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May 12, 2018

The Whiskey Room.

The picture the Killarney Park Hotel sent us a few weeks ago to let us see the area they wanted us to shoot…
Whiskey room.
.. and the first picture I took last week, didn’t really look that different…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. so that was basically our starting point…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. as John, who is the hotel’s Marketing Executive, looked on…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and this week you can actually see the final image that we created…
Screenshot of the Home page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. on the hotel’s homepage

So below are some of the pictures to let you see what all happened in-between – both inside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. as tables got moved…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. test shots were taken…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and Claudio had to be reminded it was only 10 O’Clock in the morning…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
Wink.

Seriously though, we wanted this image to clearly let the viewer know that this was the “Whiskey Room” – so with that in mind, the placement of some of the whiskeys one could sample; as well as the placement of the people within the room…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. was all important in my opinion.

Well, the look on my face here says I wasn’t convinced we had still got it right…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. as the first of our models arrived…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. but with everyone’s help; as well as the shirt of Dianne’s back…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. final instructions were given…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and I’m very pleased to say that this was the end result…
The Whiskey room in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. to show the Whiskey Room…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. in the Garden Bar…
Screenshot of The Garden Bar page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. at the Killarney Park Hotel in the beautiful Irish County of Kerry

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August 7, 2017

Tucked snugly away from the city streets.

The other main shot that they wanted, was this one…
“The
.. of the terrace area in the centre of the hotel – which we knew the sun would pretty much naturally light from about 3pm onwards.

“Adjoining Dylan Bar, the Terrace is an outdoor oasis. Tucked snugly away from the city streets, it features modern mood lit panelled walls and bamboo planting. The décor is finished by a feature red brick wall, giving it a Japanese Garden meets New York terrace appeal. The cosmopolitan space features comfortable lounge seating, providing the perfect space to relax after a long day at work, or to meet friends on the weekend.
The terrace is also the perfect space for watching any sporting event. It features two outdoor TV’s, and the most highly anticipated events are shown.”

So with 3 images now done and time to spared, we quickly set-up the 4th shot in the bar, to show this seating area…
“One
.. which was the area behind where we had taken this shot from the year before…
“The
.. which I talked about shooting here: Five images.

So while Dianne did a bit of polishing…
“Behind
.. as well as some heavy breathing…
“Behind
.. Claudio worked on the lighting…
“Behind
.. as well as his modelling career wink

Happy with that…
“Behind
.. as this was the final image produced to show this area…
“Sitting
.. which does have a very different feel to it than this area…
“Seating
.. which is on the other side of bar.

Anyway, the 5th and final image, as I said before, was of this area:
“Behind

OUR THINKING: Terrace area.

“Day time – after 4pm.

We like this angle as it shows the different wall surfaces in this area, giving us lots of interest.
4 people plus 1 staff member.
Small cacti for tables or something small with a modern feel.
Drinks for the table in the foreground, light beer and nibbles.
Throws. More planting.
Could the people be dressed in casual, nothing too bright let’s keep the colours soft.”

And so we once again started to set it up for the camera…
“Behind
.. check…
“Behind
.. and then waited for a blink of sun…
“Behind
.. before capturing the team in the positions we felt everyone should be…
“Behind
.. just before they all arrived…
“Behind
.. and we made some hand gestures…
“Behind
.. while Claudio here…
“Behind
.. once again, worked on his modelling career wink

Seriously though, between his lighting and the Big Guy’s lighting…
“Behind
.. with everyone now in their place…
“Behind
.. it wasn’t long before I was standing back…
“Behind
.. saying: “That’s a rap” – which it was as you can now see…
“Screen
.. on their website.

And so that was it, time to pack & rack…
“Behind
.. for the second time that day – smiling from ear to ear…
“Behind
.. as we were all delighted.

Which just leaves me to say a big Thanks to everyone involved here once again – especially to Elaine & Barry and not forgetting the Big Guy up above – from all of us @ ampimage.com

Creating images to tell a story… just for you 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.

August 2, 2017

Between the showers.

Last month I talked about us shooting one of the new bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin here: Our story behind the story.

Well, we were back recently to shoot a few more, which they had also talked to us about back then – and this was one of them…
“Original
.. which they call the Experience suite.

Our Thinking:
“We like the way we can see through to the bedroom in this angle.
The furniture at present is along one wall – so we will probably move the various pieces around to achieve a more attractive composition.”

So with the camera in basically the same position as before…
“One
.. the team when to work…
“One
.. both inside and outside…
“Behind
.. between the rain showers on this rather grey old day.

