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October 11, 2016

The Clubhouse

Besides being asked to produce some images in the MacLeod House and Lodge, we were also asked to produce some images over in the Clubhouse – which as you can see from this quick shot we took of the restaurant area back in August…
Recce shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. was lined with big windows all down one side, which looked out over the links golf course.

Our suggestions at that time:

“Two members of staff would be needed (one at the bar and one either walking down with a tray or setting a table) and a few guest wouldn’t go a miss, way at the back.

Food on the table closest to the camera, with some personal items.

Could have people outside !!

Sun light pouring in – so either lots of lights or we wait for the big guy up above to do his thing.

I’ll bring the lights just incase he is busy that day 🙂

Anyway, if the tables are turned (as we suggested), and I fill this with shafts of sunlight – to draw the eye all the way down to the back – then this will work very well.”

And so that was the shot we kicked off on trying to achieve first the following morning, as I knew if the sun was out, then it would have been basically naturally lit the way I imagined – which it was Smile.

However, as you can see here…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. there was one slight problem – it was busy!!

Still, not giving up hope since the light was perfect, as you can see…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. we decided to wait – and then the team kicked into action…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. setting the tables and organising people, etc, etc, as quickly as possible.

And a few minutes later, this was the result…
The restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. all thanks, as far as I’m concerned, to the big guy up above who really is the true master when it comes to lighting Smile.

“Guests to Trump International Golf Links, Scotland can be guaranteed of a luxurious yet informal environment in which they can eat, meet, dine and drink. Relax in The Brasserie at The Clubhouse and enjoy sumptuous Scottish fare and culinary classics in stylish, comfortable surroundings with sensational views across the golf course.”

At either end of the main restaurant area, are two smaller areas – and while we were there in August, I took this quick snap of Kate & Dianne…
Kate & Dianne having a bit to eat in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. having a bit to eat while discussing ideas, etc – as I just felt there was something there that could look great.

Well they clearly saw something too – Ladies having lunch – and so that was next on our list, which started out looking like this…
Setting up the Ladies having lunch shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and after some hairdressing…
Setting up the Ladies having lunch shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. ended up looking like this…
Ladies having lunch in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. of the two girls once again, posing this time to perfection Smile.

The 3rd planned image for here, was an evening shot to show private dining – so with plenty of time to kill, we heading back to the MacLeod House to shoot this room…
Sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we had originally said:

“Afternnon tea – so sunny looking is what I’m thinking with possibly a member of staff setting down your cup or pouring out your tea.”

So started with this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. considered doing something like this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. then tried this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. liked what we saw…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so this was the result…
The South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. with Trump’s own brand and personally signed whisky taking central stage… instead of tea Wink.

Then it was back to the Clubhouse for the private dining shot – and so with the table in position it was out with the streamer…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while Claudio worked on the lighting – which instantly made a big difference…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so after some quick test shots…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the candles were lit…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the models arrived…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and just before nightfall…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. this the final image that was produced…
Private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so needless to say, it was time for a beer…
The ampimage team in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. followed by quite a few more that night Wink.

Because in theory that was us finished; however, there was one more shot that Dianne felt we should really do, which was of this Whisky tastings room…
The ampimage team in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which is in the basement of the MacLeod House.

“We love this area – very unique and it does say a castle – so thinking a member of staff with one or two people sampling or looking at a bottle or glass.”

So the next morning we went down and locked her in…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before deciding that she was possibly right – after seeing the first on the image on the screen…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which after making sure that Trump’s own Whisky once again took central stage…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. this was the result…
Whisky tastings room in the basement at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which I will defiantly be putting in my portfolio, as I loved how this one turned out Smile.

And so that was it – time to pack to wagon…
Packaging the Land Rover after the shoot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. take a quick team shot…
The ampimage team outside the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and say good-bye for now…
The ampimage team outside the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. to this fairly tale castle with a huge Scottish flag in front – before catching the boat back to Ireland…
The Land Rover at the port after the shoot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. just as the sun when down.

And so that just leaves me to say a big Thank you to everyone at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel, for making us feel so welcome – and especially to Kate, who was brilliantly organised throughout – and of course not forgetting the big guy up above, because I know without his help, the results here would have been very, very different Wink.

So thank you all from Dianne, Claudio & me, for this wonderful opportunity to tell your story – especially at is time when the whole World is talking about Mr Trump – which in itself from an advertising & marketing point of view, is truly an amazing achievement.

So we naturally all wish him every success in achieving his goals in the run-up to the presidential election – from across the pond in bonnie Scotland Smile.

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3 Comments »

  1. Screen shot of the accommodation page…

    .. on the Tump Hotels’ website.

    Comment by Ashley Morrison — August 20, 2017 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  2. […] Which we talked about shooting here: The Clubhouse. […]

    Pingback by It’s tables they want to see. | Ashley Morrison's Blog — July 22, 2017 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  3. Some of the final results – as can now be seen on their website:

    Comment by Ashley Morrison — February 9, 2017 @ 8:47 am | Reply


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