Ashley Morrison's Blog

June 10, 2017

Our story behind the story.

The Dylan Hotel…
Screen shot of the Property News page on the Business World's website about the Dylan Hotel unveiling a €10m investment with 28 new bedrooms.
.. in Baggot Street yesterday…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. officially unveiled a €10 million renovation…
One of the first pictures taken in the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with the addition of 28 new guest bedrooms…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. the creation of 15 hotel industry jobs…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and multiple interior updates to the building.

The hotel (formerly the Nurses’ Home for the Royal City of Dublin Hospital) has…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. been in operation for just over ten years…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and began renovations in August 2016.

The development to the Victorian property has seen its 44 deluxe bedroom…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. offering extended to include an additional 28 guestrooms…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. within the existing building.

The significant investment and development of the Irish owned Dylan Hotel…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. has created a further 15 job positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. including roles for Front of House, Chefs and in Sales. Throughout the renovation…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. process 50 jobs were created by the building project…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. from local architects, builders…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and craftsmen.

Speaking at the Dylan Hotel yesterday, Managing Director, Gráinne Ross said,

“We are delighted to celebrate a decade of the Dylan Hotel being in business and officially unveil our new bedrooms and renovations. Our guests are at the heart of our business and we are excited to reveal our new rooms as we enter the next decade.”

She added,

“Thanks to our customers, the hotel has gone from strength to strength…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and the latest renovation is a marker of how far we have come over the past ten years. We’d like to thank everyone involved…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. for their continued support…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and look forward to welcoming new and returning guests…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. to the Dylan Hotel in the coming months.”

Written by Robert McHugh @ www.businessworld.ie on the 9th June 2017.

Images by Dianne, Claudio & me…
The Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. @ ampimage.com on the 6th June 2017.

Creating images to tell the story behind the story… just for you smile

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May 19, 2017

River View.

Last year when we were at The K Club, looking at Straffan House – which I talked about us shooting here: A dream come true – we also looked at one of the bedrooms in their hotel, which they called the Liffey Deluxe.

And the main reason for doing so, was because they felt the view outside the window made a difference, i.e. the River view on the left, the Woodland view on the right.
So with that in mind, after having taken this quick shot of one of the rooms…
The Liffey Deluxe bedroom at the K Club in County Kildare
.. below was our suggestion:

“Just some quick and retouched snaps to show what we think may work here – to tell the story or say what you want to say about each of these rooms.
The Lake view room for example…

The Liffey Deluxe bedroom at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which I think would work – but the view would need to be shot from higher up, as this is like a ground floor view, rather than a 2nd or 3rd floor view outside the window.

And the Woodland view could for example look something like this…

The Liffey Deluxe bedroom at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which I think would say what you are wanting to say to the viewer / your guests here.”

They liked what they saw and so it was now time to shoot it for real – starting with the River view room…
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe River View bedroom at the K Club.
.. so while the girls were having fun inside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. I was have fun outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. capturing what I felt was the best view of the river…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. as I knew I may need this later on.

Then it was up with the lights…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which Claudio & Ivan worked on…
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe River View bedroom at the K Club.
.. while Dianne did usual her thing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. as Denise waited patiently by the window smile

So after controlling the sunlight which was pouring into the room…
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe River View bedroom at the K Club.
.. it was time to shoot it for real…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe River View bedroom at the K Club.
.. which I actually thought looked pretty good as is, because one could clearly see the river outside.

Still I wanted this image to obviously say “River view” – so I quickly processed that image…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. while everyone else just had to go find something else to do…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and this was the final result:
The Liffey Deluxe River View bedroom at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Country Club in County Kildare.

Which this morning I see they are already now using on their website…
Screen shot of the Liffey Deluxe bedroom on the K Club's website.

“One of The K Club’s newest bedroom additions, each of our beautifully appointed Liffey Deluxe Bedrooms feature views overlooking the River Liffey, our magnificent gardens or woodland views of the resort through two wide windows.”

.. along with this…
Screen shot of the Liffey Deluxe bedroom on the K Club's website.
.. which was the ‘Woodland View’ bedroom image we produced at the end of this 3 day shoot.

So more on that one to follow – as that’s another story for another day – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me @ ampimage.com smile.

