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May 19, 2019

Rain, Hail or Shine

Beautiful outdoor terraces are a rare find in Dublin city center…
Screenshot of The Nurserie Terrace page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. but rain, hail or shine the secret is out!

As we created an image…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. of The Nurserie Terrace
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which like it says on their website is the ideal location to catch or even capture…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. the evening rays or light, in this case…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. as the terrace enjoys direct sunshine from early afternoon until sunset.

The partially covered and heated terrace, which can be enjoyed all year round…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. is the perfect spot to retreat to…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which Claudio was obviously happy illustrate smile

Brimming with freshly potted plants and flowers, it is a decadent urban oasis
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which we clearly wanted to show. A place to relax and unwind
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with a cold glass of Rosé
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. a delicious cocktail or one of the Dylan’s very own, low kcal, refreshing Champagne ice pops, certain to put you in the summer mood – rain…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. hail…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. or shine – because this is Ireland at the end of the day smile

Seriously though, guests can [now] choose to dine al fresco in The Nurserie Terrace
The Nurserie Terrace area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6.30am till late… at Dublin’s leading five star boutique hotel smile

May 12, 2019

The Ruby Room…

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.. by the one and only…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with lots of help from everyone at The Dylan hotel smile

So after shooting this area…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. in the Wood Panel Room…
The Wood Panel Room in the Dylan Hotel which is one of Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel.
.. it was into the hotel’s hidden gem, The Ruby Room – where “you’ll be warmly welcomed…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. by the expert bar team who will guide you through the unique cocktail list or create one for you based on your taste.”
“The Ruby Room is colourful…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. yet intimate…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with patterned fabric walls and deep feather filled cushions making it easy to forget the world outside…
The Ruby Room Bar in the Dylan Hotel.
.. while enjoying a few of the bartender’s creations…”
Screenshot of The Ruby Room page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin smile

April 29, 2019

The new Dylan Bar.

Enjoy some delicious light bites at the newly redesigned Dylan Bar…
Screenshot of the Dylan Bar page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. in Dublin’s leading boutique hotel.

“Open for light bites and mouth-watering pastries all day long.

Rich in tones and textures, the redesign of Dylan Bar has walnut paneling, which perfectly complements a beautiful tonal colour palette of orange, slate and mustard with subtle scene-setting lighting to create atmospheric silhouettes.
A striking portrait, by Cian McLoughlin, is one of the many beautiful pieces of artwork that adorn the Dylan Bar…
The Wood Panel Room in the Dylan Hotel which is one of Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel.
.. while the centrepiece, the walnut fronted bar.”

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

“Dylan Hotel believes in treating yourself to the finer things in life…
The Wood Panel Room in the Dylan Hotel which is one of Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel.
.. that’s why we offer the best 5-star afternoon tea in Dublin.

Served in the modern surroundings of the Dylan Bar, each afternoon tea is a retreat into luxury. The tower of decadent delights is served while you relax into crushed velvet couches, deep upholstered seats. Whether you’d like to indulge with friends, family, or take time out for yourself, you can be assured of a fine dining experience.

Imagine your visit now…
Screenshot of the Dylan Bar page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. by seeing what mouth-watering delights are on offer.”

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Bright, light and comfortable, the Dylan Bar is ideal for morning meetings, lunch with friends…
The bar in the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. or an evening get together with delicious drinks and moreish bites.

The newly redesigned Dylan Bar…
Screenshot of the Dylan Bar page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. in Dublin’s leading boutique hotel… and the creating of those images by Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me at ampimage.com smile

April 5, 2019

New for Old

Is the title of our latest published work which can be seen on the cover and in the May 2019 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 74 to 85 in the May 2019 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring John Wilson's new-build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. on pages 74 to 85 – featuring John Wilson’s new-build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.

“When John could not find a barn to convert he created his own old-style new build using contemporary style open plan living set against reclaimed materials.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one.

So once again congratulations to John here…
John Wilson in the sitting room of his new-build house on the outskirts of the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. for not only making it into this beautifully printed magazine but for also making it onto the cover too – from Marie, Mandi and me

March 24, 2019

Quiet Please!

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Because we are working in…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

The Library at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

The boardroom in The Library at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Screenshot of The Library page.
… at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin smilie.

March 1, 2019

Former Glory

Is the title of our latest published work which can be seen on the cover and in the April 2019 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 58 to 69 in the April 2019 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Jacqui and Peter Kirk's Victorian rectory in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 58 to 69 – featuring Jacqui and Peter’s Victorian rectory in the County Down town of Bangor.

