You might have seen snippets our Facebook and Instagram - but we have had a great time creating the sets in our new Stotfold studio.

We really have gone all out and we have rooms, yes FULL rooms dedicated to each theme: Superheroes and Fairies.

Our fairy themed shoots are inspired by the 1920’s flower fairy paintings and take place in our beautiful enchanted garden. Complete with giant toadstools, a magical lake and trees cloaked in huge leaves and sparkling lights, this is a place that your little ones will truly lose themselves in.

One of our favourite aspects of the garden is the magic mirror lake. A popular (and gorgeous) feature of our fairy set in Derby, the lake allows us to create stunning reflection shots. To create our lake, we laid down a large pond image and then used resin to add depth and that lovely reflective shine that you get on the surface of calm water.

Behind the Scenes: Creating our Enchanted Fairy Garden
Behind the Scenes: Creating our Enchanted Fairy Garden

Next door we have our mighty superhero studio! We have gone to town with making this any kids dream and we absolutely LOVE the rock wall.

The wall started as lumps of polystyrene which were then coated in layers of plaster to create a rough, stone-like texture. Once painted, the ‘stone’ slabs were stuck to the studio wall, again being built up to create that layered 3D look. Of course all unused ‘rocks’ have been kept as props (for all those super strong heroes who need to rescue the world!).

Behind the Scenes: Building the Rock Wall
Behind the Scenes: Building the Rock Wall

We absolutely loved the challenge of opening the new studio - a perfect excuse to get creative and work with some amazing set and props experts. We believe that having a realistic, exciting set makes the whole experience even more special. There is nothing better than seeing jaws drop as you invite people into the room for the first time (and then again all the times after that!).

For a proper look at the new studios - check out our studio tour video, here.