How I Got the Shot: Hampton by Hilton Canterbury Photography
I recently visited Canterbury to take the inaugural photos of the Hampton by Hilton, a new hotel that sits in the historic town centre. If there’s one word to describe the Hampton by Hilton, it’s historic. From the streets of Canterbury to the listed buildings utilised to create the hotel, the Hampton by Hilton has fully embraced its historical roots. Today, I’m taking you behind the scenes of the shoot.
The Location: Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
The Hampton by Hilton Canterbury is a new 129-room hotel centrally located in the town centre just a minute’s walk from the famous Canterbury Cathedral. The hotel incorporates two listed buildings from the Georgian and Victorian eras, but perhaps the jewel of the hotel is the ancient Roman theatre below the hotel, the ruins of which are visible through a glass panel in the hotel lobby.
The communal areas are clean, fresh, and modern, chic and understated in style. The communal areas located in the listed buildings have been expertly designed to allow as much light into the building to combat the notoriously dark nature of old English buildings, which certainly made my job easier!
In the lobby, a stone’s throw from the viewing panel for the Roman theatre is a beautifully restored Victorian fireplace. The hotel expertly balances the old with the new. The communal areas in the new parts of the hotel are bright and relaxing spaces to spend time in, and all the artwork in those spaces nods to the famous architectural features of Canterbury.
The rooms are decorated, like the rest of the hotel, in calming blues accented with greys, browns, and yellow. Many of the rooms have an atmospheric view of the rooftops of Canterbury and benefit from almost wall-to-wall windows which make the rooms not just a comfortable place to sleep, but a place you could easily imagine relaxing or working in during the day.
The Photographer: Me! (Viktor Kery)
I am fortunate to spend my professional life travelling to beautiful hotels, old and new, to capture the experience they offer visitors. With over 13 years in the hospitality industry, capturing the essential story of these venues has become second nature to me, and that made this shoot a particularly trouble-free one.
This shoot was another not too far from my home so getting to the hotel for the shoot was straightforward, and happily, it was a beautiful day. The sky was clear with scattered white clouds, perfect for natural lighting. Relatively small hotels like the Hampton by Hilton Canterbury are often straightforward for me to shoot using the brand guidelines and creating the right scenes is rarely a hardship.
Of course, the relatively compact nature of the hotel certainly doesn’t mean that any corners can be cut, and the staff were gracious in ensuring that every area I photographed was perfectly set up and spotlessly clean.
I loved shooting the rooms at the top of the hotel with the full benefit of that rooftop view of Canterbury stretching to the green hills beyond. There’s always something peaceful about viewing the town from above, and of course, the view of the Cathedral wasn’t bad either!
At the end of the day, as clouds started to roll in, I got the drone up in the air to take the exterior shots. The sky glowed orange and cast a golden glow over Canterbury, I really couldn’t have asked for better. The exterior of the hotel stands out amongst all the brown, of the surrounding brick buildings and rooftops, but the white and cream siding also fits in with the painted white and cream buildings lining the cobbled high street.
Overall, this shoot was straightforward and the styling of the hotel combined with the helpful staff made this location a seamless shoot.
High-Converting Hotel Photography
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