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    A Guide to Hosting a Photoshoot in Lisbon

    Hello, glamourous event planners! Word on the street is you’re getting your gear ready to host a photoshoot in Lisbon. Well, if you are, today is your lucky day.

    Welcome to our ultimate guide to hosting a photoshoot in Lisbon. In the next few minutes, we’re going to do a deep dive with you on everything you need to know to have the photoshoot of your dreams in Lisbon. From the style of photoshoot spaces for hire in Lisbon, to how much it will cost you, where to find great talent and more, this is the only guide you’ll need.

    So say cheese, because this is a guide worth capturing to memory!

    1) Choosing the Right Photoshoot Space in Lisbon for You

    Let’s start with the basics, the types of photoshoot spaces in Lisbon. This charming city has a variety of equally charming photoshoot venues, and we’ve researched to bring you some of the best styles of photoshoot venues for hire in Lisbon.

    1. Contemporary spaces: If you’re looking for a sleek and minimalist venue as your photoshoot room in Lisbon, you’ll be pleased to know that Lisbon has been getting more creative in recent years with both their architecture and interior design. Contemporary photoshoot spaces in Liabon often feature clean lines, modern furnishing, and innovative design elements that lend a sense of modernity and sophistication to photos.
    2. Blank canvas venues: Whatever the mood of your photoshoot in Lisbon, a black canvas venue will be versatile enough to let your photographers exercise their creativity to the fullest. These venues typically feature neutral interiors, allowing you to transform them according to your vision. These photoshoot spaces in Lisbon are perfect for themed photoshoots, artistic projects, or any photoshoot where you want creativity to be fully in your control.
    3. Rooftop spaces: There’s something about shooting under natural light, isn’t there? And, you’ll find plenty of terrace photoshoot venues in Lisbon, some even with breathtaking panoramic views or with a picturesque backdrop of the city’s many historic neighbourhoods and iconic landmarks. We also particularly love how if you get your timing right, you may even get a few shots with the city’s stunning sunset as your backdrop.
    4. Art galleries and studios: Art is popular in Lisbon and many galleries and studios double up as event venues for photoshoots. These venues often feature a blend of contemporary art and industrial design, creating an inspiring environment for creative photoshoots. Art galleries and studios are perfect for fashion shoots, conceptual photography, and artistic projects where you want to incorporate elements of visual art into your compositions. The ever-changing exhibitions can also provide a dynamic backdrop for your work.

    Pro-tip: If your photoshoot in Lisbon is a fashion shoot, here are some unique fashion shoot locations that might be perfect for you.

    2) The Best Areas for Hosting a Photoshoot in Lisbon

    If you’ve been to Lisbon, you’ll know that the charming cobblestone streets and neighbourhoods are every photographer's dream come true. With so much to choose from, it’s easy to get confused. That’s why we’ve narrowed down a few of the best neighbourhoods that not only have some of the best photoshoot rooms in Lisbon but are also located in cool areas.

    1. Alfama: Take a step back in time at this historic district in Lisbon. With its narrow winding streets, colourful buildings, and old-world charm, this is the perfect area if you want for a photoshoot in Lisbon that really captures the city’s soul. Oh, and did we mention that the vintage vibes here are just amazing? So, go ahead and book a photoshoot venue in Lisbon in the gorgeous Alfama neighbourhood for a retro photoshoot full of character.
    2. Bairro Alto: This is the neighbourhood in Lisbon that you need to venture into if you want to get edgy and artsy. The street art here is something that’s definitely worth capturing. The graffiti, murals, and bohemian atmosphere at Bairro Alto will give you a stunning backdrop for urban and street photography.
    3. Belém: For photoshoot spaces in Lisbon that are all about history and grandeur, Belém is the place to be. Home to the UNESCO World Heritage sites, The Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, this neighbourhood will help set the vibe for a historic photoshoot that’s all about culture.
    4. Chiado: This refined neighbourhood in Lisbon is all about elegance and sophistication. The historic squares, charming cafes, and upscale boutiques here create a classy atmosphere that’s perfect for capturing the city's refined side. We recommend Chiado for lifestyle and fashion shoots.
    5. Baixa: Welcome to Lisbon’s downtown. Baixa is known for its grand squares and neoclassical architecture. The wide boulevards, majestic buildings, and symmetrical layouts provide a classic backdrop for architectural and urban photography.

