Photographing the Walper Hotel by BNC Architects

Photographing the Walper Hotel by BNC Architects

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.

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Lobby (1)

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Lobby (2)

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 Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Stairs

The lounge area was great to photograph. A lot of interesting materials and furniture.

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Lounge (1)

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Lounge (2)

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!

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Room (1)

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Room (2)

Because the ballroom was very large, and without furniture, I decided against using lighting.

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Ballroom

At the end of the day, I finished by shooting the exteriors at dusk.

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Entrance

The Walper Hotel - Kitchener, ON

Main view

I would definitely stay at the Walper Hotel. I had a great time shooting it, and I hope you enjoy the images.

2 Comments

  • Angie March 28, 2017 8:23 pm

    Nice work, beautiful images, and a beautiful hotel😊

    • Michael Muraz March 28, 2017 9:43 pm

      Thank you Angie!

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