So here we are, at the Arizona Biltmore. Its one of the swankiest hotels in Arizona, originally constructed in the late 1920s with Frank Lloyd Wright as the consulting architect. I had one camera with me, and it was the Lumix DMC-G6 with a couple of lenses and a mini tripod. I was there for more than just picture taking, but it isn’t often I get to actually stay in such a nice facility and have a bit of time to explore.
One afternoon, I took my camera and tried to capture what I thought would be the essence of the hotel. Some of the images are posted here and the rest are in the gallery, entitled, “The Arizona Biltmore”.
What I found most interesting, were some of the photographs inside the hotel itself. You can just imagine the parties and functions that took place back in the 1930s. When you visit the hotel, you can see that the clientele of the Arizona Biltmore had some means. Photos of President Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe adorn the walls. Irving Berlin penned the song, “White Christmas” next to one of the hotel’s swimming pools.
One of the most interesting rooms was the “History Room”, where a bunch of articles and artifacts adorn specially painted walls. The room could pass for a secret meeting place in times past. My wife and I wondered in on a Saturday evening, when the hotel was pretty devoid of guests as many check in for conferences on Sunday. The room was dimly lit, but had a small staircase, made of concrete, that took you up to a small balcony that was loaded with hotel history.
All the while, as this is a photo blog, my Lumix micro 4/3 camera did a great job capturing the moment.
Photography, Lessons Learned, and Cycling.
I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old. I started with a Kodak Instamatic. Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there.
Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years. My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992. I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography. One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings. Why? Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy! It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone. What more could I ask for? Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.
Oh, and I like riding my bike!