10 Things I’ve Learned Working As A Hotel Photographer

As some of you know I worked as a hotel photographer in Mallorca the past two months. It may sound easy to some but the reality is: it wasn’t! Working 9 hours a day, at temperatures of 40°C at 80% air humidity, shooting families with small children who don’t want to be photographed can be really exhausting. In fact I was doing what I love but working together with so many different types of people messed up with my mood some days. + the heat made me feel exhausted all the time. 

I’m writ­ing this arti­cle to sum up my whole hotel pho­tog­ra­ph­er expe­ri­ence. Here are some things I’ve learned:

It’s about quantity not quality.

What? Yeah, you’ve read it! In a com­pa­ny which runs a whole busi­ness with pho­tog­ra­phy it’s about the num­bers not the image qual­i­ty. So sad­ly those peo­ple are in fact busi­ness peo­ple with great ani­ma­tion skills, not pho­tog­ra­phers. Pho­tog­ra­phy still is art and should be seen as an act of cre­at­ing a great piece of art. At least for me it is. No mat­ter if I already took fam­i­ly por­traits for 1000 fam­i­lies. I get the point that with a high­er num­ber of pho­tos it’s more like­ly to sell more but STILL it has to be a spe­cif­ic qual­i­ty in my opin­ion. 

Everybody can be a photographer (that being said after point #1).

I mean every­body sees him­self as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er today. Almost every­body I know takes pic­tures with their phones. Which is not a bad thing but don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t make you a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. There is so much about this to learn and even me myself would say that I’m pho­tograph­ing for 7 years now but I would call myself a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er only after my expe­ri­ence in Mal­lor­ca. I’m con­stant­ly learn­ing new things, start to see new angles, com­po­si­tions and more and more I see pho­tog­ra­phy for more than just cap­tur­ing a moment it’s about telling sto­ries through it. 

Just because you have a great, expensive camera doesn’t mean you know how to use it.

Haha, how many times I believed that some peo­ple with great cam­eras I see must be real­ly great pho­tog­ra­phers. Truth is: they have mon­ey but not the skills. I talked to some of the guests which had cam­eras about pho­tog­ra­phy and gear but more than half of them told me they use it only in auto­mat­ic mode. Appear­ances can feint.  Which leads me to the next point:

People are never as they seem at first, give everybody a try.

They may seem to be pho­tog­ra­phers at first but when you get to talk to them you real­ize they’re not. Kid­ding, why I’m writ­ing this point is about giv­ing peo­ple a chance in order to change your first impres­sion about them. I stum­bled upon some nasty clients who were unfriend­ly when I was ask­ing if I can take a pic­ture of them who lat­er turned out to be real­ly nice and even want­ed me to take some pic­tures of them. Anoth­er real­ly freaky look­ing fam­i­ly (every­one was look­ing at them in the hotel) turned out to be the nicest peo­ple I’ve met in this time.  

Con­clu­sion: Nor­mal peo­ple with ordi­nary life sto­ries, try to under­stand and you will see the world dif­fer­ent. 

Beautiful women have the biggest complexes about themselves.

What the hell ladies? Learn to accept & to love your­self! I got to pho­to­graph some amaz­ing girls, real­ly beau­ti­ful and pho­to­genic girls. Guess what? They weren’t able to choose few “good” shots of them. I can tell that I liked almost all shots because a beau­ti­ful per­son looks beau­ti­ful from each angle. But nah, not beau­ti­ful girls/women. See­ing women all ages being unsat­is­fied about them­selves real­ly made me sad. It’s hard to accept your­self but in the end you’re the one you have to live with all your life, so it’s eas­i­er if you love rather than hate your­self. 

Ugly” people tend to like most pictures of themselves.

Don’t want to say ugly because beau­ty lies in the eye of the behold­er but let’s say ran­dom peo­ple, not the most pho­to­genic ones tend to be hap­py about the results of a pho­to shoot­ing. They just don’t bitch around when show­ing them their pho­tos. I like those kind of peo­ple. Easy going! 

Taking photos of children is awesome.

I got to love it! They are just so pure and beau­ti­ful, their souls shine through every sin­gle pho­to­graph. Hard to pho­to­graph but easy to impress. 🙂

Most of the people have no idea about photography.

Peo­ple buy over exposed, blur­ry what so ever pic­tures. Says it all.

Photography still is underrated and not valued enough.

8 € for a pho­to­graph? Are you kid­ding me? I can print it myself for cou­ple of cents.” Seri­ous­ly dude? It’s worth­less wast­ing ener­gy about those kind of peo­ple I had to deal with. BUT:

Pho­tog­ra­phy gear is worth cou­ple of thou­sand euros + edit­ing pro­grams + huge the amount of time one is invest­ing on learn­ing about pho­tog­ra­phy. Could you all please take one moment to think about it before you expect some­body to take (and don’t for­get the post pro­cess­ing) some pic­tures of you for free or before you say “Omg, that’s so much mon­ey, it’s  just some pic­tures.” 

Thank you! 

Every experience brings you one step further

I found out that work­ing with peo­ple can be real­ly hard and chal­leng­ing but also amaz­ing! I used to cap­ture main­ly land­scapes and stars but I real­ly chal­lenged myself to take a step fur­ther to com­mu­ni­cate, to get to know peo­ple and start to cap­ture also faces.

Pho­tog­ra­phy teach­es me so much about myself and my deep­est fears and I real­ly think that what motifs you pho­to­graph the most says a lot about your per­son­al­i­ty. Me for my part learned a lot through this expe­ri­ence in Mal­lor­ca and I am hap­py that I took the chance. It showed my clear­ly what I want and what I’m ready to do by being a pho­tog­ra­ph­er but it clear­ly showed my what I don’t want. 

AND it showed me that most peo­ple who spend one to two weeks in an all inclu­sive hotel are pret­ty bor­ing because their lives are so ran­dom, work­ing all day so when they’ve got some free time they just want to lay around the pool in the hotel and do noth­ing. Not even walk­ing 2 min­utes to the beach to swim in the sea … how sad, isn’t it?

BUT I also was lucky to meet some awe­some, young fam­i­lies who made my time there a lot more fun. I know some of you are read­ing so — Thank you for sup­port­ing me and mak­ing me have a good time in the hotel. Wish you all the best. ♡

What about you? Some­body read­ing right now who worked as a hotel pho­tog­ra­ph­er? Where? How was your expe­ri­ence? 

Would you like work­ing as a hotel pho­tog­ra­ph­er? 

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