Ashley Morrison's Blog

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

Advertisements

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

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.

July 25, 2017

An enchanted castle in wilds of Ireland.

One doesn’t often see this here in Ireland…
“Weather
.. but when you do and you have a Client who is based on the other side of the country, that is wanting an image to help them target the market that they want to appeal to, then one does need to try and make the most of it.

And so it was last Monday, because back in May we had talked to Howard – who’s other 2 castles we had shot before, which I talked about here: How much does it cost to take a picture – about shooting Markree Castle here…
“Drive
.. which is partially moated by the River Unshin, as seen here…
“River
.. in County Sligo – and is one of four castles that are listed under Romantic Castles Ireland.

So this was one of the 2 images he was looking for: “An enchanted castle in wilds of Ireland – away from it all.”

Anyway, July was the month we were waiting for, as the other image he was after was this one…
“Garden
.. which was at the back – “The perfect venue for your wedding” – and so we obviously wanted the garden to be in full bloom… hence July, as that is when it will be looking it’s best.

So 2 shots: one was a morning shot, the other was an evening shot – so the ideal situation would be to shoot the front one showing the river in the evening, stay overnight and then do the garden and terrace area at the back in the morning – as I reckoned the one at the front would need to be shot at around 8pm and the one at the back would be around 8am.

That would be ideal – and could have worked out just like that here too, bar the fact that there was a wedding on, and they had booked the entire place for both Monday & Tuesday.

Anyway, a decision had to be made, because like I said at the start, you don’t see a weather forecast like that very often here in Ireland – and so I emailed both Howard and Claudio that morning to say:

“Car is packed – so I’m going to go for it – as it could be another few weeks before we see sunshine like this again, according to the forecast.
So I should there around 6pm.”

To which Claudio replied:

“Perfect! I’ll be there at about the same time.
Will they get the props u think?”

The ‘props’ he was referring to was, of course, the outfits for the fisherman and the people on the horses – which they had talked about here…
“Concept
.. in reply to “Our Thinking” back in May – when all of this was discussed and they had told us who they were wanting this image to appeal to, as well as what they wanted it to say to that market, etc, etc.

Anyway, I emailed Claudio back to say:

“Don’t think they will be there – so anything you can get your hands on would be great.
The main thing is the castle… everything else is an extra”

Howard did, however, email back to say that the hotel management had been informed about us coming and that a fisherman had been organised and would be there at around 6pm too.

So with a 4 hour drive ahead, I hit the road – and about 30 minutes later I received an email from Claudio to say:

“Boots, trousers and rod sorted.”
“Props

To which I replied:

“Excellent stuff – now just need a few people on horses to ride past.
Seriously though – it’s the castle looking good that is all important here – so will be giving it my best shot”

Anyway, I arrived around 5:30pm and immediately set up the camera and started to shoot – because as you can see here…
“First
.. the sun was already hitting the front of the castle.

Close to prefect, I reckoned – as I didn’t want the sun to come around too much behind me, as that would then start to make it look flat. So basically that was it – one click and I was done wink

So by the time Claudio arrived, I was nowhere to be seen…
“Behind
.. but was obviously still around – as I’d clearly given the shirt of my back
“Behind
.. to do a bit of fishing instead wink

Away, new shirt on and back behind the camera…
“Behind
.. as Claudio helped the member of staff into the waders and boots…
“Behind
.. before he ventured in…
“Behind
.. to help complete the story.

Perfect timing too…
“Behind
.. so I snapped away…
“Behind
.. each time he throw the line out…
“Behind
.. which with the Flexbody, is like one frame per second minute wink

Still, I only needed one frame – and this was it…
“Behind
.. as he finally managed to get the hang of it – and was actually starting to enjoy it too, before he lost the weight.

Add a few puffy white clouds – as one would expect to see that here in Ireland – and this was the final result:
“Markree

“Excellent stuff – now just need a few people on horses to ride past.”

– was still at the back of my mind as we began to pack – when all of a sudden Claudio spotted 2 girls on their horses down by the river.

So I grabbed the 503…
“Behind
.. and started to shot…
“Behind
.. because this was the image I had in mind all along…
“Markree
.. as Howard had originally said:

“I think this one featuring a fisherman and a horseman would work.”

Or what about walking along the path Claudio…
“Behind
.. or better still, along the road…
“Behind
.. as that would be much easier for me to create an image like this…
“Markree
.. or even this…
“Markree
.. although that may all be a bit to much – as it now looks like you are no longer away from it all – which was part of the original message I was trying to say here.

Anyway, the best shot of the day was this one…
“Behind
.. as far as I was concerned – although this one is pretty good too…
“Behind
.. so would just like to say a Big Thanks to Claudio for all his help here – as well as for these two wonderfully images to complete the story – because even if no-one else likes them, I love them – as this is what I call “living the dream” at an enchanted castle in wilds of Ireland – away from it all smile

May 15, 2017

The Chinese Drawing Room.

“So what do you think…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. not bad I guess…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. but how much will it cost me…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. just work us all into the ground over the next few days, Ashley, and it’s all yours.

You’ve got to be joking, Ivan – then let’s shake on it…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. because you’ve got yourself a deal” smile

Yes we were back at the fabulous K Club and what an amazing place it is – but joking aside, I would first really like to say a big thanks to my team here, because they really did go the extra mile for me on this one, as they never stopped from sun up to sun down.

