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Weekender at Sandon Studio

Valis will be returning to Sandon Studio in May 2018 for another weekender! This is an opportunity for local photographers to book hourly appointments with Miss Volkova and photograph her in a stunning Georgian photographic location at a bargain price.

Dates: 19th/20th May 2018

Times: 9am-6pm

Location: Sandon Studio, Staffordshire


 Some of the sets at Sandon Studio

Some of the sets at Sandon Studio

About Sandon

Originally built in 1580, and substantially extended in 1760, and 1847, the house retains many of its original features, including oak, and quarry-tile floors. It has NINE bedrooms, and SIX reception rooms, including a fully-equipped photographic studio. Many of the bedrooms remain unfurnished and are used to build sets. The attic bedrooms which have a derelict feel contain various props and furniture of interest. There are three staircases, wide hallways, and some ceilings are twelve feet six inches high. There is also a derelict coach house and stable block. The rear garden is 1.2 acres, and completely private.



Current sets include: 


Arabian Nights: lots of floaty curtains/sashes, exotic style daybed/table and a carved mangowood screen.


French Boudoir: 19th Century walnut French bed, Victorian silk screen, traditional red rug, and burgundy chesterfield sofa. Antique furniture, classy paintings, including 15thC Venetian brothel scene, and oak panelling on the walls.  


1960's style 'Mono' Sitting room- Black,white and grey chequered floor, grey modern modular upholstered chair, white and chrome funky swivel chair, chrome arc lamp and bentwood coffee table. 



Models' Dressing Room/Pink Boudoir: Day bed, Chinese bamboo bookcase, cast iron fireplace, rack containing negligee items, small satinwood dressing table with mirror, 19thC wallnut dressing table, standard lamp


Vintage Hallway: Grandfather clock, antique checkerboard floor and red velvet love-seat as well as hat stand, gold overmantle mirror and large fireplace. 

Gentleman's living room:Antique panelled walls, Leather chesterfield furniture, rustic stone fireplace and regency style curtains.


Bathroom: Bright and airy bathroom with white rolltop bath, large walk in shower and plenty of natural light. Traditional style fixtures and fittings. You can use the bath and shower with water in them- they are fully working! We ask that you bring your own towels. 


Middle hallway: Contains a beautiful walnut upright piano with brass candlestick holders, various old photographs, antique cabinet with old cameras. The glass doors are also good to shoot through and up against. 


The attic bedrooms (natural light from above): a grungey bed, as well as a spinning wheel, fantastic floor with ancient planking, and other props.


Gym: Small gym with multi-gym, bicycle ergometer, and rowing machine.


Cellar: Large, dry cellar with original pub wine/beer stone storage racks, original 1580 stone work, medieval, dark and dingy. (Lighting needed!)


Staircases/Halls: There are three staircases, wide hallways, and some ceilings are twelve feet six inches high.


Garden: The garden is 1.2 acres and completely private. It has a wide variety of trees (one in a fallen, horizontal position), and lots of different levels. There are two sets of stone steps, a pond, a garden swing, and extensive lawns. There is also a derelict coach house, stable block and derelict summer house.


What Are Studio Days And How Do They Work?

A studio day is an event that allows local photographers to work with a touring model, in a friendly, safe and professional environment.

The model and studio collaborate to offer 1-2-1 appointments from 1 hour long (and at an unbeatable price that includes all fees!), therefore these style of events are suitable for photographers that are on a low budget or only need a small amount of time to work on a specific project. (You don't have to shoot quickly though! You are welcome to pre-book as much time as you need, depending on availability. )


The Benefits Include...

  • Avoiding the hassle and costs of co-ordinating a creative team
  • Photographing a professional model on a 1-2-1 basis, that you wouldn't normally have the opportunity to work with
  • You only have to pay for the booked time slot and not the model's day rate.
  • No travel or accommodation costs to pay the model
  • No studio fees or VAT to pay separately
  • No additional fees for makeup and styling
  • The opportunity to work in a safe, friendly and professional studio
  • Staff present on set to offer professional assistance
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Free parking
  • Zero hassle portfolio building opportunity
  • High production value at low cost




To make a booking request or for any related enquiries, please send an email to:


Later Event: May 26
Studio Day @ Pozers, Swindon