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March 28, 2018

An experience like no other.

Luxury accommodations, breathtaking views, and unparalleled service await you…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg.

Set against a spectacular backdrop of rugged landscape and shimmering sea waves, Trump Doonbeg offers a haven to golf enthusiasts, city-escapees, families…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. and surfers alike.

We treat you to old-world luxury and refinement in 5-star hotel suites…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. each uniquely crafted to ensure that your every expectation is exceeded.

In addition to world class golf, break away and experience our spa, award winning dining options…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. and other outdoor activities at our luxury golf resort.

An experience like no other…

One night with Teddy Bear Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.

.. so make it a great Easter from Bunny…
The bunny in the bedroom of Alan and Marie McMillen's house in Belfast at Christmas time.
.. and all of us too smile

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January 30, 2016

Farm cottage renovation.

Is the title of our latest published work in the March 2016 issue of Real Homes magazine…
Pages 70 to 77 in the March 2016 issue of Real Homes magazine featuring Dominic and Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called 'The Safe House' near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. on pages 70 to 77 – which features Dominic and Louise McGuane’s renovated farmhouse called ‘The Safe House’ near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.

“Louise McGuane used natural light, modern design and open space to transform her 18th-century stone cottage into a contemporary masterpiece.”

Which I talked about shooting here: The Safe House – at the end of July of last year.

So just want to say a big Congratulations to both Dominic and Louise here…
Louise McGuane in her renovated farmhouse called 'The Safe House' near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. for making it into this top selling national magazine – because this was indeed an amazing renovation, whereby you differently did manage “to create something unassuming from the outside but utterly modern from the moment you step inside” – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

July 27, 2015

The Safe House.

From the road, it may not look like it’s much more than a few old barns on the top of the hill – however, if you go around to the back, then you will start to realize​ it’s a lot more than that – as you can see here…
 Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. which is the renovated farmhouse of Dominic & Louise, which they call ‘The Safe House’ near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.

And inside – with the help of Swiss Architect, Jean Claude Girard – well as you can see here…
 First shot taken in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. it wasn’t quite what one would expect to see neither in this part of the world.

Anyway, after Marie had done her thing and I had done mine – we were ready for our first main shot of the day, which was of Louise and her little Jack Russell dog…
 ​Louise McGuane in her renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. in the living room – before turning around towards the dining and kitchen area…
 Marie in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. which really did look pretty amazing…
The living room in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. as this huge window…
 Marie in the dining area of Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. the largest I believe in any home in Ireland – and that huge amount of white, did make it feel very spacious – as well as make even this large dining table look quite small…
The dining area in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. and then there was the stairs…
The stairs in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. and kitchen…
The kitchen in The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. which believe it or not, required me having to use every light I had with me, as I wanted to draw your eye through the image.
Because even the bathroom didn’t look like what one would expect to see inside a few old barns on the top of a hill…
The bathroom in The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. especially over on the west coast of Ireland.

Anyway, impressive to say the least – as was the rest of the place – but to see that you will have to wait for it to appear in a magazine, as this is what I’d also call a Safe House for us to shoot Smile​

So big thanks to both Dominic & Louise for inviting us into their Safe House – and we will keep you posted once we know more.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com having fun in County Clare.

February 15, 2014

A lighting challenge.

After a relative easy week shooting in the marquee at the five-star Doonbeg golf resort (which I read this week in the Irish Times, has now been bought over by US property mogul Donald Trump), where it was basically all lit – this week wasn’t so easy.

So we were back down in County Clare again, this time to shoot a number of areas inside Dromoland Castle, with the Land Rover fully loaded…
Unloading the camera and lighting equipment from the Land Rover outside Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. as I knew this was going to be a lighting challenge for sure.

Anyway, first up was to create a meeting style image in the newly decorated Terrace Room – so after Marie had finished setting it up…
Marie setting up in the Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle.
.. Carl blocked the sunlight, which I wasn’t actually expecting…
Setting up in the Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle.
.. and we had our first image in the bag…
The Terrace Room set-up for a business meeting at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. before heading to the Lounge area, where it was clear from the start that this is where we’d have to work for our money…
Setting up in the lounge area at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. but thanks to everyone and especially to Carl here…
Setting up in the lounge area at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. who worked hard on the lighting – and then posed as the waiter while Marie lit the fire…
Setting up in the lounge area at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. it only took us 2 hours to create this image…
Fireplace in the lounge area at Dromoland Castle in County Clare
.. which I was very, very pleased with – as this one had really worried me.

Then it was back into the Terrace Room again…
Setting up in the Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. this time to shoot it as it would be setup for a banquet during the day…
The Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle in County Clare
.. and /or at night…
The Terrace Room at Dromoland Castle in County Clare
.. so basically we shot it both ways – to be sure, to be sure, as they word say here in Ireland smile

The following morning it was into the Cocktail bar…
Setting up in the Cocktail bar at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. which was formerly the Castle library – so while Carl set up the lights outside…
Setting up in the Cocktail bar at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. we moved the furniture so as to see the fireplace…
Setting up in the Cocktail bar at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. before adding the finishing touches to create this image…
The Cocktail Bar at Dromoland Castle in County Clare
.. which again I was personally very pleased with – as this one had worried me too, mainly due to how I would light it.

