands of hires each and every year to an enviable client base including industry giants and global brands as well as niche and independent companies. 
 
 
OUR MISSION STATEMENT – 
 
To represent a portfolio of superiorly hand picked locations. Offer excellent and personable customer care service to our clients. Continue to trend set and lead within the industry. 
 
 
MEET THE TEAM – 
 
SHOOTFACTORY prides itself on the dedication of its hard working and passionate team. We are the agency that always goes the extra mile. Meet the team who is always at the end of an email or telephone call … 

Meet our team

MICHAEL MINNS - SHOOTFACTORY

Michael

Michael Minns: Owner

Background: Marketing, Photography, Art direction, Interiors, Location owner. 

Favourite thing about working for Shootfactory: We all share the same vision and are dedicated to our mission and have created a collaborative environment…the whole team works together to make everything happen! This creates a family environment where everybody is here to help and support one another…in and out of work.

Likes: All aspects of design – Interior, Architecture, Furniture, Fashion. Exhibitions – Galleries and museums. Photography, Art. Keeping on top of this dad bod. Hiking, Mountain climbing, Swimming, Hiit, Yoga. A good beach. And – most importantly of all – laugh.

Award for: Being misunderstood. 

Favourite location aesthetic: Too many to choose from…It would really depend upon which one of my 7 personalities is the most dominate at that moment in time.

Favourite Saying / Quote: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” And – “Personally – I’d rather shit in my hands and clap!”

JENNIFER MARSHALL - SHOOTFACTORY

Jennifer

Jennifer Marshall: Booking Coordinator 

Contact: info@shootfactory.co.uk

Background: Arts marketing, event management and business regeneration. 

Favourite thing about working for Shootfactory: Working within a creative industry and being a part of such a fantastic group of people.

Likes: Writing creative short stories, stand up comedy, stately home or historical tours, fantasy films and whiskey. 

Award for: Most likely to try and give you a hug.

Favourite location aesthetic: Brixton – “I love the masculine vibe with clean lines. rich tones and textures. The taste level is very high. “ 

Favourite Saying / Quote: “The greatest commodities are time and kindness.”

*(note – we LOVE all our locations which are expertly hand picked from hundreds of applications to register. This is for fun only!)  

LOTTIE STABLER - SHOOTFACTORY

Lottie

Lottie Stabler: Booking Coordinator 

Contact: info@shootfactory.co.uk

Background: Recruitment and Customer Service.

Favourite thing about working for Shootfactory: Being able to work for such amazing brands and being part of an extremely supportive work family. 

Likes: Trash Tv, Dog enthusiast and fizzy drink addict.

Award for: Being the most tone deaf (and not caring).

Favourite location aesthetic: Boscombe – “I love everything about this location, from the marble work tops to the feminine tones and furniture. It is serious house goals.”

Favourite Saying / Quote: “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its entire life believing it is stupid” – Einstein.

REBECCA BALDWIN - SHOOTFACTORY

Rebecca

Rebecca Baldwin: Credit Controller 

Contact: accounts@shootfactory.co.uk

Background: Travel Agent and Business Manager. 

Favourite thing about working for Shootfactory: Building relationships with some great brands and individuals, whilst working along side some of the funniest people I know. 

Likes: Travel, cooking, the gym, trash tv, entertaining and anything alcoholic.

Award for: Most likely to take all my clothes off after having one too many.

Favourite location aesthetic: Mayfield “From the American gothic exterior to the sash windows and flooding light. What is not to LOVE!!!!”

Favourite Saying / Quote: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you because it might come back and slap you in the face”

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Dan

Dan Kelly: Booking Coordinator

Contact: info@shootfactory.co.uk

Background: Graphic Design, Visual Management, Retail, Cinema, and Radio.

Favourite thing about working for Shootfactory: I’m looking forward to working in a creative industry, each day presenting new and exciting challenges, and being with fun and interesting people everyday.


Likes: Movies, adventure, electronics, old cars, cycling, longboarding, drawing, museums, gaming, fashion, yoga, DiY, and great company.

Award for: Telling long stories, there was this one time…

Favourite location aesthetic: currently I’m loving warm industrial, there’s something super evocative about spaces that have lived a full working life and in their retirement have become cosy, warm living spaces.

Favourite Saying / Quote: “The only thing stopping you, is you”

LAUREN OLIVER - SHOOTFACTORY

Lauren

Lauren Oliver: Booking Coordinator

Contact: info@shootfactory.co.uk

Background: Real Estate and Recruitment mixed with a bit of retail.

Fave thing about working for Shoot Factory: Coming to work and it been like working with your family, only they don’t get on your nerves half as much.

Likes: Making my niece take pictures with me, my boyfriend sometimes and walking my French Bulldogs.

Award for: Being the most dramatic person in the world.

Favourite Location aesthetic: The Farmhouse, it’s crisp and clean and has amazing open spaces. Traditional with a modern vibe.

