Archive for Aug 2011

>It’s been a couple of weeks since we returned from a nearly two-week Ohio photo shoot at four inns: The Inn at Cedar Falls, Hideaway Country Inn, Inn at Honey Run and White Oak Inn. One theme that ran through the shoots was PEOPLE. All told, we shot over 25 different people during our time in Ohio. There were times when it felt more like a movie production, less the giant crew, of course. Exhausting, but very rewarding. If you are interested in using people in pictures, you might want to read this post we wrote on the topic.

FYI…At the end of this post we have a behind-the-scenes video from these shoots.

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Two couples, “traveling together”, enjoying the fire pit at The Inn at Cedar Falls. We’ve noticed such fire pits are springing up at a lot of inns…another clever amenity.
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The Inn at Cedar Falls uses the honey it harvests on property in their spa treatments
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Mark atop a rock at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park, near The Inn at Cedar Falls…who knew??
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One temperamental model at The Inn at Honey Run
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We wrapped up our Ohio adventures at White Oak Inn. No models (it was about time for a break) but a bucolic, peaceful setting to finish up 10 days of very hard work.


Ellen Grinsfelder at The Inn at Cedar Falls captured a short, behind-the-scenes video of us hard at work on three different images. I hope our energy level can live up to the music! The finished photos are at the end of the video.


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Mark “hammock-ing” over a stream in NY

If we’ve been to your inn to photograph your property, you may have heard us say “you should hang a hammock THERE” or “have you considered adding a hammock?” Yes, perhaps we are hammock obsessed. When we owned The Woolverton Inn, we constructed an entirely new building around a $100 hammock that would be the key feature in the bathroom (yes, indoors). In the video we have posted here, we’ve included the hammock we installed 10 years ago at Woolverton in The Sojourn Loft as well as dozens of others we have photographed during the last decade.

The video also features a few shots from our hammock-focused vacations in The Adirondacks and Mexico.  We recently purchased a wonderful portable hammock you can take along when you hike. Mark strung it over one of the beautiful mountain streams at Elk Lake Lodge in New York state. “I’ll take that hammock–to go!”

A hammock is one of the most inexpensive amenities for a hotel or inn to add–can you think of another amenity that says “relax” for less than $100?? One of our very favorite applications of “hammockry” is at Shiloh Morning Inn in Oklahoma. They have acres of beautiful rolling countryside and have hammocks hidden in several of the secret spots on the property. They encourage guests to take a “hammock safari” as a unique property-focused adventure. What a clever idea!

1. Enjoy the video, 2. Buy a hammock, and 3. Relax and enjoy the rest of the summer!