After that, it was over to The Inn at Dromoland to shoot the Presidential Suite, which required a bit of work as they wanted just one image to capture it all – so while Marie did her thing…
Setting up in the Presidential Suite at The Inn at Dromoland in County Clare.
.. Carl & I did our thing – and for the fun of it, being close to Valentines day and all that, I decided to add a scene from the film Gone with the Wind – staring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara
The Presidential Suite at The Inn at Dromoland in County Clare.
.. and Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes – who I was named after it seems smile

So that was it – after what I can only describe as a major lighting challenge – it was time to load-up the Land Rover once again…
The Land Rover outside Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. and head home in the rain – very tired but very pleased with the end results.

Anyway, just like to say big thanks to everyone involved – especially to Mark & Fiona from Dromoland Castle for making us feel so welcome.
From Marie, Carl & me @ ampimage.com in County Clare.

February 2, 2014

Adventures in Wonderland

Christian Dior were at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare this week, so we were asked to come along and cover the event – which was being held in their marquee…
Setting up in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg.
.. and I have got to say it looked amazing…
The marquee set up for Dior at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. for such a business event.

Anyway, the following day they set-up for the ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ party…
Setting up in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg.
.. so from my point of view it was simply a case of setting up the camera and waiting to see what would un-fold…
Setting up in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg.
.. then making some last minute changes to the lighting, to capture the stunning set-up…
Setting up for Christian Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party in the marquee at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. with and without their staff in it…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. minutes before everyone began to arrive…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. to enjoy a wonder meal…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. and a night to remember…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. which I did my best to capture…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. going around the various tables to record the laugher…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. the hugs…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. the dancing…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. and the smiles…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. before the Mad Hatters Tea Party
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. which I think almost everyone enjoyed…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
..as they took it in turn to climb in..
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. to the Hatter’s tea cup..
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. quickly posing for the camera…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. before climb out again…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. one after the other…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. as this was the ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ party…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. thanks mainly to the guys from the Lodge at Doonbeg – who then worked throughout the night to have it all set-up for the next morning…
Setting up in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg.
.. for the final business meeting…
The marquee set up for Dior at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. which once again looked amazing.

So there you have it, the marquee being used in a very different way by Christian Dior – to how we shot it before…
The marquee set for a wedding at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. for the Lodge at Doonbeg back in 2009 – and their Adventures in Wonderland party.

From Marie & me @ ampimage this week in Doonbeg.

September 10, 2012

Real Estate

Back at Doonbeg last week…
The courtyard at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. to shoot a number of cottages and suites that are currently for sale – so basically we were being asked to do what some would call ‘Real Estate photography’, which really is the same as ‘Advertising photography’ as far as I’m concerned, as these images will, in fact, be used to advertise & market that these properties are for sale.

“Real estate at Doonbeg Lodge combines luxury accommodations and five-star amenities for good times with your family and friends. Each of the cottages and suites has been constructed to the highest specifications, with French limestone floors, marble bathrooms, expansive bedrooms, spacious living areas and gourmet kitchens – as well as spectacular panoramic views across the fairways and surrounding coastal landscape”.

Anyway, started as usual by taking a quick picture of the first of the cottages to get the ball rolling…
First picture taken of the living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. and then as usual turned off the lights to see how the natural light looked…
One of the first picture taken of the living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. and so while Carl then started to work on the lighting…
Carl Czanik setting up the lighting gear in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. Marie, as usual, added the finishing touches to what was in front of the camera – and so before too long, we had our first image of this room…
Living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. in the bag.

A quick bedroom shot and then it was over to the next cottage, where once again I started by taking a quick shot…
Living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. while Carl worked this time on blocking the light…
Carl Czanik setting up the lighting gear in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. as well as adding some too – and after Marie had done her thing, it wasn’t long before we had the living room area in this second cottage done…
Living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. which when compared to this bedroom in that same cottage…
First picture taken of the bedroom in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. was a doddle – as I reckon it took us twice as long to create the final image of this room, as seen here…
Bedroom in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. due mainly to me struggling to control the light.

Anyway, lots of beautiful detail area throughout the place, so we also produce a series of images like this…
Dining area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. as well as the main overall room images too.

Lots of pushing and shoving at times, so it was great to have Carl with us…
First picture taken of the living room area in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. to not only help with that but to also help with the lighting of course – as I often needed him to hang-out the windows with the 3k, to give me some directional light like so in this living room area…
Living room area in one of bedroom suite at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. in this suite which was on the top floor.

“Imagine a coastal haven, hidden on a sheltered corner of the wild Atlantic Ocean – luxurious yet unpretentious – where world-class golf meets an intimate spa – where every taste is catered to and every request considered.
Imagine a rugged landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see, across rolling waves and sand dunes and thousands of years of stories, buried within them.
Imagine a grand, Irish country house, where the staff welcomes you home”.

And so it was very much a team effort this one…
First picture taken of a bedroom in one of the suites at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. but what an amazing place…
Bedroom in one of the suites at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. as I just loved these rooms.

