I just got this question on an email and remembered that I have been meaning to write a post about this. And doing it before anything else distracts me.
The question was: have you done Boudoir Photography in a Hotel?
Why yes I have. And let me impart my wisdom. Note: with these tips, the photographer comes to you and you are in charge of booking and paying for the hotel. They do not apply for marathons where the photographer is booking several appointments at one tim :)
1. Look for hotels that are newish or have been recently renovated.
I was at the King Edward hotel in the renovated suites. Oh, my lordy. I wanted to move in. Clean colours with hints of red. And my dream headboard. So do check pictures of the hotels and make sure you confirm you are getting the new ones.
Nice hotels I have been in Toronto:
Close to the entertainment district for dinners:
Le Germaine - it has those blinds from the washroom I can shoot through, warm tones
The Ritz Carlton
Trump - it's so pretty! more of white and grey tones and cherry blossoms - not that I like Trump he has a nice hotel
Close to the Eton centre:
Cambridge suites (just went to this- pleasantly surprised! and economic)
2. Book for a Saturday or Sunday, book me 3 pm then enjoy the night.
I was told that Sundays to Monday you can get cheaper rates. If you can get in early that is great. I need to start your appointment at 3 so in winter I still have daylight.
3. Hide the alarm clock, phone, remote controls.
Even those water bottles in the night stand. I usually do a sweep to do that but if you do that ahead of time is great.
4. Contain your wardrobe to one area.
Usually the washroom works, unless you want to use it in pictures if the shower or bath is extra nice. But we usually do that until the end. We do not want to mess the makeup.
Even plan for a milk bath shot! You just need to buy a big jug of creamer.
5. Share the expense.
Maybe get a one or two friends to pitch in for the room and make it a girls night. Or surprise your other half by making plans for dinner (you come to the hotel early), so you can meet him after the shoot and stay over. Maybe even show him an outfit or two you got for the shoot.
So maybe even do a boudoir shoot for his birthday or anniversary, where you book the hotel and have the session, then surprise him with the printed book and he will be like: heeeeeeey, I know that place! And now you have a gift that makes them re-live the experience! I get bright ideas sometimes!
Book the Renaissance Toronto on a Blue Jay game!!! Have the session for you or both of you and then enjoy the game. :)