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Choosing the Right Hotel Photography Company

Choosing the right hotel photography company for your hotel photo shoot will be one of the most important decisions that you make. Whether you are opening up a new location, switching brands or remodeling, professional photos help prospective guests feel comfortable with your property, even before they set foot in your door.

It takes a highly skilled and trained professional hotel photographer to deliver quality images. Making the right decision when choosing a professional photographer or company will help set your hotel apart from the competition and will lead to more bookings.

Keep the following things in mind when choosing a hotel photography company.

Are they an individual or part of a larger entity?
There’s certainly something to be said about dealing with a local person. Keeping the dollars in your city and helping promote local businesses who are also likely to be recommending your hotel, is a great thing. However, when dealing with small entities there is also higher chance problems will arise. Keep in mind that should something happen, the smaller entities are not always backed. If a family emergency came up during the middle of your shoot that you have already paid for, you might have to wait until their personal situation remedies itself. Choosing a larger organization up front that has several qualified hotel photographers is much wiser and you’re likely to not have to deal with as many stumbling blocks along the way.

Is the hotel photography company you’re choosing insured?
Choosing a company that’s insured is extremely important since you’ll have them on site while you will have guests roaming about. A 1 to 2 million dollar insurance policy should be more than enough to cover most instances.  At the very least you’ll want to make sure both the photographer as well as the agency that you’re paying, is fully insured.

Are they endorsed or an approved supplier by corporate?
Working with a company that is already endorsed by your corporation goes a LONG way in ensuring you’re going to be satisfied with your photography. Most large corporations work very hard finding and vetting photography vendors that can meet or exceed their brand standards. If you belong to a larger entity make sure that you always start by asking your regional managers or opening specialists who they recommend. For those that don’t have this luxury, it never hurts to ask your potential photographer over the phone who else they’re preferred vendors for. If they have no examples, it’s likely that they’re either very new into the hotel photography business or they don’t have what it takes to service top brands.

Are you able to see some of their previous work before making a decision?
Being able to preview the hotel photography suppliers portfolio helps tremendously in the decision-making process. It’s only fair that you should be able to ask for a few samples of their latest. This should help you decide not only if they’re going to be able to meet your quality standards, but it will also help you determine if they are experienced. When looking at their work, look for things like blown out windows or fake over processed looking images. If you spot either of these deal breakers it’s a good sign you should run and not look back.

Also, look to see if their images appear to be looking up or down. An experienced hotel photographer knows to keep the camera level to help reduce distortion. Even if the image you are looking at appears to be distortion free, this poor technique could cause problems with other images. Distortion is particularly noticeable on vertical lines. If walls appear to be bowing, it is a red flag.

Another obvious thing to look for is color balance. If a white pillow has a yellow cast there is a problem. White balance is very important, and if the white areas in an image appear off, the photographer is either lacking knowledge or is lazy in their process. There are plenty of amazing photographers out there for you to choose from. Don’t settle for less and don’t accept excuses.

How long will it take before you get the service?
Finding an amazing hotel photographer and getting a good deal is great, but what good are they to you if they won’t be able to deliver your hotel photographs for thirty days or longer? The hard work, time, and energy that you spent opening up your hotel or renovating is being wasted each day you don’t have professional photos online. Be sure to ask up front when they can get to your property, and how long it will take until the images are in your hands. Time is money!

Are they in your area or will they be flying or driving someone in?
If you do happen to find a company that will service your account and you’re happy with their quality of work, you should next ask if they’ll be sending in a photographer from your area or if they’ll be sending in someone from elsewhere that will require a flight or have a long drive. If you discover it’s the latter, you should know that you’re likely the one footing the bill for that flight or long road trip. Try to find a hotel photo company that meets your quality standards and has a local representation close by. This will save you from paying huge upfront costs or heavy mileage and travel fees.

How long will the hotel photographer be on site?
Once your hotel photographer begins photographing, your staff should be available to assist in ensuring your property is pristine. You’ll need someone to walk around with your hotel photographer and make sure the breakfast area, fitness center, pool area and so on is staged and neatly organized. Your staff is likely to be fairly distracted during the photography session, but this is your chance to capture your hotel at it’s best. The last thing you want is for this process to drag on for days on end. Make sure that the hotel photography company that you choose can get in and out of your property inside of five or six hours MAX. It can become a burden on your staff and guests so be sure to also make sure your property is prepared.

 

Does the hotel photographer provide a list of things for you staff to address before they show up?
Will your hotel photographer be working with your staff to help make sure rooms are staged properly, or is that entirely up to you? Will they provide you and your staff with some direction as to how to prepare for your shoot? Fortunately, any legitimate hotel photographer or company well versed in hotel photography should do at least one of the two. Having even a little guidance for you and your staff goes a long way to keep costs low and your property looking great online. Make sure you don’t forget to ask this question before forking out the deposit for your hotel photography!

