One of my favorite commissions from last year was photographing the Walper Hotel in Kitchener, ON. My client, BNC Architects, led the renovations of the hotel. I got access to photograph the hotel before it re-opened, which was great.
All interiors (except the staircase and ballroom) were lit with two strobes and a flash. I then blended frames in Photoshop, using ambient lighting and flash exposures.
We started with the lobby, a beautiful bright space. I had to be careful with lighting, not to overexpose some areas, as everything is white.
Then, a beautiful staircase leads to the second level. We asked a staff person to walk in the shot to get some motion there. No need for additional lighting, the natural light was just gorgeous.
The lounge area was great to photograph. A lot of interesting materials and furniture.
Here’s a before and after, to give you an idea of the impact of lighting on that room (the left shot is ambient lighting without retouching):
I then moved on to the rooms. I photographed a normal room and a suite. The color touches really make things more interesting!
Because the ballroom was very large, and without furniture, I decided against using lighting.
At the end of the day, I finished by shooting the exteriors at dusk.
I would definitely stay at the Walper Hotel. I had a great time shooting it, and I hope you enjoy the images.