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February 27, 2017

Taking a gamble to live the dream.

As one commission lead to us shooting 9 homes which resulted in 12 magazine features – and the best part (besides the amount of money that we ended up earning), was we had the time of our lives – which is what I would call “Living the dream” smile.

Which 10 years ago, is what we would have regularly done – and so day I’m going to talk about the one that we were actually commissioned to shoot, by Rachel from the BBC Worldwide – who was the Houses & Property Editor at that time for a magazine called Good Homes.

The commission by the way, like most of the commissions that I would receive from magazines (as well as from other types of clients too), was simply what I would call a Purchase Order – as it just informed me that they would agree to pay me X amount afterwards, for the Rights to use my images – but ONLY IF after having seen the final results, they did still actually want to use them (so be sure to read the small print too) wink.

So no, this wasn’t a “Work Made For Hire” type of agreement – which is where the client would agree to pay me for my time & expenses, irrespective of the results – this commissioning document that the BBC had sent to me beforehand, was just to let me know how much they would be prepared to me afterwards, for the Rights to use my work – should the Editor (after having seen the final results) want to use my images for a one time only editorial feature in one of their magazines.

Which like I said before, is pretty much the standard deal with most magazines – as they only want to pay for the use of the work, rather than pay me to do the work for them.

And so when I would have agreed to take on these type of assignments, especially the ones which would have involve a lot of travelling – I would have looked upon the original commission as being like ‘My ticket to travel’, to see what I could produce in that part of the world – not only for the commissioning client to use, but also for others to use as well.

A gamble – yes – but it was one that usually paid off – like it did in this case, as I managed to turn the original commissioning amount, into around £14000 worth of sales over the next few years. So with that sort of money to play with, naturally we had a lot of fun – as we tried to make the most of these opportunities that I had been presented with.

And what an opportunity it was, because if there is one name that will help open doors in almost any country in the world, it’s the BBC.
Which is another story for another time wink.

Anyway, like I said before, the original commission here was for me to provide the BBC with some images of Helen and Peter Hannick’s 18th century Italian farmhouse here…
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. for them to use in their magazine called Good Homes.

Lying between the Tiber and Nera rivers, Poggio le Stalle is a 250 year old estate, not far from the town of Amelia here…
The Italian town of Amelia near Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse.
.. in the Umbria region of central Italy.

Inside was quite dark…
Behind the scenes at Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. so I was glad we had driven over with all the lighting gear – as this was one that I actually needed to punch quite a bit of light into – which I did while Marie & Rachel worked on what was in front of the camera – before it was time to photograph Helen here…
Helen Hannick in the living room of her Italian farmhouse near Amelia.
.. looking like she was “rather pleased with herself”, as Rachel would often say wink.

So while the girls turned the place upside down…
One of the first pictures taken in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. before putting it all back together again…
One of the first pictures taken in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. I worked away on the lighting – and this was the final result…
The dining area in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. before moving into the kitchen…
One of the first pictures taken in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. after some serious tidying up from the night before – as Rachel had flown over with some of her friends, who were also enjoying Helen and Peter’s hospitality here, as well as some of the product from the local vineyards wink.

So no shortage of bottles – especially empty ones – which obviously were removed along with the dishwasher…
The kitchen in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. before doing the return shot…
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. and then it was time to go up the stairs…
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. to shoot some of the bedrooms and bathroom.

After that, we headed outside…
Behind the scenes at Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. to shoot Helen once again…
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. this time with Michael, who helped her maintain the place – and who also over the next few days, not only show us around but also introducing us to the locals too…
Marie & Michael talking to the local polizia in the Italian Umbria region town of Amelia.
.. as he informed them all that The BBC was in town smile.

Anyway, that was the commission – and this was the result…
Pages 140 to 149 in the March 2007 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine.
.. which meant I did get paid in the end – for having taken a gamble to live the dream smile.

So a big thanks to Rachel from the BBC for this, as well as to Helen and Peter for inviting us in – and should you ever be in Italy looking for a place to stay, then Poggio le Stalle may be the prefect spot for you to live the dream too smile.

February 10, 2017

You’re a Genius.

Which is what Dizzi Alfons said to me several times throughout the day – when we were shooting his 18th-century former farmhouse here…
Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. called La Fattoria – which is set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.

Words which I naturally always remember – as that was obviously quite a compliment – especially from someone like Dizzi here…
Dizzi Alfons outside his 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. who was originally from Austria, but now owns property in Paris as well as here in Italy too – which in my book makes him the Genius, as I have never been able to figure-out how I could afford to do that wink.