Favourite Saying / Quote: “life’s tough, wear a helmet”

Our clients

Testimonials

I always enjoy working with the Shootfactory team because everyone there is so professional, knowledgable and friendly. Shootfactory make the process of using my house for shoots incredibly easy and transparent, and they are always happy to help with advice and support when it’s needed, which is very reassuring as the homeowner. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Shootfactory to anyone thinking of using their property as a shoot location!
Emma Lawson, owner of EAST PUTNEY

We have worked regularly with ShootFactory over the past 9 years – they have a great selection of locations, and the team are really helpful and quick to respond to enquiries. The website is easy to navigate and the pictures are very clear.

Sam Clarke, Axon Publishing

Shoot Factory have a great selection of properties and are always pleasant and efficient to deal with. Would highly recommend.

Holly Martin, The White Company
I couldn’t recommend Shoot Factory more highly, they are so efficient, knowledgeable, honest and nothing is ever too much trouble.
I work with them on a wide range of projects and publications and they have always got the location we are looking for, however complicated the brief is.
Lauren Clarke, John Brown Media

I have worked with shoot factory for many years and always find the whole experience very enjoyable. I am an interior consultant/stylist and regularly use shootfactory to source locations. The website is easy to use and if you do not have much time they will happily send a selection of locations over once briefed, which is time saving. I would highly recommend their services.

Louisa Grey, Creative Consultant & Interior Styling

In my job as a Picture Editor I use Shootfactory regularly to find lovely locations for Editorial shoots. They are always incredibly helpful, friendly and a joy to work with. They have a great range of properties and their website is well designed and user friendly. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a location.

Thank you Shootfactory.

Esther Malloy, YOU Magazine
We will definitely be coming to you with briefs in the future as it’s all been made super easy for us!!
Go Shoot Factory!!
Romilly Smith, Cath Kidston

I have always found the team at Shoot Factory helpful, friendly and incredibly efficient.

I couldn’t do what I do without them!

Karin Goldsmith, Dwell

One of the best agencies out there – always so helpful, friendly and efficient. Thanks for everything!

Jo Bailey, Interiors stylist

The team at shootfactory are fantastic to work with. Super professional, helpful and approachable. We would and have recommended them to anyone looking for a location agency!

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Stephen Nash, owner of THE COTTAGE

Dingley location has been dealing with Shootfactory for a number of years, we have enjoyed great quality enquires and subsequent confirmations. We find them polite, professional and a pleasure to deal with. Shootfactory are also amongst the quickest invoice payers in the industry, highly recommended.

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Simon Grantley, owner of DINGLEY

“Shootfactory are amazing! Everyone working there is super responsive and polite. Emails are answered very quickly. I have had lots of work from them and all their clients shooting at our house were highly professional and friendly!“

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Alexa Koch, owner of WALTER

We have been working with the Shootfactory team for a few years and I can highly recommend them because everyone there is so professional, knowledgeable , reliable and they are such a lovely team!

I am a photographer myself and we are renting our house out for photoshoots. I am also using Shootfactory myself if I need a location for shoots!

The clients and photoshoots we have had are all super respectful, easy and transparent and we have had only good experiences in either renting our property out and renting a property myself!

Therefore I would highly recommend Shootfactory to anyone!

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Billie Scheepers, owner of BILLIE

We have recently signed with ShootFactory and can’t be more positive about the experience . The team have provided first class support and advice throughout the booking process, working with us at every step of the way to ensure that it is a successful shoot for both us and the client. I would thoroughly recommend them if you are considering renting your home as they really do go that extra mile.

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Mark Brittain, owner of MELROSE

Shootfactory have successfully represented my home for over 5 years and I always feel relaxed in the knowledge they are taking care of my studio as well as the client. I would recommend them to clients and homeowners alike.

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John Bassam, owner of HACKNEY

I can’t  recommend Shootfactory highly enough as a location agency.  I can ( and have)  recommended them as THE best agency for homeowners to join. It really is a one stop shop, as they have great long standing relations with all the major brands and ensure all shoots work with the highest level of professionalism.  

As a homeowner new to the industry they have been absolutely brilliant at guiding me through the process of hiring my house out, always on hand for advice or support. They really go above and beyond to ensure all parties are entirely happy and everything is signed, sealed and organised ahead of shoots. I feel like I am in very safe hands. 

They really are the best in the business.

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Lucy Rees, owner of CANNON

We have been working with Shootfactory for several years now and they have helped us source some amazing locations in this time. The team are always super friendly and helpful with meeting any brief we send over!

Amelia Walton, IN THE STYLE

Shootfactory are my go-to place when location scouting for an interior’s shoot, they have an abundance of properties which all offer something unique and the process of booking locations with them is consistently easy and efficient.

Liberty Blackwell, Style Library

We’ve worked with Shootfactory for almost 3 years now and would fully recommend them for anyone looking to book a location. The team always goes above and beyond to make sure every detail is sorted and that we find the right location for our needs. They’re a fantastic group to work with and we look forward to working with them long into the future!

Meryl Singleton, Small Fry

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