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.


​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.


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.


​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 😉

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.

Increased traffic of guests looking at our photos on Tripadvisor

We are happy with both quality and the presentation of the photos and have seen the increased traffic of guests looking at our photos on Tripadvisor.

Best Pictures

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

The new photos have helped us to boost the content of our website as well as other OTA’s and social media platforms

I believe that your new photos have helped us to boost the content of our website as well as other OTA’s and social media platforms. You definitely met our expectations. Not only I loved your photos of BL but also with our other sister properties.

Excellent photos taken of your food, hotel rooms and facilities

If you want excellent photos taken of your food, hotel rooms and facilities, Bruce is the man for you. He is easy to work with and he has a vision for every photography project given with him. He is a collaborator which means he welcomes your ideas and turns them into something great. His skills in photography will certainly up the calibre of every photo.

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.

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.

Alicia Guthert Communications Manager | MAADS
Noel Omar Furrer General Manager | Sun & Moon Urban Hotel
Sokleng You Assistant Director of Sales | Dara Hotels
Ayub Yulianto General Manager | Templation
Alexis de Suremain Founder | MAADS
Grace Pasion General Manager | Blue Lime
Adelisa Concepcion Communications Coordinator The Plantation
Genevieve Cook General Manager | Monsoon Bassac Hotel
Lubov Chinaru GRO | Independence Hotel by DARA

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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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