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April 17, 2014

Livin’ in a box

From Cape Cod it was over to Boston the following morning – and after spending 2 hours driving around in circles, we finally arrived in more ways than one – as this was David Hacin’s, an award winning architect, Laconia Lofts project we were about to shoot.

Wow – what a space…
David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. which required almost no additional light to capture…
David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. and what a view too…
View from David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. of the Boston cityscape towards Back Bay.

Laconia Lofts is an award-winning Boston loft apartment with an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, guest suite with bathroom, master bedroom and bathroom and study areas. There’s also an open plan lounge zone which overlooks the lower level – located in the heart of the burgeoning South End arts district, which people are now call the SoWa area – as in South of Washington (an analogy of SoHo in New York) – which is just bursting with energy, thanks to the many art galleries, shops, restaurants, and parks in the immediate area.

Sitting up to perfection too – so beside Marie having to move his phone out of the way…
Marie setting up the kitchen shot in David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. and add a few books for the camera…
Marie setting up the kitchen shot in David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. we had little to do here…
David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. besides point and shoot…
David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. and shoot…
David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. and shoot.

‘Boxes within Boxes’ is how David’s partner decided it…
David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. but there was more to it than simple boxes – as there was also some very clever ideas used here to divide the place up and control the light – like in this bedroom for example…
Bedroom in David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. which I just loved.

The panels of the pivoting wall mean you can lie in bed and enjoy the starry sky at night. Swivel them back at dawn for privacy.

A masterpiece in more ways than one…
Painting in David Hacin's Laconia Lofts project in Boston.
.. and therefore no great surprise to see Bruce Willis walking through it, in the movie Surrogates – which was made in 2009.

Or that it was featured by 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
25 Beautiful Homes magazine.
.. as well as some of our images of it being used by Epson for very large ‘point of sale’ exhibition display prints.

Sure wouldn’t mind livin’ in a box like this – so just like to say a big thank you to David & his partner for inviting us in, and giving us this opportunity to capture their box – from Marie & me @ ampimage.com

April 16, 2014

Summer house welcome

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After shooting Rick & Maria’s beach house in Mystic, we headed to the the Cape Cod town of Chatham – were after a day on the beach, we shot this 1930′s cottage…
Gene & Rosemary Fuller's 1930's New England cottage in the Cape Cod town of Chatham
… which belonged to Gene & Rosemary Fuller.

The sign outside said to it all…
Welcome sign outside Gene & Rosemary's cottage in the Cape Cod town of Chatham
.. as we were indeed made very welcome – so as the sun was out, Marie set about setting-up the first shot in the garden…
Marie setting up the shot in the garden at Gene & Rosemary's cottage in the Cape Cod town of Chatham
.. where we quickly captured Rosemary and her daughter…
Rosemary and her daughter in the garden at their cottage in the Cape Cod town of Chatham
.. enjoying a glass of ice cold water, before heading inside to start upstairs…
Setting up the landing shot
.. where we produce images like this of their landing area…
The landing in Gene & Rosemary's cottage
.. as well as of their bedrooms…
One of the bedrooms in Gene & Rosemary's cottage
.. before a spot of lunch which Rosemary had kindly prepared for us…
Rosemary in the kitchen of her cottage in the Cape Cod town of Chatham
.. a chat with Bob who was kindly helping us out once again…
Marie & Bob in Gene & Rosemary's cottage in the Cape Cod town of Chatham
.. and then back to work, adding the final touches…
Marie settin up the kitchen shot in Gene & Rosemary's cottage in the Cape Cod town of Chatham
.. to what was a surprising tricky room to light…
The kitchen shot in Gene & Rosemary's cottage in the Cape Cod town of Chatham
.. but we must have done okay in the end, as BBC Good Homes said ‘Yes’ to this one too…
February 2006 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine
.. and so ran with it in their February 2006 issue :)

So 2 in the bag and 5 to go – on this amazing 10 day return trip to America, from Marie & me in New England.

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April 15, 2014

Welcome back to America

After completing our assignment in Spain which I talked about last month – and coming back with results that not only the BBC wanted to use but also several other publishing companies too – the next assignment we were offered was in America.

