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May 19, 2016

What happens if things go wrong ?

Filed under: Licence fees,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 5:19 pm
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Sometimes other photographers would ask me – when I tell them that I only ask my clients beforehand, to pay me for the Rights to use my work, rather than for my time & expenses to do the work for them – what happens if after you spend a lot of time and money producing a set of images, the client then turns around and says that they do not want to use of them or pay for the use of them ?

Or what if are now not prepared to pay as much ?
Or what if they want a lot more done to the images first, etc, etc. ?

Well thankfully that doesn’t happen very often, mainly because I would usually try to put everything down in writing beforehand – as well as ask lots of questions about things like:

Who is your target market ?
What does the images need to say to your target market ?
Which media are you planning on using the images in ?
How long are you needing to use them in those media ?
Plus where in the World are you going to be advertising in those media ?

In other words, it’s a bit like the 5Ws.

Because their answers to those type of questions, would then help me understand what it is I need to do to meet their needs.

So it is therefore important that they tell me what they need upfront, and if there is anything specific that they require – be it a look or a style or some retouching done, etc, etc – then that would also need to be put in writing beforehand too.

Because the price I would be quoting them beforehand…
Recce picture taken in the Atlantic View bedroom at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill.
.. for the Rights to use the images that I created afterwards…
The Atlantic View bedroom at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill.
.. would naturally be based on that information.

But still I hear you say: “What happens if it all goes wrong” – for whatever reason – and they end up not wanting to pay or they don’t want to pay as much, etc, etc ?

Well first off, I’d probably want to find out why that was – for example, was it something that I did wrong or didn’t get right or misunderstood ?
Or are they now just trying to pull a fast one ?

As a rule of thumb, if someone has invested a lot of their own time and money in a shoot – then it’s highly unlikely that they wouldn’t then want to use the images afterwards.

So therefore I would say, that 99% of the time, if the client did say afterwards that they did not want to pay for the use the images, the fault would lie at my end.
Which I would then naturally want to learn from – as ‘The Goal’ beforehand would have been, to try and produce some images that they (and possibly others too) would actually want to use – and hopefully want to use a lot too – rather than just see if I could take some pictures… which I know I could probably do with my iPhone icon_wink

Anyway, if I was to say it has never happened or was to say that I have never failed to produce the type of images that a client would want to pay for the use of, that would be a lie – because it has happened and it did actually happen very recently too.

So the question I have to ask myself, is obviously “Why did it happen ?” – because that was not ‘The Goal’ beforehand.

Not always an easy one to answer, because there may in fact be a number of reasons as to why it happened – but the bottom-line is: There are no winners when it does happen.
Because they don’t get what they want and I naturally don’t get what I want neither icon_cry

And when that happens, then below you can see some examples of what that this lose-lose type of deal ends up looking like:

This is what this page currently looks like on their website…
What the Atlantic View bedroom at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill does look like on their website.
.. of the Atlantic View bedroom – verses what it could have looked like…
What the Atlantic View bedroom at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill could have look like on their website.
.. if I had been prepared to remove the building outside the window, for the same price as I had quoted them before they asked for that.

Which I obviously wasn’t prepared to do, because to do that well – so as one could not tell that it had been retouched, even when viewed at billboard size or in any media at any size – that would probably doubled the amount of time that I would need to spend on creating the image.

Which obviously they were not prepared to do either with this Uncle Bob image that they are now currently using.

And it was the same here…
What the Blackrock Suite at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill could have looked like on their website.
.. as a result, this is how that same Suite currently looks on their website…
What the Blackrock Suite at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill does look like on their website.
.. and this is how their Family room looks…
What the Family bedroom suite at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill does look like on their website.
.. which once again, could have looked like this instead…
What the Family bedroom suite at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill could have looked like on their website.
.. had I been prepared to spend hours replacing what was outside the window… for the same price as I had quoted them before they asked for that to be done.

