I'm a new llama trying to build my portfolio to include fashion, lingerie and swimwear.
I've been asked by several photographers about doing tasteful lingerie shoots (no nudes, no spread legs etc) in an upscale hotel room... I understand that this is probably the best setting for lingerie shoots.
However, as a young girl on one of her first shoots, I am obviously a little nervous about showing up at a hotel by myself. The photographers have offered that I bring anyone along I like.
However, if I wanted to go alone, how can I become less nervous and anxious? Any advice from llamas who have done similar?
Aug 22 12 06:22 pm Link
Downers Grove, Illinois, US
An upscale hotel is probably going to be 10 times safer than other locations - security personnel and cameras everywhere. Hotels are very, very common locations to shoot.
Aug 22 12 06:26 pm Link
Broomfield, Colorado, US
Aug 22 12 06:33 pm Link
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
You can start by checking the references of the photographers. Speak to other models that have worked with them in hotel rooms. If you decide to go alone, be sure that someone else knows who you are shooting with and where the shoot is taking place.
Aug 22 12 06:35 pm Link
Seattle, Washington, US
This was pretty routine for me and I shot in hotel rooms more times than I can probably remember.
The only time that I had a problem was when the photographer was "new" and didn't have any references...
Aug 22 12 06:38 pm Link
Imperial, California, US
As said above, always check references!! Contact models the photographer has worked with, google the guy... Some people hide behind kitchy names like snigglfritz photography, who the hell is that?? Some red flags when dealing with anyone, will they not give you a phone#, an address... Are they hard to get ahold of even when you have contact info??
Aug 22 12 06:51 pm Link
Portland, Oregon, US
check references and let people know where you will be and when you plan to return
Aug 22 12 06:53 pm Link
Olympia, Washington, US
I am a firm believer in gut feelings.
Also check references.
Aug 22 12 06:56 pm Link
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Aug 22 12 07:03 pm Link
Thanks for the replies guys. I have the photographers phone number, real name etc etc and we may also shoot swimwear at the hotel pool which is obviously a very public domain so I understand there is nothing to worry about. However it's better to be safe.
Aug 22 12 07:24 pm Link
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Hotels, I think are safe. The photographer would need to check in with ID. All the details are there should anything happen, and as mentioned, corridors have cameras, even in the lifts where I've stayed.
I also think that bringing someone along isn't the best idea. First, some rooms can still be small (even more up-scale hotel rooms). I've done hotel room shoots and I have gear strewn all over the place. The more people in there, the more chance someone's gonna trip, step one something, etc.
Also, with some hotels you need to go through the lobby. If it looks like Central Station with all the people going to the one room, it can cause suspicion.
Also, bringing a third-party (i.e. escorts) along that the photographer doesn't know can cause problem such as being liable for any damage caused or any mini-bar items being taken.
Aug 22 12 07:26 pm Link
On one hand I would feel better if I brought someone with me, on the other hand I feel this could be quite distracting or disorientating. I kind of feel I should go alone, I'm a big girl and should be able to handle myself as such.
Aug 22 12 07:29 pm Link
Fairbanks, Alaska, US
Naive, innocent victim-in-waiting to rational, responsible woman in one hour and seven minutes. That just might be the fastest growing up process I've ever seen. Congratulations, and have fun.
Aug 22 12 07:37 pm Link
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
From a photographer's point of view the main thing is that you do whatever you need to do to feel secure and comfortable. If you don't this will show in the shots.
It's good the photographers are happy for you to bring an escort - that shows good faith on their part. But it's definitely best to check with other models they've worked with.
And talk to them - tell them you're new to this and that the first part of the shoot might be a bit awkward while you get used to it. That way they're prepared and if they're halfway professional they'll organise the shoot accordingly.
Aug 22 12 07:44 pm Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
My first shoot in a hotel room was a bondage shoot. To me, 'upscale' hotels are way safer than most studios for reasons mentioned at the beginning of the thread. I didn't get murdered or raped. But then again the photographer/rigger was well-known and I checked references.
But you should ALWAYS do your homework as a model, to check references. And trust your gut feeling.
Aug 22 12 07:49 pm Link
Albany, New York, US
If it's gonna be a love hotel or a cheap motel. I refuse.
Aug 22 12 08:00 pm Link
Saint Louis, Missouri, US
If the pool is indoors, you might be able to get exclusive use of it, if you want to try different lighting, etc.
