Forums > Model Colloquy > Photoshoots in hotel rooms.

Model

Erzsebet

Posts: 1512

BARNSTABLE, Massachusetts, US

Shots 1-4, 9 & 10 were shot in a SWANK Boston hotel room on the 21st floor... I used the priceline negotiator thing... best deal EVER. $145 for a (usually) $275 room.

I would do this every time if I could, such rad shots, and FANTASTIC room service. Generally safe, very public, and yet private enough for nudes. I dig it.

DO what everyone else said regarding ref checks, etc, good advice here. Have fun!

Aug 30 12 07:43 pm Link

Photographer

aspergianLens

Posts: 1959

Sacramento, California, US

I've done a hotel room shoot, in a rather cheap one at that.

As far as danger goes... nothing happened to me, so I think it's okay. smile

Aug 30 12 07:47 pm Link

Photographer

Cal

Posts: 684

Santa Ana, California, US

Do a search of models in your area, this can be done on MM.
Ask the models if they have worked with him and would they work with him again.

Sep 01 12 04:47 am Link

Photographer

Harold Rose

Posts: 2925

Calhoun, Georgia, US

Louisa-Marie wrote:
Hey guys,

I'm a new model 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 models who have done similar?

Always:  know the exact location,  time and the property manager!  ALWAYS  ask if permission is secsured from the property owners, and in who's name.

Sep 01 12 05:00 am Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

James Anthony Studios wrote:
Regardless of where your shooting, in studio, outdoor or hotel room. If it is your first time working with this photographer I recommend bringing a well behave escort for security. Maybe 2 for safety. Know the room number if your security is waiting outside.I'm a photographer and I have heard plenty of horror stories.
As many have said get references but it is always safer to get to know the photographer on normal non lingerie shoots before you decide to meet them alone.

I wouldn't allow someone who's not part of the shoot, and neither would a lot of other photographers.

As far as doing some "normal non lingerie" shoots, or non nude, whatever, I'm happy to.  If I'm paid.  I can't imagine why someone who wants to shoot nudes / lingerie, who is working with a model who does nudes / lingerie, would put up with doing a couple of shoots, and all the planning, effort, time, etc, involved, just to "earn" the real shoot.

Sep 01 12 06:54 am Link

Photographer

FBY1K

Posts: 907

Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Dekilah wrote:
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.

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Hooah!

Starkey

Sep 01 12 07:05 am Link

Photographer

howard r

Posts: 513

Los Angeles, California, US

i would also ask to see their proper non-mm website, and even more importantly, really look at how they view women.

someone can be technically skilled but have tacky-ass taste, and taste is absolutely critical.

and definitely arrange to call a friend 10 minutes into the shoot in case the photographer's in-person vibe is a bit off.

Sep 01 12 07:18 am Link

Model

Jordan Bunniie

Posts: 1693

Los Angeles, California, US

A hotel room is no different than any other location.

Sep 02 12 11:37 am Link

Photographer

Red Hot Foxes Studios

Posts: 27

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Louisa-Marie wrote:
Hey guys,

I'm a new model 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 models who have done similar?

As with swimming it always a good idea to use the buddy system.. Well that and you should always make sure people know where your at and who it is your shooting with as well as when it is you should be back. Likewise it also a good idea to try to setup a sit down with your photographer in a public setting a few days before the shoot so you can talk things over and get a clear idea as to what it is the photographer hopes to capture on film. I say this because meeting with your photographer a few days before a shoot should help combat the nervous feeling your having.

That said I think working with new people always makes people a tad nervous. So just try relax and above all try to stay safe..

Sep 09 12 01:01 pm Link

Photographer

Rebecca Christine

Posts: 7068

Chester, England, United Kingdom

Hi Louisa,
Nice to see an Adelaide girl around that's where I used to live!

1. Check references (Look through his images or credits for people he has worked with, but if he's worked with 1 girl a tonne of times don't just ask her as they may have been friends beforehand).

2. Tell someone where you are going, who you are with, what time you expect to be home roughly and when you get to the hotel text someone the hotel room number.

3. Listen to your gut. If you think something isn't right, LEAVE. He cannot give you a bad enough reputation to ruin your career, don't stress just get dressed and leave or call security when you're getting changed if he is becoming irate or preventing you from leaving.

