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July 31, 2011

It’s a tough old job…

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.. but someone has to do it – as the saying goes.

This week took us back to the Antrim coast again, to shoot a fabulous old converted coach house, The Shola. Which was originally built around 1860 and has been lovingly restored and extended by Mary & Arthur McAllister.
The sun shone throughout the day, which was great; however, the one image we needed it most for, was the exterior – to highlight the beautiful stonework.
We were determined to capture this… but as with most things in life, the simplest of things can often be the hardest.

In this case, the sun didn’t hit the front until well after 6 o’clock – and by that stage, it was starting to drop behind the big trees to the right…
Mary and Arthur McAllister's converted coach house near Portstewart in County Antrim.
.. so this one simple looking shot, actually took over an hour to capture.
However, to help pass the time while we were waiting, Mary very kindly brought us out a glass of red wine.
Yes I know, it’s a tough old job… but someone has to do it Smile

Inside, Mary & Arthur…
Mary and Arthur McAllister in the sitting room of their converted coach house near Portstewart in County Antrim.
.. combined the coziness of the coach house with stylish decor – and if all goes well, you should be able to see all the images printed in one of the leading interior magazines, later on, this year.

A tough one, but a lovely one – so big thanks to Mary & Arthur for making us feel so welcome and inviting us in to capture The Shola.

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July 24, 2011

On days like this…

.. we make the most of it in Ireland.

Waiting for the summer to arrive this year, has been a long wait; however, we finally seem to have got a few good days at least.
So it was off to shoot some exteriors along the Antrim coast to complete the series of images for the various editorial features.

One is the home we shot last week in Cushendall…
Briege and Stephen Conway's Victorian townhouse in the County Antrim coastal town of Cushendall.
.. which lies in the shadow of the amazing table topped Lurigethan Mountain.

Jumping out into the middle of the road and back again, as cars whizzed by in this busy town, was fun – and I’m sure if anyone had been watching, they would have wondered what I was up to.

Still it was worth the wait, because on days like this the drive along the coast to the Glens of Antrim, is to die for – and it’s easy to see why it’s a major tourist attraction in the north of Ireland.

Long may the sunshine in this area of outstanding natural beauty, which hopefully we have managed to capture here, for all the world to see.

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