Hotel Photography Pricing
Running a hotel is expensive…High Quality Hotel Photography doesn’t have to be!
Affordable Hotel Photography Rates
How Much Does Hotel Photography Cost?
The first question you will probably ask is “How much will you charge to photograph my hotel?”. While that is an important question, there are many questions that are more important than “How much does Hotel Photography cost”?
If I ask a hotel owner, “How much does a hotel room cost?” Their answer is it depends on what kind of hotel, where the hotel is located and who you are buying the room from. Hotel rooms can rent for $20 or $2,000 and the difference in price has a lot to do with the quality of room you will receive.
In the same way, hotel photography prices can range from a couple of hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars or more. Price is important but price isn’t everything. We frequently reshoot hotels after the owners chose the cheaper quote and then call us back when their photos don’t turn out well or are rejected by the brand. We have also gotten calls to reshoot hotels where the photographer provided beautiful, artistic photos that were not approved by the brand. Brands expect consistency from hotels and want all the photos to be similar across the brand’s website.
Of course your budget is important. Usually people call us when they have recently completed a renovation or finished construction on a brand new hotel. If ever there was a time you want to save money, it’s at the end of a renovation or new build. We understand your budget concerns because we are small business owners ourselves.
We have photographed more than 800 hotels for more than 40 different national brands with 100% approval. We have learned that good preparation and communication in advance makes all the difference when it comes to success on the day of the shoot.
We are good at what we do. We love what we do. We are a husband and wife team who have built our business working with small business owners just like us. We have both also worked in hotels ourselves and we understand the challenges that hotel owners face. That’s why we chose to make our hotel photography pricing straight forward and up front.
Because we charge by the job and not by the photograph, we can typically provide a no obligation quote from us within hours of our initial phone call or email. The price you receive will be based on the information that we have discussed on the phone. Our contract makes it clear that you own full rights to the photos we take and that we guarantee that we will deliver your photos within 14 days of our shoot date. Our requirements are simple and straight forward.
It doesn’t matter how good your photos are or how much money you saved if your photos are not approved by your brand. We understand the nuances and small details that make the difference when it comes to brand approval. We will send you a detailed document that gives you tips and guidelines that walk you through how to prepare for your photo shoot.
A couple of weeks before the shoot, we will schedule a call with your general manager and head of housekeeping as well as anyone else that may be involved with preparing for the shoot. We want to make sure that when we arrive at your property, everyone is excited about working together to get the job done.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Hotel Photography Pricing
Are you an approved photographer for my brand?
Most IHG, Hilton and Marriott brands do not require that you use their preferred photographer as long as the photos meet the photography standards for the brand. We will tell you up front if we know that your brand will not allow an outside vendor.
Why are you not an approved photographer for my brand?
Approved vendors pay A LOT of money for the privilege of being recommended to the hotels. Because we do not “pay – to – play”, we are able to keep our prices lower and deal directly with the owners and managers who hire us.
How do I know if the Standard package is right for me?
Our standard package is for a typical off the highway Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn type hotel. We can usually cover all room and bathroom types, up to 3 meeting rooms and the normal common areas and amenities.
What types of properties require the Deluxe or Custom Package?
All suites hotel, downtown properties, full service properties, and boutique hotels are the types of projects that require more in depth photo shoots. Some brands have more detailed post production requirements and take more time onsite.
How much are your travel fees in addition to the shoot fee?
Our travel fees depend on the location of the hotel and what other jobs we have in your area.
When and how do I get my pictures after you are done?
Edited photos are delivered within 10 – 14 days of the shoot. We will deliver the photos to you via Dropbox.
Who owns the photos and are there ongoing usage fees?
You have full rights to the photos with no ongoing usage or royalty fees. The pictures can be used for your online presence as well as in other marketing as you wish.