Monthly Archives: October 2015

Professional Hospitality Photographer Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

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Professional Hospitality Photographer Marcus Berg, from Unique Angles Photography, develops beautiful pictures for his hospitality clients.  When asked how he first got interested in photography, he said he received a phone call from a friend who asked him to take photos at her wedding reception.

 

This was back in the late 1980s when he did not even own a camera.  Borrowing a camera from his brother-in-law, Marcus later was told that his images of the wedding reception came out the best.  It was then that he decided to take a class at a community college.  Marcus Berg started his Unique Angles Photography business in January of 1994.  From his website, his bio reads:

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Marcus takes his wife to a bed and breakfast on every wedding anniversary.  In 2007, he was asked to attend a bed and breakfast conference.  This was his introduction to the world of hospitality.  After a few years, he devoted all of his interest in the hospitality industry.

His clientele is mainly in the B&B industry, but he has grown into serving boutique hotels as well.  He has done work from hotels, wineries, architects, and restaurants. He has kept the mindset for the hospitality image.

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What he likes most about being a professional photographer is being able to be creative and unique.  He is happy when he can make an image that attracts viewers to his client’s particular location.  Marcus also enjoys making so many new friends while doing his expert photography work.

 

When I asked him how he was able to masterfully capture the beauty of what is outside from inside a room, he explained that he captures the same lighting with an interior image, matching the exterior light because of his photography experience using lights and angles while keeping an interest in details.

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Marcus said that it is crucial for a hospitality business to have excellent photography because of how fast technology is moving these days.  Guests looking for places to stay make decisions based on the images they see.  First impressions stick in one’s memory.

Hospitality owners not only should have images with warm colors, but also an invitational feeling.  Images that enable potential guests to picture themselves right there.  According to Marcus, people do not read about a location before they see images of it.  They read to confirm the images.

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It is important for innkeepers to hire a good professional photographer who specializes in hospitality.  Updated images help hospitality businesses with reservations and they will see an increase in their bookings.  This increase in occupancy rates improves their bottom line.  Thus, good images make a profitable difference on a website.

 

Bed and breakfast innkeepers more than make back what they spend on professional photography and the images last.  Innkeepers can use last years’ photos to continue to build reservations, even though the photographer was only there a short period of time.

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Since Marcus is based in Oregon, his ventures started taking him around the state.  Then after he started attending more conferences, he made more contacts and soon was traveling the whole west coast.  Then he decided to branch out and made a contact in Texas and got the job.

 

Since then, he has made contacts all over the nation.  He has traveled to all four corners of the United States and many states in between.  Taking photos at conferences supports the association putting on the conference and helps increase his exposure to potential hospitality clients.

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Marcus said that the greatest part of the type of work he does is being able to meet so many wonderful people across the nation.  The hospitality industry has become a family set for him and every time he attends a conference or returns to a familiar inn, he said it is like being home.

 

You can see more of Marcus Berg’s Unique Angles Photography work on his website that lists some of his previous hospitality clients and their testimonials.  You can also follow Marcus on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter.  Thank you, hospitality photographer, Marcus Berg, for letting me display some of your gorgeous photography on the Bed and Breakfast Blogging website as well!

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Want Your Bed and Breakfast on TV?

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Stephanie Hernandez

If you want your bed and breakfast, hotel, or guest house on television, keep reading.  Stephanie Hernandez, from the television production house TwoFour in Plymouth, United Kingdom, is currently trying to find people who are starting up a new hotel or bed and breakfast in the UK and Europe. They are very interested in finding people that have bought a location and want to change or remodel the property.

TwoFour is a UK independent media group that was founded in 1989 by Charles Wace, a former TV news producer. In 2013 it was named the largest true independent media group in the UK and the largest producer of documentary content, employing over 350 people internationally and turning over £58 million in 2013. With headquarters in Plymouth, TwoFour has offices across the globe including London and Los Angeles.

TwoFour is currently casting for a brand new series called “Our Dream Hotel” and they are shooting it over the course of the next year, to go out on C5 in the Autumn of 2016. Each episode will feature one couple/family’s renovation/redesign/reimagining of a building, as they transform it into a hotel, bed and breakfast, or guest house. They are looking to find three such stories in the UK, and film three abroad (Europe).

