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Securing a pool for a bikini shoot

 
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Jan 09, 2017 22:53 |  #1

Not sure where to post this.... I'm looking for advice on how to secure a pool for a concept. I'm working with a swimwear designer and the designer wants to do a pool party shoot with big inflatable floats, multiple models, champagne, colored visors, etc. Basically fun and sexy pool party. My question is how do I go about securing a location for the shoot?

I have shot plenty of swimwear but never a production this big. So I'm seeking advice. Should I just start calling different possible hotels and gauge their interest? Thanks for suggestions!


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Jan 11, 2017 09:04 |  #2

Hotels, Private Homes, Realtors, Rental Properties. That's where I would start. Honestly rental properties is the first place I would start, then you have the entire grounds to use, plenty of space and no one else around.




  
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Jan 11, 2017 17:09 |  #3

Rent an Air BNB with a pool


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Jan 11, 2017 17:11 |  #4

scorpio_e wrote in post #18241404 (external link)
Rent an Air BNB with a pool


Wow,.. there goes any plans I ever had of renting out via Air BnB ...


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Jan 11, 2017 17:27 |  #5

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18241406 (external link)
Wow,.. there goes any plans I ever had of renting out via Air BnB ...

Just don't rent to photographers *LOL*


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Jan 11, 2017 18:02 |  #6

Enlist lots of help.

Years ago I was involved in a video shoot to replicate a wedding reception party. We rented a hotel ballroom and we begged borrowed and (almost) stole to get things looking like a legit reception. We even had a bakery donate a wedding cake. We enlisted all our friends and had their friends come in with explicit instructions to come dressed as if attending a wedding. It was one of the biggest productions I have been directly involved and it scares me in retrospect how fortunate we were nothing critical went wrong. Did things go wrong? Sure, but we worked around it.

So, some suggestions; Enlist lots of help from friends and family members. They need to be clued in to the design process right from the get go so when it comes time to do their job you won't have to micro-manage them and they'll know what needs to be done. The hardest thing is to let them do their job. The size of your set will determine the size of your crew (grips, makeup, hair, riggers, etc.)

For location, I would first reach out through social media for anyone with a pool they are willing to let you use for free. Although you may be able to secure it for free, realize that there will be some expenses. The 'set' will need to be cleaned up and 'dressed' to look like a pool party. This means all the amenities as you mentioned. It's also nice to offer some money to the property owner, even if they're offering free. If you have multiple offers do some location scouting. Look for those tableaus where different shoots can take place. Pay attention to backgrounds but realize that some backgrounds can be manipulated with some set dressing or post production work.

Have people bring as many props as they can. They can also reach out to their social circles as well. The success comes from enlisting people who are just as engaged in the production as you are. If a person can find value in the photos you're taking then consider working out some form of trade. For example, hair and makeup. While the majority of the event will likely be about shooting for the clothing designer, you can take a few minutes to get closeups of the hair and makeup. Just remember that some images will go to the designer while some will go to the hairstylist and others to the makeup artist. Let them each have their own unique images and everyone will be happy. You may be able to work out a deal with a B&B for free location photos to use in their own advertising in exchange for use of their premises (on their off time). Create a shot list so you can keep track of all this.

If the client is not providing an AD consider enlisting a trusted friend to help you as a creative assistant. They can act as a second set of eyes for you.

The last bit of advice I can offer is, don't sweat the little stuff. There is always a way of working around the little stuff.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing the results of your shoot.


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Jan 13, 2017 08:44 |  #7

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18241406 (external link)
Wow,.. there goes any plans I ever had of renting out via Air BnB ...

I have used Air BnB, VRBO, Hotels, Rented Cars. What ever it takes to get the look I want/need. But we always leave the space better then most people who rent it for a vacation.




  
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Jan 13, 2017 17:26 |  #8

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #18243091 (external link)
I have used Air BnB, VRBO, Hotels, Rented Cars. What ever it takes to get the look I want/need. But we always leave the space better then most people who rent it for a vacation.


Likewise, we've used it a lot. Never rented our house out though.


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Jan 13, 2017 17:56 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #9

Yah - here's some advice - don't rent an AirBnB in Chatsworth, Canoga Park, or Reseda, CA (Porn capital of the world).


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Jan 13, 2017 20:43 |  #10

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Yah - here's some advice - don't rent an AirBnB in Chatsworth, Canoga Park, or Reseda, CA (Porn capital of the world).

Eeeew!

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Jan 14, 2017 13:19 |  #11

Your designer should be at least helping with this, or have people whose job it is to do this sort of stuff (the same person who handles the booking of the models, makeup, hair, craft services, etc). At the very least I'd suggest they look into the suggestions given here (airBnB if they're on a budget, or dedicated companies featuring locations for actual photography/video productions if the designer has $$$).




  
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Jan 15, 2017 07:51 |  #12

Thank you everyone! Great advice!


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