Mollie Makes Magazine
Nice coverage for Mollie Makes of Shevie Moyles work down in Cornwall...
17 04 13
Wow, its all gone mad now! off to Cornwall for a hotel shoot tomorrow, back to Bath for a hotel shoot on tuesday, then to East Sussex for two days shoots for magazines, then back to Bristol to prepare for four days in Italy... see you on the other side...
20 03 13
Ongoing work with Chateau Impney in Worcestershire see here... and many other jobs too.. Homes and Gardens shoot last week in Devon, and some rather smart new architectural clients based in London this coming week... watch this space!
17 01 13
Well, the year's turned and I'm mooching around in the office trying to reorganise/springclean and generally do nothing! It was a good year (2012) and you can read a review here... At the moment its snowing here in Bristol, so any excuse to discuss 'not snowing' weather would be gratefully received!
15 7 12
Well its 'here we go again' time!... off to Cornwall again shooting for 25BH magazine, then straight back and up the M4 to shoot for a day with Esti Barnes of 'Top Floor Rugs' in London on wednesday. Then another shoot for Route One in the next couple of weeks, and a final shoot for the wonderful National Trust at Powis Castle Gardens ... Blimey...
Tag Archives: chateau rigaud
I have just been commissioned to shoot three beautiful, old hotels in the Lake District (all part of the same group) and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been thinking about hotel photography and why I enjoy it so much. My particular interests are interiors and gardens – I love the atmosphere of a fine room that manages to somehow embody the owner’s personality and capturing the very special mood of a beautiful garden at dawn is one of my great pleasures. Both of these I do for magazines where the editor wants a sumptuous set of four to six pages that will convey a particular atmosphere. Very different indeed to commercial work where, while the client will want a bit of ‘mood’, more important, is the element of ‘product reality’ – a kitchen maker for instance will be keen to show off the special design details to their best advantage in the hope of attracting further commissions.
Hotel photography, it seems to me, is where many of these different disciplines come together. A mood must be conveyed while always remembering that I’m actually working for a commercial client. Give me a day or two at a hotel and I can shoot any number of atmospheric photographs – bedrooms be they intimate and cocooning or just out and out luxurious with sweeping views across a vast four-poster to the parkland beyond. Public areas like bars, restaurants and receptions must appear convivial while maintaining an air of efficiency. I will always throw in a few ‘wow’ shots such as swimming pools lit at dusk or a long shot of the hotel that draws in the surrounding landscape too.
Hotels are places of work of course and I’m often asked to photograph some of the staff – perhaps pouring drinks at the bar, polishing glasses in the restaurants or ‘checking in’ new guests – a great way for the client to show off the friendly side to the operation. It’s nice too, particularly at smaller, family run places, to take informal portraits of the owners and guests find them surprisingly useful when choosing a place to stay.
Food photography is terribly important these days. I specialise in informal food shots – current trends seem to have moved on from the old fashioned dining experience with its stiff, white napery and endless courses to a much more relaxed approach where fresh ingredients and no nonsense presentation are much more the order of the day. I like to shoot without lights using natural daylight and it’s great if the chef can present the food just as it would be served and I can photograph it quickly and without too much fuss.
Blimey… cost me a few quid, but here’s a nice review… Mark Bolton Photography Hero | This Chateau Life http://bit.ly/kR5TVv
It was the night of the Royal Wedding (Will and Kate) and the lovely staff at Chateau Rigaud in South West France were preparing another feast for us… it’s often difficult to shoot a hotel at night (especially when the interior lights are on motion sensors!), combined with the fact that reasonable ISO settings on your camera call for no movement from the ‘models’!… this one turned out quite well, and shortly afterwards I enjoyed my first drink of the day (as you can tell, the rest of the guests had been celebrating the royal wedding all day!!)
Have just begun work on shooting lovely Chateau Rigaud near St Emilion, France… great atmosphere, great hosts, great countryside… here are some quick samples.