“Forest for the trees” springs to mind – but there you have it – there are no winners is the answer icon_cry

Still, we did all really enjoy our stay in their hotel for a few days – which I talk about here: A lot more to it – and I did end-up with some lovely images for my own portfolio icon_wink

Plus it has given me something to blog about here for a second time – so all is not lost, because I at least have been able to put my work good use cool

May 2, 2016

Warmth Beyond The Smile.

The Library: “The room is quite dark to suit the reader so a lot of flash will be needed I think” – was what John wrote when he sent me this image…
Recce picture of the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.
.. to let me see what he was talking about.

And yes, when I took the first picture of this room, my system clearly showed that too…
First picture taken in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. but with Claudio on hand and enough light gear to light-up Blackpool tower, it wasn’t long before he had it lit-up like a Christmas tree…
One of the first pictures taken in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.
.. while Dianne did her thing – and I had a cup of tea…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.
.. as I looked at the image on screen.

Anyway, we had lots of fun with this one – as you can see from all these behind the scene images, which tells the story of what all happen next, a lot better than I could do using a thousand words…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Library at Killarney Park Hotel.
.. and so this was the final result…
The Library at Killarney Park Hotel.
.. which John himself clearly liked the look of too – because a few days later he was on the Home page…
The home page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. to welcome you all to the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry – to joint him in the Library, in front of that nice warm fire.

And so that was it – until the next time – which just leaves me to say a big thank you to everyone involved, as “Warmth Beyond The Smile” was truly felt over those few days smile

Reception/Guest Relations Desks.

“If we can get two together then great. We’d also like one showing the Guest Relations with our new Guest Relations Manager if the two desks shot doesn’t work. Hope this makes sense!” – was the brief that was sent along with this image…
Reception-Guest-Desk.
.. to show their new Guest Relations Desk, which had only recently been completed.

So that was next on the list – and so off to work we went – starting as usual by taking a picture to let everyone see what the camera sees…
First picture taken of the Reception area at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. followed by lots of discussions about what they wanted to image to say and how best to going about saying that…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Reception area at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Reception area at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Reception area at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Reception area at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. until Alan and his wife arrived to assumed their positions – and then this was the final result…
The Reception area at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which a few days later was on their Home page..
Screen shot taken of the home page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. to welcome you to the Killarney Park Hotel.

So that was four in the bag and one to go.

May 1, 2016

Deluxe Family Room.

Filed under: Photography,Web links — Ashley Morrison @ 5:01 pm
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“Could include breakfast tray on bed ? This image is to show off that we have family rooms (two doubles)” is what John wrote – along with these 2 pictures…
Picture of the deluxe family room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Picture of the deluxe family room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which he sent, to let us see what it looked like.

The 2nd image begin the one that I liked the look of the most, as I felt the window and seating area were important to show – and Dianne agreed. So on arrival that is were I first set up the camera, to see how looked – which surprisingly looked very good, as you can see here…
First picture taken in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and so we were almost done wink

Well not quite – and so once again I will let the pictures which Claudio took, tell what all happened next – because when it comes to creating an image that they will want to use, rather than taking a picture that they could use if they wanted to, it usually means having to do a lot more than just pressing the bottom once or twice smile

Anyway, we were at least off to a good start – so this actually didn’t take very long…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

.. for us to end up with this…
The Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which they once again weren’t long on putting to good use…
The accommodation page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. a few days later.

So just want to say a big thanks to Alan and his family here – as they were The Stars of the show – and so that was it for that day, as it was time for a pint of Guinness… or was it 2 or maybe it was 3, as we did produce three images that day after all smile

I’ve attach a photo below that you kindly sent on.

Filed under: Photography,Web links — Ashley Morrison @ 2:57 pm
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“It would be perfect for the Restaurant image that we wish to create.” – was basically the brief and this was that image…
Deerfield restaurant at the Clare Inn Hotel in County Clare.
.. which we produced in the Deerfield restaurant at the Clare Inn Hotel in County Clare – which I talked about here: Clare Inn & George, back in 2010.