December 5, 2016

Write with light to tell a story.

The final image that they had asked us for, was of this bedroom…
The original picture taken of the lilac bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. which they called the Lilac Room – which they felt was the ideal one to shoot, to represent what the other 9 bedrooms in this house looked like… even though they are all actually quite different, as one would naturally expect in such a magnificent house like this.

Anyway, with the camera in place, the team when to work – as Claudio tried to figure-out where the light should ideally be…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. while Dianne as seen here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. did a bit of steam ironing.

Meanwhile, I as usual, didn’t do much by the looks of it…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. besides than stand around and press the button every now & then…
One of the first pictures taken in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. to see how they were all getting on wink.

Seriously though, they were brilliant – as they each just got on and did their thing – which as I would often say: “When done right, should (almost) look like we did nothing at all” – besides me take a (nice) picture of whatever happened to there, with a very good camera of course wink.

Which is what this final image…
The Lilac bedroom in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. I believe does actually look like – after we (as a team) had spent nearly 2 hours creating it wink.

And so that was it – time to pack…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and rack…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and say our farewells for now – as we loaded up the wagon to head home.

Which just leaves me to say a huge thanks to everyone involved – including the models from the Andrea Roche Agency: Sarah Tansey, Marie Boyle, Gareth Downey and Padraig; as well as to Orla & Susie from the K Club for all their help here.

And of course to my own team – Dianne & Claudio – plus to Ivan here too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. who joined us for the first time – but will no doubt become a regular, as he was brilliant throughout in helping us all to tell this story about this amazing place called Straffan House.

So that’s it from me – until the next time I try to write with light to tell a story that is hopefully worth more than 1000 words to someone 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.

August 15, 2016

Only Bedrooms.

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Which just happen to be the most important images of them all, especially for many hotels these days – as that is the image that their guests will be looking at, when they go to click on that ‘Book Now’ button on their website.

And since that one image may represent one of many similar type of rooms that are available, then multiple it’s value to them by the number of rooms, times the number of days in the year, times the number of years that they will want to use that image – and you will start to see why that image is a very important to them to get right.

So it may only be another image of a room to me, but to them, it’s may in fact be a lot more than that – and so that is what I try to keep in mind when talking to my clients beforehand, about what the fee would be for providing them with an image to meet their usage requirements.

Because taking a picture of a bedroom is easy – in fact, when we would first go to see them, I would often shoot most of their hotel in less than 30 minutes – and produce images like this…
Recce image of one of the bedrooms in Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. so if it was just some pictures that they needed taken, then there you go, job done Wink

Anyway, 30 years of experience – many of which I worked alongside some of the top advertising companies in the country – means that I know that it’s often more than just a picture of the room they need, it’s an image to help them tell a story or even sell a dream that they need, and it’s often an image that they will want to use not only in various media but also for years to come too, so needs to be just right.

Because there may be a lot of money riding on the back on this image or set of images as is often the case, so to undervalue how important these images are to them, could be a very costly mistake for everyone if they aren’t just right.

So the question is: what does one have to do to ensure that these images (which are in fact very important to them), are ‘good enough’ to meet their needs over the years to come ?

Anyway, below you can see what we recently did – which I will let the pictures speak for themselves – because as they say: “a picture is worth a 1000 words” – so enjoy the story they tell Wink

Unloading the Land Rover outside Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Unloading the Land Rover outside Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

First up was the Deluxe Room…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedrooms at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedrooms at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

.. and the final result…
Deluxe Room bedroom at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. to show their Deluxe Room.

Next was the Deluxe Room with a balcony…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedrooms at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedrooms at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and the final result…
Deluxe Balcony bedroom at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. to show their Deluxe Room with a balcony.

Next was the Twin Room…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedrooms at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedrooms at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and the final result…
Twin Room bedroom at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. to show their Twin Room.

Next was the Family bedroom…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedrooms at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and the final result…
The family bedroom at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. to show their Family Room.

And so it when over the next few days, as we worked our way through their different rooms and suites – between a bite to eat…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. few pints of Guinness…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. doing one make-up…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. straightening the curtains…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. fluffing the cushions…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. positing the models…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and trying to get the camera to work…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. before gathering around the laptop to have one final look…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. at images like this…
The Presidential suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. to show the bedroom area in their large Presidential suite.

