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July 26, 2016

“Stop looking at the clock”

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“And start looking at what is actually in front of you, because you are in fact living the dream” – is what I said to my team here, as they were trying very hard to speed things up during this shoot.

Because let’s face it, life really doesn’t get much better than this…
Claudio Salviato on the balcony of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. or at least not for me it doesn’t – as I simply couldn’t afford to even dream of staying at a place like this…
The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. never mind standing on the balcony of their Presidential suite.

So enjoy the moment while it lasts…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. because I can assure you, I was in no hurry to leave Wink

Anyway, the last image was to show that balcony of the Presidential suite and the view of their gardens and golf course – which the day before we talked over with Susie, as we tried to find the best angle…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
..which in the end I reckoned was from the window near the top of the stairs…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. so worth taking a shot of…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. because I would rarely not use a tripod…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. even when working with the 503.

Anyway, other than where it was taken from…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. it was a pretty straightforward​ shot…
The balcony and view from the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. to complete the dream, of what The K Club has to offer it’s extra special guests.

And so it was now time to look at the clock – as we packed…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. because I’m trying to workout how long it will be before we are back here again Wink

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October 4, 2014

Selling the dream.

Wagon packed…
Land Rover loaded up
.. as we were heading down to shoot in County Westmeath near Athlone this week, at the Hodson Bay Hotel – after getting a request to produce 4 images for them to use to help market & advertise their place.

The first was to be the penthouse suite set-up as a honeymoon suite, as promoting weddings was top of their list.

So having arrived the evening before, we talked things over with them again and decided to go for something a wee bit different to what we had originally planned, after Marie here…
Marie standing on the balcony of Penthouse suite at the Hodson Bay Hotel
.. thought this would make for a great bridal shot.

What was she thinking, I hear you say – well it involved getting up very early the next following morning…
Sunrise over Hobson Bay
.. and then wait for the sun to rise.

So while Claudio here – our assistant for the day, who we only contacted the day before via the Photography Ireland forum – stood in…
Claudio Salviato
.. I set-up the camera and started to light it as best I could, while keeping my fingers crossed.

As timing was going to be everything here – as we watched the sun rising…
Sunrise over Hobson Bay
.. the bride appeared…
Model arrives
.. and so it was all hands on board…
All hands on board
.. as I knew this golden light or ‘first light’ as it’s sometimes called, wouldn’t last for more than a couple of minutes.

Beautiful…
Bride standing on the balcony of Penthouse suite at the Hodson Bay Hotel which is situated on the shores of Lough Ree near Athlone in Ireland.
.. but so too was the view…
Sunrise over Hobson Bay
.. which at the end of the day was very much their unique selling point – which was amazing too.

“Sometimes you sell the sizzle, sometimes you sell the steak”

Is an old saying about Advertising photography – so I decided to add some sizzle…
Bride standing in the balcony of Penthouse suite at the Hodson Bay Hotel near Athlone in Ireland.
.. which Marie when she saw it later emailed me to say: 

Wow wow wow wow 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

 .. and Aidan from the hotel called ‘stunning’ & ‘iconic’

As this was about selling the dream – which is actually real, even if one may never be able to capture it quite like this wink

More to follow – as this was to be a long day – but what a start, so I’ll leave it at that for now, as it was time for some breakfast.

Cheers from Marie, Claudio & me at the Hodson Bay Hotel, which as you can see…
The penthouse accommodation page on the Hodson Bay Hotel's website.
.. now really is situated on the shores of Lough Ree near Athlone in the ​Irish county of Westmeath Smile

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