So yes we were back once again – this time to capture rooms like this…
Recce shot of the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which they called the ‘Chinese Drawing Room’ – which they wanted to show set for high tea.

So with the camera in place, we started to move the furniture around a bit…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. as we didn’t really want to be looking at the back of the sofa.

Then checking the screen to see how that looked…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. and then – well we basically turned the room upside down…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. but as you can see we were starting to get here…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. as it was basically naturally lit…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. with a little help from what the guys had set-up outside smile

So inside it was decision time, now that all the furniture was basically in place – white table clothes or not…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. was the question – and so the ironing began…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. followed by more test shots…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. with Susie and Dianne standing in – followed by Claudio and Ivan having a go…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. and then there was more ironing to be done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. before Denise (who recently got married here it seems) arrived to become The Star of the show – as Ivan…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. Dianne…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. and even Claudio here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. all seemed very eager to make her smile – before I stepped in to show them all how it was done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which obviously took the smile right off her face smile

Seriously though – one last look at the screen with Oral here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. who is the Senior Marketing Executive – and this was the final result…
The Chinese Drawing Room at the Kildare Hotel, Spa and Country Club in County Kildare.
.. to show the Chinese Drawing Room – at the fabulous Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club in the beautiful Irish county of Kildare.

Delighted – and so were they – which means we had only 9 more to go, before they would tell us to pack our bags and go home – which one obviously doesn’t want to do, when you are staying (or even working) at a place like this smile

Anyway, next up was the Liffey Deluxe River View bedroom – which was on the far side of the hotel – so for now that’s it, from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me @ ampimage.com

May 12, 2017

The new & the old.

Kicking off early the following morning in the Lobby & Reception area…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. were they wanted to show the new & the old – and how it worked well here together at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

This was the big one as far as I was concerned – because besides the size, the different areas and the contrast between dark & light – it trying to time it too, so as to avoid disturbing their guests too much that morning.

Anyway, with the lights up outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and inside too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. thanks to Ivan for health & safety…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and Claudio here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. (as I can take some good behind the scenes shots too) – the floor was given a once over…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and then it was time for me to show everyone their positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. while Dianne kept a close on eye how they all looked.

Anyway, we tried a variety of different things here – but this was basically the final result…
The Lobby & Reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. to show how the new and the old worked beautifully together in their Lobby & Reception area.

Next up was the Tara Suite…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. which they wanted to show 2 ways – half size & then the full size.
So it was simply a case of getting the table in the foreground right to start with…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and then taking it from there – one table & chair at a time…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. then checking to see how that looks from the camera’s point of view…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. while observing what the others were doing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. as they were all clearly very busy too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. well most of the time…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
wink

Seriously though, the team was in top form – as they had it all lit up in no time at all…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. leaving me with little to do but watch the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and press the button every now and then…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. after the 7 or 8 things one needs to do to get this camera system to actually work smile

Anyway, again we tried a variety of different things here – but this was basically the final result…
The Tara Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. as Rosalie stood-in once again to complete the story they wanted to tell about this room.

And so that was it for now – as we then had to wait for the last shot of the day – which was of the IVY restaurant here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. plus there was the Tara suite to be shot again, to show it’s full size – and there was also this Drawing room too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. all of which were fully booked for the day – so we just had to wait… as that’s Part 3 of this story smile

May 11, 2017

Boardrooms

After a quiet few months at the start of the year – which gave me plenty of time to finally watch the Game of Thrones (which was partly filmed down the road at Titanic Studios in Belfast, where I helped Nels Israelson back in 2010, produce the original cover image of Ned Stark on the throne) – the phone started to ring again smile

So with Spring in the air – and new rear air suspension and front suspension fitted too – it was time once again time to polish and pack the wagon…
Land Rover packed and ready to go.
.. as we were of to produce some more new images at Dunboyne Castle Hotel – where we the last time shot Only Bedrooms.

So no bedrooms this time, as it was the rest of their hotel they wanted us to capture – starting with the Francini Suite on Sunday evening – which on our arrival they had all set-up ready for me to take a picture of, as it had been booked out for the rest of the week.

“Looks good” I thought – until Dianne started to point out a few things on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and here was me thinking I had already finished…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. but there was no chance of that, as she had only just begun…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. so it was like: lets start all over again wink

And in the meantime, Claudio and Ivan here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. worked on the lighting – while I stood and watched, not only Dianne here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. but Rosalie, Claudio and the maintenance guy too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. all doing their thing.

So one last test shot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. fix the hair…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and this was the final result…
The Francini Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. which I naturally will take all the credit for – especially since I can’t see what the others did – which is often our goal, as we all work very hard to make it look like we did nothing at all wink

Next up was the Alder Suite…
One of the first pictures taken in the Alder Suite.
.. so lights up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. someone standing here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. me back there…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. a quick test shot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. yes sort that out…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. straighten those…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. fix those…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and we were almost done.

Time to position our business man…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and this was the final result…
The Alder Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. after it was all pieced together.

Delighted at how well we had done, bearing in mind that this was the day of rest, it was time to enjoy a few pints of the black stuff…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. around our own boardroom table smile

So lots more to follow – as the big shots were the following day – but for now that’s my notes on day one.

Cheers
Ashley @ ampimage.com

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 that 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 today 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​y 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.

Next Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.