Wow – an opportunity of a life time and it would be the first time I would be back in the States since leaving college there back in the 80′s, where I swam for the University of Houston
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.. and first learned about photography while doing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic communications.

Anyway, basically the assignment by the BBC was to shoot a home in Vermont for their up & coming Christmas issue – which was owned by Jackie Ennis, who was also in charge of promoting and marketing New England. So to make it worth our while – since the BBC was really only prepared to pay us for the use of our work, rather than to do the work for them – then we asked Jackie if she could possibly line us up a few more homes – which we would then shoot while we were there with all the gear, etc.

And so it was – Jackie lined up 6 other homes for us to shoot over the 10 day period we were planning on being in New England – the first of which was Rick Dean & Maria Sylvia’s detached beach house in the picturesque town of Mystic
Rick Dean & Maria Sylvia's beach house in Mystic
.. where the first shots were taken out at sea…
Rick Dean in Mystic
.. which was an amazing way to start our ‘Welcome back to America’ story :)

The storyline here was:

Maria Sylvia loved her idyllic beach house so much she turned it into a home to use all year round – and called it Seashell Cottage. Although its styling is undeniably New England, Maria has created an interesting home by drawing on her own artistic talents and using a number of themes.

Anyway, I had hired a local assistant called Bob O’Connor – who Calumet had highly recommended when I was hiring the lighting gear – and so while Marie talked to Rick & Maria outside…
Marie McMillen talking to Maria Sylvia & Rick Dean outside their beach house in Mystic.
.. which a took a few quick shots of…
Rick Dean & Maria Sylvia sitting outside their beach house in Mystic
.. Bob set up the lights while I started to set-up the camera for the first of the interior shots…
Setting up the living room shot in Rick Dean & Maria Sylvia's beach house in Mystic
.. to capture Maria’s love of the Caribbean, which even extended to her multi-coloured sofa…
The living room in Rick Dean & Maria Sylvia's beach house in Mystic
.. which she sourced in a high street mall it seems.

The Fishy toilet, which Maria had pepped up with a funky tropical fish mural and accessories…
The fishy toilet in Rick Dean & Maria Sylvia's beach house in Mystic
.. was amazing – and was naturally a major talking point – but even the bedrooms and especially this one which she called the Lighthouse…
The lighthouse bedroom in Rick Dean & Maria Sylvia's beach house in Mystic
.. which was as close to true New England style as it got for them – had Marie & me going Wow !!

Who wouldn’t want to be here…
Rick Dean & Maria Sylvia sitting outside their beach house in Mystic
.. and so that was the first of the homes we shot before heading to Cape Cod, to shoot Gene & Rosemary Fuller’s 1930′s cottage, which I’ll talk about later.

So we are back American and being made to feel very welcome by everyone – loving it and wishing we could stay forever :)

The BBC by the way, featured this one in their July 2007 issue of Good Homes…
July 2007 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine
.. plus it was also featured in Templeton Robinson’s Property Life magazine…
April 2008 issue of Templeton Robinson's Property life magazine
.. the following year.

So thank you America for welcoming us back, from Marie & me in Mystic.

April 8, 2014

Old & New

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.. is the title of our latest work in the May 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
25 Beautiful Homes magazine May 2014
.. pages 130 to 133.

“Carolyn and Stewart Moore blended the best period features of their historic Georgian villa with modern comforts to create a stunning, sun-filled home.”

Which we talked about shooting here: The Ming Dynasty – Irish style !

So you can now read all about how Carolyn & Stewart mixed old & new throughout their home in this top selling national magazine, which is currently on the bookshelves.

From Marie, Mandy & me @ homesinteriors.com

April 1, 2014

A Complete Transformation

.. is the title of our latest published work, in the May 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
May 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine.
.. pages 78 to 87.

“Breige and Stephen from Cushendall in County Antrim explain why village life has made the chaos of their refurbishment project worth the upheaval.”

Which we talked about here: Labour of love – at the time when we shot it.