Anyway, they say in the photography world:

“Amateurs talk about equipment, Pros talk about money, Masters talk about light”.

So from a Pros point of view here, since that is what I see myself as, the big question for me therefore was: What did he actually mean by that ?

Was it because of my photography skills or my lighting skills – or was it in fact to do, with me having obviously worked-out a way beforehand, to enable me to afford to do this type of work at this level ?

Because let’s face it, what I was actually doing here…
The sitting room in Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. wasn’t exactly Rocket Science.

However, to be able to afford to travel to Italy with a professional stylist like Marie here…
One of the first pictures taken outside Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse near Luccan in the Tuscany region of Italy.
.. wasn’t exactly a cheap thing to do – and since without her help…
One of the first pictures taken outside Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse near Luccan in the Tuscany region of Italy.
.. I knew my images wouldn’t look anywhere near as good – then the real ingenious part as far as I was concerned, wasn’t so much to do with the work that I was actually producing here…
The sitting room in Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. it was more to do with me having figure-out beforehand, how I was going to be able to afford to do this type of work, at this level…
The second floor library in Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. that we were now doing here.

Because I’m 99% sure that there are hundreds of others photographers out there, who could in fact produce just as good an images as I did here…
One of the guest bedroom in Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. IF ONLY they had the budget to play with and/or IF ONLY they could figure-out how they could possibly afford to work at this level…
The kitchen in Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. with a professional stylist like Marie here…
One of the first pictures taken in the dining area of Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse near Luccan in the Tuscany region of Italy.
.. who’s main job is basically to make sure that whatever is in front of the camera looked great…
The dining area in Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. which in-turn therefore made my image look great too smile.

So personally – since I tend to think of myself as a professional, rather than an amateurs or see myself as a Master – I think what Dizzi really meant when he said: “You’re a Genius Ashley”, is more to do with the money side of things – because “No money, No Funny” as one of my friends at college used to say smile.

Which is actually very true, as far as I’m concerned – because if you know that you don’t actually have the money to play with in the first place, then you simply can’t even begin to think of what is really possible.

Anyway, having already figured-out how licensing works (as I’d jointed the AOP back in 2002 and had read their book Beyond the Lens from cover to cover several times, in an attempt to move my business forward) – I was now not only able to live the dream but was also able to afford to create the dream too…
The swimming pool outside Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. for others to see & read about – in the likes of the BBC’s GoodHomes magazine…
Pages 84 to 89 in the February 2009 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine - featuring Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. which is where our work here finally appeared, on pages 84 to 89.

So when I look back at what we did here – The Italian Job – and remember those very kind words of Dizzi’s: “You’re a Genius Ashley” – which obviously made me smile at the time and still do – I can’t help but think to myself, “Yes I was” – because I’d managed to do something here that most will only ever be able to dream of doing.

Unless they too one day, can somehow figure-out a way first, to be able to afford to do what they would love to do – because it basically does all come down to The Money, as that is ‘the thing’ what will ultimately determine what you can afford to do or even think of doing before you begin.

Anyway, all of this happened long time before I started my Blog here, so I’m simply remembering the past today – as I look to the future, to see if I can come-up with another ingenious way to move my business forward – now that I’m older and possibly even a little bit wise too… than a Genius wink.

Seriously though, a huge thanks goes out to Dizzi here…
Dizzi Alfons outside his 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. for making us both feel so welcome at La Fattoria – as we obviously loved ever minute of being part of your dream…
Marie sitting outside Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.
.. which even to this day, we still both talk about – as that was definitely a day that we will never forget, nor do I ever want too – especially as it not ever often that someone will says to me: “You’re a Genius Ashley” smile.

January 29, 2017

The 3rd floor.

Is where we spent most of our time on the 2nd day, although the Kenmare Suite here…
One of the first pictures taken of the Kenmare Suite during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. was actually up some stairs – and so they also referred to this as Room-401 – which is where we left off the day before.

So after turning their beautiful room upside down…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. it was lit…
One of the first pictures taken of the Kenmare Suite during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. captured…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and studied – as Marcus by the looks of it here…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. was also very keen to see this the final result:
Kenmare bedroom Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

The Killarney Suite was next on the list…
Quick shot of the Killarney suite at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. which they wanted shot from closer to the door into the room instead…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. so once again it was lit…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. studied…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. tweaked…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. and this was the final result:
The Killarney Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Before going next door to shoot the sitting room area…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. which when lit…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. captured…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. and Dianne had finished doing whatever it was she was doing here…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. ended up looking like this…
The sitting area in the Killarney Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. before we stopped for a well deserved bite to eat…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. out in their Garden Terrace – which I talked about shooting 2 years ago.

