So I thought I had a pretty good business proposal for some of the high-end boutique hotels on South Congress... Where the desk clerks could refer me to guests for a photo session on the hotel grounds and around some of the local landmarks (on which I can provide some informed commentary). Something like I did for my friend Vickie a few months ago:
Some of the hotels thought this was an excellent idea, especially since I offered them the use of images and video for their own promotions, and a small incentive for the employees. And then again, some of the hotel managers were downright hostile... I don't quite understand people some time... you can't walk 50 feet downtown without observing multiple people shooting video or stills with their phones, but you point a real camera at someone, and it's freakout time ;-) Oh well.
By the way, these last three images were shot from the lobby at the Hotel St. Cecilia. I didn't dare to shoot on the grounds, because there is a $1,000 shooting fee for professionals. Kind of surprised to learn that, because I have seen Bridal portraits that were taken there. Wow, paying a photographer, plus $1,000 to the hotel makes for some expensive portraits!