Hotel Photography: St. Johns Hotel, Birmingham

Voco, an IHG brand

London Hotel Photographer | Birmingham Hotel Photographer


IHG (Hotels)

Globally, the InterContinental Hotels Group have around 5000 hotels under various brand names, such as Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza & Staybridge Suites. Voco is their newly launched brand.

Creative Details

Organisations: IGH KGH

Location: St. John's Hotel, Solihull

Post Production: Simon Callaghan

The Campaign

Following a multi million pound renovation of the St. John's Solihull, Kew Green Hotels (management company) set a brief of vibrant highly stylised images to represent both this hotel and the wider Voco brand.



The Photoshoot

This two day hotel photoshoot took place in the middle of a refurbishment. The hotel was operating at very low capacity before being completely closed on our final day of photography. The usual pressure of working around guests was replaced by working around a building site. Photographing the hotel bar while lights were still being installed. Capturing the restaurant while the delivery of new cutlery hadn't arrived. 

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Hotel Photography - The Bar

The best images from this Birmingham hotel photography commission was of the hotel bar. This bar is the stand out, best feature of the St. John's Hotel. The lighting, design and furniture creates an ultra-modern and super swanky place for hotel guests and has become a huge selling point.

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Hotel Photography: Reception & Lounge

These photographs of St. Johns Hotel lobby were taken on the second round of photography, after the refurbishment was complete. The instantly recognisable Voco hotel furniture brings a fresh, modern style to an older building. 

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Hotel Photography: Restaurant

The hotel's restaurant doubles for evening dining and generous Voco buffet breakfast. The tiled pillars and stencilled wall art bring this place to life, whether sitting by the garden doors or in the central seating area, surrounded by plant life, there's a Voco themed feeling throughout.

The existing brown furniture did dominate the photographs a little too much, so we framed the composition with a little more ceiling to reduce this.   

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Hotel Photography - Wellness Facilities

This Birmingham hotel has a fitness centre and pool facilities that commercially operates as You Fit Health Club. The jewell in it's crown is the log cabin-esk pool with sauna, steam-room and hot tub facilities. Photographing a hotel fitness facility is always tricky; finding a time during the day when they're free of guests.

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Hotel Photography: Bedrooms

The yellow colouring is a key feature of the Voco hotel brand and is a key ingredient to capture in the photography.  The Voco St. James Hotel bedrooms were fully refurbished, continuing the modern style seen in the lounge and bar of comfortable furniture and inviting decor. The Housekeeping team were fantastic, turning the rooms around according to the photography schedule. Thank you!

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