Which just left the Signature bedroom…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. to light…

.. capture…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. study…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. and tweak…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. to create this the final result:
The Signature bedroom in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

And so that was it – time to pack & rack…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. just before nightfall – very tried…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. but also very happy smile.

Which just leaves me to say a Huge thanks to everyone involved here at at the Killarney Park Hotel – and also for making us feel so welcome throughout our stay – from Claudio, Dianne & me @ ampimage.com … until the next time smile.

Ireland’s Number 1 Luxury Hotel.

Twitter by the Killarney Park Hotel.
And we are also delighted and very proud to be part of your success smile.

Which continued for us this week, as we headed back down to the Killarney Park Hotel in Irish County of Kerry, to shoot this Classic Twin Room…
Quick shot of the Classic twin room at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. which was the first of 6 rooms that we had been asked to shoot.

So below you can see some of the behind the scenes pictures taken by Claudio – which basically tells the story in a universal language – as well as some of the first captures I took and final results too.

The Classic Twin Room…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. lit…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. captured…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. studied…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. tweaked…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and then the final result:
Classic Twin bedroom in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

The Classic Queen room…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. lit…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. captured…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. studied…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. tweaked…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and then the final result:
Classic Queen bedroom in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

The Classic King bedroom…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. lit…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. captured…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. studied…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. tweaked…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and then the final result:
Classic King bedroom in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

The Kenmare Suite…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which Marcus, the Operations Manager, here…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. explained was going to be changed – as they no longer wanted to put 2 beds in this room.

So we made a start…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. but ran out of time as it started to get dark…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. so more to follow – as it was clearly time for a pint (or was it 4) of Guinness anyway wink.

Which just leaves me to say Congratulations once again for your award, from Dianne, Claudio & me.

December 5, 2016

Write with light to tell a story.

The final image that they had asked us for, was of this bedroom…
The original picture taken of the lilac bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. which they called the Lilac Room – which they felt was the ideal one to shoot, to represent what the other 9 bedrooms in this house looked like… even though they are all actually quite different, as one would naturally expect in such a magnificent house like this.

Anyway, with the camera in place, the team when to work – as Claudio tried to figure-out where the light should ideally be…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. while Dianne as seen here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. did a bit of steam ironing.

Meanwhile, I as usual, didn’t do much by the looks of it…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. besides than stand around and press the button every now & then…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. to see how they were all getting on wink.

Seriously though, they were brilliant – as they each just got on and did their thing – which as I would often say: “When done right, should (almost) look like we did nothing at all” – besides me take a (nice) picture of whatever happened to there, with a very good camera of course wink.

Which is what this final image…
The Lilac bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. I believe does actually look like – after we (as a team) had spent nearly 2 hours creating it wink.

And so that was it – time to pack…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and rack…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and say our farewells for now – as we loaded up the wagon to head home.

Which just leaves me to say a huge thanks to everyone involved – including the models from the Andrea Roche Agency: Sarah Tansey, Marie Boyle, Gareth Downey and Padraig; as well as to Orla & Susie from the K Club for all their help here.

And of course to my own team – Dianne & Claudio – plus to Ivan here too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. who joined us for the first time – but will no doubt become a regular, as he was brilliant throughout in helping us all to tell this story about this amazing place called Straffan House.

So that’s it from me – until the next time I try to write with light to tell a story that is hopefully worth more than 1000 words to someone smile.

December 4, 2016

Made me smile.

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One of the main reasons as to why I was asked in the first place, to take a look at this house, was because we had just recently shoot some of the bedroom in the K Club hotel itself – which I talked about shooting here: back in July.

And so it was really the bedrooms in this house that they mainly wanted me to take a look at – because they felt that the image that they had of the bedrooms in this house, now didn’t really stack-up against the bedrooms images that we had taken in their hotel. And so since the price difference between what it would cost to stay in this house, was like 10 times more than it would be to stay in the hotel, then they naturally didn’t want the bedrooms in this house to look less impressive.

Which made total sense – as well as made me smile of course, because that was actually quite a compliment smile.

Anyway, this was the room that they were mainly referring to…
The original picture taken of the master bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. which as you can see was the master bedroom.

OUR THINKING: “This is a yes.

