The Boston hospitality industry, like tourism and many others, have been hit hard by the pandemic. The goal of these photos for the Whitney Hotel was to showcase different groups of people enjoying their stay in the hotel – family friendly for parents with babies, toddlers, and school-aged children, as well as couples and groups o friends visiting for a getaway.
Diversity matters in Boston Hotel photography
It was important for me to cast a diverse range of models. Diversity ranged from age, generation, gender, race, and language. In our lobby scene with the grandparents and the grandson, we included some bilingual Chinese books that the baby boy read with his grandparents! They’re some of my favorites.
Boston is a melting pot of cultures, people, and food. In these hotel lifestyle photos, I wanted to make sure that whoever looked at these photos felt represented, welcome, and represented.
There have been many times where I’ve looked at advertisements and thought, well I don’t look like that – I’m not blonde, blue eyed, with the perfect family.
I hope to continue to make photos and videos to show diversity and inclusion within Boston advertising photographs.
A small, powerful, and nimble all-female crew
I, along with an all-female crew, photographed four scenes in a six hour day. Given the pandemic, there is need for a more nimble agile team. This meant that everyone did double duty.
Avery was not only the child and talent wrangler, but also the lighting assistant, and videographer. She captured incredible behind-the-scenes content for Instagram reels and photos so that we could all remember what it was like to work as a photographer during Covid.
It was my pleasure to work with Abigail, from Anchor Artists, who was not only the make up artist, but also the hairstylist. Her specialty and natural-looking approach was perfect fit for this Boston lifestyle hotel shoot.
Funny moments when with toddlers from Boston modeling agencies
Any scene with toddlers, is one where The whole team needs to be prepared for chaos. Our little adorable toddler, was with dynasty models, and it was her first time on set! The funniest portion of the set was when all of the sudden she screamed I want cake. I want cake now. She was a real champ during the DIY spa night in the hotel. She loved putting cucumbers on her mom’s face and she was fantastic when we smeared face mask all over hers!
My favorite scene: Breakfast in Bed
Loved being able to create cozy Boston hotel photos!
Boston Lifestyle photography with soul, energy, and emotion
I asked my husband what activities he’d like to do with our son when he gets older. When I recommended movie nights, he lit up a little. I knew then that I had to photograph this scene.
Special thanks to Kim for the “Make Way for Ducklings” book! It was such a perfect fit for this Boston hotel photography.
No request is too crazy!
I also created these mattress photos at the request of the Whitney Hotel because of the high volume of inquiries about what types of mattresses they use!