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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.

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August 30, 2015

Six of these plus a whole bunch of these.

The fun continued at the Breaffy House Resort
One of the many pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. as the weather quickly changed and blew everything away with it.

So we headed inside as it started to rain, to shoot the new Healy Mac’s bar…
First pictures taken in Healy Mac’s bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. which looked amazing – especially when the sun poured in through the large windows, which it clearly wasn’t anymore.

Anyway, with six of these…
Bowens 3K packs.
.. plus a whole bunch of these…
3K flash heads outside.
.. and we were all set to go…
Marie & Claudio in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. as Marie & Claudio assumed the position that the models would later be in.

So while we waited for everyone to arrive…
In the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. we did some test shots – with Claudio sitting in once again, this time with Mary Lee
Mary Lee & Claudio in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and then when everyone else arrived, it was time to start shooting for real…
Shooting in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and this was the final result…
Healy Mac’s bar at the Breaffy House Resort in the County Mayo town of Castlebar.
.. after a few different outfit changes.

Next up was the restaurant – so with the camera in the ideal position
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. everyone started to do their thing…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. while we did ours…
Shooting in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. hair sorted…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. emails checked…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. time to shoot…
Shooting in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and this was the result…
The restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. after we had turned the place totally upside down smile

The large Banquet suite was next…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. which after Claudio had lit – with six of these plus a whole bunch of these – the models were given their instruction…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. while I checked to see how it looked…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. then more instruction…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. the result…
The Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. a final check…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and that was it.

Which just left what we had started…
Claudio Salviato looking for the mark on the ground outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. which I talked about here: Doing whatever it takes.

And so that was it – a big thanks to everyone involved here – from Marie, Claudio & me at ampimage – as it was then back to the Healy Mac’s bar – tired, wet but very pleased with the results – to enjoy six of these plus a whole bunch of these smile

August 29, 2015

Doing whatever it takes.

The brief was very simple – as they just wanted “a shot of the bridal couple at the car with BH entrance in the background”.

It was one of many images that they had asked us to take, for them to use over the next few years in their advertising & marketing material – so it was off down to the Breaffy House Resort in the County Mayo town of Castlebar last week, to see what we could do.

The weather forecast wasn’t looking great for most of the week – but it did say we may get some sunshine on the first day.
So after a brief talk about what we would try and shoot – taking into account that the models from Catwalk Model Agency had been booked for the following day – we decided to start with some of the exterior shots first.

The big one naturally being the “shot of the bridal couple at the car with BH entrance in the background”.

Easy… except we didn’t have a bride and groom – and the weather wasn’t exactly that great neither, as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. as I set the camera up to take the shot.

Still, I had this vision of what it could look like in my head – so after finding the ‘perfect spot’, we moved the car into position and while we waited for the sun to come out, I took some quick shots of Marie & Brenda…
Marie & Brenda outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. to let everyone see how wonderful it could look – but I’m not sure anyone believed me at this stage

Anyway, minutes later the sun came out – so they rolled out the Red Carpet…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. but something at my end, as you can see here, wasn’t quite right.

One frame after another…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. were looking very odd…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. and it just seemed to get worse​ the more images I took…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. be it to the card or to the laptop – which I still haven’t got to the bottom off, as I just don’t know what the problem was here.

Nightmare !!

But anyway, thankfully there was one frame that was okay – which was this one…
One of the first pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort.
.. thank Gee – because it wasn’t long before the clouds rolled in once again.

Anyway, that was a rap – or should I say, I was at least able to say I had got the first part – because as I said before, the models were not arriving until the following day and the weather forecast was rain, rain and then more rain, until late in the afternoon.

And the weather forecast was right too – so it wasn’t until after 5pm the following day, that we managed to get out again to shoot the second part.

So while Claudio tried to find the mark on the ground…
 Claudio Salviato looking for the mark on the ground outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. which had been totally washed away by this stage – I did my best to get the camera back into the same position as the day before.

Then it was up with the lights, just before it started to rain once again…
 Claudio Salviato looking for the mark on the ground outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. as I knew I needed to make it look as if the sun was shining​ on​ them.

The clock was ticking, the light was fading and I (along with the all the gear) was soaked – but it was Showtime…
One of the first images taken of the Bride & Groom outside the Breaffy House Resort.
… as this was it…
Bride & Groom outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. now or never.

Anyway, here you have it – the final result…
Bride & Groom outside the Breaffy House Resort in the County Mayo town of Castlebar.
.. because we do actually work really hard, to make it look like we didn’t do any work at all – by doing whatever it takes – because as you know, the camera never lies smile

Anyway, just want to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – especially to Brenda and all her staff here at the Breaffy House Resort… from Marie, Claudio & me at ampimage.

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