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Renting a Hotel Room

 
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Dec 17, 2012 19:57 |  #1

So I've decided to do a Boudoir multi-session day. There are about 3-4 choices here Hotel wise and from the pictures they are ok looking but I can't tell for sure. Has anyone ever went in and just asked to see the suites before booking ? I am not going to be giving them any insight on what I am doing since it's really not their concern. I do plan on having a MUA and Hair there but shouldn't be to big of an issue. Has anyone run into problems with nosey hotel staff before ?


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Dec 17, 2012 22:24 |  #2

We have done that many times during our travels and have always been accomodated. If they refuse you probably don't want to use them.


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Dec 18, 2012 09:34 |  #3

Its common and reasonable to check out rooms at a hotel, but do not reveal your purpose. Keep your equipment in unidentifiable cases, have the guests be low key, and put a towel at the door jam to avoid flashing the hallway. Beyond business meetings, using a hotel property to conduct other commercial business can get you kicked out.


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Dec 18, 2012 18:16 |  #4

never heard of a hotel giving a damn what you do as long as things look ok the next day. I've been at many group shoots at hotels and b&bs, no reason to make it a secret. Unless you want to film a crazy porn movie on their logo sheets or something.

I would actually ask the hotel which suite might be best to have enough room for lights and people. that way you don't get the odd l-shaped one.


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Dec 22, 2012 22:48 |  #5

I am thinking I am going to have to book for two nights too since I want to start early and won't be done tell 4 or 5 so I am going to go check them out after Christmas.


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Dec 26, 2012 16:12 |  #6

I go into hotels all of the time and tell them I want to look at the rooms for a photography shoot. They get that all of the time. We aren't as special as we think. :lol:


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Dec 26, 2012 22:05 |  #7

During providing executive protection to high profile protectees, we always did advance work. Often this included hotels, their rooms, rooms locations and other security needs. They have always been accommodating.


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Dec 27, 2012 16:57 |  #8

as long as you don't damage the room, they don't give a damn what you do, once they have your payment info.

And a photo session is quite likely one of the tamer things that happen in hotel rooms...


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Dec 27, 2012 16:59 |  #9

I do not see the point in being secretive. IMO it is easier for them to turn the room around to rent for another night. Unless you plan on trashing the room *L*


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Dec 27, 2012 18:17 |  #10

The main problem with hotel rooms......... is they LOOK like hotel rooms. That is a huge problem for me. Very few places, even high end hotels/resorts, have the same look and feel to the furnature. However if you plan on piling everything in the corner and setting up a background it will be hard to avoid "the look".


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Dec 28, 2012 14:21 |  #11

A couple of years ago, my wife bought herself a boudoir session and album to give me as a birthday gift. Best birthday present ever, btw.

For a shooting location, the photographer rented the bridal suite in a historic hotel. The furniture and decorations were all very historic-looking - a big poster bed with veils, velvet wallpaper, a fainting chaise, the works. The photos turned out great.

I'm sure they use this same location pretty often. I think they had six or eight clients scheduled the same day as my wife, spending about an hour with each one. You could probably flip through their galleries/blog to get some ideas on how to work a hotel room.

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Dec 28, 2012 17:53 |  #12

It's a pretty neat idea to associate an exclusive room with a business.


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Dec 31, 2012 14:12 |  #13

an nothing says you can't bring in your own accessories, sheets, fabrics, etc. Lights, backdrops, all fine. They really don't care what you do, as long as nothing is damaged or permanent. So don't paint the walls :-)

(that would actually be funny to do sometime, though LOL)


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Dec 31, 2012 14:33 |  #14

sspellman wrote in post #15381107 (external link)
Its common and reasonable to check out rooms at a hotel, but do not reveal your purpose. Keep your equipment in unidentifiable cases, have the guests be low key, and put a towel at the door jam to avoid flashing the hallway. Beyond business meetings, using a hotel property to conduct other commercial business can get you kicked out.

The only issue with regard to commercial use of their facilities might--in some cases--be a matter of insurance.

They may want a certificate from your insurance company covering them in case of injury to your client or any of your assistance (in some states of the US, this will include Workman's Compensation coverage).

Generally speaking, life is much easier lived above the board. Tell them what you're doing and meet their requirements or go elsewhere. Don't go "undercover" with a client in tow.


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Jan 01, 2013 22:51 |  #15

We have tried that same experience during our travel before but they have been always accommodating.


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