Anyway, once again I will let the pictures tell the story – starting with the first picture taken…
First picture taken in the Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. in the Park Restaurant – which as you can see, looked nothing like Deerfield restaurant – but nevertheless, to create that ‘type of image’ was our goal here, so the images below will give you some idea of what followed…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. until this image appeared on the screen…
The Park Restaurant at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and I knew that was it – which once again was on their website page for all the World to see…
TScreen shot taken of the dining page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. before the end of the week.

So that was two in the bag and it was time for a spot of lunch – as next up was the Deluxe family bedroom.

There is taking a picture…

Filed under: Photography,Web links — Ashley Morrison @ 10:42 am
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.. that someone could use if they wanted to – and then there is creating an image that they would want to use – which is something that I would often say to a new client, who would be looking to hire a photographer for a few days, to take a bunch of pictures of their place.

Because if what you want, is just for someone to come along and take a load of pictures, then anyone with a decent camera should be able to do that for you – so just go with whoever is the cheapest.

However, if what you want instead, is for someone to come along and produce & then provide you with some images that you would want to use afterwards, then first we would need to talk about what all you needed to use them for, etc, etc – because there are more than 100 different ways to shoot any subject.

And since each of those ways could greatly effect the out come, as to whether you would want to use them or not, then “spray & prey” as it’s sometimes called, is not really the ideal way to go about it, as you could end up with nothing that would really say what it is you are wanting the images to say.

A picture being worth a 1000 words and all that wink

Common Law of Business Balance:

“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.”

So on that note, I’ll now let the pictures tell the story of what we were doing this week down in County Kerry, at the Killarney Park Hotel, with John and his team – who we have worked with before, which I talked about here: Keeping it real.

So like a well oiled machine, everyone (pretty much) knew what they needed to do this time – and so I will now let the pictures speak for themselves, starting with the first taken…
First picture taken in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and so it beings…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

.. through to the final result…
The Junior Suite bedroom at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which in less than 48 hours, was on their Home page for the World to see…
Screen shot taken of the Home page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. what we had created for them to use to tell their story.

So that was one – next up was the dining room – which once again I will let the pictures tell the story, as there were lots taking by both myself & Claudio here… who I have got to say, has really become very good at the old lighting – as you can see – because this was indeed a tricky enough one to light, even though that is (hopefully) not what anyone will ever see, as that is not what we want you to even notice smile

April 1, 2016

Raising the bar.

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 116 to 119 in the May 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Amy & Gareth Scott's semi-detached period house in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 116 to 119 – which features Amy & Gareth Scott’s semi-detached period house in the County Down town of Bangor.

“Amy and Gareth Scott decided to go big and bold when upsizing their family home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Family living – a few years ago.

So just want to say Congratulations to them all here…
Amy Scott and her son Albert in the kitchen of their period semi-detached home in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for raising the bar and making it into this beautiful top selling national magazine – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

March 28, 2016

Five images…

.. and then some, to tell the story about what all goes on both in front and behind the camera, during what one would assume would have been a wee easy shoot.

Which in this case started back in January, when I received an email from Elaine O’Halloran, Director of Sales at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin, which read:

“Good evening Ashley,

I hope this finds you very well?

I would like to arrange some new photography of our suites here at Dylan. Can you please send me through a costing and your availability?

Many thanks
Elaine”

And so after a few emails to help answer her questions and a visit last month to have a quick look around…
The Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. it was time to load up the wagon once again as I had a story to tell – or five in this case, as that is what we had narrowed it down to, to keep within their budget.

Which started of with me having to replace a flat type…
Flat tyre at the beginning of the shoot.
.. on the first morning, before we even got started rolleyes

Anyway, first up was room 106…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which we mentioned in our concept report after the recce, about this one probably needing two shots – but ideally it would just be one – and possibly capturing a ‘corporate feel’ but still leaving it open to the leisure market.

Naturally I had asked both Marie and Claudio for their help here – so when Claudio had a minute, he took some quick shots to help tell the story of what goes on behind the scenes…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which in themselves I think says it all…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. as it sure wasn’t a case of just turning up and taking some quick snaps of whatever happened to be there, to please this 5 Star client…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. as two and a half hours passed – and so what started out looking like this…
First picture taken in bedroom suite 106 at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
Bedroom suite 106 in the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with Barry standing in to not only complete the ‘corporate feel’ story, but also to draw one’s eye through to highlight the fact that there was a bedroom area in this room too.

