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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 πŸ™‚

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.

November 28, 2016

Black Friday sale.

As we approach the end of another year, it was time to take advantage of the 50% off ‘Black Friday’ sale over the weekend smile.

So some new books have been printed…
A book called Irish Hotels by Ashley Morrison.
.. which even includes the work we did at Straffan House last week…
The dining room in Straffan House at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. which I plan to write about later on this week – so watch this space, as that was a totally amazing shoot smile.

Anyway, Irish Hotels is a large format coffee table book containing a collection of hotel images created by me and my team over the past few years in Ireland – which I’m thinking should make for a very nice Christmas present, as well as hopefully help kick start the new year wink.

November 26, 2016

Seven years on.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 7:30 am
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And you can see our latest published work in the December 2016 issue of Architectural Digest magazine…
The December 2016 issue of Architectural Digest magazine in Russia featuring the kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's bungalow in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. in Russia – featuring this kitchen…
The kitchen table in Marie and Allan McMillen's 1920s bungalow in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. which we shot 7 years ago, in Marie and Alan’s 1920’s bungalow in the County Down town of Holywood.

So way to go you guys for creating this timeless look and to Steve at Chilli Media as well, who not only handled this deal but also sent me this file too – as that’s definitely another one that I’ll be putting in my portfolio Smile.

November 9, 2016

Congratulation Mr President.

An absolutely amazing achievement – so “Way to go Mr Trump”…
US election 2016 results on BBC News as Donal Trump declares victory to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
.. from all of us at ampimage.

And thank you also for the opportunity to be part of your dream over the years – both in here Ireland at Doonbeg…
Bedroom in one of the Courtyard cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. and in Scotland here too…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. at Aberdeen.

So “Way to go you, Mr President” – from me and all of us at ampimage – for this truly amazing achievement.

As I’m now able to say: Creating images to tell a story… not just for you, but also for 45th President of the United States of America too smile.

October 21, 2016

From Russia with Love.

It’s always nice to hear how our work being used, even if we never actually see it – however, sometimes we do – and whenever that happens, I do like to show it… as you may already know.

Anyway, recently we were asked about the use of some of our images that we had produced a number of years ago, as it seems Architectural Digest magazine in Russia wanted to use them.

So the agent who handled the deal, kindly sent me a pdf of the pages as seen in the magazine – so here is our latest published work in the July 2016 issue of Architectural Digest magazine…
The July 2016 issue of Architectural Digest magazine in Russia featuring the girls bedroom in Libby and Peter Johnston's 200-year-old stone cottage which overlooks Belfast in County Down.
.. in Russia, featuring the girls bedroom here…
The girls bedroom in Libby and Peter Johnston's 200-year-old stone cottage which overlooks Belfast in County Down.
.. in Libby and Peter Johnston’s 200-year-old stone cottage which overlooks Belfast in County Down.

And in the August 2016 issue…
The August 2016 issue of Architectural Digest magazine in Russia featuring the kitchen in Mary and Arthur McAllister's converted coach house near Portstewart in County Antrim.
.. which features the kitchen in Mary and Arthur McAllister’s converted coach house near Portstewart in County Antrim.

Which I talked about shooting here: It’s a tough old job – back in July 2011.

So way to go Libby – who can be here in her kitchen…
Libby Johnston in the kitchen of her 200-year-old stone cottage which overlooks Belfast in County Down.
.. and to Mary here too…
Mary McAllister in the kitchen of her converted coach house near Portstewart in County Antrim.
.. from Russia with love smile.

October 11, 2016

The Clubhouse

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

Our suggestions at that time:

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

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

Could have people outside !!

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

I’ll bring the lights just incase he is busy that day πŸ™‚

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 10, 2016

MacLeod House & Lodge.

Is part of the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland.

“Donald J. Trump’s historic Scottish mansion and lodge is set amid mature woodland in the heart of the magnificent Trump International estate. This is opulent five-star hotel provides exquisite superior and grand deluxe guestrooms, intimate bar and dining facilities, and is the ultimate setting for dinner, bed and breakfast, private parties or exclusive use.

With it’s secret stairways, traditional log fires, whisky snug and spectacular grounds, MacLeod House & Lodge offers luxury and comfort in a secluded and dramatic location.”

And so that’s what we were here to capture.

One of the pictures I took back in August, was of this tree-lined pathway which leads up to the Lodge…
Recce shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which at that time, due to the sun light filtering through the trees, looked wonder to the eye – and so we had suggested in our report that an image of a family out walking here, would help them tell their story to their guests.

