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Archive for Oct 2010
Mark and I have done much travel in our 20 years together – but it really doesn’t get much better than Vancouver Island in British Columbia, off the west coast of Canada. We were working at several properties in the Pacific Northwest and two on the Island. The two properties we shot in Victoria are excellent: Abigails Hotel and Abbeymoore Manor Bed and Breakfast. But don’t take it from us that these are outstanding properties–both are rated #1 (in their respective categories, Hotels and BandBs) in the super-competitive Victoria lodging market on Trip Advisor. Many of you know how important this distinction is.
We took a “mandatory” break between 2 big shoots to explore the Island and stay out of the Inns’ way during the busy Canadian Thanksgiving holiday (they eat turkey too!) If you have not visited, put it on your short list. It’s gorgeous, wild and interesting in any kind of weather. Victoria is a delightful city…much more beautiful than I expected and very European-feeling. Start your trip at Abigails or Abbeymoore then spend a week or more exploring the island. Some of these spots are an easy daytrip from Victoria such as Sooke or The Juan de Fuca Marine trail (see captions in the gallery).
I posted about two dozen pictures in a gallery on our website
View all our Vancouver Island pictures.
>There’s a new trend we’ve noticed in shoots the last 6 months or so: innkeepers wanting great food shots. Even properties where food is not really a “big deal” seem to now want to focus more on this aspect of their business. This new trend delights us because we’ve always felt that food pictures really help the “sell the experience” and speak volumes about an inn. Believe it or not, when we first entered the hospitality business 10 or so years ago it was rare to see a “breakfast” page on an bed and breakfast website. Kind of funny when you think it is “Bed and BREAKFAST”!
This new-found interest coincides with the general fascination with food and cooking, thanks in part to the success of pop culture phenomena like celebrity chefs, The Food Network and Top Chef. No longer are just the elite interested in gourmet cooking; it’s trickled down to all of us.
|At Chambered Nautilus B and B|
When a client asks us for food shots, usually we begin with a series of questions to get an idea of what type of shots they are looking for. You can take an more abstract “fantasy” approach” (see the soup from L’Auberge Provencale) or show food being prepped (see Chambered Nautilus shots), or the “real” approach. If a property offers breakfast served in-room, we like to show it “in context”, thereby selling the food as well as the great service. Sometimes you really want to get a potential guest’s mouth to water about the food in particular, so you get really close (the Swann House fruit or the Abbeymoore B and B omelet). These days, lots of folks (especially ME!) care where the food comes from. I love the Brampton Inn shot, showing Danielle, the innkeeper, harvesting blackberries from their garden. Of all the hundreds of properties we’ve focused on, no one is more true to THE COOKIE than Danielle and her team (Hi Carol!) at Brampton. The beautiful variety of totally homemade cookies we shot this late summer was not just prepared for the shoot–it was just another day at the inn, photographed exactly how I saw it in their guest den. Yum.
Here are a few shots from the last 3 months….
|Breakfast entree at Abigails Hotel, Victoria BC|
|Soup course at L’Auberge Provencale, White Post VA|
|Signature Hummus at Hummus Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA|
|Fruit from the buffet at Swann House, Washington DC|
|Blueberry Muffins from Swann House|
|Innkeeper harvesting blackberries from garden, Brampton Inn, Chestertown, MD|
|Brampton Inn’s cookie spread|
|Lobster Chowder at The Settlers Inn, Hawley, PA|
|Joyce at Chambered Nautilus serving up spiced peaches, Seattle WA|
|Different approach to shooting food at Chambered Nautilus|
|Breakfast in Room at Abigails Hotel, Victoria BC|
|Salmon wrapped omelet at Abbeymoore Manor, Victoria BC|