As discussed in the first post of this series, telling the story of a luxury resort through a lens takes time to set up and execute properly.
Hotel architects, interior designers and then the management and housekeeping teams all have a final vision in mind – to create a luxury experience that guests will enjoy. Part of my role is selling that dream through the images – inviting people to get a glimpse of their future holiday.
Jumeirah Al Naseem is an elegant, beachfront property in Dubai. These images show the before and after of one of their luxurious rooms.
Hotel room photography
Even the most beautiful hotel rooms in Dubai have their challenges when confronted with a camera. My role is to flatter the subject, showcase the hotel room in its best light and deliver a brand-level image to the client that will become a valuable marketing asset.
When it comes to interior photography, I apply the rules of composition to create visually appealing images. For example, here I used leading lines to direct the viewer to the most stunning aspect of this room: the view of Burj Al Arab outside.
Challenges of interior design photography
Attention to detail is vital when photographing hotel spaces. It’s surprising how challenging soft furnishings such as bedding or curtains can be, but the slightest crease can distract the viewer. Wall art can be highly reflective, bouncing light off different surfaces. In this case, I close the curtains to remove any unwanted glare and take an additional image to use as a composite.
It’s also important not to overdo it in editing, particularly when the hotel owner/manager desires a natural look.
Getting the lighting right
I chase the light from dawn to dusk, mapping out my every image for every hour. That way I know when the light is right to tell the story and bring out the best in the hotel room.
I often use supplementary lighting to fill areas in shadow and to highlight other parts of the room or direct the viewer’s attention specifically.
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