Stunningly reproduced as always – which is what I love so much about this magazine – so this is just a quick note to say a big thanks to everyone involved here in this feature and congratulations to Breige & Stephen once again, for making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ www.homesinteriors.com

March 31, 2014

Little to do here.

Things have been going crazy lately for me – but recently we shot this amazing home near Dungannon in County Tyrone…
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.. which was basically naturally lit – and so required only a touch of fill to achieve results like this…
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.. of Fiona & Brian in the living room of their new build.

The couple’s last home was very traditional and I actually shot it many years ago for an Irish magazine. However they decided they wanted a complete change; bought a site and commissioned Des Ewing, a local Architect, to design a contemporary home for them.
None of their existing furniture would have suited so they had fun starting from scratch – they even went to Milan to buy some of their new furnishings !!
Although they wanted a contemporary new look, they didn’t want it to be too monochrome or cold and opted for lots of vibrant colour.

Which from every angle looked great…
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.. and all the way throughout…
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.. was a very easy one to light and style too…
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.. so even Marie had little to do here :)

Love it – and hopefully the Editors will too – so just a quick note to say thanks to Fiona & Brian here for inviting us in and making us feel so welcome once again.

From Marie & Me @ ampimage.com in County Tyrone.

March 9, 2014

Mix and Match

.. is the title of our latest published work, in the April 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
April 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine.
.. pages 80 to 91.

“Kathryn and Ben have transformed a Killyleagh country style, architect designed home into the perfect setting for their classic contemporary look.”

Which we talked about here: Spring is in the air – at the time when we shot it.

Stunningly reproduced as always – which is what I love so much about this magazine – so this is just a quick note to say a big thanks to everyone involved here in this feature and congratulations to Kathryn & Ben once again, for making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ www.homesinteriors.com

February 19, 2014

Industrial Chic & Shabby Chic.

Shooting a Victorian terrace in Belfast this week, which belongs to Kelly Ann and Dominic – along with their two young children Evie, aged 2, and Rory, who is only 7 months old.

The Storyline:

The major work had been done when the couple bought the home but they have spent the last couple of years putting their own stamp on it – Dominic loves a little bit of Industrial Chic – whereas Kelly Ann loves a little bit of Shabby Chic – so they have had fun finding a balance between the two !!

The weather at this time of year isn’t ideal, so even in house like this, that has made full use of the natural daylight…
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.. on a grey old rainy day, it still needed a lot to light it.

So we started in the main downstairs living area – which was at the back of the house – and that’s were we took the shot of Kelly Ann…
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.. before her daughter Evie stood-in to copy her mother’s pose…
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.. and then informed her father ‘it was his turn’ – which made us all laugh :)

As Marie later commented when I sent her this image:

That’s the most adorable and bright wee one we’ve ever met I reckon – sure she even had you playing on her xylophone – the “big scary man” was no bother to her :)

Anyway, we slowly worked our way through to the front of the house, which is where the kitchen was…
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.. which was a bit unusual – as that is where one would normally expect the living room to be – but as you can see that worked very well…
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.. and in fact made a lot of sense.

Lots of stairs up to the bedrooms – but with high ceiling and double windows…
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.. they were very easy to light…
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.. and so we rattled thought this one in record time, after a bit of a slow start.

Shattered – but very pleased with this one – as we both felt Kelly Ann & Dominic had got the balance just right here, between Industrial Chic & Shabby Chic.

So just want to say a big thanks to both of them for making us feel so welcome – and to Evie as well, for letting me play with her xylophone :)

From Marie & Me @ ampimage.com in Belfast this week.

February 16, 2014

Pay as you go.

Recently on Facebook another Irish photographer said he was doing a little research on the hospitality side of things and I was wondering what people thought of this work?

Well naturally I had a look at this photographer’s website and noted under the photographer’s Services section, he said:

“Often hospitality photographers will discount the up front shooting rate only to charge a licensing fee in the following years after the shoot.
We issue a copyright license for the client to use the photographs for any media for an indefinite period. This is built into our initial costs so the client pays once and once only.”