    Bonus Reading: Now that you know some of the best neighbourhoods in Lisbon, learn the most convenient way to reach them with the ultimate guide to getting around Lisbon.

    3) How Much Will a Photoshoot in Lisbon Cost?

    Before the wheels in your head start turning, trying to calculate the cost of a photoshoot space for hire in Lisbon, let us tell you that we’re a step ahead of you! Here’s a rough estimate of how much you can expect to spend for a photo shoot in Lisbon.

    • Basic studio: Prices can range from approximately €20 to €50 per hour,
    • Mid-range studio: Prices are slightly higher here and will be approximately €50 to €100 per hour.
    • Premium studio: High-end studios can set you back between €100 to €300 or more per hour. 

    Additional costs to consider:

    • Equipment rental
    • Props and set design
    • Professional services
    • Transport and accommodation
    • Permits and location fees
    • Catering
    • Post-production
    • Marketing and promotion

    Bonus Reading: You can’t really put a cost on beauty. Make your photo shoot in Lisbon stunning by booking one of the picturesque locations in Lisbon for a photoshoot.

    4) The Best Catering for Your Photoshoot Venue in Lisbon

    Now, we can’t forget about food when talking about photo studios in Lisbon! After all, we’ve got to help keep your crew’s energy up so that you can capture the best photos. Here are some of our favourite catering companies in Lisbon that can help keep your photoshoot team in Lisbon well-fed and happy!

    1. Delícias de Portugal: Quite like its name implies, Delícias de Portugal can whip up a delicious catering experience for your team. This catering company is known for their authentic Portuguese dishes so rest assured that your photoshoot in Lisbon will have a local touch! As for their food, they offer a wide range of options, including traditional seafood, pastries, and a variety of regional specialities. It's an excellent choice if you want to immerse your team in local flavours during your photoshoot.
    2. Naked Food: If you want to keep things light at your photo studio in Lisbon, Naked Food will be an excellent catering choice. Their focus is on providing fresh, organic, and healthy catering options and their menu has a selection of salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and other nutritious choices. Perfect if you're looking for a health-conscious menu to keep everyone energised during the shoot.
    3. Savoury Chef: Want to fancy things up a little at your event venue in Lisbon? Savoury Chef specialises in gourmet catering with a creative twist. They offer a diverse menu featuring exquisite canapés, fine dining options, and beautifully presented platters. Ideal for high-end photoshoots.
    4. Vegetariano na Rua: If you have vegetarians or vegans on your team, Vegetariano na Rua is an excellent choice. They offer a range of plant-based dishes, including salads, wraps, and innovative vegan options. Their food is not only delicious but also environmentally friendly.
    5. Sweet Lisbon: Let’s round up this list of event caterers for photoshoots in Lisbon with a caterer that will give your team a sugar rush. Sweet Lisbon is a go-to choice for those with a sweet tooth. They specialise in tasty desserts and pastries, including custard tarts (pastéis de nata), cakes, and various sweet treats. A dessert spread from Sweet Lisbon can add a delightful touch to your photoshoot.

    5) The Best Professionals for Your Photoshoot in Lisbon

    Now that we’ve covered the styles of photoshoot venues in Lisbon, where to find them, and what to serve your crew, let’s talk about your actual crew. From photographers to models to stylists, make-up artists and more, here are some popular names in Lisbon to build an A+ photo shoot team.


