Anatomy of Hotel and Resort Photography: A Guide.
Episode 10: Photographing Lobbies
Lobbies have to be the most
difficult and most satisfying image you can take of a hotel and resort. A lobby is usually the first interior a guest
sees and feels. A lobby should recreate the feeling of home, of comfort and of
romance. As a public space a lobby has a
lot to do. The furniture and
architectural layout of a lobby should encourage rest or work( on tablets
or laptops) within a seemingly transitionary space.
First impressions are always
crucial. That is why photographing
lobbies can be challenging.
What is a lobby? Is it the comfortable arrangement of tuffed
armchairs and floral arrangements? Is it
the architecture? Is it the front desk?
Is it the lighting? Is it the fireplace? What about the vibe?
I say a lobby is all of
these. As a photographer, I’m always
asked if I can get all of these into one shot.
There is the challenge.
You might get a shot of a really cool architectural feature, but then is that the ultimate shot of the lobby? The front desk, which can be beautiful, also is not the lobby.
So the basic challenge is to try to get at the heart of the lobby you are photographing. Many times, I will rearrange the furniture to make the shot more appealing. Some times, I’ll bring in floral arrangements and large plants. Sometimes, depending on the shot, I remove all the plants. Every lobby shot is different.
Time of day is critical as well. Most of the time I shoot early in the morning or in the middle of the night so as not to affect the guest’s experience.