This made me smile, because in other words, what he is basically saying here is: some photographers give Hotels an option on how to pay for the use of their work, whereas he doesn’t.

So it would appear that his clients have to either agree to pay him the full amount up front, for him to provide them with images that would be ‘good enough’ for them to want to use in all media for the next 10+ years or else he’s simply not interested in taking the assignment on.

Whereas other photographers will be happy to take the assignment on and provide their clients with images that would be ‘good enough’ for them to want to use in all media for the next 10+ years – and then help their clients out, by offering them a ‘pay as you go’ type payment plan.

Which is what I do when asked to produce images like this…
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.. which the client by the way – before they saw the final result – didn’t want to pay much for. Because not every client can afford or will want to have to pay for what it costs to produce such an image, out of their current year’s marketing budget. So to help them spread the cost, without me having to drop the standard of my work to stay within their current year’s marketing budget, I offer them a ‘Pay as you go’ type payment plan – whereby they only need to pay for 1 years use at a time, for example.

Note: Hotels don’t ask their guests to buy the room of them, they just ask their guests to pay for the use of the room – be it for 1 night, 2 nights, a week or however long their customers need to use it for, i.e. ‘Pay as you go’ and see how it goes.

Same thing here.

So licensing my images this way, is simply a way to help my clients spread the cost of what those type of images may have cost me to produce, as producing images like the one above of the ‘pool with a view’ at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa Hotel – that this client then did actually wanted to use for years to come in various media, like on this double size billboard…
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.. after seeing the final results – will usually have cost me a lot more to produce, than images like this…
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.. which not surprisingly, they didn’t want to use at all :)

In other words, I do not ‘discount the up front shooting rate’, I simply ask my clients to pay for the amount of use that they require of my work, AFTER have I have produced it – just as they would, if I were to ask them for a price.

February 15, 2014

A lighting challenge.

After a relative easy week shooting in the marquee at the five-star Doonbeg golf resort (which I read this week in the Irish Times, has now been bought over by US property mogul Donald Trump), where it was basically all lit – this week wasn’t so easy.

So we were back down in County Clare again, this time to shoot a number of areas inside Dromoland Castle, with the Land Rover fully loaded…
Land Rover
.. as I knew this was going to be a lighting challenge for sure.

Anyway, first up was to create a meeting style image in the newly decorated Terrace Room – so after Marie had finished setting it up…
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.. Carl blocked the sun light, which I wasn’t actually expecting…
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.. and we had our first image in the bag…
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.. before heading to the Lounge area, where it was clear from the start that this is where we’d have to work for our money…
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.. but thanks to everyone and especially to Carl here…
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.. who worked hard on the lighting – and then posed as the waiter while Marie lit the fire…
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.. it only took us 2 hours to create this image…
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.. which I was very, very pleased with – as this one had really worried me.

Then it was back into the Terrace Room again…
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.. this time to shoot it as it would be setup for a banquet during the day…
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.. and /or at night…
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.. so basically we shot it both ways – to be sure, to be sure, as they word say here in Ireland :)

The following morning it was into the Cocktail bar…
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.. which was formerly the Castle library – so while Carl setup the lights outside…
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.. we moved the furniture so as to see the fireplace…
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.. before adding the finishing touches to create this image…
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.. which again I was personally very pleased with – as this one had worried me too, mainly due to how I would light it.

After that, it was over to The Inn at Dromoland to shoot one of the bedroom suites, which required a bit of work as they wanted just one image to capture it all – so while Marie did her thing…
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.. Carl & I did our thing – and for the fun of it, being close to Valentines day and all that, I decided to add a scene from the film Gone with the Wind – staring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara
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.. and Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes – who I was named after it seems :)

So that was it – after what I can only describe as a major lighting challenge – it was time to load-up the Land Rover once again…
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.. and head home in the rain – very tired but very pleased with the end results.

Anyway, just like to a big thanks to everyone involved – especially to Mark & Fiona from Dromoland Castle for making us feel so welcome.
From Marie, Carl & me @ ampimage.com in County Clare.

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