MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST interview with Michelle Chaplow (now over 80,000 followers in 154 countries)


2024 Photography highlights

An annual round up of travel and hotel photography assignments, hand-picked highlights from spring, summer, autumn and winter to share with you here on my website.

January 2024 Nikon Owner Magazine feature on the work of Michelle Chaplow

The Nikon Owner magazine is published quarterly and it was a pleasure to end last year and start this one with the Nikon feature on Michelle’s hotel photography, still on the Nikon newsstands.

WOMEN in PHOTOGRAPHY MICHELLE CHAPLOWA Room with a View by Gillian Greenwood Nikon Owner magazine

A Room with a View by Gillian Greenwood Nikon Owner magazine

Feb 2024 Corporate portraits for law firm

A commission from a law firm in Marbella whose partners staff and premises  Michelle and her assistant Joaquin Alarcon photographed 20 years ago.
It is interesting to observe the passage of time when shooting the same subject two decades on and heart-warming to see the same people still there, a testimony to the solid foundations and positive working environment of this law firm specialising in property and family law.

March 2024, Hotel Maria Emerges as Helsinki’s Newest Five-Star Haven

Named in honour of Maria Feodorovna, the esteemed consort of Tsar Alexander III of Russia, the hotel pays tribute to her enduring connection with Finland when it was a Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire. Maria Feodorovna’s legacy of philanthropy and cultural appreciation is woven into the fabric of Hotel Maria, reflecting her deep admiration for Finnish traditions and customs. The street where the hotel is located and the nearby hospital also bear her name.

Hotel Maria, Helsinki. Finland Hotel Spa

Hotel Maria Spa, Helsinki. Finland

At the heart of Hotel Maria lies its pièce de résistance: an extraordinary spa sanctuary that epitomizes relaxation and rejuvenation. Featuring traditional Finnish saunas, invigorating cold plunge pools, and sumptuous massage treatments. Guests can unwind in the central patio adorned with plush relaxation beds, surrounded by serene neutral tones that create an ambiance of serenity and calm.

The understated elegance of the décor, furnished with pieces from Restoration Hardware in New York, evokes a sense of timeless luxury. This hotel is a very inspiring place to shoot, everything is brand new and the neutral palette with colourful artwork by Finnish artist Pia Feinik brings visual harmony wherever you look. View more images here

This hotel is a very inspiring place to shoot, everything is brand new and the neutral palette brings visual harmony wherever you look.

This hotel is a very inspiring place to shoot and very easy on the eye.

March 2024 The Pool of Life

The School of Photography in Helsinki is considered to be the world’s best school for contemporary art photography, and indeed it was this school that inspired Michelle’s ongoing lifelong art project, The Pool of Life.

April 2024 A Podcast Interview with Mary Gostelow

Michelle was honoured to be interviewed by The Sage of Hospitality, Mary Gostelow for her weekly Girlahead podcast, which has a reach of over 80,000 followers in 154 countries.

“Michelle Chaplow takes hotel photographs that are works of art, enhancing luxury throughout,” says Mary.

Mary Gostelow is the leading authority on luxury travel, hospitality, and lifestyle 

In Mary’s interview, Michelle offers insights on various topics related to luxury hotel photography, such as use of models, camera equipment, average duration of a hotel photo shoot, food photography, Social Media, and Michelle’s top aim in her work – to help owners show off their hotel to its fullest potential.

Mary Gostelow is in Global Hospitality’s top 25 social influencers of 2023, and featured in the International Hospitality Institute’s 100 Most Powerful People in Global Hospitality.
As well as hosting the Girlahead podcast, Mary has published the Gostelow Report, the definitive monthly market intelligence chronicle for the luxury hotel sector worldwide, since 1992. She is the Robb Report Hong Kong Global Ambassador and was awarded Authority of Luxury 2024 by the luxury lifestyle magazine.

In addition, to travelling 200 nights a year, Mary is contributing editor of Elite Traveler and HOTELS magazines, and a regular columnist for Best In Travel magazine, leading Middle Eastern luxury travel magazine Destination of the World News, and (International Luxury Travel Market). She also writes for ELF, Enness Lifestyle First (for Enness Global International Financial Brokerage).

May 2024 New photography for the Five star GL Gran Hotel Mas d’en Bruno.

Michelle Chaplow and her Hotel Essence team have been commissioned to photograph a 5-star GL Relais and Chateaux hotel near Tarragona. Situated in the heart of the renowned Priorat wine region, the Gran Hotel Mas d’en Bruno is surrounded by lush vineyards and breathtaking scenery.

The hospitality photography shot list includes, the new gym, pool bar, meeting rooms, an amphitheatre with fire pit, suites, signature Hotel Essence details and much more. We are currently in the planning stages of this shoot, which will include video and drone footage as well as stills. We are working in partnership with Quanvision to really capture those all important aerail scenes.