Which as you can see…
“One
.. started to look pretty good – just a few final touches…
“Behind
.. and it was time to talk to other model…
“Behind
.. do a test shot…
“One
.. have a think about that and what she should wear…
“Behind
.. then watch…
“Behind
.. Claudio sort out her hair…
“Behind
.. as he is a man of many talents – and this was the result…
“One
.. which I liked, but seemed to be the only one…
“Behind
.. as I was out numbered wink

So when for it again…
“Behind
.. this time with Barry standing in – and so this was the final image…
“The
.. that got the thumbs up – but I still liked this one…
“The
.. so I provided them with both, as well as without anyone in the image – because sometimes I know less is more wink

Then it was up to the top floor to shoot the Studio suite…
“Behind
.. which as you can see had this divide in the middle…
“One
.. which the normal system and lens I use, didn’t seem to be really capturing very well.

So Claudio finally got to see this other system being put to use…
“Behind
.. which he had been dying to see for quite sometime now…
“Behind
.. and so after pressing the button…
“Behind
.. he was finally able to see how much more the 24mm lens was able to capture…
“One
.. when I put the digital back on the Cambo system
“Behind
.. which I would very rarely use – and even when I do, I would usually crop the file like so…
“One
.. as I’m not a big fan of ultra wide angle.

Anyway, in this case I felt I did need to show more…
“Behind
.. and everyone agreed – so that just left a little bit of polishing to be done…
“Behind
.. and there you have it…
“One

“What do you think?”

“Behind
.. because I’m now putting words to these behind images…
“Behind
.. which Claudio is becoming very good at taking smile

Seriously though – I wasn’t looking forward to this one, as I knew from this recce image…
“Original
.. it was going to be a difficult one to capture – but was delighted with this final result…
“The
.. and so were they.

And so that was the bedrooms – which you can now see on their website…
“The

“The
.. alongside many of the other images that I’m pleased to say we produced too smile

Next up was a few exterior shots – which I will talk about another time, because as you can see…
“Behind
.. every picture tells a story.

From Dianne, Claudio & me @ ampimage.com
Creating images to tell a story… just for you smile

July 29, 2017

Superior guest room.

One of the many bedrooms that Jack at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel wanted to show their guests, was this one…
“Original
.. which they called their Superior rooms.

“Superior guest rooms are light and airy while also offering our guests that extra touch of luxury.”

So that was next on our list, after we finished the Nelligan’s Bar shot.

Which was pretty easy to shoot…
“One
.. after Ivan put up a new picture…
“Behind
.. Dianne had sorted out the bedding …
“Behind
.. Claudio had lit it…
“Behind
.. the polishing was done…
“Behind
.. and I had press the button on this strange looking camera…
“Behind
.. which I have been using now for nearly 15 years smile

Just point & shoot – and this was the final result…
“Superior
.. which can now be seen on their website:
“Screen

Take two being the same room with only a single double-bed…
“One
.. which again just needed a few changes made…
“Behind
.. which didn’t take the team very long to sort out…
“One
.. bar trying to figure-out what to put on that far wall…
“One
.. so Dianne held up a different few things…
“One
.. which I took a quick picture of…
“One
.. before we made the final call…
“One
.. and so this was the final result…
“Superior
.. which once again you can now see on their website:
“Screen

So it was as simple as that – thanks to Ivan and Claudio here…
“Behind
.. as well as Dianne…
“Behind
.. who was already getting things ready for the last two shots – so more on those and what Claudio was doing here…
“Behind
.. to follow wink

From me and the team @ ampimage.com

Creating images to tell a story… just for you smile

July 23, 2017

Nelligan’s Bar

The 3rd and final shot in Nelligan’s Bar was the return angle.

OUR THINKING:

KL-0643 is our favourite angle – however, this angle does show the size and overall layout very well.

“Original
Would need bar staff and possibly a member of staff serving the people at the back dining area.

Which the following morning – after some serious work…
“Behind
.. the night before, to produce this image…
“Family
.. to show their Family Rooms or inter-connecting rooms…
“Inter-connecting
.. if you prefer – we set up to shoot:
“One

Lights up…
“Behind
.. and so the fun began…
“One
.. as bit…
“One
.. by bit…
“One
.. it all started to come together – as I stood and watched…
“Behind
.. the team working very hard…
“Behind
.. to complete the story we were trying to tell smile

Seriously though – once everyone arrived…
“One
.. it was all over in minutes, due to what all they had done.

Which then just left me to zoom in to let Jack’s Grandfather here…
“Behind
.. see how well he looked…
“Zoom
.. in this the final overall result…
“Screen
.. which you can now see on their website about Nelligan’s Bar.

