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May 16, 2018

The Duchess Slant.

With the Royal Wedding coming up, naturally, there has been a lot in the news about Meghan Markle recently and how she is quickly learning her future ‘acting’ role – and who better to learn from than Kate Middleton: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Anyway, one of the things which I found very interesting, which I hadn’t actually picked up on before, was the ‘duchess slant’.

“The knees and ankles are clasped firmly tighter and the legs are slanted to the side, creating a flattering silhouette.”

“Typically the ‘duchess slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture,” says Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert and founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette. “It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty.”

And so with that in mind, it was time for some Afternoon Tea…
Screenshot of the home page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. in the Drawing Room…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

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

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

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

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

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. where one practiced…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and practiced…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and practiced one’s pose…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. before the ladies arrived…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. to show us how it was done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. to perfection, at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry – from Dianne, Claudio…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and me

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May 15, 2018

The ironing board

The ironing board was put to good use – so here are some pictures to show how we used it to produce this image…
The Innisfallen Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. in the Innisfallen Suite…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

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

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

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

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

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

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

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

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

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

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. which can now be seen on their website…
Screenshot of the Suites page showing the Innisfallen Suite on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. and this…
The Innisfallen Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

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

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

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

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. .. at the Killarney Park Hotel
Screenshot of the Suites page showing the Innisfallen Suite on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. in the beautiful Irish County of Kerry

May 13, 2018

Total tranquility in Killarney.

Keeping it simple…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. so it was Lights…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. a few candles…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. a Camera…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. a quick check…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. Action…
The Spa in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and then basically repeat…
The Spa in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. in the Spa & Wellness centre.

“One of the finest spa hotels Killarney has to offer, the Killarney Park Hotel Spa is the perfect place to unwind and luxuriate. Devote a day to your relaxation and regeneration or indulge in some post-sightseeing pampering; however you decide to use our indulgent Spa facilities, you will emerge refreshed and renewed in our oasis of calm.

You will find a wellness space that encourages total escape from the pace of everyday living.”

Five-star massages & reviving treatments…
The Spa in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. at The Spa
The Spa in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. your haven of peace and total tranquility in Killarney – by Dianne, Claudio & me

May 12, 2018

The Whiskey Room.

The picture the Killarney Park Hotel sent us a few weeks ago to let us see the area they wanted us to shoot…
Whiskey room.
.. and the first picture I took last week, didn’t really look that different…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. so that was basically our starting point…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. as John, who is the hotel’s Marketing Executive, looked on…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and this week you can actually see the final image that we created…
Screenshot of the Home page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. on the hotel’s homepage

So below are some of the pictures to let you see what all happened in-between – both inside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. as tables got moved…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. test shots were taken…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and Claudio had to be reminded it was only 10 O’Clock in the morning…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
Wink.

Seriously though, we wanted this image to clearly let the viewer know that this was the “Whiskey Room” – so with that in mind, the placement of some of the whiskeys one could sample; as well as the placement of the people within the room…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. was all important in my opinion.

Well, the look on my face here says I wasn’t convinced we had still got it right…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. as the first of our models arrived…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. but with everyone’s help; as well as the shirt of Dianne’s back…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. final instructions were given…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and I’m very pleased to say that this was the end result…
The Whiskey room in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. to show the Whiskey Room…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. in the Garden Bar…
Screenshot of The Garden Bar page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. at the Killarney Park Hotel in the beautiful Irish County of Kerry

April 14, 2018

One, two, three.

Last year we produced a series of images at Dunboyne Castle Hotel which included this one…
The Alder Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which we talked about shooting here: Boardrooms.

Well, we were back last week as they have now renovated this and their other meeting rooms, by basically turning them all into one much larger room…
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which can then be divided back into smaller rooms again, using a ‘roll out room divider’ system.

And so that was what they wanted to show, i.e. how this newly renovated corporate/meeting room can be used in different ways.

Executive Boardrooms

Dunboyne Castle Hotel features three contemporary boardrooms. The Alder & Copper Beech Suites can cater for up to 20 guests, while Cedar Suite caters for up to 60 delegates. The Suites overlook the mature woodlands on the estate and are ideal for intimate business meetings.

One done, two to go – type of thing – as 2 rooms would look like this…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which after some fine tuning, both inside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and out…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. looked pretty good…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. especially when Dianne & Claudio stood in for a test shot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. just before everyone arrived…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. the overhead projector was turned on…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and a few minutes later…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. we were all happy with that:
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

Two done, one to go – as I moved the camera back…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. everyone moved in…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and did their thing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. so before you know it, I was pressing the button once again…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to produce the final image before packing the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to head home.

And so there you have it – one…
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. two…
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. three…
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at this Georgian estate in County Meath called Dunboyne Castle Hotel from Dianne, Claudio & me Smile

March 28, 2018

An experience like no other.

Luxury accommodations, breathtaking views, and unparalleled service await you…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg.

Set against a spectacular backdrop of rugged landscape and shimmering sea waves, Trump Doonbeg offers a haven to golf enthusiasts, city-escapees, families…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. and surfers alike.

We treat you to old-world luxury and refinement in 5-star hotel suites…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. each uniquely crafted to ensure that your every expectation is exceeded.

In addition to world class golf, break away and experience our spa, award winning dining options…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. and other outdoor activities at our luxury golf resort.