In an ideal world they would follow each renovation from the very start to the very end – but they are realistic enough to know that life isn’t like that! So, instead, they are looking for projects they can join whilst there is still some degree of work to be done (at least 50%), so that they can follow the journey all the way along to opening.

Here are some of the questions they would ask the people interested in being cast for the show:

  • Tell me a bit about yourself and your family
  • Why this house? Why this ‘project’?
  • Have you had much experience in either building renovation or the  hospitality industry before now?
  • Can you talk me through the work you have had done, what needs to be done, and what the major points on your schedule are?
  • When do you hope to be open, and in what capacity?
  • What do you currently feel most daunted by?
  • How are you funding this build, and how important is it that the venture is a commercial success?”

If you’re interested in finding out more, then simply email Stephanie directly at Stephanie.Hernandez@twofour.co.uk Thank you, Stephanie, for asking me to share this with my Bed and Breakfast Blogging readers!

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3 Autumn Bed and Breakfasts

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Autumn Bed and Breakfasts features three United States bed and breakfasts with “Autumn” in its name.  Starting with Autumn Leaves Bed and Breakfast.  Located in Anacortes, Washington, this scenic inn is around two hours drive from the Seattle Airport between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

There are three spacious bedrooms to choose from and all of which come with free wireless internet, one queen size bed (that sleeps up to 2 people), gas fireplace with remote control, private bathroom with an air-jetted tub, 40″ flat-screen HDTV as well as bathrobes, slippers, and hairdryer.  Enjoy water and mountain views as well as their fabulous garden.

Their logo fits beautifully with their name:

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Autumn Pond B&B rests on three quiet country acres, surrounded by panoramic views of the majestic Cascades. Their Leavenworth, Washington location is perfect for a brisk walk to downtown or a quiet evening stroll to the Ski Hill area where wild flowers will delight your senses.  They offer five guest cozy bedrooms with the following names:

  • Country Western Suite
  • Bear Room
  • Sleepy Pooch Room
  • Duck Room
  • Birdhouse Room

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Their private pond (below) provides guests with memorable entertainment where they can become friends with their hand fed ducks. Guests can unwind in a wooden swing by the pond and watch the wild birds in their natural setting.

 

 

 

 

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Autumn Ridge Cottages are located just two miles south of Downtown Historic Lexington, Virginia. The three cottages are situated on a forty-acre ridge surrounded by grassy fields and woodlands. Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains from the picnic table at the end of the ridge! Wildlife is abundant with deer, wild turkey, rabbits and birds of all types.

 

 

 

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The location is ideal in its convenience to Lexington while maintaining a secluded atmosphere. The cottages have been carefully situated so that each one is not visible from the others. Autumn Ridge is a setting that allows for peace and serenity.  Although the cottages are new construction, they are designed with that old, rustic mountain cabin feeling of the past.

 

 

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The exterior is clapboard siding with cedar trim. All cabins have furnished front porches. The interiors are all wood-paneled, tastefully furnished and comfortably outfitted with kitchens and living room space.  Relax and enjoy the view!

 

 

4 Ways to Share the Fall Festivities

DECORATE

Do you decorate your inn to look like the Fall season?  Take inspiration from Autumn Pond B&B. Here is a list of items or areas that could inspire autumn decorating:

  • Blankets
  • Candles
  • Centerpiece
  • Dining Room Table
  • Dinnerware
  • Front Door
  • Lanterns
  • Mantel
  • Picture Frames
  • Pillows
  • Porch
  • Topiary
  • Vase
  • Wreath

List of props:

  • Acorns
  • Apples
  • Baskets
  • Birdhouses
  • Broom
  • Corn husks
  • Cornucopia
  • Dried flowers and herbs
  • Firewood
  • Gourds
  • Hay
  • Leaves
  • Letters that spell “FALL” or “GIVE THANKS”
  • Pears
  • Pine cones
  • Pumpkins
  • Rake
  • Scarecrows
  • Squash
  • Wheel barrow

MENU

Does your menu reflect the changing of the leaves?  There are so many tasty things to cook. Look on any recipe search engine by typing in phrases like “fall breakfast” or “fall dessert”:

PACKAGES

Do you offer any fall season packages to your guests?  They could include tickets to a corn maze or pumpkin patch.  A gift certificate to a local restaurant known for offering festive Fall feasts!  Your only limit is your creativity.  Think about what your local area is known for and the type of guests you attract.  Consider that as you design your packages.

