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How to organise a photoshoot or videoshoot

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Lights, Camera, Action

While photo and movie shoots may look glamorous from the outside, here at Native Spaces we know that they also require a lot of prep and planning. From booking the perfect venue to casting actors and models, setting up equipment and keeping everybody on schedule as much as possible, there are lots of factors to consider to make sure everything runs smoothly once you get on set.


When it comes to creating a fabulous shoot, most directors would agree that the first thing to consider is finding just the right venue. A versatile location for film and photo productions thanks to its captivating scenery and that magical golden light you find only in the South of France, the French Riviera offers a diverse range of venues ranging from Belle Epoque mansions to California-style villas, art galleries, apartments, lofts, art studios and more.

Easily accessible by plane, train and car, the French Riviera is just a couple of hours away from most major European cities making it easy to bring your production crew and equipment over when filming. And whether you’re looking for a venue which offers multiple areas for filming or you need a space with lots of additional room to set up costume, make-up and catering services, we’re here to help.

If you’re working with a large production company, when booking your shoot space you’ll also need to think about onsite logistics. From providing transportation to and from the venue to organising onsite parking for your crew or even finding a local company to provide catering services during the shoot, we always recommend checking out the amenities on offer at your chosen venue before making a reservation.

Finding the perfect venue for your production can also help you develop a concept for your shoot. Whether you’re looking for a traditional stone villa for a romantic portrait session in the countryside, a classic hotel for a 1950’s-inspired photoshoot or a contemporary loft space in the heart of the city as the backdrop to a movie with an urban glamour theme, the French Riviera has got you covered.

With so many elements to organise, we firmly believe that flexibility is key to organising a successful photo or movie shoot. By booking your venue through the Native Spaces website, you can message the host via our online chat to check the details of your shoot and send them any special requests you might have to ensure that your shoot goes as smoothly as possible once you’re on location.

To help you find the ideal backdrop for your shoot, here are just some of the fabulous private venues which can be rented across the French Riviera. For more information about any of the spaces or to see our full range of unique venues, simply click here before making a reservation quickly and easily via the Native Spaces website.

Set in the hills with sweeping views of Monaco, this stunning villa in Roquebrune Cap Martin will be an ultra-luxurious venue for a photo shoot or film. Split over 3 levels with over 655 m² of terrace space including a stunning rooftop infinity pool, the incredibly spacious villa can welcome up to 400 people with ample space to set up equipment and park in the grounds. Fully renovated in 2021, full-length windows and skylights can be found throughout the spacious interior flooding the villa with natural light.

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A water-front property located just minutes away from the iconic town of Saint Tropez, where better to set your next movie production than this 1930’s domaine. Made up of 5 beautiful Art Deco style villas set in large grounds overlooking the Mediterranean, the domaine has the capacity to host up to 300 guests and offers production companies easy access by road, sea or helicopter plus private parking for each of the 5 villas.

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If you’re looking for a truly unique space to set up a photoshoot, why not book this fabulous loft space in Cannes for a few days. Situated in the city centre just steps away from the Croisette and the Palais des Festivals, the 200m² contemporary loft is finished in chic white with glamorous decorative touches from all over the world. Bathed in an abundance of natural light, the open-plan loft has multiple living spaces all of which can be used as a studio location.

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