An experience like no other…

One night with Teddy Bear Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.

.. so make it a great Easter from Bunny…
The bunny in the bedroom of Alan and Marie McMillen's house in Belfast at Christmas time.
.. and all of us too smile

February 14, 2018

Twinkle

Filed under: Photography,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 10:52 am
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Life sometimes has a way of carrying us all in different directions…
“Never
.. as change does seem to be the only constant.

Anyway, it’s been a while since I have done a shoot with Marie – however, we do stay in touch and hook up from time to time, as over the years we have created a pretty major picture library together – plus being good friends for so long, we do talk about lots of other stuff too…
Though we may seem far...
.. which included her laughingly telling me about this new project she had started on – which was this 20-year-old “granny wagon”…
20-year-old caravan
.. is how she described it

“Sooooo – what’s my vision ?????

I’d actually like to give it a kind of Neptune feel…
20
.. It will be fun”

– she wrote a few months ago.

Anyway, long story short, last week we decided to combine a business catch up with a fun shoot of her little caravan – which she called Twinkle btw!!

And all I can say is her vision…
Marie
.. and ability to transform something so ordinary…
Marie
.. into something like this…
Marie
.. once again amazed me.

So here’s to a day filled with good food…
Food in the caravan
.. and good friends – on Valentine’s Day with a Twinkle

January 24, 2018

I want to explore the world.

With just two things in my hands – and from the top of the Altare della Patria, or Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele ll, or the wedding cake building (take your pick!)…
The view of Rome from the Altare della Patria's roof.
.. one has a backdrop second to none – so yes, it really was beautiful, especially at the end of the day as the sun began to set – and therefore the perfect place to take a selfie wink.

Anyway, the Colosseum or Coliseum…
The Colosseum.
.. also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre…
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.
.. is an oval amphitheater in the centre of the city of Rome.
Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete…
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.
.. it is the largest amphitheater ever built.
Construction began under emperor Vespasian in AD 72…
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.
.. and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus.
It is situated just east of the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum…
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings…
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. at the center of the city of Rome.
Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space…
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. originally a marketplace…
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. as the Forum Magnum…
The view of the Colosseum and Roman Forum from the Altare della Patria's roof.
.. or simply the Forum.

“I want to explore the world with just two things in my hands, a camera in one & your hand on the other.”

And so that was Rome for me

January 23, 2018

Divine light.

On the ceiling in the Gallery of the Candelabra…
The Gallery of the Candelabra in the Vatican Museums.
.. “Arts pays homage to Religion” – and there is even an old plate camera to be seen…
The Gallery of the Candelabra in the Vatican Museums
.. in the Vatican Museums – which are obviously inside the Vatican City…
The entrance to Vatican Museums.
.. which is a country located within the city of Rome that I always wanted to see.

The light was beautiful – so like everyone else I took lots of pictures in the “Courtyard of the Pinecone”…
Pinecone Courtyard inside the Vatican Museums.
.. and of the various statues, including the Laocoön
Laocoön and his two sons sculpture inside Vatican Museums.
.. as well as in the Gallery of Geographical Maps
The Gallery of Maps is located on the western side of the Belvedere Courtyard in the Vatican Museums.
.. where once again there was just so much to see.

All of which reminded me of this work I did some years ago…
The guidebook for St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.
.. for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, which was definitely an assignment I will never forget for many reasons – but that’s another story for another day wink.

Anyway, back in Rome, our tour guide, Arianna, pointing out many very interesting things to us…
Our tour guide, Arianna, pointing out one of the most famous paintings in the Raphael Rooms is the School of Athens.
.. incuding one of the most famous paintings in the Raphael Rooms, which is the School of Athens…
In the Raphael Rooms is the School of Athens painting representing philosophy and science.
.. before we entered the Sistine Chapel, were one is not allowed to take pictures, unfortunately.

Still, like I said before, the light was beautiful throughout – and inside St. Peter’s Basilica…
The altar inside St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.
.. it was no different – as well as outside too…
Members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard outside St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.
.. where the Pontifical Swiss Guard wore their tricolor uniform, which was lovely to see.

And so there you have it, a little bit of divine light within the city of divine inspiration…
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City, within the city of Rome.
.. for millions throughout the world, by little old me

January 22, 2018

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

While enjoying a cold beer…
Pit stop on the way to the Pantheon from the Trevi Fountain in Rome - where I sent this image via email to Katy, to her know where I was and where I was going to next.
.. last week, I tried to figure out what I should do next.
Because if you know where you are and you know where you want to be, then obstacles are [just] those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal – as Henry Ford once said.

So while I waited to hear where I should be, as well as went I should be there – I when to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore first…
The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore or church of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome.
.. which is a is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome – before heading to the Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
.. to see lots of people looking at their phones…
At the Spanish Steps
.. from every angle…
At the Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
.. before heading to the Trevi Fountain
At the Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
.. to basically see more of the same…
At the Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
.. with one of the most famous fountains in the world…
At the Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
.. in the background this time.

Then it was over to the Pantheon
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. with its circular domed cella – which created absolutely beautiful light inside…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. which I tried to capture…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. as well as others too…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. from every angle…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. which was interesting to see…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. and obviously, take pictures of too…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. as everyone was looking at their phones…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. but then again they do say…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. when in Rome…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. do as the Romans do wink.

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