So it may have been only bedrooms that we had been asked to shoot here, but these 2 trolleys…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. should tell you how important we felt that these images were to them.

And as we posed afterwards for a group shot in the rain…
Behind the scenes at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath..
.. we were “Happy, happy, happy” as I would say – because we knew that we had given it our all.

And their comments after seeing the final results:

“Ashley,
I think they are just fantastic. I am so pleased with them. Thank-you. “

Gráinne Ross, Managing Director.

“Hi Ashley,
Thank you so much, they look great! I’m really happy with them.
Thanks again. “

Rosalie Delany, Director of sales & marketing.

Which at the end of the day, is really what counts – as praise is bread to an artist smile..

July 24, 2016

The Master Bedroom.

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In the Presidential suite, with it’s four-poster bed was next up…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. and so while Dianne did a spot of ironing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. Claudio once again put a light outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. and I took a quick shot of the kids…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. to see if that sort of thing would work.

Which we decided against in the end, as Susie wanted to show that this as the parent’s room or master bedroom in this suite, as it had another bedroom on the other side of the living room that we had just shot.

So we thanked the children for their time, as they had already been amazing – and then Claudio put up another light outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. which as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. lit up the bed beautifully.

Love it – and almost there I reckoned, as I stood back to let Dianne have a look…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. while the swear ran down my back, due to this amazing weather that we were getting – which naturally we complained about, as we are just not used to it here in Ireland – so there is just no pleasing us sometimes when it comes to the weather Smile

Anyway, she wasn’t happy neither at what she saw on the screen here…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. and Claudio agreed with her – so I was out numbered 2 to 1 Wink

But they were right – as this was the final result…
The master bedroom in the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. a few minutes later – so can you spot the difference Wink

Anyway, that was it as we called it a day and headed for the bar – where Claudio and I ‘talked shop’ until the wee small hours of the following day, as this was like living the dream for both of us – with 3 down and only 2 to go Smile

July 6, 2016

Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one.

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We were shooting a new build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert this week – which belonged to John Wilson, who owns a gallery and framing business – and being like 6 foot 6 and then some, his passion is naturally basketball which he has played at a fairly senior level over the years.

The Storyline:

“As a little boy, John’s family rented a holiday home in Ballyhalbert where he had fond memories of family holidays – boats, fishing etc.
Initially he loved the idea of a converted barn – but the opportunity to buy one within his budget didn’t arise.
So he decided to look for a site and build from scratch.
Style wise, he likes a slightly eclectic mix of mid century furniture (mostly from his grand parents’ former home) plus some very old rustic pieces he picked up cheaply – alongside some more contemporary items.”

Anyway, John had sent Marie a few pictures of his place a few weeks ago, which she then forwarded on to me with comments like so:
“Love the 2 sofas and footstool and stove ….
Could see us getting a very strong shot here !!!”

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Yes, looks good to me too – and so after re-aranging of the sofas to suit the camera angle, and a quick bit of styling by Marie, the first picture was taken…
First picture taken in the sitting room of John Wilson's house in the County Down village of Ballyhalbert.
.. to let everyone see what the camera was seeing – as it’s not seeing the room from 6 foot 6 up in the air smile

Anyway, after a bit more ‘pushing and shoving’ by John & Marie, lights were in place and so it was time to shoot the man himself…
John Wilson in the sitting room of his house on the outskirts of the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. standing tall and very much at home.

The money shot or the lead shot as we would call it – which is like the all important one – and so that was a ‘slam dunk’ as far as I was concerned smile

Anyway, as the rain poured down we pushed on and slowly worked our way throughout his house, shooting not only each of the over all rooms but also some details shots like so…
Framed picture in John Wilson's house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. before moving up stairs to shoot the bedrooms etc.

