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the biggest cove in essex

1750 square foot studio

full make up & dressing facilities



We’re a large photo and video studio available to hire in Southend, Essex, just one hour outside of London.

The studio boasts a very large infinity cove (cyclorama), perfect for shooting photos and videos. The cove measures 7.1m x 5.1m x 4m (LxWxH) and the studio has a large entrance which allows very large subjects to be photographed and filmed. In the studio we have hosted everything from food photography to model portraits right the way through to car photography and even large animal photography.

In addition to our infinity cove we also a large variety of Colorama backdrops which can be used as photography backgrounds or video backdrops. We’ve got a wide range of colours, including green or blue for your filming or video requirements (by prior arrangement).

The studio offers a lot of natural light but we also classify ourselves as a blackout studio as we have blackout blinds and curtains available. Find out more about the studio here.

We have lots of equipment available to rent, including Profoto lighting and modifiers, commercial wind machine and smoke machine.

The Glass Factory Studio

We are fully equipped for every shoot and in our large space we have 4 x makeup stations, a steamer, clothes rail & changing area, a fully functioning kitchen, toilet & shower facilities, editing suite and a large client area. 

We also offer onsite quality printing any size up to A1, via our Epson P7000 Surecolour Printer. Heritage fine art papers are available if required. 

We have a fully equipped black and white analogue darkroom with film processing capabilities from 35mm to 10 x 8 sheet film.  The darkroom is equipped with 2 DeVere enlargers (54 and 108), capable of printing negatives up to and including 10 x 8 sheet film.

We are based just outside of Southend and we are a 10 minute drive from Rayleigh train station and a 12 minute drive from Leigh-on-Sea train station. Both have direct links to London Liverpool Street and London Fenchurch Street, respectively (approx 40 mins journey time).

We also have 4 x dedicated car parking spaces available.

We cater for both professionals and beginners – our facilities provide the perfect space for your photo and video projects. Click here to see some recent projects shot at the studio.





The Glass Factory Studio is perfectly suited to professional photographers and provides the ideal place for fashion, corporate, advertising, portraiture, food, e-commerce and product photography. The studio was designed and built by professional photographer Graham Cann, who’s made sure it ticks all of the boxes.


The Glass Factory Studio provides the perfect space for you if you’re just starting out in studio photography. There’s always a member of the team on hand if you have any questions or need advice.  



The Glass Factory Studio offers the perfect space to hire for filming. The large space and ability to black out the windows offers flexibility for a large range of video shoots.

The space in the studio also allows you to build out your sets to meet your production needs – get in touch with us to discuss your shoot requirements.


If you’re just starting out in videography, the studio is a great place to learn the art of studio video production. The infinity cove offers loads of flexibility and can be used for a variety of different shoots including – fashion adverts, talking heads/interviews or product videos.



The Cove

Our huge cove measures 7.1m x 5.1m x 4m (LxWxH).


Dark Room

Analogue black and white dark room.


Print Room

Professional print room.


Hair & Makeup Stations

We have 4 x hair and makeup stations along with a steamer, clothes rail and changing area.


Production Office

All clients have access to our production office.


Main Office

This is the beating heart of The Glass Factory.



We have a fully kitted out kitchen you can use for both cooking and shooting.


Toilet & Shower Facilities

We have toilet and shower facilities for use throughout your shoot.


Daylight & Full Black

We have a huge 1750 sq ft studio offering daylight and full black out.
We have a 45 amp dedicated power supply with a 16 amp splitter box and ample 240 volt lighting sockets.


3.5m Roller Shutter

Our huge roller shutter allows large subjects to be brought into the studio, including cars, horses and other large animals.


Client Area

We have a large client area with sofas, tea & coffee making facilities, magazines and free WiFi.


Outside Space

We have a large outside space for you and your clients to relax in, in the sun.


We’ve used The Glass Factory for a number of film shoots over the last year. It’s great to have such an equipped facility outside of London.

What really sets the studio apart is the personalised customer service you receive. Nothing is ever too much trouble and we always feel well looked after.

The dmb films team will be back for more shoots in the future!

Dan Bryant

Creative Director, dmb films

We’ve been working with The Glass Factory since they first opened and have really liked shooting at the studio. It’s a great, versatile space with good facilities & excellent furniture.

Graham and Abby are really friendly and accommodating studio managers and always make us feel very welcome. We’re looking forward to continuing to work at the studio for both ecom and creative shoots.

Jerry O'Sullivan

Creative Director, The Ragged Priest

The Glass Factory is not only one of the best studios I’ve shot in, but also the most convenient, being close to major roads, stations and only 45 mins from London!

Great energy, awesome day light space as well as a conventional studio… I have been involved in many shoots here from video, music, advertising, commercial and fashion… highly recommend – feels like a second home now!

Joey Bevan

Celebrity Stylist & Creative Director

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