Anyway, they say a picture is worth more than 1000 words
First picture taken of the living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. so we changed a few words here…
The living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. as we weren’t there to just take some pictures…
First picture taken of the living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. we were there because they wanted us to create some images instead…
The living room area in one of the cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. to help them complete the story they wanted to tell – or should I say sell in this case – as they are wanted to be able to use these images to advertise & market these properties are for sale, in various media for the next few years throughout the World.

So that’s Real Estate photography for you – done the ampimage way – by Marie, Carl & me at this coastal haven known as the Lodge at Doonbeg.

April 21, 2012

Capturing the atmosphere.

There are some stunning Castle hotels in Ireland and we have been delighted to shoot several of them over the past few years.

Last week brought us back down to Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Club – a luxurious, elegant 5 star hotel in County Clare – where they needed some new images produced for their marketing & advertising material – to show not only the new look of their adjoining Country Club bar…
The Club House bar and restaurant at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. and restaurant…
The Club House restaurant at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. but also their newly decorated bedroom suites as well.

Anyway, all went according to plan at first; however, the little snug/library area in the clubhouse proved a waiting game for us – as we felt it was important to capture a cozy relaxed ambiance…
First image taken at the Library at the Clubhouse in Dromoland Castle
..but of all times, the weather was sunny. And so we just had to sit it out, while Carl poked the fire a few times, as he acted the part of the would-be model…
Setting up in the Library at the Clubhouse in Dromoland Castle
.. until the sky darkened.

But hopefully, it was well worth the wait…
The fireplace in Club House library at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. as who wouldn’t want to relax in front of that roaring fire – especially at this time of year, here in Ireland!

The following day – as well as shooting many of their luxury bedroom suites…
Bedroom suite at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. which as you can see here…
Bedroom suite at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. are simply stunning – we also shot their new Presidential suite…
The bedroom in the 'presidential suite' at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. which had a suitably luxurious new bathroom fitted.

So once again, it was all about team work…
Setting up in the bathroom at Dromoland Castle
.. and getting the right sort of ambience – lighting, candles, roses, champagne, etc, etc – all of which played their role, to achieve that all important result, where potential guests look at the final image…
The bathroom in the Presidential suite at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.
.. and say: I want to be there smile.

So a big ‘Thank you’ to Mark, the Manager, and all his highly professional team for looking after us so well – it truly was a wonderful shoot – and we hope we managed to capture not only the decor but also the atmosphere, for all the world to see what an amazing place Dromoland Castle is famous for.

From Marie, Carl & me @ ampimage.com

August 13, 2010

Shooting the fireplace at Doonbeg.

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More fun with iMovie.
This time it’s the series of images taken which lead up to the final shot..

… of the lobby fireplace picture at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort in Co Clare.

So you can see what all was done… which is kind of fun.

April 11, 2010

Southward bound.

Also shooting at South Court Hotel this week – which was the last of the 6 Lynch Hotels on this assignment.

Just 3 images to create here – the bar, which started out looking like this…
Setting up the bar shot.
.. and end up looking like this…
The Boru's Porterhouse bar at the South Court Hotel in Limerick.
.. with me, as usual, propping it up, while chatting-up a beautiful woman 🙂

The lobby area was next, which started out looking like this…
Setting up the lobby shot.
.. and end up looking like this…
The Lobby area at the South Court Hotel in Limerick.
.. and then one of the bedroom suites, which after some re-arranging of the furniture to suit the camera…
Setting up the bedroom shot.
.. end up looking like this…
Bedroom suite at the South Court Hotel Limerick City.
.. all of which took a longer to shoot than I thought.

Still, in and out in a day – before finally heading home for a well-deserved break.

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ampimage.com

Go West.

Just back from shooting at the West County Hotel in Ennis this week…
Setting-up for wedding room image.
.. with Renae, Frances and Aishleen from the hotel.

A tough one as the place was busy…
Setting-up for lobby image.
..and so we had to work around their guests…
The Lobby area at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. to capture the different areas throughout this very popular County Clare hotel.

Anyway, here are some of the images produced – showing how it started out..
Setting-up the pool shot.
.. and then what the final image looked like – for example, the swimming pool…
The swimming pool at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. the bar…
Setting-up the bar shot.
.. which as always took a while to set-up and light..
The bar at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. Cafe West restaurant…
Setting-up the Cafe West shot.
.. which was fun…
Cafe West at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. plus the main restaurant…
Setting-up the Restaurant shot.
.. which required a little bit of pushing and shoving…
The restaurant at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. plus one of the bedrooms…
Setting-up a bedroom shot.
.. where we put up a few pictures…
Bedroom at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
..and finally the large function room…
Setting-up the function room shot.
.. which we in the end decided to focus on one table…
The function room at West County Hotel.
.. yours – as it’s your big day after all.

A total of eight images produced in the end, before heading south to shoot the last of their hotels – so watch this space for more on that later – and in the meantime, we’d just like to say a big thanks to the everyone involved here at the West County Hotel, for their help and making us feel so welcome.

From Marie, Stuart & me.
www.ampimage.com

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