Time for a coffee – as the big smiles on our faces says it all…
“Behind
.. because we were all totally delighted with this one…

.. before heading up to shoot the various bedrooms.

So more on all of that the follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me at ampimage.com smile

July 22, 2017

It’s tables they want to see.

The 2nd shot in the bar that Jack was keen for us to capture, was this raised fireplace area…

.. which he was also wanting to promote.

Our Thinking:
“You mentioned you liked the Trump fireplace shot (see below) – so we will try to recreate something with a similar feel.”
“By

Which we talked about shooting here: The Clubhouse.

“Well now that you have talked the talk, Ashley…
“Behind
.. what are you planning on doing ?” – because it’s tables they want to see, rather than armchairs in front of a fire wink

Okay, TV down to start with…
“Behind
.. and I’ll try to find an angle…
“Behind
.. while Ivan, you workout how you are going to put a mirror up there…
“One
.. because how else am I going to explain this very romantic image of the two of you wink

So while I put the camera in it position…
“Behind
.. Ivan and Dianne started working on table setting…
“One
.. as well as the flowers…
“Behind
.. books…
“One
.. and everything else that was in front of the camera.
While Claudio (besides taking lots of great pictures of us all) worked on the lighting – as I tried to explain the look that I was after…
“Behind
.. before returning to take a few quick shots…
“Behind
.. which I reckoned was 99% there…
“One
.. bar fixing the hair…
“One
.. and there you have it…
“One
.. Capture-198262 looked good…
“Behind
.. which got the thumbs-ups from everyone…
“Behind
.. as it can now be seen on their Home page:
“Screen

So “Cheers” – from Claudio, Myself, Ivan & Dianne here…
“Behind
.. as it was time to make full use of the props smile

July 20, 2017

Dusk shot.

Back in April we also talked about shooting the front of the Hotel…
“Our
.. and it was agreed a dusk or night shot would work best.

So after the shot outside Nelligan’s bar we headed around to the front of the building…
“One
.. which had already be cleared of cars – and so it was a case of starting early…
“Behind
.. once I had found my spot…
“Behind
.. and Ivan had taken the Land Rover for a spin…
“Behind
.. as he reckon we may be shooting out of the back of it, if it started to rain again.

Because this is Ireland – were it rains 250 plus days a year – so the umbrella was up just in case…
“Behind
.. as the first of the images appeared on screen, the car arrived…
“One
.. while Claudio & Ivan set-up some lights…
“Behind
.. after which we then when ahead and shot the car and person in place…
“Behind
.. and then waited for the magical moment to happen – which as you can see here it did…
“One
.. about 15 minutes later – as day turned to night…
“Behind
.. which then only left the sign on top to light…
“Behind
.. and so this was then the final result…
“The
.. which one can now see on the Home page of the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel’s website
“Screen
.. along with the others images we took – or should I say created, as we do tend to do a little more than just turn up and take some pictures smile

So more on that to follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me @ ampimage.com.

Outside Nelligan’s Bar.

The story behind the image which today you can see on the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel’s website…
“Screen
.. which a few months ago looked like this…
“Our
.. when we first called to see them about creating some images for them to use in their marketing & advertising material over the next few years.

So we talked the talked – but now it was time to walk the walk – as we stood out of the rain…
“Behind
.. knowing that I don’t get paid to make excuses wink

Anyway, the weather forecast said it was to be an okay evening – so with the camera in place…
“Behind
.. the first of the images appeared on screen…
“One
.. and the boys in their new uniforms when to work…
“Behind
.. while the flags were put up…
“One
.. and than another few test shots were taken…
“One
.. after it had been lit and a touch of warmth had been added…
“One
.. as I was looking for a late evening feel here.

Looking good in the new outfits guys…
“The
.. and yes what was in front of the camera was now starting to look pretty good too…
“One
.. as the first of our models arrived…
“Behind
.. the wall was damped down the wall…
“Behind
.. outfits were checked…
“One
.. but what’s up with the lighting Claudio…
“One
.. because that big boy isn’t firing…
“Behind
.. but as soon as it did, then I finally got to do what I do – which is to try and figure out how to take a picture with that ‘upie-downie’ thing…
“Behind
.. as well as put a smile on the client’s face…
“Behind
.. because instead of the image on screen looking like this…
“Original
.. it now looked like this…
“One
.. which when I’d finished looked like this…
“Outside
.. as it was a lovely late evening image that I was trying to create here after all wink

And so that’s the story behind this image that you can now see on the Home page of their website…
“Screen
.. along with the others images we took – or should I say created, as we do tend to do a little more than just turn up and take some pictures smile

So more on that to follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me at ampimage.com

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