hotel shoots-lie or not to lie???

hotel shoots-lie or not to lie???

48 posts
16 Jan 2013
well my most recent casting is for a hotel shoot, initially it was intended just for an overnight stay so i can shoot on the day of check in and then continue the following day before checking out. However a couple of years ago i rang a hotel in cumbria to double check on prices etc and i mentioned to them i wanted the room to use for doing shoots in, i was then informed they dont allow anything like that and since then i have heard some hotels also dont allow this, so how do models or photographers get around this situation when it comes to hotel shoots, im due to visit the hotel tomorrow that im due to shoot in, ive asked to view their rooms as their website is one big ball of confusion, but i havent said as of yet what the real purpose of my stay is for. Also for the shoot im bringing my own lights so even with photographers coming and going it shouldnt be very noticable if they are not carrying tons of equipment as i already will have it set up in the room.

also is it standard for check in times to be from 2pm and check out at 11am. this obviously doesnt do very well for having a second day shooting unless i book another night, this may seem a silly question but just thought id ask incase anyone knew of a way i can get the second day extended without having to pay for a second night, im new to the hotel shoot thing
Posted 16 Jan 2013
AegeanSoft
Photographer
AegeanSoft
Lots of men visiting your room could infer to the hotel management the mistaken impression that you were running a profession of 'another' kind I would be interested in knowing how photographers get to use hotel rooms without problems.
Posted 16 Jan 2013
laylarc
Model
laylarc
As a veteran of doing things I'm not supposed to be doing, in places I'm not supposed to be doing them, I find that forgiveness is usually easier to obtain than permission. I wouldn't tell them & if they do notice, just show them the set up & tell them you are students.

Posted 16 Jan 2013
good idea, thats one thing i could say if i get caughtcheeky

laylarc

As a veteran of doing things I'm not supposed to be doing, in places I'm not supposed to be doing them, I find that forgiveness is usually easier to obtain than permission. I wouldn't tell them & if they do notice, just show them the set up & tell them you are students.


Posted 16 Jan 2013
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
I've used hotels a few times and on the one occasion I was asked about all the gear I was carrying in, told them I was doing a shoot the next day and was not going to leave all my expensive equipment in the car overnight.

You can sometimes get an extended checkout, maybe free, maybe a small extra charge - just ask them.

Dave

Posted 16 Jan 2013
Edited by eosfan 16 Jan 2013
Nobee63
Photographer
Nobee63
Turn up wearing a suit. Tell them you are using the room to conduct interviews. Simples
Posted 16 Jan 2013
oh im going all suited and booted when i visit tomorrow anyway lol

Nobee63

Turn up wearing a suit. Tell them you are using the room to conduct interviews. Simples


Posted 16 Jan 2013
TonyNutley
Photographer
TonyNutley
Just tell them what you're using it for I've never had a problem. Usually they're very helpful I've often been moved to a different room as the light is wrong or that room isn't suitable.

I just ask for a day rate say six hours or so.

Posted 16 Jan 2013
si_mo
Photographer
si_mo
I do hotel shoots. I don't mention it. Its not illegal, it won't damage the hotel property, what's to discuss?
Ask for a late check out, sometimes they will give it free sometimes a small charge, sometimes not at all. Likewise early checkins.


Posted 16 Jan 2013
EdT
Photographer
EdT
How do things stand insurance-wise?

If one of your lights were to set something on fire I would imagine that the hotel's insurance company would probably have some reservations about paying out.

Not saying they would ... just asking a question.

Posted 17 Jan 2013
PeterH
Photographer
PeterH
Just be honest with them. On your visit tomorrow tell them you're scouting for locations in the area for a photoshoot, and ask if they have a media rate. Doubtful they'll know what you mean, but it'll show them you know what you're talking about.

You just need to convince them that everything is legal, the visitors to your room won't disturb others, that you won't be having screaming orgasms in this shoot, nor leaving a room that may require heavy duty cleaning afterwards.

They want your money, so just satisfy them that you won't cause any problems and affect other guests, and you should be fine. Getting turned down at this stage is better than being asked to leave half way through the day because they think you're hooking in the room.
Posted 17 Jan 2013
photoclassic
Photographer
photoclassic
If it's part of a chain like Premier Inn for example, where the branding is instantly recogniseable, they are very against use for photoshoots. Most independent hotels and the more exclusive chains that don't have a uniform branding/layout will be happy to agree a price.

Posted 17 Jan 2013
FreelanceBadger
Photographer
FreelanceBad..


I check in and out of hotels with a bootful of photographic equipment all the time - never been stopped/asked .
Posted 17 Jan 2013
The one time when I have done this I could tell the receptionist thought I was a prozzie with all men coming up to the room! I later found out that that hotel is a hive for prozzie activity!
Posted 17 Jan 2013
aj_callum
Photographer
aj_callum
I ve done a few shoots in some hotels but i have the luxury of having friends who work in the desired hotel of choice , on occassions i have done other hotel shoots and its standard that the check in time is in the afternoon and normally check out is between 9am - 11am . if your looking to get a extra days shooting done then unfortunatly you will have to pay for another day ....thats the norm!! some hotels will allow it but most will get funny with you if u tell them you need the room for doing shoots in ....its just a case of the hotel policy (i wouldnt tell them).
Posted 17 Jan 2013
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