New Photography and Branding at Mountain Top Inn & Resort

August 15th, 2014

I was delighted when I got a call from Laura Conti, the new Director of Marketing at Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont. I grew up near the landmark property well known for it's spectacular mountain and lake setting. The latest additions to their wide range of accommodations are their Trailside Cottages. These are definitely not your father's trailside cottages! These mountain retreats are large and airy, incorporating luxurious, natural materials while maintaining a country ambiance. Laura asked me to photograph Grand Vista, the most recently built Cottage, in a style as dramatic and welcoming as the property itself, setting a new tone for the Mountain Top Inn & Resort brand. This was my first shoot at Mountain Top and I hope to return again soon. Here's a peek at some of the new images of Grand Vista.

 

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Laura's dog Beans sitting by the door on the entry deck. The Cottages are pet friendly.

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Fireplace inset into the stone faced wall and seating in the Great Room.
 

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View of the Great Room and dining room looking across the granite kitchen counter. I had to wait for the heavy, morning fog to lift before shooting the next one.

 

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Now you can see why they named this cottage Grand Vista!

 

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Rich details in a vignette in the upstairs bedroom.

 

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Laura commented before the shoot how much she likes my images where the focus is on one room, but you can see into another. I think it makes an image layered and arresting and helps show the connection from one room to another. Here, it's the upstairs den in the foreground and a peek into the bedroom.

 

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In advance of a shoot, I "script" the styling and propping. Here in the upstairs den/sleeping loft (one couch is a pull-out bed) I suggested a story line that your kids or guests are upstairs relaxing, enjoying a game… while others are downstairs.

 

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Toiletries on the luxe granite countertop in the upstairs bath.

 

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Laura and I had some fun with wrapping the napkin around this wine bottle to use in the master bath shot. We thought it looked a bit like a plushy robe.

 

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Here's the great rain shower head in operation in the master bath.

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