I could spend one of the best 3 days of my life in Ruzsa, not far from Szeged, where I was requested to capture some images of Homoki Lodge. Have you ever heard of Glamping? The word literally means luxury camping, which means the synergy of freedom provided by a tent and the comfort of a five-star hotel. Homoki Lodge is such a place where we can stay in luxury bungalows. Some weeks before I had been inquired by the owners, an Austrian couple speaking Hungarian, to take some photos of the yurts. Before my arrival, 4 other photographers had got some shots of the accommodation, however, the owners hadn’t been satisfied with the resulting images. This had not been unconditionally the failure of the previous photographer, as I also experienced how challenging it was to capture the tiny, round interiors in such a way that also represents the atmosphere of the place as well. This place really needed a photographer specialised in interior photos and architectural photographing.
I’d arrived at the full day shooting the previous night so that I didn’t have to leave Budapest at dawn and I could wake up well-rested on the site. As I arrived, parked my car and opened the door, a border collie jumped literally on me. He was Bangi, who was close to me during all the shooting, I would say he assisted me.
Next day, after an early breakfast, we started the photo session. Apart from the yurts, the accommodation has a Lodge part, which is a brick building with thatched roof. Here I could snap photos of three different types of rooms, as the fourth was being renovated at that time. Here I had fairly little natural light, as not too much light was coming through the windows, yet, due to the morning timing, it was still enough.
In the afternoon I turned to the bungalows. I was expected to show all the parts and floors of the interior. Depending on the type of the yurt, a sofa, a jacuzzi, a bathroom and a shower could be found on the ground floor, and a flight of stairs led us upstairs to the bed. Additionally, there was a round window over all of the beds, which could be opened by pushing a button. So, I had to show all of these in one photo. The available space was tight, without a special objective it would have been almost a mission impossible. I always work during the shootings in a way that my camera is connected to my tablet, thus, my client can see the final composition on the spot. It’s true that I can only show an unprocessed photo, yet, at least this way there is no surprise when I hand over the photos that something is missing from the photos that shouldn’t.
For me the preciseness of my customers was really a relief, as this spouse could pay attention to all details. They exactly knew that I would be on camera all day if they wished to see the best results on the photos. It was not necessary to explain them anything since they were aware that shooting photos is time-consuming. They provided me with everything I needed, and not only during the photo session. I was their guest for the breakfast, the lunch and a dinner; I also got a yurt where I could sleep, and where I could experience personally the atmosphere of Homoki Lodge.
Though we had planned that the shooting would take a day, as the twilight faded, we couldn’t finalize it. A person who doesn’t love their job would surely be annoyed that they should stay for one more day. Yet, for me it didn’t cause any trouble, I stayed until next afternoon with pleasure so that we could continue out photo session.
By 2 pm next day we successfully finalized the project. This session was flawless including the venue, my customers and, certainly, my assistant, Bangi. Even though I have already handed over all the material, I am going to return in May to capture some exterior and aerial photos, just I have to wait until the nature turns into green. Then you can read about that shooting, too. Take care till then.