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Hotel Photography in Bar Harbor

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Hotel Photography in Bar Harbor

Moonrise over the historic Bar Harbor Inn, June 2016

Moonrise over the historic Bar Harbor Inn, June 2016

My main reason for going to Acadia is to photograph the landscape first and foremost, but the past couple summers I've also been doing photography for some of the hotels in Bar Harbor. In Chicago, where I live, I'm a commercial photographer. Although my heart is in landscape and fine art photography, I've been doing commercial photography for over twenty-five years, photographing for healthcare (marketing photography for hospitals, physicians, etc), magazines, colleges and universities, businesses and hotels. So when a friend in Bar Harbor asked me a couple years ago if I'd be interested in shooting for the hotel group he worked for, I jumped at the chance.

Witham Family Hotels, Bar Harbor, June 2016 (Bar Harbor Inn)

The three or four days I spent shooting for two hotels that summer (2016) were probably the most enjoyable shoots I did that year. We did interiors, exteriors, poolside shoots, restaurant shoots, photographed from a couple different boats, took pictures of Bar Harbor and more. The following year I did a couple more days of shooting for the same group.

Witham Family Hotels, Bar Harbor, June 2016 (Bar Harbor Inn)

I don't know if it'll lead to doing hotel photography in Maine every year, but it's been a nice mixture of my commercial and fine art photography all in one trip.

Witham Family Hotels, Bar Harbor, June 2017 (Atlantic Oceanside
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Opal Magazine Feature

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Opal Magazine Feature

“I’m looking at colors and the way the light plays on the landscape and using my camera to paint an image. I’m always trying to move beyond a snapshot, beyond the big, grand vistas, beyond recording just what I see in front of me.”

Back in June 2017, I had just driven 1300 miles to Bar Harbor, where I was going to show my work at the annual Art in the Park art fair, then doing some hotel photography afterwards. Literally, within a couple minutes of walking in the door of my hotel room, I received an email from the publisher of Opal Magazine, who wanted to do a feature on my photography for an upcoming issue. A couple weeks later, a writer called to interview me and the story was underway.

Opal is a high end publication for luxury hotels along the East coast, from Maine down to Florida. The coffee table magazine will be placed in every room at two of Bar Harbor's premier luxury hotels, the West Street Hotel and the Harborside Hotel, when they open this Spring.

It was a long wait, but I've just received my copies of the magazine and it looks great. They've published a nine page spread of my Abstract Acadia images, where, among other things, I use camera movement, fast and slow shutter speeds and multiple exposures to create more artistic interpretations of the landscape. The images chosen are pretty different from the usual pictures you see of Acadia, but I'm proud of the the fact that they wanted to feature these more creative images. You can see some of the images they chose below, or visit the full gallery on my website here.

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