Welcome to Hotel Essence Photography

Welcome to our Hotel Essence blog, founded by award-winning hotel photographer Michelle Chaplow, specialist in luxury and historic hotels. Michelle shares her world of luxury hotel photography, and we also highlight individual Hotels from the cutting-edge contemporary to world-renowned heritage hotels.

To find out more about Michelle’s career trajectory, and the prestigious publications where her work has appeared, read her Bio.

We have sections on keynote speeches, hotel photography tips for hoteliers, and we share news on conferences, awards, interviews with hotel experts, exhibitions trends and travel.

Michelle also manages to find time for a number of ongoing Personal Projects, including the award-winning The Pool of Life, and you can read her individual take on various photographers, themes and topics in Contemporary Art Photography.  For friends who prefer to read in Spanish, a selection blog posts are also available in Entradas en español.

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The latest from the blog:

10th Annual International Color Awards – Honorable Mention and there nominations.

CONGRATULATIONS Michelle Chaplow on being a Winner at the 10th Annual International Color Awards with:


Color Awards Winner

Honorable Mention in Still Life | Spanish Omelette

Spanish Omelette

Spanish Omelette Tortilla Española Still life

Nominee in Architecture | Out of Season, Dubai

Nominee in Architecture | Out of Season, Dubai

Nominee in Architecture | Out of Season, Dubai


Nominee in Architecture | Peninsula Hong Kong

Nominee in Architecture | Peninsula Hong Kong

Nominee in Fine Art | Sarah

Nominee in Fine Art | Sarah

Nominee in Fine Art | Sarah


6,178 entries were received from 75 countries and your work received a
high percentage of votes overall. Certainly an achievement, well done!

The Jury for the 10th Annual International Color Awards represented the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers
including Christie’s, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London;
Sotheby’s, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus
Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam;
Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York who
reviewed the entries online before making their nominations and honoring
723 title awards and 792 nominees in 33 categories. The Awards could
not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with.

Congratulations once again, we wish you a most successful photography
year.

Ten teddies from historic hotels around the world.

Huffington Post blog entry by Michelle Chaplow

Ten Teddies from Historic hotels

Huffington Post. Ten Teddies from Historic Hotels by Michelle Chaplow

Huffington Post. Ten Teddies from Historic Hotels by Michelle Chaplow

When you think of historic hotels, what comes to mind? Afternoon tea, tales about legendary past guests, tempting swimming pools, stunning locations? For those who travel with children, or who need to bring back a placatory gift for children or the romantics, the hotel´s signature teddy bear can form a useful extra take-away from your stay.

History of the teddy
The world’s first teddy bears were developed in the early 1900s by Morris Mitchtom in the United States and in Germany by Richard Steiff, around the same time – although unbeknownst to each other. The American versions were so-named after US President Theodore Roosevelt, known as “Teddy”. In 1902 Roosevelt went on a bear-hunting trip, where he didn’t manage to shoot an animal. His aides tracked a bear and tied it to a tree, but compassionate Roosevelt refused to kill the animal in such a cold-hearted, unsportsmanlike fashion.

A cartoon of the incident appeared in the Washington Post and inspired Morris and Rose Mitchtom to create a small stuffed bear – Morris sent a copy to Roosevelt, requesting and receiving the President’s permission to call it “Teddy´s bear”. At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, you can see a teddy dating from 1903, which was presented to Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson Kermit in 1963 by Michtom’s son Benjamin.

Meanwhile in Germany, Richard Steiff developed the Bear 55PB, which he exhibited at Leipzig Toy Fair in March 1903, where 3,000 were ordered for a New York toy company. By 1907 Steiff was manufacturing nearly one million bears a year, and the company is still producing high quality teddy bears today.

These days, the term teddy bear can refer to all cuddly toys (plush toys) including stuffed animals as well as bears.

Teddy bears have always held a wide appeal for all ages, not just children, as they’re not gender-specific and can be appreciated whether sitting decoratively on a shelf or accompanying their devoted young owner at bedtime.

Love teddy bears? Here are 10 luxury historic hotels teddies and plush animals to add to your collection.

You can read the full article, see photos of ten hand-picked historic hotels, that have their very own teddies the web of the Huffington Post