Below is a sample of the thousands of still photos I shot in 16 countries for Hilton Worldwide. The first group were shot at the Conrad Indianapolis.
Here's an image in a finished ad. The Indy Conrad is downtown on a busy street that we couldn't close to traffic. I didn't want to run stingers across the sidewalk for liability reasons so all the lights were battery powered LED's.
We hired four talent and shot them in as many environments as possible showcasing both the hotel and "lifestyle". Here are all four in the wine bar using team members as background.
Outdoor dining with a little dutch. Not so much about the particular restaurant but more about the lifestyle.
The pool area is a basic indoor pool so the shot becomes all about the viewer indentifying with the person in the shot.
I think everyone can identify with getting a massge.
Conrad's demographic is a younger, active guest and they want to highlight this lifestyle.
Note the subtle Conrad flag.
Bikes in front of hotel with the soft focus Conrad.
This is the top of the hotel bar in Bangkok I lit this with one small LED light. Call me and ask me how...
Seville, Spain courtyard. This was taken at what I call blue light. After sunset, after the magic hour light has vanished when you expose for night but the sky still has a hint of light.
Another "blue light" shot of a ballroom on the water in Seville.
Some of the work is destined for print brochures. Here's an image that sells the room and has plenty of negative space for writing.
Perhaps the most challenging shot of the week in Spain. The walls of the spa were flat black stone. The small LED's light the plant at the far end of the hall and the two glass doors but didn't light the black stone. That's being done by 1 K's being bounced into the space.
We usually spend some time shooting rooms but this was unusual. They had 10 room types to shoot but only 1 bed and 1 set of amenities. The hotel staff did a fabulous job dressing each room.
Typical of the detail shots that are useful for not only the brand but the individual hotel.
An early morning shot of professional models at the Boulders resort in Phoenix, AZ. I only point out they're pros because so many of the images I take are with real team members.
Spa shot for the Boulders.
The theme restaurant in Bangkok wanted to show the interaction between the live entertainment and the customers.
Typical lobby shot showing guests using the space.
Untypical shot of guest interaction bridging the exterior and interior of the hotel.
What started as a food shot turned into a opportunity for a team member image.
Picture postcard of the beach in front of a Key West resort.
The client loves these detail shots that give you a sense of place.
A picture postcard sunset.
A "Coffee Break" in Cairo.
And a wedding setup in a large ballroom.
Exterior of the Conrad Singapore.
A team member with plenty of negative space for graphics.
I have to admit I didn't take this still shot. I was shooting with my F900 and my buddy Willy would take stills after I set, lit and shot the video. I feel guilty because when I was lighting this shot in the air conditioning, Willy was outside shooting kids in a pool in 90 degree heat and 90% humidity. It's good to be the DP.
Same with this shot. The video on this dolly shot was really beautiful with the moving reflections in the floor. You can see a very short piece of that video on the sizzle reel on my home page.
My F900 was on the jib for this shot which is also in the sizzle reel.
Even though we had the F900 available we shot the video with the 5D for the shallower depth of field. We used the F900 on the jib or when we wanted to carry a deeper depth of field like the bar shots. The right tool for the particular shot.
Picture postcard shot of the pier at dusk.
Pier at sunset. These type of shots get used in print, on the web and Powerpoints for the sales team.
Miami Conrad exterior. I love that 16-35mm lens with the 5D2's full size sensor 5D.
Interior at Miami Conrad.
Exterior in morning "blue light". Set up and shooting at 5am. I was catching a plane in the afternoon so had to shoot early morning.
Day exterior Conrad Tokyo and the 16mm again. The hotel loved this shot...
Although I'm partial to the night exterior.
Day exterior of the Tokyo lobby bar.
Meeting room set up.
Tokyo food shot. Funny, looks like food everywhere.
And spa shots.
Restaurant images both fine...
And casual dining.
Bar shots with models in Cairo...
Bar shots empty with plenty of negative space.
And bar shots featuring a view of the Nile.
And lifestyle shots showing off the hotel.
Images of the meeting areas with a model.
Getting a smile from the Cairo casino team members.
And detail shots with plenty of negative space for graphics.
If you shot hotels you shoot rooms. Here's one in Cairo.... with pyramids added later.
Blue light exterior shot from the Nile.
Cairo food shot. Funny, looks a lot like food in Tokyo...
And finally a fun shot of the team members in action.