Michelle Chaplow
Hotel Essence Photography

Michelle Chaplow is an award-winning British hotel photographer. She has 25 years of experience in the field of commercial and editorial photography and an impressive collection of published works, including two books. 

Her assignments have taken her to over 60 countries and she has worked with many prestigious institutions and publications such as the Library of Congress, the BBC, The Telegraph, Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler

For the last decade Michelle has specialized exclusively in hotel photography. She has had the privilege and pleasure of photographing hotels in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and America, shooting some of the world’s finest luxury and historic establishments. 

She is a member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, Associate Photographer for The Most Famous Hotels in the World and Approved Photographer for Historic Hotels Worldwide and Historic Hotels of America. 

Michelle Chaplow’s aim is not just to document, but rather to capture, the very essence of luxury and historic hotels – the intrinsic details that make a hotel unique, the inherent nature of the place. Her eye for capturing these details, and her genuine love for historic and luxury hotels, led her to establish her successful company, Hotel Essence Photography, in 2010. 

Michelle and her Essence photography team work diligently to obtain quality visuals of luxury hotels. Over the years, they have perfected innovative, cutting-edge, high-tech digital photography and lighting techniques, ensuring that each hotel is captured at its very best. 

Ask Michelle to choose between a luxury or historic hotel assignment, and she will tell you, a historic hotel every time. Why? Because, she is passionate about heritage hotels - when you walk in the door, there is that magical intangible sense of a bygone era. Also there’s the knowledge that this photo assignment is likely to be preserved for generations to come. Images that are captured today will one day become historical documents themselves, and as a photographer, she feels proud to play a small part of the hotel´s history.


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