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Luxury Hotel Photographer – Finding The Best For You

​Your hotel has spent a substantial amount of money on renovations, it is a new property or you need to update your current hotel photography. Whether you’re in Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China or the Maldives here are my top tips for finding the luxury hotel photographer for you.

ATTENTION-GRABBING HOTEL AND RESORT PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE WOW FACTOR

​You understand that high-quality hospitality photography will pay for itself many times over in attracting more guests. A luxury hotel photographer can provide you with photographs that will attract more guests, increase your online reputation and help show your hotel’s true value.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE PERFECT LUXURY HOTEL PHOTOGRAPHER?

Find The Right Photographer For The Job

The best resort photographer may not be the best hotel and resort photographer for you. You need to make sure that the photographer is the right fit for your hotel. If locally based then meet with the photographer beforehand or if, out of town, set up a Skype call with them.

Find out about their shooting style and whether they will be open to your ideas and be able to work with you.

Study The Photographer’s Portfolios

​View the photographer’s portfolios. What the first thing that comes to mind as you view each hotel photo? Do you feel that their style of hotel and resort photography will show your hotel and brand in the best light?

Luxury Hotel Photographer

​The Great Duke Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

How Does The Luxury Hotel Photographer Work?

How does the photographer charge?
Some hospitality photographers charge by the image, some by the day and others by the project.

What Is Included?
You need to know what is included in this rate. Is post-processing included? Travel expenses? Will your hotel be providing food and accommodation for the photographer and assistant?

How Long Will It Take?
This will depend on the number of hotel photographs required, though professional photographers capture between 5 and 15 photographs a day, depending on the location

Who Will Be The Hotel Photographer?
Make sure that the photographer you are talking to will be the one taking the photographs. Some companies will sub-contract the jobs out and you will end up with a hospitality photographer you do not know.

When Will The Photographs Be Delivered?
Ask about the turn-around time for the post-production. Often the post-production of photographs can take one to two hours per photograph. Unless there are only a couple of photos, delivering the photographs in one or two days likely means the photographer/retoucher has not done the work properly. You should be looking at between 7 and 14 business days for the delivery of final images.

What Usage License Does The Photographer Provide?
This is something that is important you work out beforehand as it will dictate on how you are allowed to use the photographs.
Do you have exclusive rights? How long can you use the photographs? How can you use the photographs?

Luxury Hotel Photographer

Dara Airport Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Preparation For Your Hotel and Resort Photography

​Your luxury hotel photographer should communicate extensively with you beforehand to create a detailed shot list and run sheet. They should be able to offer advice on how to best prepare your hotel for photography.

Summary

​Next time you are looking for a luxury hotel photographer in  Bangkok, Siem Reap, Shanghai or anywhere else in Southeast Asia then get to know your photographer and their work. You should be comfortable in working with them and understand all charges and licensing.

Best photographer in the country for commercial photo shooting

Bruce made some photographs of several of the properties I was working for at MAADS, and he did such a great job that we called him back to ask him to work for us! From the time I spent in Cambodia I would definitely recommend him as the best photographer in the country for commercial photo shooting (architecture outdoor/indoor). Amazing lighting, brightness, contrast... nothing to change, everything is ready to use and to impress 😉

Professional and skillful

‘Professional and skillful’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Bruce. I hired Bruce as a freelance photographer late last year after coming highly recommended and viewing his online portfolio. During this time he updated our photo library with some amazing photos. Above all, I was impressed with Bruce’s ability to capture the best of our locations under different lighting conditions and the attention to detail he has put into the process. And, of course, his easygoing nature and flexibility made the cooperation more fruitful and productive. For any hotel or property that requires high-quality photos, Bruce would be the one I would highly recommend.

I strongly recommend Bruce for architectural and product shots

Bruce has an eye for detail, a feel for lighting, a flair for perspectives! An honest and friendly character without attitude who brings pictures to life!
I strongly recommend Bruce for architectural and product shots.

The quality of the images is great

I am really happy with you and your work. The quality of the images is great.

Refreshed our OTA profiles

You did a great job regarding PODs, sunrise lights were amazing. These images have refreshed our OTAs profiles. We appreciate your effort and time.

Timely in both communications as well as processing

I am happy to pass on that recommendation to anyone seeking a talented, professional, and creative photographer in the Kingdom. After struggling to capture our brand-new boutique hotel (Monsoon Bassac Hotel, Phnom Penh) myself, I contacted Bruce via his website. From start to finish, he was an absolute professional- timely in both communications as well as processing, patient with our numerous requests, and able to capture our hotel's difficult angles and lighting in a way that kept things realistic but also showcased their beauty. His photographs are a true representation of what guests will find in our hotel, and we proudly use his photographs on all of our media.
Bruce is able to walk into a room and immediately see potential. He is flexible, and takes your ideas and brand identity into account when creating his images. I could not be prouder to have his photos representing our brand, and I wholeheartedly recommend his services.

Extremely Professional and Talented

Bruce is an extremely professional and talented photographer. Throughout the process of photographing a rooftop bar he was extremely patient and a calm communicator going beyond the scope to photograph other hotel elements during the shoot. The post production process was fast and efficient and were extremely happy with the end result.

Best Pictures

Bruce did the best pictures we managed to get for our properties!

Professional results, production and timeline.

In terms of result delivery in making the photographs, include the production and timeline, Bruce is a very professional photographer.

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Alicia Guthert Communications Manager | MAADS
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Kosal Sou General Manager | Green Palace Hotel
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Noel Omar Furrer General Manager | Sun & Moon Urban Hotel
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Sokleng You Assistant Director of Sales | Dara Hotels
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Lubov Chinaru GRO | Independence Hotel by DARA
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Genevieve Cook General Manager | Monsoon Bassac Hotel
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Camilla Coburn Davis PR Manager | Minor Hotels
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Alexis de Suremain Founder | MAADS
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Nickie Samrith Marketing Manager | Sokha Hotels and Resorts

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About The Author

Bruce is an experienced luxury boutique hotel photographer based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He specializes in brand imagery for hotels and resorts. Working with high-end hotels and resorts in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, China, Myanmar, Bali, Singapore and Maldives

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