Take someone with you if this will help, they can always sit in the bathroom if you're nervous of them watching.

Don't get a shower there, get one when you get home.

Sep 09 12 01:15 pm Link

Model

ChyanneThomas

Posts: 43

Austin, Texas, US

Louisa-Marie wrote:
Hey guys,

I'm a new model 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 models who have done similar?

I go with my mom to all my shoots till I'm 18 and even then I may want to drag her along (she's pretty chill about the whole thing.) But yeah if it's lingerie I would think a hotel is pretty safe specially if it's a high end one.  Check the photographers references first and make sure he/she is legit.

Sep 09 12 01:49 pm Link

Model

Calypso Moon

Posts: 848

Banning, California, US

The obvious first step, as many people have already mentioned, is to check references.  I'm going to assume you already knew that one.

My other suggestion would be to make a quick call (or fake call) when you arrive at the hotel and are in the photographers presence -- just say "hey this is so and so, just reminding you that I'm at such-and-such a place and will be shooting until around such-and-such time".  Even if you don't actually call someone (though it's a good idea to have at least one person know your location and when you will be done for any shoot), the photographer will get the impression that someone knows where you are and will be checking in on you if you don't come back on the radar when you're supposed to.

My personal opinion is that a hotel shoot is much safer than most any other type of shoot.  Inside the room can be private, but step outside and there are generally lots of people around.  It protects the both parties, since the photographer doesn't have to worry as much about stuff getting stolen like he would in his home studio, and the model can make a fairly simple getaway in the event it was necessary (and there's an extremely slim shot of that happening if you do your homework).

Sep 09 12 02:40 pm Link

Model

Vanessa K Fox

Posts: 6

Hiawassee, Georgia, US

Louisa-Marie wrote:
Hey guys,

I'm a new model 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 models who have done similar?

It's like jumping in a lake. You know that the water is cold, but instead of worrying about how cold it is, jump right in and you find that its not as bad as you imagined.

Sep 09 12 03:15 pm Link

Model

Louisa-

Posts: 19

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Hey guys,

Just an update to let you know since this I've done 2 shoots in hotel rooms, and loved the results. The photographers were amazing, professional and made me feel comfortable straight away. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and setting.

Thanks for all the discussion on this.

Sep 09 12 06:18 pm Link

Model

Love_mya

Posts: 276

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

if you want to take someone, take a girl friend not a boyfriend, they can get very distracting and jealous.. so i heard

Sep 09 12 08:38 pm Link

Model

Odette Delacroix

Posts: 150

Los Angeles, California, US

I do it all the time as long as I "ask around" about the photographer first.

Sep 09 12 09:14 pm Link

Photographer

Honey Stinger

Posts: 6355

Madison, Wisconsin, US

I'd be more worried about bed bugs than a weird photographer.

smile

Sep 09 12 09:19 pm Link

Photographer

Michael Albany

Posts: 46

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

As a pro photographer I ALWAYS tell the model to bring an escort. I don't care if it her best friend, a hired thug, somebody with an uzi, take an escort. Even if it is just the last photog you shot with.

And like others have said check references and do your homework. it doesn't matter if it is in the best high end hotel in the world, sh*t can happen anywhere. You are wise to be nervous and a good photog will get you past that stage. At the same time be safe, no career, no shot for your port, no nothing is worth being unsafe. The photographer can be male/female/purple alien, no matter safety is always first.

Worst case is the escort can be a VAL (Voice Activated Lightstand).

A good photographer will also have good references too. Never be afraid to ask.

Sep 11 12 07:28 pm Link

Model

IDiivil

Posts: 4128

Los Angeles, California, US

Hotels tend to be pretty safe for shoots. The person booking the shoot has to give over credit card information and identification.

Sep 11 12 08:30 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Michael Albany wrote:
As a pro photographer I ALWAYS tell the model to bring an escort. I don't care if it her best friend, a hired thug, somebody with an uzi, take an escort. Even if it is just the last photog you shot with.

And like others have said check references and do your homework. it doesn't matter if it is in the best high end hotel in the world, sh*t can happen anywhere. You are wise to be nervous and a good photog will get you past that stage. At the same time be safe, no career, no shot for your port, no nothing is worth being unsafe. The photographer can be male/female/purple alien, no matter safety is always first.

