Ashley Morrison's Blog

November 7, 2015

With & Without.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 9:30 am
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Buying online is now the way a lot of people shop and even hotels will say that is the same for them too – so we were back at the Hodson Bay Hotel this week, to shoot their various bedrooms this time – so as to let their guests see what they will be getting for their money, should they choose one type of room rather than another.

So loaded the gear I thought we’d need to use onto one of their trollies…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel near Athlone in Ireland.
.. and while I set-up the camera…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. Marie & Sinéad discussed what they felt would be needed here…
One of the first pictures taken in the standard double bedroom at the rear of the Hodson Bay Hotel near Athlone.
.. to make this ‘Standard double’ bedroom at the rear of the hotel look even more appealing.

So while Sinéad kept a close eye on what was appearing on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. Claudio worked on the lighting – and Marie as usual worked her magic – which ended up looking like this…
Standard double bedroom at the rear of the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. after some minor tweaks.

Then it was across the hall to shoot this room…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lakeview double bedroom at the rear of the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which they call the ‘Lakeview double’ – as one of the hotel’s unique selling points, is that it is stunningly situated on the shores of Lough Ree.

So while Claudio set-up the light outside…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. Marie and I worked away once again inside – while Sinéad kept a close eye on the images that were appearing on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. and the result was this…
Lakeview double bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. after we all had finished doing our different things.

Next was the ‘Lakeview twin’ bedroom…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lakeview twin bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which was very similar – bar the fact that it was slightly larger and had two beds rather than just one.

So while I snapped away from the doorway…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. Sinéad here…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lakeview twin bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. and Marie too, made sure that what was in front of the camera looked tickety-boo.

Not sure why I looked so worried here…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. as the final result…
The Lakeview twin bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. looked great – although I do remember there was some debate over the flowers and lamp on the corner, so I shot it with & without…
The Lakeview twin bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. to be sure to be sure 🙂

The last of the rooms in the original section of the hotel was this…
One of the first pictures taken in the Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which they called the ‘Family bedroom’.

What did we do before digital, I here you say – well lots of polaroids were used – but now of course, we all just look at the screen…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. as Marie looks at what she needs to do, while I look at what I need to do.

Anyway, being November means the light at 4pm was now fading fast…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. so I knew we had to keep moving here – but there was a problem…
One of the first pictures taken in the Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. as we could only see 2 beds, due to the middle double bed being about 6 inches higher than the two single beds on either side of it.

So yes Claudio, you will need to put a light outside that window…
One of the first pictures taken in the Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which wasn’t so easy to do this time – as we were to high up for the lighting stands to be of any use, and there wasn’t a room above us neither – but we will come to that in a minute, as first we needed to change the beds around.

“Where there’s a will there’s a way”, as they say – so the beds were moved and then once again, thanks to the what can now be done with a digital system – Claudio stepped in to light the room…
One of the first pictures taken in the Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. using the boom arm out the window this time.

And the final result…
The Family bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. after spending a bit of time in front of the computer to bring it altogether.

Anyway, the following morning we were in the new wing of their hotel…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. where we had already shot a few of their bedrooms before – and it was were we shot the Bride on the balcony too, which I talked about shooting here: Selling the dream.

So this time it was just what they called the ‘Retreat Standard’ bedrooms that we needed to show – one at the rear…
One of the first pictures taken in the Retreat Standard bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. so more studying the screen…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which resulted in this…
The Retreat Standard bedroom at the rear of the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. followed by a quick change…
One of the first pictures taken in the Retreat Standard bedroom at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. which results in this…
The Retreat Standard bedroom at the front of the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. to show what the same room would look like on the lake side – as that view of Lough Ree is pretty stunning.

With & without a view, as that is the thing that will make a big difference to what their customers will be willing pay them here for the use of a room – which is a bit like me saying: With & without my team – as that is the thing that will make a big difference here too, as to how much my clients will be willing to pay me for the use of my images wink

Anyway, that was it – time to pack the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the bedroom shoot at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
.. as we were all bedroomed out, in more ways than one smile

So just like to say a big thanks to everyone at the hotel who was involved here, and especially to Sinéad for putting up with us all once again – from Marie, Claudio & me @ ampimage.com near the Irish town of Athlone.

Cheers,
Ashley.

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