    • Fernando Guerra
    • Bruno Barbosa
    • João Bernardino
    • Inês Men
    • eses
    • Maria João Arcanjo

    Models or Subject Agencies:

    • Central Models
    • Best Models
    • L'Agence Lisbon
    • Famafoto
    • We Are Models


    • João Pombeiro
    • Mafalda Alves
    • Sofia Lucas
    • Nelson Vieira
    • Ricardo Rodrigues

    Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists:

    • Patrícia Lima Make Up
    • Andreia Carvalhais Make Up
    • Miguel Viana Hair Styling
    • Inês Franco Make Up
    • Vera Lourenço Hair Styling

    Set Designers or Decorators:

    • Set Up Eventos
    • Estúdio Ícone
    • Nini Andrade Silva
    • Cristina Jorge de Carvalho
    • Maria Haan

    Art Directors or Creative Directors:

    • Marcelo Lourenço
    • José Vieira de Sousa
    • Nuno Jerónimo
    • Sofia Marques
    • Rui Freire

    Post-Production Specialists:

    • ImageWorks
    • Paco e Lola Studio
    • Photo Retouching Lisbon
    • Pixxel Retouching
    • Plastic Studio

    6) Equipment

    And, finally, you can’t do a photoshoot in Lisbon without the right gear so here’s where you can find it!

    Equipment Rental:

    • Yellow Korner Lisbon
    • Casa das Imagens
    • ONFOTO

    Camera Stores:

    • Fotovariedades
    • ProCam

    Set Design and Props:

    • Versátil Eventos
    • Set Up Eventos
    A Guide to Hosting a Photoshoot in Lisbon

    FAQ about Lisbon Photo & Film Studios

    What are some cool breakout ideas for my photoshoot in Lisbon?

    Kick off your shoot with a dynamic session of Fado, the soulful music of Portugal, to set the mood for your shoot. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even include a live performance of Portuguese folk dances.

    To spark creativity, venture with your crew to explore Lisbon's bustling flea markets like Feira da Ladra, where vintage treasures and quirky finds can serve as unique props. Don't forget to roam the historic streets and capture the charm of Lisbon's colourful buildings and cobblestone alleys for inspiration that will add a touch of local flavour to your photoshoot.

    How much should I expect to budget for my photoshoot in Lisbon?

    Budgeting for your photoshoot in Lisbon will depend on various factors, including the size and scope of your project. Lisbon generally offers cost-effective options compared to many other European cities.

    You can expect expenses for venue rentals, model fees, equipment rental, transportation, catering, and post-production. Venue rental costs can vary from €200 to €1,000 or more per day, depending on the location's size and uniqueness. Model fees can range from €50 to €300 per hour, depending on experience and demand.

    Equipment rental might add another €50 to €200 per day. Transportation costs can be around €100 to €200, and catering expenses can range from €20 to €50 per person per meal. Keep in mind that these are approximate figures, and your final budget will depend on your choices.

    How can my crew get to my photography studio in Lisbon?

    Getting your crew to your photography studio in Lisbon is relatively straightforward, thanks to the city's well-developed transportation system. Lisbon offers a comprehensive network of buses, trams, and the metro, making it easy for your team to commute. 
    If you're located centrally, the metro is often the most convenient option, with multiple lines connecting various parts of the city. Alternatively, trams and buses provide scenic routes and access to different neighbourhoods.

    What locations and permits do I need for my photoshoot location in Lisbon?

    Planning your photoshoot venue in Lisbon involves considering both public and private spaces. For public locations like streets and parks, small-scale non-commercial shoots usually don't require permits, but it's wise to check with local authorities for any regulations. 

    For iconic landmarks and historic sites, especially if it's a commercial shoot, permits and fees may be necessary, so reach out to site management or heritage authorities. When shooting on private property or in commercial venues, always obtain permission from the property owners and clarify their specific requirements. 

    If your shoot involves street closures or significant disruptions, collaborate with local authorities for permits and safety measures.

    Are there legal and copyright complications when doing a shoot in Lisbon?

    Undertaking a photoshoot in Lisbon involves certain legal and copyright considerations. Ensure you have signed model releases for any individuals featured in your photos, granting permission for their photos to be used. 

    If shooting on private property, secure property releases to use images taken on those premises. Respect privacy laws and intellectual property rights, refraining from capturing copyrighted material or compromising situations without consent.

    Obtain any necessary permits for your shoot location and clarify licensing requirements for recognisable landmarks or brands in commercial use. Lastly, establish clear contractual agreements with your team to address usage rights and responsibilities.

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