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May 12, 2019

The Ruby Room…

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.. by the one and only…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with lots of help from everyone at The Dylan hotel smile

So after shooting this area…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. in the Wood Panel Room…
The Wood Panel Room in the Dylan Hotel which is one of Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel.
.. it was into the hotel’s hidden gem, The Ruby Room – where “you’ll be warmly welcomed…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. by the expert bar team who will guide you through the unique cocktail list or create one for you based on your taste.”
“The Ruby Room is colourful…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. yet intimate…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with patterned fabric walls and deep feather filled cushions making it easy to forget the world outside…
The Ruby Room Bar in the Dylan Hotel.
.. while enjoying a few of the bartender’s creations…”
Screenshot of The Ruby Room page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin smile

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March 24, 2019

Quiet Please!

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Because we are working in…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

The Library at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

The boardroom in The Library at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Screenshot of The Library page.
… at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin smilie.

December 12, 2018

The perfect gift this Christmas.

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This was one of my favorite images of 2017…
The Lobby & Reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which we talked about shooting here: The new & the old – but as you can see from the quick shots I recently took…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. they were in the poscess of making some changes…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and so that meant a new image was required.

However, even on the morning of the shoot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. after having looked at it from various angles the night before as well, we still weren’t 100% sure about which was the best single angle…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to show this newly refurbished reception area…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. but in the end, we decided it was basically from the front door this time – looking over their new furniture towards the front desk…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and so having all finally agreed on that – the lights went up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and the Christmas tree decorations naturally had to come down…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at least until we had finished.

And so once again I was very glad I had brought the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which these pictures clearly show they did…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. in their own special way Wink.

Seriously though, one of the things I love to look at afterward is these ‘behind the scenes’ pictures…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. especially the ones which Claudio takes – like this series…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of us trying to reduce the marks on the carpet…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as it’s easy to forget how much work goes into each of these images…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or how many people are actually involved sometimes…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or even stopping to ask “where did that outfit come from?”…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. because if you are like me, then I’m sure you already noticed that she wasn’t wearing that before Wink.

Which in a way is a good thing, because that’s obviously not what we want anyone to notice or even talk about when they look at this final image…
The reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of their new reception area.

Still, all this helps remind me as to why it takes so long to pack the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which just leaves me to say a big thanks to everyone at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel for “The Perfect Gift This Christmas”
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
from all of us

December 9, 2018

New bar and lounge area.

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Two of the busiest areas in any hotel is the reception area and the lounge area – plus with the days being very short at this time of year – then bringing the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. seemed to make sense – because a few days before we were due to shoot this was how the terrace lounge area looked…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath – as it was being refurbished and a new bar was also being built…
The new bar being built in the lounge area at Dunboyne Castle
.. behind the ‘false wall’ at the back.

And I was glad I did, as the first image appeared on screen…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. because it was “a bit of a grey old day”, as they would say here in Ireland – which means we didn’t have that lovely sun-lit feel, which one would naturally see on a good day, due to the large windows along the left and skylight windows (above) on the right.

So 3k’s up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as the guys reckoned a bank of these would do the trick…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and then we ran through the various “ where to put the people” options…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. before our models arrived to take up their positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which was naturally followed by a few more quick shots…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and there you have it – the new image of the ​Terrace Lounge & Bar area…
The new lounge and bar area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel – once the top and bottom had been added to make it a square – because it’s easy to crop but hard to add on…
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
.. especially afterward

May 16, 2018

The Duchess Slant.

With the Royal Wedding coming up, naturally, there has been a lot in the news about Meghan Markle recently and how she is quickly learning her future ‘acting’ role – and who better to learn from than Kate Middleton: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Anyway, one of the things which I found very interesting, which I hadn’t actually picked up on before, was the ‘duchess slant’.

“The knees and ankles are clasped firmly tighter and the legs are slanted to the side, creating a flattering silhouette.”

“Typically the ‘duchess slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture,” says Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert and founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette. “It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty.”

And so with that in mind, it was time for some Afternoon Tea…
Screenshot of the home page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. in the Drawing Room…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. where one practiced…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and practiced…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and practiced one’s pose…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. before the ladies arrived…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. to show us how it was done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. to perfection, at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry – from Dianne, Claudio…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and me

May 15, 2018

The ironing board

The ironing board was put to good use – so here are some pictures to show how we used it to produce this image…
The Innisfallen Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. in the Innisfallen Suite…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. which can now be seen on their website…
Screenshot of the Suites page showing the Innisfallen Suite on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. and this…
The Innisfallen Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. .. at the Killarney Park Hotel
Screenshot of the Suites page showing the Innisfallen Suite on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. in the beautiful Irish County of Kerry

May 13, 2018

Total tranquility in Killarney.

Keeping it simple…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. so it was Lights…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. a few candles…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. a Camera…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. a quick check…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. Action…
The Spa in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and then basically repeat…
The Spa in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. in the Spa & Wellness centre.

“One of the finest spa hotels Killarney has to offer, the Killarney Park Hotel Spa is the perfect place to unwind and luxuriate. Devote a day to your relaxation and regeneration or indulge in some post-sightseeing pampering; however you decide to use our indulgent Spa facilities, you will emerge refreshed and renewed in our oasis of calm.

