JAS Photos 4:24pm, 11 November 2009
A little off topic - moderators feel free to delete if it's too off topic.... with the rainy season in fully force I'm trying to find indoor locations for family/portrait sessions... I was wondering if anyone has ever done any shooting in the lobbies of the hotels (hotel deLuxe, the nines etc) downtown portland? Do they allow photographers to take photos in their lobbies if you're unobtrusive? Do you just call ahead of time and ask permission? Sorry, I know this is way off topic, but this group often has great solutions :)
Thank you!
kenneth barton PRO 9 years ago
I had some guests staying Portland to visit with me not long ago and they stayed downtown at the Monaco. Well the interiors of their room are great, very old world eclectic. Hard to describe, but brilliant for fashion photography and I wondered if they’d rent a room for shooting purposes. If so, and if several shooters/models split the cost one of their room with the striped walls and colorful furniture would be great. They have an interesting lobby too with loads of couches, not one of which matches another but cool as an ensemble. I doubt they’d allow shooting there though because of the disruption it would cause. It’s a place where they want guests to feel comfortable lounging, small talking, and WiFiying.

JAS Photos 9 years ago
Thanks Ken. I'd be interested in renting a room for shooting purposes at Hotel deLuxe, the Nines or Hotel Lucia - I'm shooting a family session this Sunday and I'm trying to find an indoor local - I love the rooms at The Nines - super classy :)http://www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1757
If any photog's are interested in renting a room let me know - I think they range from $144.00-$289.00/night Hotel Lucia, $152 - 259/night Hotel deLuxe, $212-308/night at the Nines. I'm looking to use the room from about 9am-11am (unless check in is later)....
Let me know if interested....
The Nines is really beautiful! Looks like they give some good deals too.
JAS Photos 9 years ago
Isn't it gorgeous? I'd love to rent a room for a night/day for photo sessions...it's so classy...
ShutterCraze (NUEL) Posted 9 years ago. Edited by ShutterCraze (NUEL) (admin) 9 years ago
The hotels in Portland vary check-in times in my experience between 2-4PM. The time you mention seems like you would need to rent the room for the evening before and then check out the next morning by the usual 11am-12pm. If you wanted the room tidy then sleeping there the night before would be out, unless of course you plan to do the housekeeping yourself. No matter how hard I've tried I can never make bed linens look the way they did when I first entered the room. Another option that I've done before on business out of town is when I arrive early in the city I get a room to conduct admin work. I get a room in the morning for only a few hours to work then check out to meet clients . This is of course based on room availability in the morning. Most hotels give me a nice discount because I was in the room for only a short time, others have billed me full price for an over night stay. That being said, I think with a little planning you can work it out that you use the room in the morning and let the other person stay the night, and split the cost.

Oh yah I would be interested in doing something like that with you. I'm kinda in the dog house with Lori and need to pamper her for a night. I sold my camera gear and said I would have enough money from selling to upgrade/buy new gear. Well she saw my receipts damn it and we'll just leave it at that.

my 2 cents.
fotomavin 9 years ago
Actually I did an Engagement shoot last year at Hotel Monaco in the lobby. Great fireplace and had some great natural light next to the Piano.
They were more than accommodating.
JAS Photos 9 years ago
@ ShutterCraze - Great idea about renting a room for a few hours in the morning - maybe I'll give that a try in the near future, I wouldn't need for more then 3 tops for a session.... I think I'll look into that.
@mitsve - Good to know about Hotel Monaco - I think I'll take some time next week and pay a visit to some of the hotels I'm interested in and talk with the managers about the possibilities.
I think I'll forgo the hotel idea for this weekend's shoot and maybe just try Reed College instead.
Thank you for the info! And if I do end up booking a room for a session in the future (maybe January/February) I'll be sure to let everyone know in case you're interested in splitting the time & cost.
Thanks again!
I'm a consultant working for a couple of the hotels down town, and I can tell you I've seen photographers setup a single strobe and shoot on the lobby staircase etc. I would imagine they had to get signed permission.
JAS Photos 9 years ago
Perfect! Thank you for the info Ryan! Guess I just need to get out a property release form and some cards and pay some visits to the local hotels :)
[ninjaphoto] 9 years ago
The Governor Hotel has a pretty spacious common area that's pretty good for shooting. I did some wedding photos there in the spring.
I've been wanting to do this but with some really cheap/older hotels in town. You can't beat the look of some of these classic old hotel rooms. Obviously the nicer ones certainly have great looks for fashion/glamour shots, too, and it's cheaper than renting a studio for a day.
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