The Country Club Hotel from rising group of Across Hotels, is on the Central Greek mainland, in a lovely small village called Mikro Chorio, surrounded by mountains and forests. If you did not know you were in Greece, you could almost picture yourself as in the Swiss Alps or a Colorado ski resort, as the hotel has the atmosphere of a luxurious lodge. The red and green interior echoes the natural landscape, while the panelled wood ceilings, stone walls and roaring fireplaces are reminiscent of a ski chalet.
There are always areas a client wants to show off above others. In the instance of the Country Club Karpenisi, it was the spacious public lounge with its fantastic open fireplace, as well as the sumptuous bedrooms. We shot these areas at different times and staged in a variety of ways so that guests can easily imagine themselves using the space whether they are the sort to use the lounge to meet their business clients for coffee, or enjoy a glass of wine and a post-dinner plate of cheese. The same approach goes for the bedrooms, and you will notice that these are set up with the bed turned down, and with the curtains open and a breakfast tray for those who enjoy lazy mornings.
Light is the most significant challenge when shooting an interior, and it is a key consideration when planning a work. We want to make the most of the available natural light, so set our schedule for the day based on where the sun will be. What point is it capturing an east-facing breakfast room in the afternoon, or taking shots of a sundeck before the sun reaches it? To deliver the best professional images, we use natural and artificial light to show the features of the hotel to their best advantage.
You will notice that, in almost every shot, the rooms and grounds are vacant of guests. This is because we want the focus to be on the decor and amenities of the hotel and because fashion can quickly date a shot and make it obsolete. For example, you can’t use an image of a couple in swimming costumes to appeal to a winter market.
We chose to shoot the exterior of Country Club Karpenisi during the day and using a drone to show how well it blends into the surrounding landscape, and to make it possible to appreciate the beautiful mountain views from the lodge.
If you would like to hire Nek as your hotel photographer or see more examples of our work, then please contact us.