Which meant just one image was needed in the end, rather than two – which was also our goal, as we wanted to stay within their ‘5 image’ budget as well.

Next up was room 101…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which we mentioned in our concept report, about this being the “Experience Suite” -which was a lovely bright room (especially on a sunny day like it was when we recced it) with a large bay window.

Anyway, with the camera now in position, Barry worked on the bed, Claudio worked on the lighting and Marie began doing her thing…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. but as Claudio’s behind the scenes pictures show here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. this was by no means a quick shot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. as the every last detail was checked…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. over and over again.

So what started out looking like this…
First picture taken in bedroom suite 101 at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
Bedroom suite 101 in the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. some two and half hours later – with Elaine standing in to complete the “Experience” story – and so that was it for the day, as the light was beginning to fade and so were we wink

Next morning, bright and early, we started in the seating area of the bar…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which as you can see looked good as is.

However, since the goal here wasn’t just to see if I could take some pictures of what was there, as they already had lots of pictures like that, then we set about trying to create an image that they would want to use a lot instead – so once again the we started…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. by first turning the grand piano and thinning it all out – then checking to see how that looked on screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. before seeing how it would look with a person in it…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. more checking the results…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. trying that for real…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. while Claudio recorded us in action…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. then more discussions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and so finally after 2 hours, what started out looking like this…
First picture taken of the seating area in the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
Seating area in the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. so that was three out of the five in the bag.

Next was room 303…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. to convey a “shopping message” as we were in the heart of Dublin.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – and this one tells a story…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which no doubt I will talk more about some day – as replacing a flat tire on the Land Rover is easy, compared to what looks to be flat out-of-steam Marie here rolleyes

Still the show must go on – and so once again we tried different things – seeing how it would look with people in it…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. seeing how it would look with some food…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and so some 2 and a half hours later once again, what started out looking like this…
First picture taken of the seating area in the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
Bedroom suite 303 in the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which meant that was four in the (shopping) bag smile

The final image was of the bar…
One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which they had wanted a ‘late evening’ image of, with some guests drinking cocktails and staff in it, to make it look like somewhere you would want to be tonight.

So lights up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. lots of test shots…
One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. before the models arrived and the cocktails too…
One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. then it was time to shoot, while Barry and Elaine kept a close eye on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. before a quick look at the results…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and so what started out looking like this…
First picture taken of Cocktail Bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
The Cocktail Bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. just before 6pm – which was perfect timing, as that’s when this place became naturally busy, as this was Easter weekend here in the heart of Dublin.

Which meant it was then time to pack – very tired but very pleased with the results – and so to complete the story, Claudio took one last picture…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. of me with all the gear that we had used, to make it look like I used nothing at all smile

So at the end of this (short) story [within this (very long) story, which unfortunately also shows the end of another chapter, which is another story in itself], I would just like to say a big thanks to Elaine & Barry from the Dylan Hotel for this opportunity to tell your story and for also making us all feel so welcome too.

From Marie, Claudio & me @ ampimage.com

March 15, 2016

Like something you would see in a magazine.

About a month ago Marie visited a friend of Jillian’s, whose kitchen we where about shoot – which I talked about us shooting here: To tell a story – and she sent me an email to say:

“Welllll – I had a lovely morning meeting Emma – Jillian’s friend.
She is really good fun and totally up for a feature.
Couldn’t believe it – I have admired this house for years.”

The storyline:

The couple had always yearned for a period home – and as they had some experience renovating/extending their previous homes, they weren’t afraid to tackle one that needed a lot of work. And this one needed a vast amount of work as it had been badly converted to flats. Emma sourced period salvage items wherever possible to bring the house back to its former glory. She even built a little guest annex in the back garden using lovely old architectural salvage.

