Contemporary Hotel Photography

Every hotel that our hotel photography team photographs is unique.

The aim of contemporary hotel photography is to bring to the viewer´s eye, “take me there” modern imagery. We capture contemporary design by focusing on clean lines and stylish curves together with those all-important details, which provide clues of contemporary hotel living.

Take a closer look at this massage room, (you can click to enlarge the photograph) it’s just pure minimalist bliss. The straight architectural lines, the contrast of nature´s curves on the trees, a massage room with a very relaxing view, the perfectly ironed white sheets, understated cotemporary elegance.

Contemporary Hotel Photography

Contemporary Hotel Photography. Hotel Azerai

We have chosen two contemporary design hotels for this blog post one in the Far East, Luang Prabang in Laos and the second a European hotel near to Barcelona, Spain.

Azerai  Hotel, Luang Prabang

The name Luang Prabang means “Royal Buddha Image” – this is the spiritual centre for Theravada Buddhism in South East Asia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the small town has over 30 active temples, and is regarded as the cultural jewel of Laos.

The new hotel which was completely rebuilt on the footprint of the old Phousi Hotel, originally constructed as French colonial military quarters. The image below depicts the bistro.

Contemporary Hotel Photography Azerai Hotel Luang Prabang

Contemporary Hotel Photography Azerai Hotel Luang Prabang

The hotel is located right in the heart of the UNESCO-protected area, a place where no building can be higher than a coconut tree, where time has almost stood still.

The rooms are extremely comfortable, and the service was that of a five-star hotel; the architecture and the understated elegance are also winning elements. Thailand-based architect Pascal Trahan has integrated French colonial and Laotian style, resulting in a visually harmonious blend, respecting the original hotel’s footprint, as well as the native trees, including a 200-year-old banyan.

The four images below aim to capture magical moments within the hotel; late afternoon sun, streaming into the onsite bistro, the pool at twilight, with floating candles and exotic flowers, the zen minimalist massage retreat and a detail of two refreshing  cucumber coolers.

Azerai Hotel Lunang Prabang

More examples of images from this photo shoot can be viewed in Wallpaper*  and in the “Hotels and Resorts” section of

Hotel Camiral, Girona, Spain

Hotel Camiral is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and is less than an hour away from Barcelona, yet surrounded by countryside, and enjoys unrestricted views over the golf course to the Pyrenees. The interior design in this contemporary hotel  was carried out by Lazaro Rosa-Violan.

Hotel Camiral is part of The PGA Catalunya Resorts, photographer Michelle Chaplow and her Hotel Essence Photography crew were commissioned to photograph a series of images from this contemporary hotel. These included the hotel arrival experience, the new duplex apartments, the garden lobby, the fishing pier, a signature shot of the hotel from the golf course, the kids’ club, the lounge and bar, a selection of rooms, suites and bathrooms, and the pool bar by night, plus those all-important hotel essence details.

Contemporary Hotel Photography at Hotel Camiral

The Garden Lobby. Contemporary Hotel Photography at Hotel Camiral

The flowers for the photo shoot were provided and styled by flower designer Eduard Maynegra Laguarda, who brought fresh blooms daily during the five-day photo shoot.

Contemporary Floral designs, resinate the style of Hotel Camiral

Contemporary floral designs, resinate the style of Hotel Camiral

The aroma from the flowers in the dedicated conference/props room was heavenly. Production assistant Sarah Gatward spent many hours downloading and cataloguing images in the midst of fragrant floral displays.

Contemporary Hotel Photography at Hotel Camiral

Contemporary Hotel Photography at Hotel Camiral

The eye of the photographer, working hand in hand with the stylist is a winning combination, look at the placement of the breakfast items, block out the pastries and you will see that the image totally changes, it´s the small details that make all the difference in photography. To create this image, Michelle worked alongside room stylist Allan Stuart proprietor of Inventory Barcelona.

Rosemary Trigg, director of marketing at the PGA Catalunya Resort: “Many thanks to you and your team for the photos, we are delighted with the results and will start to incorporate them on our website and collateral.”

 Hotel Camiral, Barcelona

More Photography shot for contemporary five-star Hotel Camiral can be viewed here

In Summary 

Contemporary hotel photography needs to be captured with style and careful preparation. An experienced and talented photography crew will literally capture contemporary hotels in their very best light.