PROMOTE

Does your area offer any local Fall Festivals or other seasonal events?  Check out this list of the Top Fall Festivals in the United States.  Be sure to promote these festivals and autumn events on your website and in person with your guests!

YOUR TURN

What does your inn do to celebrate the autumn season?  Please comment below and share a link to your bed and breakfast inn.  Let others know what you do to make this season more inviting to your bed and breakfast guests.

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Katie Couric: The Best Advice I Ever Got

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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric is full of practical information for people from all walks of life. Each chapter features a famous person who gives us a sneak peak into what they have learned from their own experiences. At the end of this post is a YouTube video of Katie talking about how she wrote the book and which celebrities contributed their stories.

Comedian and Actor George Lopez: “If you quit, you’ll never find out what could have happened.”

Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Mario Batali: “As you cook up your own life, never let anyone else’s recipe for success intimidate you…”

Emmy Award-Winning Television and Radio Host Larry King: “Learn how to listen.  You don’t learn anything when you are talking.”

Emmy Award-Winning Television Broadcaster, Journalist, and Co-Host of Good Morning America Robin Roberts: “Be patient and persistent.  Life is not so much about what you accomplish as what you overcome.”

Professional Football Player Drew Brees: “What is meant to be will happen for me, and all I should concern myself with is the things I can control.”

Figure-skating Champion Michelle Kwan: “Your finest moments in life aren’t necessarily those in which you finish first but, instead, the times when you know you simply gave your best–when you did it heart and soul, and held nothing back.”

Co-founder of Twitter Biz Stone: “Think about what is valuable before thinking about what is profitable and know that there’s compound interest in helping others–start early!”

Professional Psychologist, Bestselling Author, and Television Host “Dr. Phil” McGraw: “Instead of ignoring these dreams and hoping you can get around to them later on, you have to be committed to developing an action plan, to creating a “life script” with measurable goals, and to building a core of supporters around you to keep you going in the right direction.”

Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Musician, Entrepreneur, Actress, and Activist Alicia Keys: “When you make a decision because you really love what you’re doing, because you’re really passionate about it, believe in it, and because you’d do it no matter what the outcome–that’s when you become most successful.”

Bestselling Cookbook Author and Television Host Ina Garten: “You can’t figure out what you want to do from the sidelines.  You need to jump into the pond and splash around to see what the water feels like.  You might like that pond or it might lead to another pond, but you need to figure it out in the pond.”

Sixty-sixth United States Secretary of State and Stanford University Professor Condoleeza Rice: “The point is that life is full of surprises and serendipity.  Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success.  If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns.”

Four-Star General and Sixty-Fifth United States Secretary of State Colin Powell: “So it doesn’t matter where you start in life but where you finish and, along the way, whether you do something that you love and enjoy doing.  Never settle for anything less than what you love doing and do well.”

Olympic Speed Skater Apolo Ohno: “It’s not really about the destination, but about what it took to get you there.”

Taking Larry King’s advice to learn how to listen, identify at least 3 people who have achieved success and ask them to share their thoughts.  Possible questions could be:

  • What was your greatest challenge?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What do you know now that you wish you could have known earlier in life?
  • Was there anyone who mentored you?
  • How did you become so successful?
  • Is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
  • What are you most excited about for your future?

Essentially, informally interview them (much like Katie Couric interviewed these people) to gain more insight.  If the person you are interviewing knows you well, they will be able to relate this to your goals.

While we each need to do something that aligns with our own personal interests, passions, and goals; we can benefit by the wisdom and experience of the successful people around us.  In addition, we should all be open to sharing the lessons we have learned with those who come to us for advice.

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