The picture John had sent Marie of the master bedroom looked like so…
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.. which Marie said: “I wouldn’t be long sorting this out…”

And neither she was – as it was already looking good by the time I had set the camera up to take this first shot…
First picture taken in the master bedroom of John Wilson's house in the County Down village of Ballyhalbert.
.. which again after some work by John & Marie ended up looking like this…
The master bedroom in John Wilson's house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. where the most time was spent on debating where the basketball should be smile

Seriously thought, it was fun shoot – and the following day after John saw the final results, he replied by saying:

“You work fast Ashley, pictures look amazing!!!”

“Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one but don’t be telling Marie that! haha”

Which refers to this image…
Large framed picture of Michael Jordan titled 'Wings' on the landing of John Wilson's new build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. of the large framed picture of Michael Jordan titled ‘Wings’ on the landing – which really was stunning – and in itself told the story of who lived here. i.e. someone who is clearly into basketball and beautiful framing of art work too.

A picture that is worth a 1000 words, especially to John – who we would both like to thank for inviting us in and making us feel so welcome, from Marie & me @ ampimage.com

May 1, 2016

Deluxe Family Room.

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“Could include breakfast tray on bed ? This image is to show off that we have family rooms (two doubles)” is what John wrote – along with these 2 pictures…
Picture of the deluxe family room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Picture of the deluxe family room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which he sent, to let us see what it looked like.

The 2nd image begin the one that I liked the look of the most, as I felt the window and seating area were important to show – and Dianne agreed. So on arrival that is were I first set up the camera, to see how looked – which surprisingly looked very good, as you can see here…
First picture taken in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and so we were almost done wink

Well not quite – and so once again I will let the pictures which Claudio took, tell what all happened next – because when it comes to creating an image that they will want to use, rather than taking a picture that they could use if they wanted to, it usually means having to do a lot more than just pressing the bottom once or twice smile

Anyway, we were at least off to a good start – so this actually didn’t take very long…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

.. for us to end up with this…
The Deluxe Family Room at Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which they once again weren’t long on putting to good use…
The accommodation page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. a few days later.

So just want to say a big thanks to Alan and his family here – as they were The Stars of the show – and so that was it for that day, as it was time for a pint of Guinness… or was it 2 or maybe it was 3, as we did produce three images that day after all smile

March 15, 2016

Like something you would see in a magazine.

About a month ago Marie visited a friend of Jillian’s, whose kitchen we where about shoot – which I talked about us shooting here: To tell a story – and she sent me an email to say:

“Welllll – I had a lovely morning meeting Emma – Jillian’s friend.
She is really good fun and totally up for a feature.
Couldn’t believe it – I have admired this house for years.”

The storyline:

The couple had always yearned for a period home – and as they had some experience renovating/extending their previous homes, they weren’t afraid to tackle one that needed a lot of work. And this one needed a vast amount of work as it had been badly converted to flats. Emma sourced period salvage items wherever possible to bring the house back to its former glory. She even built a little guest annex in the back garden using lovely old architectural salvage.

Anyway, Marie attached a few pictures to let me see it – this being one of them…
The sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. and so last week it was time to see what we (as a team) could do.

The weather forecast said it would be cloudy for most of the day but didn’t predict there would be any rain; however, as we set-up for the first shot of the sitting room here…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. it started to rain – or drizzle as we would call it, as that is what it usually is here in Ireland.

Anyway, while Stuart set-up the lights, Emma – whose beautiful house this was – was all go and totally focused as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which is the sort of image I would often joke about, and say “Well that’s the homeowner shot done” when I capture something like this smile

Seriously though, Emma did work hard throughout the day here – and was clearly very pleased with what she had achieved – and so besides keeping a close eye on what was appearing on my screen, she recorded all her hard work too, on her iPad…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which put me to shame, as she made taking pictures look so easy wink

Anyway, after about 40 minutes of great team-work and a quick change of trousers too, it was time for Emma to strike her pose…
Emma Cooper in the sitting room of her Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which she naturally did to perfection – as one would expect from a former cover girl, who clearly hadn’t lost her touch.

And the comments from the team the following day, when I sent them this image:
Stuart: “Absolutely beautiful!!!”
Mandi: “oooh lovely!!”
Marie: “Love it 🙂 “

I love it too – but like I said above, I’m very aware that the reason why people say things like that, when they look at my images, is because a lot of work will have gone into making them look like that – which sometimes I capture…
Emma Cooper cleaning the door handle during the shoot in her Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. just for the fun of it – as well as to complete the story here in my dairy – as this is what one doesn’t see when you are looking at the pictures in a glossy magazine.