So we kicked of with that one on the Monday morning – but as you can see here…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. it was kind-off dark – but not for long, as Claudio here..
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. set about lighting it up, with a lot more power than was needed, as you can see…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but he finally got there…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. just before everyone arrived…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so with different hats on hand and some leaves to mark the spot…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which naturally needed to be kicked…
Family out for a walk on the path through the trees that leads to the lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the final image was created in no time at all Smile.

Then it was up to the family bedroom, which as you can see was also dark…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but not for long…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Claudio had obviously it all figured out…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so too had Dianne, by the looks of it…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while I stood and watched…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and looked at the screen…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as it was clear that they knew what they were doing…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and were loving every minute of it too…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was great to see.

Anyway, it was then time introduce the real Stars of the show…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and a few minutes later, this was the result…
The Family twin bedroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. to show their family twin bedroom.

Leaving time to eat the props…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before heading back over to the MacLeod House to set-up the shot in this room…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which in our report we had suggested would work well as the Bridal suite.

Which it basically did by the time I had set-up the camera…
Setting up the Bridal shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as this was one that Dianne had clearly had a vision for – and so in no time at all, this was the result…
The Bridal suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as the team were definitely on top form here Smile.

Ahead of schedule and with time to spare before the evening shot of the dining room set for a banquet, we decided to next shoot this their Classic bedroom…
Recce shot of one of the bedrooms at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was the room I stayed in when we were over in August – hence the messy bed Smile.

And so with the camera in position…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the fun began…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Dianne here…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. was replace with a lighting stand – and my new camera bag even made an appearance…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before it was replace and the fire was lit to produce this the final image…
Classic bedroom suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which hopefully looks like I did nothing at all, other than used a good camera to take the picture Wink.

Which just left the evening shot of the dining room to go – and as you can see here from the first picture taken of it…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. that looked like it was going to be any easy one to do.

A touch more light, fix that blind…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. check how it looks on the screen…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and then…

Let’s start all over again…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. so it really was all hands on board at this stage…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as night time approached and Claudio stood-in for one last test shot …
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before we created this our final image of the day…
The dining room set for a banquet at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. “just for you”, as we would say Smile.

Seven done, five to go – so more to follow, as tomorrow is another day, as I would say Wink.

October 9, 2016

By the lake.

Filed under: Photography,Travel — Ashley Morrison @ 9:50 am
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Back in February of this year, I was asked by the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland, to quote them a price for me to produce and then provide them with 6 images to use – and so after some negotiating of the fee, we were given the green light to proceed.

So in August, Dianne and I flew over to see them – to talk more about what they actually needed, as well as see their place for ourselves first hand.

A fairly tale castle…
The Trump International Golf Hotel near Balmedie in Scotland.
.. with a huge Scottish flag in front, is how I would best describe it Smile.

Anyway, one of the last shots we looked at when we were there, was this view from the lake at the back…
The lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we felt would work well, to show a bride how beautiful their location was, i.e. it would be the ideal setting for her big day.

However, I went on to add in our report…

“Totally weather dependent – so I won’t promise anything here.”

.. as is Scotland after all wink.

Anyway, after lots more talk about what all they needed, last week we headed over to shoot for real – and I had obviously been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast – so instead of starting on the Monday as planned, due to the weather forecast saying Sunday would be good, we pushed ahead and arrived mid-day Sunday, to set-up for this shot…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which as you can see wasn’t looking to good at this stage.

Still, it wasn’t long before the sun came out, so having asked at the last minute for a flower girl and a bride to be there, Dianne & I tried to work-out their positions…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but there was one slight problem, we didn’t have a bride or a flower girl cry.

Thankfully however, Dianne had brought a wedding dress over with her – and so before I knew it she was wearing it…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and was more than happy to stand-in, as some big black clouds started to appear.

But then she disappeared after looking at this image on screen…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and re-appeared a few minutes with a new bride…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while I watched the sun go behind a big tree, which as you can see meant they were now in the shadows cry.

So lights up…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and while Dianne sorted out the dress…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. Claudio played around with the lighting, to see if he could get the balance right to make it look natural.

Anyway, one of the huge advantages of using a digital system, is you can obviously see the results right away on screen – and so with everything now in place…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. it was just a matter of trying out a few different poses – and so this was the final result…
Bride standing by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. with even a swan swimming past, to complete the the story we were trying to tell to their target market Smile.

So with one in the bag, it was time to take a look at this bathroom…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we had said in our report, we felt would look good shoot in the evening.

“candles, towels, late evening feel, girl in bathrobe standing at the window or sitting on the edge of the bath.”

Decided to go in a bit tighter…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so with the camera in position, it was time to work on the lighting, styling and positioning of the model..
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we checked on screen…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while we waited for the sun to set…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. then checked again and again …
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before everyone started to smile…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. at this the final result…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before we called it a day.

Two done, ten to go – so more to follow, as tomorrow is another day Smile.

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