Previewing Hilltop House’s New Photography

Peter and Nancy Billard work in tandem photographing bed and breakfasts. Nancy styles and assists, Peter arranges lighting and shoots, and they both keep a sharp eye on the total package details.

3 smiling people pose with breakfast foods on table.

That’s me in the middle with Nancy and Peter our photography team on the porch.

I had the pleasure of working with them over the course of a few days in August, and it was enlightening to see how they worked. Many photos start with a series of test shots, then progress into tweaking and finessing until it’s just right.

Peter says, “B&Bs especially need good photos for their websites to attract guests. Our job is to show the warmth and meticulous care an owner like Sandy puts into her inn. People are searching for that when they’re choosing a place to stay.  Shoots can take 2 or 3 days typically, depending on the number of rooms, complexity, and, of course, occupancy. Food shots require perfect timing between the shoot team and the owner because of how quickly the appearance of prepared food changes. Enlisting the assistance and participation of the owner is essential, and Sandy is at the top of our list of best people to work for! (And her food was delicious!)” 

White wicker settee with floral pillow an fern in background

One of my favorite spots on the porch.

Nice huh? It was great fun and lots of work, and over the next few weeks we’ll get all of Peter and Nancy’s images up on the web. I feel like I’ve had a face lift along with Hilltop House!


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