Do you own the images of your hotel after the work is finished?
Owning full copyright to the hotel photos that you have paid for is vital. You want to be sure you are allowed to use them as you wish down the road. Make sure that it’s clearly written in your photography contract that you own your images. Some hotel photographers out there like to sell you the images at a very low price then charge you for specific uses down the road. Don’t fall into one of these copyright traps. You own the images or bust!

Do they guarantee their work?
Lastly but most importantly we recommend that you ask about the service guarantee of the hotel photography company before paying a deposit. If their service agreement does not allow at least a thirty day review period to allow you to ask for a reshoot or request edits you should probably look elsewhere. It never hurts to come right out and ask what percentage of their shoots requires a reshoot annually. If they tell you it never happens that’s probably not true or you’re about to be their first hotel shoot!

This may seem like a lot to remember, but it can easily be broken down into three subcategories: Safety, Qualifications, and Logistics. Do you feel safe that if there were to be a serious problem at your facility involving the hotel photographer, they would have the proper insurance coverage, and do you feel your investment is protected by a solid guarantee in the event you are unhappy with the work provided? Is the hotel photographer qualified to shoot for your brand, and do they provide you with examples of their work that leave you feeling confident they will do a great job? Are you comfortable with the logistics including: the amount of time your staff and property will be occupied with the photo shoot, travel costs that may be passed on to you, and the timeframe for the work to be delivered? If these questions are satisfied in your mind, you can rest assured your investment will be well rewarded.

Want to know more about our hotel photography services?

Give us a call at (866) 947-8687 and we will discuss viable options for your unique requirements!

Professional Hotel Photography

 

Team RTV

Professional Hotel Photography & Virtual Tours

Order your hotel photos today – 866-947-8687


RTV Announces Google Trusted Agency Status and the press release is featured by CNBC

RTV virtual tour software company officially announced on Thursday December 9th 2014 that they have become a Google Trusted photographer company. This press release was picked up and reported by CNBC. They are excited to provide Google Street View | Trusted photography to our national accounts as well as providing a venue for our nation wide network of photographers to begin selling Google Street View | Trusted shoots to small and medium businesses across the country

As a Google Trusted Agency, RTV is also allowed to perform hotel virtual tours for the Business View program. Google currently only allows a select few agencies and photographers to perform these virtual tours with in their system.

Photography for Choice Hotel properties has begun in Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina. We anticipate our photographers will begin photographing other southern states in the next 30 to 60 days, and our northern tier properties in the spring.

Business View Tours are popular for small and medium businesses such as restaurants and retail stores, due to the immediate impact on search engine visibility. A potential client or customer can “walk through” a business they are considering visiting , creating a sense of familiarity and comfort before they ever stop foot on the property.


Read our Press Release Below

Traverse
City Virtual Tour Software & Photography Service Company
Receives
Google Trusted Photography Agency Certification
TRAVERSE CITY, MI, December 9, 2014 – RTV, Inc (RTV) a Traverse City
based virtual tour software and photo service firm announced today they are
officially a Google Trusted Photography Agency. Google Trusted Photography
Agencies must go through rigorous testing and training to ultimately manage a
group of professional photographers that are used to photograph, create, and
publish Google Street View | Trusted virtual tour productions.
A Google Street View | Trusted virtual tour allows Internet users to “Step
Inside” a local business from any computer, laptop, or portable device.  When present, a Business View virtual tour
will be prominently displayed within the Google search results next to the business
contact information, directions and reviews. 
Upon clicking “See Inside” users are able to take an instant virtual
tour of that particular business giving them an experience similar to that of
the Google Street View technology.
RTV will be leveraging their well-established network of over 1000
professional photographers around the world to offer both the RTV virtual tour
product as well as the Google Street View | Trusted product to thousands of local businesses
throughout the USA, Canada, and other countries. 
With the project just sixty days underway, RTV already has nearly two
hundred photographers on their way to being certified as agency photographers with
more new recruits showing interest in the program every week. The catalyst
driving this intensive push to quickly become a Google Trusted Agency came in
October of 2014 when a national hotel chain awarded RTV with 1500 + hotel
shoots, each requiring 30 professional photographs and a Google Street View | Trusted
virtual tour of the hotel.  RTV is
estimating this initiative to be completed by July or August of 2015.
“We just knocked out five hundred hotels in ten weeks for another major
brand earlier this year,” said Jason LaVanture, VP and Founder of RTV. “Fifteen
hundred hotels with Google shoots by August should be doable assuming we keep
up our current pace. It’s one thing to get a few people to do something all at
once, but another altogether trying to get a thousand photographers to purchase
the special equipment, take Google photography classes, pass the Google quizzes,
and attend our weekly webinars that we’re currently holding on the subject.
“Right now it’s nothing short of a miracle that we have so many loyal
photographers running down this path with us. It’s great!”