Anyway, Marie attached a few pictures to let me see it – this being one of them…
The sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. and so last week it was time to see what we (as a team) could do.

The weather forecast said it would be cloudy for most of the day but didn’t predict there would be any rain; however, as we set-up for the first shot of the sitting room here…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. it started to rain – or drizzle as we would call it, as that is what it usually is here in Ireland.

Anyway, while Stuart set-up the lights, Emma – whose beautiful house this was – was all go and totally focused as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which is the sort of image I would often joke about, and say “Well that’s the homeowner shot done” when I capture something like this smile

Seriously though, Emma did work hard throughout the day here – and was clearly very pleased with what she had achieved – and so besides keeping a close eye on what was appearing on my screen, she recorded all her hard work too, on her iPad…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which put me to shame, as she made taking pictures look so easy wink

Anyway, after about 40 minutes of great team-work and a quick change of trousers too, it was time for Emma to strike her pose…
Emma Cooper in the sitting room of her Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which she naturally did to perfection – as one would expect from a former cover girl, who clearly hadn’t lost her touch.

And the comments from the team the following day, when I sent them this image:
Stuart: “Absolutely beautiful!!!”
Mandi: “oooh lovely!!”
Marie: “Love it:)

I love it too – but like I said above, I’m very aware that the reason why people say things like that, when they look at my images, is because a lot of work will have gone into making them look like that – which sometimes I capture…
Emma Cooper cleaning the door handle during the shoot in her Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. just for the fun of it – as well as to complete the story here in my dairy – as this is what one doesn’t see when you are looking at the pictures in a glossy magazine.

Because this really was all about teamwork…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. followed by attention to detail…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. lots of fine tuning…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. and then finally – it was time to strike that perfect pose once again…
Emma Cooper in the kitchen of their Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. as you naturally would do, especially when there is a crowd of people standing behind the camera all looking at you, saying: “That’s like something you would see in a magazine” smile

Before starting all over again…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. to make it look like I did nothing at all, bar take some quick snaps with a very good camera, of whatever happened to be there…
Daughter's bedroom in Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. on a very nice day too.

Which in this case it was – as we all had a lot fun here, creating what I have no doubt will be, what you will see in one of the biggest selling glossy magazines very shortly.

And so on that note I’d just like to end by saying a big thanks to Emma and her husband Graham here – from Marie, Stuart & me – for inviting us in to tell your story – which is not only like something that you would see in a magazine, it will be something that you will see in a magazine… and hopefully very soon too smile

March 11, 2016

Interesting Interiors.

Was the title of a newspaper feature my Mum spotted yesterday, in the ‘Hot Property and cool living’ property supplement, inside the Newtownards Chronicle…
Page 23 in the 'Hot Property and cool living' property supplement inside The Newtownards Chronicle newspaper on the 10th of March 2016 about the shoot at Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. which was by Jillian Espey, whose cottage we shot at the start of the year and I talked about here: Everyone sees things differently and sees different things.

Anyway, this feature was all about her take on the shoot that day – which I naturally found very interesting – as Jillian clearly observed and took-in a lot more than I would have imagined.

Detail on page 23 in the 'Hot Property and cool living' property supplement inside The Newtownards Chronicle newspaper on the 10th of March 2016 about the shoot at Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.

“Claudio the lighting technician shone their lighting rig through the window to give the effect of sun – I was amazed!”

Plus she even remember what we would call the main shot or what we would consider to be the lead image…
Detail on page 23 in the 'Hot Property and cool living' property supplement inside The Newtownards Chronicle newspaper on the 10th of March 2016 about the shoot at Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. which in this case was this picture…
Jillian Espey in the sitting room of her former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. of Jillian in the sitting room.

So a very interesting feature indeed, especially for me to read…
Detail on page 23 in the 'Hot Property and cool living' property supplement inside The Newtownards Chronicle newspaper on the 10th of March 2016 about the shoot at Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. as it sort of tied in with what I had written about here: Everyone sees things differently and sees different things – as this was like the homeowner’s take on what we do and how they saw it.

So thank you Jillian and well spotted Mum smile

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