May move the sofa and coffee table – either towards the window or have the seats face the bed – and put a trunk or something like that at the bottom of the bed.
Early morning feel – light pouring.”

And so last week I was back standing in the same spot – watching my team do their thing, as the furniture got moved around, the bedding was sorted…
One of the first picture taken of the master bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and then like magic, it was suddenly beautifully lit…
One of the first picture taken of the master bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. thanks to Claudio & Ivan, who were clearly busy working away behind the scenes, on creating that ‘early morning feel’ that I had mentioned on our report.

So it wasn’t long before the 3 of them had it looking like this…
One of the first picture taken of the master bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. which I reckoned was looking pretty good – as we all stood around and looked at the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the master bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. as it was really all down now to the details, i.e. the shoes, bags and what to put on that coffee table in the foreground, etc, etc.

So while the girls worked on all of that, the guys put up another light…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the master bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. which as you can see here…
One of the pictures taken of the master bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. helped throw some light across the coffee table in the foreground.

And so a few minutes, this was the final result…
The master bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. after I added a bit more to the top and bottom – to give ‘their art department guys’ a little more to play with, since they were wanting to use these images in Multiple Media over the next few years.

Which meant five down, one to go – here at Straffan House.

December 3, 2016

A dream come true.

It’s funny sometimes, because when I’m standing looking at room like this…
The original picture taken of the dining room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. I can actually see what the final image would look like – almost like it has already be created – even though I know that that isn’t what the camera is about to record.

It doesn’t always happen, but it did here – and so when it came to trying to explain to the client what I saw, it was like “this is going to sound crazy” but since you asked me, well then here you go:

OUR THINKING: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words – so throughout this set of images here, I feel we need to make the viewer feel like this is ‘their home’, rather than some property that they are looking at in a real estate brochure. Make them feel like they are already in the room, sitting there or standing there… in their home.

So with that in mind – as well as trying to imagine who this person is / what would appeal them / the type of magazines & books that they would read and/or look at for inspiration, etc, etc – we both feel that this is an important room to show.

Late evening, rather than day time – timing would be very important here – lights on, candles lit, roaring fire, etc, etc.
So we would need people – who look and are dressed the part.”

Half expecting them to once again tell me to “get a grip”, because they didn’t actually ask me to even look at this room, as they felt the image that they had of it was 100%.
And I thought that it was too, when they showed it to me – but I had this vision in my head, which I saw each time I looked at this – and so was totally amazed when they came back to say “yes, we like the sound of that”.

So this was the one that I actually enjoyed the most – because like I say, it was almost like it had ready been taken – so we now just needed to figure out how to get the camera to record that wink.

Anyway, with only about a hour of daylight left, we all knew that we had to work fast on this one – as the goal here was for me to be pressing the button, just before the sky outside the windows when black – which I would call the ‘twilight zone’.

So with the camera in position, the first pictures appeared on screen…
One of the first pictures taken of the dining room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and we could see right away that the table needed moved, as it clearly wasn’t in the centre of the rug.

So once that was sorted out, the lights were put up…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and then Ivan & Dianne got to work on the table setting…
One of the first pictures taken of the dining room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. while I as usually did nothing…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. but stand around and watched them do all the work wink.

“Looks good guys” – as Susie and Orla here…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. jointed me to have a look at the screen – just as the models arrived…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and started to do their thing in the room beyond…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. which once again we checked on screen…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. as we were now almost there – as you can see here…
The dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. just as the sky began to darken.

I loved it – however, as you can see here…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. I was out numbered 3 to 1 wink.

And I’m actually very glad I was, because now when I look at what the girls suggested here – which was to put the roses back into the tall vases …
The dining room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. I realise why the signs reads: Men to the left, because women are always right wink.

So I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone here – as this you could say, was like a dream come true for me – which in the end, was even better than I had originally imagined it would be.

Four done, two to go – which I will talk about another day – as we headed upstairs to shoot the rooms which their lucky guests can enjoy dreaming in too smile.

December 2, 2016

The lady in red.

OUR THINKING: “Large bunch of flowers on the table in the middle – couple coming down the stairs about to go out the a black tie affair and the kids upstiars looking throught the rail as watch their parents walking down those beautiful stairs.

This to me is like a movie set – or like something that one would only see in the movies – and so ‘lights, camera and action’ are required 🙂

Bring the dream alive… for the viewer / your target market / your guests.

Maybe even a member of staff holding their coats, over to the left – again looking on – or another couple !!

I want to be there – I want to be them… walking down those stairs.”

