The Last Resort
I'm not going to tell you that resort photography isn't work--it is; but I'm not going to tell you that it's all work. I like to go early, stay later and bring the family. By going early I get in a day or so of scouting locations. Of course, everything at a resort is going to look good, and it's my job to make it look even better. But I scout because, at the very least, I have a list of things to photograph, and most of the time I have to follow, to the letter, the layout of an advertisement or a storyboard. And not only do I have to get the shots, I have to get the exact angles the Art Directors and account executives want. Angles add drama and interest, and you'll notice them in the great resort photography you see in magazine ads and travel posters.
Frankly, following the layout is the least creative part of what I do at a resort. Sometimes I get to stretch out a bit and add some of my own ideas. And then, as I said, I like to try to stick around after the assignment for some personal shooting--for stock or simply vacation shots of the family when they join me at the end of the assignment. I may be a professional photographer but, just like you, I want to capture images that preserve special personal moments.
Gear For The Road
A resort offers special opportunities for photography. You're going to be there for a while so you can take some time to see the place at different times of day. Most important, you'll see how the changing light of the day works with different locations. Don't be in a rush. As you experience and enjoy the resort, you'll get better ideas for photos--and so you'll get better photos.
Tell The Story, Many
Capture what impressed you, pleased you, and what you want to share; bring back the personal meaning, the smaller slices of the resort world and resort life. Make your photographs a diary of your stay, and aim for something different each day. (All of the photos you see here, by the way, were taken at Four Seasons resorts around the world.)
Start Out By Traveling
Tripod? I bring it, but
you're not going to want to--unless you're really
serious about your photographs or are thinking of possibly selling
them for stock or to the resort itself.
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