You will find a wellness space that encourages total escape from the pace of everyday living.”

Five-star massages & reviving treatments…
The Spa in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. at The Spa
The Spa in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. your haven of peace and total tranquility in Killarney – by Dianne, Claudio & me

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

August 5, 2017

So a decision had to be made.

After shooting the Experience suites the day before – which I talked about here: Between the showers – it was out to shoot the front terrace…
“One
.. the follow morning.

OUR THINKING: Front terrace.

“We like this angle as it shows your unique wicker seating and the contrasting facades.
We would also like the grey storage box removed so we would see a clean line of your wonderful large pots with the olive trees.

6 people, 1 staff would give this area a buzzing atmosphere.
2×2 male and female and 2 ladies.
The 2 ladies would be in the foreground, so how they look would be very important, think ladies in their 30s.

Smart casual dress as they have been shopping, props to suggest.

Food requirements: Coffee and biscuits for the ladies. Club sandwiches and drinks for the table in the background with staff serving.”

So with the camera in roughly the same spot…
“One
.. on what was looking to be another dull day – Claudio when ahead and set-up the lights…
“Behind
.. but as you can tell from the look on Dianne’s face here…
“Behind
.. she wasn’t impressed when she looked at this image on the screen…
“Behind
.. as those three 3K’s were doing very little, as you can see.

No, it wasn’t looking good…
“Behind
.. as there was no sign of the sun – and I really couldn’t see that it was going to appear anytime soon

So a decision had to be made – as I obviously couldn’t light up the whole world, never mind the front of this building, to make it look like the sun was shining – and so as you can see I wasn’t too happy…
“Behind
.. as we said our farewells…
“Behind
.. and started to load the wagon…
“Behind
.. because there was no pointing in me wasting everyone’s time here.

But then for some strange reason, the Land Rover refused to start…
“Behind
.. which as strange as it may sound – could have been because of what could be seen on the bonnet – because yes, that was a blue sky…
“Behind
.. which by the look of it, I still wasn’t too happy to see wink

Seriously though, I couldn’t believe it – so with the camera back in it’s place…
“Behind
.. the next image on the screen confirmed…
“Behind
.. the sun was now shining – and so just one light was required this time…
“Behind
.. to add a touch of fill…
“Behind
.. to where the main group of people were going to be.

In…
“Behind
.. and out…
“Behind
.. just like the sun…
“Behind
.. but we where almost there…
“Behind
.. as I explained how I saw them…
“Behind
.. to myself by the looks of it wink

Still the ‘Big Guy up above’ must have been listening…
“One
.. because a few minutes later, I was smiling from hear to hear – at this the final result…
“The
.. which may never have happened had the Land Rover started wink

Which it did I’m pleased to say, after a little boast – and so that’s the story behind this image…
“Screen
.. which you can now see on their website – with Claudio & Dianne way in the background too.

So a big thanks to everyone involved here – and especially to the ‘big guy up above’ – because I know I could not have pulled this off without your help smile

August 3, 2017

To make it look like we did nothing at all.

After shooting the Superior guest rooms – it was up to the top floors to shoot the Executive Suites at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel.

“The Executive Suites are spacious and contemporary, styled with our guests comfort in mind to ensure complete relaxation.”

Having already recced them back in April, it was this angle…
“One
.. that we had agreed on.

OUR THINKING: “Room 521 – This room as a feminine feel to it – so let’s play on that by adding personal items to suggest that she has just returned from a days shopping.
Nice big flower arrangement as pictured below.
A person in this room would work – clothes dark navy or beige trousers and light long sleeved shirt or light sweater.

Smart casual.”

So with the camera in pretty much the same spot…
“One
.. we when from that to this…
“One
.. after Claudio and Ivan here…
“Behind
.. lit it up, both inside…
“Behind
.. and out…
“Behind
.. while Dianne sat and read a magazine…
“Behind
.. I made some suggestions…
“Behind
.. and took a picture every now and then…
“One
.. because as you can now see on their website…
“Screen
.. we do actually work very hard, to make it look like we did nothing at all wink

The last one was this one…
“One
.. which again was on the top floor.

OUR THINKING: Room 519 – Personal items to suggest a couple.
High tea on​ the coffee table.
1 member of staff either at the window or at the bed.
2nd red strip for over the end of the bed.
Flower arrangement as below or something with a modern feel.

So with the camera in place, we went from this…
“One
.. to this…
“One
.. after the lights had been put up…
“Behind
.. and Claudio did a bit of modelling…
“One
.. which I wasn’t quite sure about…
“Behind
.. although showing off a bit of leg did help…
“Behind
.. after taking a selfie…
“Behind
.. as one naturally would – but we didn’t think any of those looked quite right…
“Behind
.. so sorry Claudio – because as you can see…
“Screen
.. they decided to run without you wink

And so that was it – time to pack…
“Behind
.. and rack…
“Behind
.. but not before the sun came out – so we made the most of that too – because like I said before: we do work very hard…
“Behind
.. to make it look like we do nothing at all smile

From Claudio, Dianne, Ivan & me – creating images to tell a story, about our wonderful time during the shoot, at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel in Limerick.

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