Do: Select the Right Guest Rooms
Guest room selection is about more than just finding your “BEST” guest rooms. Light plays a critical role in the final image quality. Too much natural light can wash out the room and result in overexposed areas that detract from the final image quality. Too little light can make
- MORNING SESSION: Block guest rooms with WEST-facing windows.
- AFTERNOON/EVENING SESSION: Block guest rooms with EAST-facing windows.
- North-facing rooms typically offer softer light; however, this can change with the season.
If you aren’t sure which location is best, visit your guest rooms during the scheduled time of your session. If there are beams of light on the floor, or harsh light in the window, select a guest room on the opposite side of the building.
Do: Iron your Linens
Want to know the secret to a well-made bed? It’s freshly pressed sheets! ATH uses professional lighting, to help balance natural light and create ambiance. Our professional lighting brings attention to EVERY detail in the room. Don’t make wrinkled pillows the focus. Here’s an example showing a before and after ironed bedding.
- Iron front of pillows cases
- Iron top corners of fitted sheet while on the bed
- Press bed skirts
We recommend ironing all visible linen including Bed Skirts, Pillow Cases, Curtains, and Cloth Shower Curtains. Steam is your best ally in removing wrinkles. If your area is humid, leave the climate control on to keep linens fresh and crisp.
Don’t: Execute Repairs Day of Session
Your photography session is a time-limited opportunity, with many variables. Maintenance needed for your
Do: Block Parking in View of Exterior
Most brands require images to be free of cars and guests. Blocking the parking spaces around the main entrance or in view looking toward the main entrance will ensure cars are not visible. Save hundreds on post production cost!
- Ensure all exterior accent lights are working properly.
- Have an engineering team member on hand during the session to override your exterior light timers or sensors.
- Check your monument and building signs to ensure all lights are working properly and they are bright and clean
- Remove trash cans and ashtrays from entryways
Don’t: Forget to Utilize Your New Photos
ATH delivers a full range of graphic design and marketing solutions customized for hotels. Our savvy marketing professionals, design gurus and technical geniuses invest time to understand your goals, to share your story, and drive more revenue. Update your hotel’s sales kit with new imagery, using ATH’s marketing tools!
Contact All Things Hospitality to expand your marketing efforts and reach more potential guests using your new photography. Following these five steps for hotel photography planning will help maximize your photography investment. If you aren’t sure your photography is effectively selling your hotel, contact the All Things Hospitality team for a free photography evaluation. The ATH team specializes in hotel photography and helps guide hotel teams through planning and execution of a successful hotel photography session.
ATH strives to capture exactly what it is that makes you hotel unique. For over a decade All Things Hospitality has been trusted to deliver the highest-quality photography results for hundreds of hotels owned or managed by the nation’s top hospitality groups. Schedule your hotel photography session today.