Worst case is the escort can be a VAL (Voice Activated Lightstand).

A good photographer will also have good references too. Never be afraid to ask.

If you think that's the worst case, you have a really limited experience AND imagination. 

If you feel models you shoot with need someone to protect them (with or without an uzi), I'm in no position to argue.  I KNOW that they are safe with me, and that anyone else who isn't part of the shoot can only make things worse, not better.

But, it sounds like the OP has had excellent experiences, I'm happy for her.  With proper diligence, she is like to be able to do so for years without any real problems, and without bringing threats into the creative process.

Sep 11 12 08:47 pm Link

Photographer

John Alden Moore

Posts: 24

Garner, North Carolina, US

Harold Rose wrote:
Always:  know the exact location,  time and the property manager!  ALWAYS  ask if permission is secsured from the property owners, and in who's name.

Are you serious? Do you believe if I rent a room and want to take pictures in it I need to get permission from the owner of the motel? Are you telling me if you and your wife were travelling, staying in a motel, and you wanted to take pics of her in the room you would insist on speaking to the owner of the motel for permission before you took any pics inside their building? REALLY?

Sep 11 12 10:56 pm Link

Photographer

Dan OMell

Posts: 1335

Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia

John Alden Moore wrote:
Are you serious? Do you believe if I rent a room and want to take pictures in it I need to get permission from the owner of the motel? Are you telling me if you and your wife were travelling, staying in a motel, and you wanted to take pics of her in the room you would insist on speaking to the owner of the motel for permission before you took any pics inside their building? REALLY?

there is such thing as a "property likeness" too.
but if you shoot without exposing any details of the property (in a way that it's not recognizable) and get published, maybe they will not notice and will not sue you later when your image brought you the $250K of profit or appeared on the cover of some bestseller ... smile

Sep 12 12 03:48 pm Link

Photographer

JGLabs

Posts: 135

Mission Viejo, California, US

Go, you'll have fun.

if you get there, and it's a nice hotel, there's really no risk, and the photographer is most likely shelling out a lot of personal money for the room, so go with it, have fun.

Of course check references first smile


Cheers
Josh

Sep 12 12 10:04 pm Link

Photographer

John Alden Moore

Posts: 24

Garner, North Carolina, US

Dan OMell wrote:
there is such thing as a "property likeness" too.
but if you shoot without exposing any details of the property (in a way that it's not recognizable) and get published, maybe they will not notice and will not sue you later when your image brought you the $250K of profit or appeared on the cover of some bestseller ... smile

I think I could take that chance.
How far would we go with that though. "Must have permission from the property OWNER". What about an apartment. Do photogs here that shoot out of apartments have written permission from the buildings owner? What about shooting from home? If a llama is going to a photog's place should she ask to see the deed to the place to make sure he's not renting and shooting without the propert owner's permission? Just seems silly to me, motel or not.

Sep 13 12 05:27 pm Link

Model

Jen B

Posts: 3187

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, US

Louisa-Marie wrote:
Hey guys,

I'm a new model 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 models who have done similar?

I think an upscale hotel room would look pretty luxurious and like a nice background setting. Probably nicer than a studio or your own house.

The shoot that I was considering when I first joined mm, (which was only to see the portfolio of the photographer at the time) was going to be in a hotel that was large and gorgeous.

Jen

Sep 14 12 12:18 am Link

Model

Miss_Bee

Posts: 147

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Rich Burroughs wrote:

Louisa-Marie wrote:
.... That's too awkward for me, it would have been just the three of us in there.

Otherwise it would be just the two of you in there, I don't see the problem if he's quiet

Sep 25 12 10:18 pm Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28014

Dearborn, Michigan, US

IDiivil wrote:
Hotels tend to be pretty safe for shoots. The person booking the shoot has to give over credit card information and identification.

I've had 6 hotel room shoots in the past year and have had no problems.

Sep 26 12 03:06 am Link

Photographer

Dan OMell

Posts: 1335

Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia

hotel rooms? after seeing the following videos, I think I would never use a studio, a room or any other claustrophobic environment again!
http://youtu.be/ymMScgqWJBU (female)
http://youtu.be/yze8eUcN0TI (male)

Sep 26 12 12:10 pm Link