Which at the time I said to them, was like my crazy vision of this…
The original picture taken of the hallway in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. half expecting them to reply, to tell me to ‘get real’ and ‘wise-up’ smile.

But here I was a few months later, standing back in the same spot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. as I looked at this image on the screen…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. as Claudio, Dianne and one of the models stood-in to let me see how it might look.

So it was all hands on board for this one, as you can see…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. as the models tried on different outfits…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and the guys even made a few suggestions too…
One of the pictures during the shoot at Straffan House.
.. which for some strange reason, the client didn’t seem to think was quite right wink.

Seriously thought, having Ivan here at the shoot was great…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. as was Claudio here too…
One of the pictures during the shoot at Straffan House.
.. who managed to get the only smile that I managed to capture from our leading man here wink.

So thanks for that Claudio – because as you can see…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. he couldn’t wait to tell all his mates about his vision here – while the lady in red was being prepared to make her grand appearance.

Anyway, this was the final result…
The hallway in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. which wasn’t quite as I had visioned a few months ago – but nevertheless, I was still very pleased with it – as who wouldn’t want to be the lady in red here, coming down those magnificent stairs in a house like this smile.

So three done, three to go – and only one more to go with the models – as we were fast approaching the end of this short day, due the sun setting around 4 at this time of year.

Which means the late evening dining room shot next – but that’s for now, as it’s the end of another day here for me.

The pool.

The swimming pool and gym area was next on our list – which again we had recced a few months ago here…
Photos of the swimming pool at Staffan House.
.. when they showed us around.

“OUR THINKING: Yes to the pool – which I looked at from a few different positions.
This being the one – which shows the gym area too – so we’d move the running machine, to see it (maybe even have someone on it) – someone on the chairs at the back or even in the pool with their arms on the deck or even in the hot tub!!

Memeber of staff with drinks / cocktails or champagne & strawberries !!

Living the dream.”

So with the camera in position, the first images appeared on screen..
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. as everyone being to gather…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. and I talked to each of the models about what I saw them doing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. before shooting a few more frames…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. as we tried each of the models in the position we felt may work best…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. while Claudio and Ivan worked hard on the lighting – which I have got to say they did an amazing job on, as this was a ‘tricky enough’ one to light, especially to make it look like it was naturally lit at this time of year.

Anyway, as everyone watched the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. they made suggestions…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
..and then we tried something else…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. checked the screen again…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. tried something else…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club.
.. until we all finally agreed that this was the image…
The swimming pool in the Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. that best helped to tell the story, about what was down here in the basement of this amazing Straffan House smile.

So two done, four to go – which meant up to the entrance hallway next – which you can read more about later on wink.

December 1, 2016

Straffan House.

A few months ago we were asked to take a look at Straffan House here…
Photos of Staffan House on the K Club's website.
.. which is on the grounds of the The K Club in County Kildare.

So we when along to have a look and took some quick pictures like this…
The original picture taken of the sitting room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. of the sitting room area – and then wrote up our report on what we felt would work.

“This picture shows the angle and what we would be looking to shoot here, i.e the fireplace, the coffee table & sofas, and room beyond.
May need to move the sofas a bit for the camera – fire lit – a glass of brandy and a good book – people or a member of staff in the background.”

So anyway, last week we arrived in convoy at the gates of this private house…
Behind the scenes at the Straffan House shoot at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and after setting up the camera to take the first of the images of this room…
Behind the scenes at the Straffan House shoot at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. it was obvious from what we saw on screen here…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. at we needed to move some of the furniture about a bit…
Behind the scenes at the Straffan House shoot at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. so while Ivan and I sorted that out, Dianne worked on the styling…
Behind the scenes at the Straffan House shoot at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. while Claudio obviously took lots of ‘behind the scenes’ pictures…
Behind the scenes at the Straffan House shoot at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. of us all at work smile.

Anyway, the one great thing about working in a house this size…
Behind the scenes at the Straffan House shoot at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. is that there was lots of room for everyone to get on with their thing while we got on with ours.

And so as the first of the models arrived we were pretty much ready to go…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. as all that was now left to do was see where they would sit…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House.
.. which in the end just meant taking lots of shots, as they kind-off had their own idea of what they wanted to do wink.

Anyway, this was the final result…
The sitting room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. to tell the story about this amazing room – and how it would be ideal for you and your family, should you wish to stay here for a few days wink.

So one done, five to go – which meant down to the basement next – which you can read more about that later on smile.

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