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August 29, 2015

Doing whatever it takes.

The brief was very simple – as they just wanted “a shot of the bridal couple at the car with BH entrance in background”.

It was one of many images that they had asked us to take, for them to use over the next few years in their advertising & marketing material – so it was of down to the Breaffy House Resort in the County Mayo town of Castlebar last week, to see what we could do.

The weather forecast wasn’t looking great for most of the week – but it did say we may get some sunshine on the first day.
So after a brief talk about what we would try and shoot – taking into account that the models from Catwalk Model Agency had been booked for the following day – we decided to start with some of the exterior shots first.

The big one naturally being the “shot of the bridal couple at the car with BH entrance in background”.

Easy… except we didn’t have a bride and groom – and the weather wasn’t exactly that great neither, as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. as I set the camera up to take the shot.

Still, I had this vision of what it could look like in my head – so after finding the ‘perfect spot’, we moved the car into position and while we waited for the sun to come out, I took some quick shots of Marie & Brenda…
Marie & Brenda outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. to let everyone see how wonderful it could look – but I’m not sure anyone believed me at this stage smile

Anyway, minutes later the sun came out – so they rolled out the Red Carpet…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. but something at my end, as you can see here, wasn’t quite right.

One frame after another…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. were looking very odd…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. and it just seemed to get worst the more images I took…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. be it to the card or to the laptop – which I still haven’t got to the bottom off, as I just don’t know what the problem was here.

Nightmare !!

But anyway, thankfully there was one frame that was okay – which was this one…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. thank Gee – because it wasn’t long before the clouds rolled in once again.

Anyway, that was a rap – or should I say, I was at least able to say I had got the first part – because as I said before, the models were not arriving until the following day and the weather forecast was rain, rain and then more rain, until late in the afternoon.

And the weather forecast was right too – so it wasn’t until after 5pm the following day, that we managed to get out again to shoot the second part.

So while Claudio tried to find the mark on the ground…
Claudio Salviato looking for the mark on the ground outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. which had been totally washed away by this stage – I did my best to get the camera back into the same position as the day before.

Then it was up with the lights, just before it started to rain once again…
Claudio Salviato looking for the mark on the ground outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. as I knew I needed to make it look as if the sun was shinning of them.

The clock was ticking, the light was fading and I (along with the all the gear) was soaked – but it was Showtime…
One of the first images taken of the Bride & Groom outside the Breaffy House Resort.
… as this was it…
Bride & Groom outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. now or never.

Anyway, here you have it – the final result…
Bride & Groom outside the Breaffy House Resort in the County Mayo town of Castlebar.
.. because we do actually work really hard, to make it look like we didn’t do any work at all – by doing whatever it takes – because as you know, the camera never lies smile

Anyway, just want to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – especially to Brenda and all her staff here at the Breaffy House Resort… from Marie, Claudio & me at ampimage.

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5 Comments »

  1. […] Which just left what we had started… .. which I talked about here: Doing whatever it takes. […]

    Pingback by Six of these plus a whole bunch of these. | Ashley Morrison's Blog — August 30, 2015 @ 10:19 am | Reply

  2. The final shot is great! – and that is what counts. However, since it was a composite anyway, would it not be simpler to photograph the couple anywhere? THey are pros who can perform anywhere. Logistics? Just curious.

    Comment by Boris — August 29, 2015 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

    • Thanks & Yes – so ‘anywhere’ in this case, happened to be in & around the same spot – using the same lens and camera system from roughly the same height – because I wanted to be able to show the client, who was there at the time, roughly the final image – before we all packed up and left.

      So this was like ‘Plan B’ – as I knew cutting around the hair could cause me problems here, if what was behind them wasn’t very similar.

      ‘Plan A’ was to shoot it in one – ‘Plan C’ was… I don’t really want to think about – as that could have taken hours to get right and we really didn’t have either the time or budget to even think about that 🙂

      Comment by Ashley Morrison — August 29, 2015 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

      • Thanks, Ashley. Client being there changes everything. Dropping in a person with unruly hair or tress or similar is not a big deal – once you have practiced 5-10 times. I did know it before but forgot the steps. There is a tutorial, I need to find a link if you are interested.

        Comment by Boris — August 29, 2015 @ 11:29 pm

      • Yep – there is nothing really new about photo manipulation, as it’s as old as photography itself – and something that I have been doing now for almost 30 years, as I try to create images to tell a story that others will want to use.

        Which is basically all I was doing here too, i.e. Doing whatever it takes 🙂

        Comment by Ashley Morrison — August 30, 2015 @ 9:30 am


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