Because this really was all about teamwork…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. followed by attention to detail…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. lots of fine tuning…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. and then finally – it was time to strike that perfect pose once again…
Emma Cooper in the kitchen of their Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. as you naturally would do, especially when there is a crowd of people standing behind the camera all looking at you, saying: “That’s like something you would see in a magazine” smile

Before starting all over again…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. to make it look like I did nothing at all, bar take some quick snaps with a very good camera, of whatever happened to be there…
Daughter's bedroom in Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. on a very nice day too.

Which in this case it was – as we all had a lot fun here, creating what I have no doubt will be, what you will see in one of the biggest selling glossy magazines very shortly.

And so on that note I’d just like to end by saying a big thanks to Emma and her husband Graham here – from Marie, Stuart & me – for inviting us in to tell your story – which is not only like something that you would see in a magazine, it will be something that you will see in a magazine… and hopefully very soon too smile

December 16, 2015

Looking back.

As I look forward to what 2016 may have in store for us.

Currently trying to tidy-up the studio a bit – or the Top Hen House as I call it, as that is what it once was – and I do still remember as a young boy, collecting eggs in there every day after school to make some money – which after about 10 years, was enough to enable me to buy my first camera smile

Anyway, as you can imagine, 40 years on, there isn’t any hens in there anymore; however, there is now a lot more in there than just that one wee camera.
Mountains of stuff in fact – and boxes piled high with stuff that does bring back a lot of memories too.

Especially the props and items we would have used on jobs like this…
The room set inside a warehouse near Dungannon where we were prodcing an image of the Ribbed Shaker Sandy Birch kitchen by OS Doors Ltd.
.. which is we were shooting kitchen & bedroom sets a warehouse near Dungannon.

Ten years ago – but it really doesn’t seem that long ago that Marie here…
Marie working in the room set inside a warehouse near Dungannon where we were prodcing an image of the Ribbed Shaker Sandy Birch kitchen by OS Doors Ltd.
..and the guys from OS doors…
Working in the room set inside a warehouse near Dungannon where we were prodcing an image of the Ribbed Shaker Sandy Birch kitchen by OS Doors Ltd.
.. were working on this set.

This was actually just one of 5 sets that was built…
One of the room sets inside a warehouse near Dungannon where we were prodcing an image of the Ribbed Shaker Sandy Birch kitchen by OS Doors Ltd.
.. all which we were also able to shot from different angles too…
One of the room sets inside a warehouse near Dungannon.
.. which meant we were able to work on some while the others were still being completed…
One of the room sets inside a warehouse near Dungannon.
.. so needless to say, this was a huge lighting…
One of the bedroom sets inside a warehouse near Dungannon.
.. and styling job too…
Prague-Ivory bedroom doors by OS Doors Ltd with French fabrics known as 'toile de jouy' and 'ticking'
.. which actually kept us pretty busy throughout that year – as there was something like 60 kitchen & bedrooms sets to shoot in total.

This being the very first one we shot…
A Ribbed Shaker sandy birch kitchen with island unit by OS Doors Ltd.
.. which was then use in their over sized A3 catalogue, as seen here…
A Ribbed Shaker sandy birch kitchen with island unit by OS Doors Ltd.
.. along with just a few of the other images we produced at the time too.

And I see they are still using many of these images on their website too….
A Ribbed Shaker sandy birch kitchen with island unit by OS Doors Ltd.
.. even after all this time – as well in their more current ‘Posh Kitchens Cosy bedrooms’ catalogue…
Kitchen and Bedroom door catalogue by OS Doors Ltd.
.. which included many new images that we produced in the showroom at their factory too.

Anyway, I still have many of the items that we used in these images, in boxes gathering dust – so I think it’s time that much of that was sent to the local land-fill site. Still, some of the stuff is pretty timeless I reckon – which is often what we would aim for too, when we are creating images for others to use, i.e. timeless images that they would want to use of years to come.

So just looking back here, as I look forward to what 2016 may have in store for us, as we approach the end of another year – as I really enjoyed doing this type of work.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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