Holiday accommodation photography is about selling a lifestyle, but also about showing a potential guest the spaces and facilities they will enjoy on their holiday. So, while some styling is necessary to soften the edges and make a cottage, lodge or apartment look ‘homely’, it’s also important to manage expectations and not be too lavish as holidaymakers may expect more than they are going to get!
Using the property’s own crockery and placing the odd book or magazine or two on a table is perfectly reasonable as most places have books for guests and many will bring their own, I certainly do.
Good colourful food on a kitchen worktop or dining room table not only adds colour but creates atmosphere and lets people imagine what they will be cooking and serving to the family when they’re on holiday.
At the end of every shoot I wander around the property looking for little details which may get lost in the bigger pictures. I particularly look for how light creates shape and patterns on walls and gives objects depth and form.
These are a few images from a recent shoot in Cornwall for www.beachretreats.co.uk
I have been lucky enough to be able to shoot some properties for Architects and Holiday Let clients in the last few weeks, social distancing hasn’t been an issue as I’ve only been to empty houses and strict adherence to government guidelines has been observed.
Now is a good time to get updated photos of new listings or completed projects to get ahead of the game before the inevitable influx of tourists when Covid-19 restrictions are finally lifted.
Please give me a buzz or drop me a line if you have a project to discuss.
The brief was to shoot two elements; the huddlebox which was in a dark area used for VR testing. This needed a little subtle lighting to lift the darker areas out of shadow and separate them from the dark background.
Simon Hulstone has held a Michelin Star at The Elephant, Torquay since 2004. Not many Chefs can boast that!