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Finding The Best Luxury Hotel Photographer

Luxury Hotel Photographer

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How To Find The

Best Luxury Hotel Photographer

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Hotel KVL Phnom Penh

​It is a well known fact that high-quality hospitality photography will pay for itself many times over in attracting more hotel guests. A luxury hotel photographer has the knowledge, eye, and experience to provide you with eye catching hotel photos that will potentially 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

There are many luxury hotel photographers and not all of them will be the perfect fit for your situation. You need to make sure that the photographer is the right fit for you and your hotel. They need to be easy to work with or you are going to have very long and stressful hotel photoshoot . If locally based then meet with the photographer beforehand or if, out of town, set up a Zoom 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 photography 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?

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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 8 and 18 high-quality hotel pictures a day, depending on the location

Who Will Be The Hotel Photographer? Make sure that the luxury hotel 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?

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Baitong Hotel & Resort Phnom Penh

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

​If the luxury hotel photographer’s style fits your brands style and message you want to convey , then the most important thing is to find out if they are easy to work with. Try speaking to your colleagues who have worked with them before. Check for LinkedIn recommendations and Google Reviews. The 10 hour shooting days can get very long if the photographers is not flexible and easy to work with. Part of a luxury hotel photographers job is to make your life easier, not harder.

​Related Article: Lodging Magazine – Why Great Photography is Important for a Hotel’s Success

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