”Peering through a tangle of overgrown trees to catch a glimpse of a lofty Victorian rectory, nestling on the side of a hill, and boasting spectacular, panoramic views over Belfast Lough, Jacqui’s interest was instantly piqued.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Classic design that stands the test of time.

So once again congratulations to Peter and Jacqui here…
Jacqui Kirk in the sitting room of her heritage award-winning house in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for not only making it into this beautifully printed magazine but for also making it onto the cover too – from Janet, Dianne, Ivan and me

January 4, 2019

Hidden Depths

Is the title of our latest published work in the February 2019 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 10 to 15 in the February 2019 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Peggy and Phil Bell's Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.
.. on pages 10 to 15 – which features Peggy and Phil Bell’s Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.

”When Peggy saw a terraced house overlooking the sea, she knew it had the potential to be a special family home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Black Friday.

So congratulations once again to Phil and Peggy here…
Peggy Bell in her Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.
.. for making it into this beautiful national magazine that features more inspirational homes than any other, from Sean, Dianne & me

December 14, 2018

New beginnings

Is the title of our latest published work in the January 2019 issue of Homes & Gardens magazine…
Pages 107 to 113 in the January 2019 issue of Homes & Gardens magazine featuring Jacqui and Peter Kirk's Victorian rectory in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 107 to 113 – which features Jacqui and Peter Kirk’s Victorian rectory in the County Down town of Bangor.

“By respecting the heritage and reconfiguring the layout of their Victorian rectory, Jacqui and Peter Kirk have created a magnificent family home.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Classic design that stands the test of time.

So a HUGE congratulations to Peter and Jacqui here…
Jacqui Kirk in the sitting room of her heritage award-winning house in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for making it into this beautiful magazine, which is currently celebrating 100 years of style – as we wishing you all a Merry Christmas too – from Janet, Dianne, Ivan and me

December 12, 2018

The perfect gift this Christmas.

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This was one of my favorite images of 2017…
The Lobby & Reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which we talked about shooting here: The new & the old – but as you can see from the quick shots I recently took…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. they were in the poscess of making some changes…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and so that meant a new image was required.

However, even on the morning of the shoot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. after having looked at it from various angles the night before as well, we still weren’t 100% sure about which was the best single angle…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to show this newly refurbished reception area…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. but in the end, we decided it was basically from the front door this time – looking over their new furniture towards the front desk…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and so having all finally agreed on that – the lights went up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and the Christmas tree decorations naturally had to come down…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at least until we had finished.

And so once again I was very glad I had brought the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which these pictures clearly show they did…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. in their own special way Wink.

Seriously though, one of the things I love to look at afterward is these ‘behind the scenes’ pictures…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. especially the ones which Claudio takes – like this series…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of us trying to reduce the marks on the carpet…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as it’s easy to forget how much work goes into each of these images…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or how many people are actually involved sometimes…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or even stopping to ask “where did that outfit come from?”…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. because if you are like me, then I’m sure you already noticed that she wasn’t wearing that before Wink.

Which in a way is a good thing, because that’s obviously not what we want anyone to notice or even talk about when they look at this final image…
The reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of their new reception area.

Still, all this helps remind me as to why it takes so long to pack the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which just leaves me to say a big thanks to everyone at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel for “The Perfect Gift This Christmas”
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
from all of us

December 9, 2018

New bar and lounge area.

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Two of the busiest areas in any hotel is the reception area and the lounge area – plus with the days being very short at this time of year – then bringing the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. seemed to make sense – because a few days before we were due to shoot this was how the terrace lounge area looked…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath – as it was being refurbished and a new bar was also being built…
The new bar being built in the lounge area at Dunboyne Castle
.. behind the ‘false wall’ at the back.

And I was glad I did, as the first image appeared on screen…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. because it was “a bit of a grey old day”, as they would say here in Ireland – which means we didn’t have that lovely sun-lit feel, which one would naturally see on a good day, due to the large windows along the left and skylight windows (above) on the right.

So 3k’s up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as the guys reckoned a bank of these would do the trick…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and then we ran through the various “ where to put the people” options…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. before our models arrived to take up their positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which was naturally followed by a few more quick shots…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and there you have it – the new image of the ​Terrace Lounge & Bar area…
The new lounge and bar area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel – once the top and bottom had been added to make it a square – because it’s easy to crop but hard to add on…
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
.. especially afterward

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