Los Angeles, California, US
Take someone with you. Why take a chance? Yes, having someone there who is not part of the shoot can be a distraction. This is your first time out so you should err on the side of caution. I'd rather have bad pictures than a bad experience. I would also make sure the shoot is during the day.
Portland, Oregon, US
Another option then is to bring someone but have them wait in the lobby/bar/somewhere nearby.
Detroit, Michigan, US
Most of this has already been said, but I will echo it again:
- check references with models who have shot in hotel rooms with the photographer
- let someone know where you will be and text them the room number once you know what it is (more for your peace of mind)
- if you do feel bringing someone will help, maybe have someone drop you off at the room and then arrange to have them meet you when the shot is done, this way they are not in the way, but you get your peace of mind
But most importantly, if you are getting any red flags, there is no reason to do the shoot. You will likely look uncomfortable in the shots and that is of no use to any one.
All of that being said, I have done plenty of shoots in hotel rooms and never had an issue.
Aug 22 12 08:07 pm Link
Virginia Beach, Virginia, US
You could bring someone so you feel safer having someone close but leave them in the lobby, poolside, elsewhere so they don't interfere with the shoot or distact you. Just the fact that there is someone nearby would probably help put you more at ease.
Aug 22 12 08:18 pm Link
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Aug 22 12 08:26 pm Link
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, California, US
if it's an upscale hotel ask to meet in the lounge for a coke before the shoot. trust your initial instincts.
Aug 22 12 08:30 pm Link
Sandy Springs, Georgia, US
Aug 23 12 06:16 am Link
Marietta, Ohio, US
Cheap motels with peeling paint, stained bathrooms, torn furniture and bad lighting can result in some great photos.
Aug 23 12 06:26 am Link
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Why not go, your person that comes with you says hi, I'll be in the lobby. Every one will be happy, but again as said above check references and go with your instincts!
Aug 23 12 06:29 am Link
İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
I don't like hotel rooms. There are too secure for llamas. I might be caught while cutting her head off . I prefer desert for shooting it comes with the benefit of burying the body easily.
Aug 23 12 06:37 am Link
Bath, England, United Kingdom
If you don't trust the photographer then don't go.
Aug 23 12 06:45 am Link
Orlando, Florida, US
Come to Florida, and shoot at a Disney hotel, with a photographer named "SOS" . . . Mickey won't let nuthin' bad happen to ya . . . You can always have an escort accompany you to the hotel, have everyone meet, set some sort of timetable, keep your cell nearby, and have your escort wait in the bar until the shoot is over . . . if you've done all your due diligence, you should be fine . . . hope the shoot goes well . . .
Aug 23 12 06:48 am Link
Tempe, Arizona, US
Aug 23 12 06:49 am Link
Olivet, Michigan, US
Same as if you're shooting somewhere else. Find out about the proposed shoot, find out about the photographer, and trust your gut.
Aug 23 12 06:56 am Link
Olivet, Michigan, US
Super 8, $38 for the night. (18+)
Aug 23 12 06:59 am Link
Houston, Texas, US
Real photographers are like gynecologist, they are there for only one thing... wait, that didn't come out right.
Aug 23 12 07:03 am Link
Olney, Maryland, US
Lightfire Creative wrote:
Aug 23 12 07:10 am Link
Calhoun, Georgia, US
TO ME: I would never ask a model to work in a motel or hotel room.. Most generally you will not be able to get permission from the property owners.. If you try to sneek it through and they find out.. I hope you have bond money...
Aug 23 12 07:30 am Link
Toledo, Ohio, US
I have done several hotel room shoots, including my first shoot ever with a model (also her first shoot ever).
Only once did the model bring an escort, who just worked on his laptop. However, the room was so packed with gear & props, the only place he could sit and be out of the way was in the bathroom. After about an hour of that, he went down to the lobby.
Aug 23 12 07:58 am Link
Washington, District of Columbia, US
You may want to check with the photographer, but whenever I've shot in a hotel it wasn't prohibitively expensive to use a suite so clothes, extra rigging,escorts,etc were generally in the other room and pretty out of the way. Also, the fixtures were a little more upscale.
Aug 23 12 03:18 pm Link
London, England, United Kingdom
If it seems appropriate get someone to drop you off at the hotel then wait at a cafe and then meet you afterwards. Long, quiet lonely journeys can be time that your nerves run riot.
Aug 23 12 04:30 pm Link
London, England, United Kingdom
I never understand this 'trust a complete stranger' mentality, why would you trust someone you had never met?
Aug 23 12 04:32 pm Link
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Aug 23 12 04:38 pm Link