Team RTV
RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training


Professional Hotel Photography

http://fusion.realtourvision.com/87362

When you are searching for a hotel room for your upcoming vacation, do you look at listings that include horrible images or none at all? The answer is, probably not. Photos are extremely important when it comes to online booking sales and reservations.

Over 65% of individuals are visual learners, so this means that having photographs within a website can make or break a sale. Why are images so important?

A recent study proved that 7% of US hotel guests stopped short of booking a reservation due to the lack of visual content. Visual content is what drives the travel industry and is crucial to running a successful business. This is where professional hotel photography and virtual tours come into play.

The virtual tour business is a key component to the success of the travel industry. Hotel owners desire fresh, high quality images to increase their revenue.

Here are some fun facts:
•    94% more views are attracted by content containing high quality images, than content without images.
•    Properties with more than 20 photos get 150% more engagement.
•    More than 50% of US online travel shoppers use professional photography.
•    75% of US hotel guests said that hotel photography is important and ranks within the top 3 features when doing initial research.

So the more that you hear about content being king, just remember that visual content makes this statement true. Provide your clients with high quality content and they will always come back for more!

Ready to enjoy increased online conversions and higher occupancy rates?
Contact RTV today to learn more about getting professional hotel photography and virtual
tours for your hotel. National & International Coverage guaranteed!

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hotel Photography
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687


Professional Hotel Photography & Virtual Tours

By next year, adoption of tablets is expected to reach 47% of
U.S. Internet users, or 117 million people in
the USA alone.
 
If your website isn’t fully optimized for iPad and other tablets, you’re missing
out on a big opportunity. Research shows that 69% of iPad users use devices for researching and planning travel and 73% of touch smartphone users respectively agree
that their devices are useful when it comes to ‘’researching, planning,
and booking travel’’.

These numbers are too big to ignore and it’s time
for you to have an optimized version of your
website ready for this additional usage. RTV’s HTML 5
interactive virtual media presentations
are a tablet and mobile version
of your website!

Our virtual tours have the tools to help show your potential clients what makes your Hotel stand out from the rest! has been helping hotels and other large companies for over 13 years with rich media and digital content. We can also help get your images and virtual tours to 3rd party web sites, making sure whenever someone is looking at your Hotel, you always look your very best. Don’t wait. Get in front of your competition and make sure you’re not missing out on the mobile revolution. 

Discount Photography Services and Virtual Tours For All Hotel Brands! 

Reasons
To Choose RTV: 
* Better Looking
Technology
* Professional Photography
Starting at $449
* Faster Turn Around Time
* Gyro Enabled HTML 5 Mobile Tour
* Weekly Virtual Tour Traffic Reports
* Voice Over Narrations
* Online Booking System
* Full Motion Video
* Free Distribution to Expedia, YouTube + Others
* Coverage in your area
* Thousands of Professional Photographers

Kirk Wagonlander
National Sales Manager
RTV, Inc. – RealTourVision.com
Direct: 231-932-1603

Hotel Photography & Professional Virtual Tours
The Fastest Virtual Tour Service and The Best Technology – A “WOW” Experience!

Virtual Tours for the Travel Industry

Virtual Tours are a necessary investment in the world of travel. Think about it, If customers and potential vacationers could see what your hotel, bed and breakfast, campground, or vacation rental looks like before planning their vacation it would make the selection process SO MUCH EASIER! If you take a quick look at hte majority of travel websites today you will see pictures of rooms but most of them only show the sleeping area and not the rest of the attractions. Now if there were virtual tours of the rooms it would allow potential travelers to get a virtual in-person view of  your accommodations.

Another profitable addition would be to add virtual tours or still shots of the local area. Think about it. Suppose that someone were to plan a vacation to the Caribbean and they have never been there before. Give them a  sneak peak that could seal the deal over other hotels that opt to not provide virtual tours of the area.

No matter how the economy is doing one this is for sure; people will always take vacations. What would enhance the vacation process is to see a bit of where they would be staying as well as local virtual tours of the area. If you took a poll and asked 10 people if having seen a virtual tour before making reservations would make them reserve their vacation faster, 8 out of 10 would say yes. Try this at your next gathering. We did! There’s good reason why to date RTV has photographed several thousand hotels. All of this only furthers the proof that virtual tours are becoming the norm in the commercial travel industry.

There are people who are going to plan a vacation regardless of what the accommodations look like, but if they had a choice to see one destination with a virtual tour and another without, more often than not they would opt for the accommodations that have a virtual tour.

Let’s face it, virtual tours are the wave of the future of commercial travel. Are you a hotel chain in need of a national photography service? Give us a call now and let our vast virtual tour provider network help you increase your revenue through the use of our HD and Mobile virtual tours!

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Hotel Photography Services
Order a virtual tour today! 866-947-8687