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December 10, 2016

The home page.

On the Straffan House home page today, I see they are now using some of the images that we created a few weeks ago – like of the Swimming pool with the swim-up bar…
The home page showing the swimming pool in Straffan House on the K Club's website.
.. the Dining room
The home page showing the dining room in Straffan House on the K Club's website.
.. the Drawing room
The home page showing the drawing room in Straffan House on the K Club's website.
.. and the Master bedroom here…
The home page showing the Master bedroom in Straffan House on the K Club's website.
.. which is still the part that I always love to see, i.e. how our work is used – even after all these years smile.

Looks amazing as far as I’m concerned – not that I’m bias or anything like that wink. – as it was and is an amazing place to start with – but Wow, I really do love how it looks now – so be sure to check it out, as I’m very proud to say that I was a part of this – as it was like a dream come true for me, after 30 years of practising the art of writing with light to tell a story.

December 3, 2016

A dream come true.

It’s funny sometimes, because when I’m standing looking at room like this…
The original picture taken of the dining room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. I can actually see what the final image would look like – almost like it has already be created – even though I know that that isn’t what the camera is about to record.

It doesn’t always happen, but it did here – and so when it came to trying to explain to the client what I saw, it was like “this is going to sound crazy” but since you asked me, well then here you go:

OUR THINKING: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words – so throughout this set of images here, I feel we need to make the viewer feel like this is ‘their home’, rather than some property that they are looking at in a real estate brochure. Make them feel like they are already in the room, sitting there or standing there… in their home.

So with that in mind – as well as trying to imagine who this person is / what would appeal them / the type of magazines & books that they would read and/or look at for inspiration, etc, etc – we both feel that this is an important room to show.

Late evening, rather than day time – timing would be very important here – lights on, candles lit, roaring fire, etc, etc.
So we would need people – who look and are dressed the part.”

Half expecting them to once again tell me to “get a grip”, because they didn’t actually ask me to even look at this room, as they felt the image that they had of it was 100%.
And I thought that it was too, when they showed it to me – but I had this vision in my head, which I saw each time I looked at this – and so was totally amazed when they came back to say “yes, we like the sound of that”.

So this was the one that I actually enjoyed the most – because like I say, it was almost like it had ready been taken – so we now just needed to figure out how to get the camera to record that wink.

Anyway, with only about a hour of daylight left, we all knew that we had to work fast on this one – as the goal here was for me to be pressing the button, just before the sky outside the windows when black – which I would call the ‘twilight zone’.

So with the camera in position, the first pictures appeared on screen…
One of the first pictures taken of the dining room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and we could see right away that the table needed moved, as it clearly wasn’t in the centre of the rug.

So once that was sorted out, the lights were put up…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and then Ivan & Dianne got to work on the table setting…
One of the first pictures taken of the dining room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. while I as usually did nothing…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. but stand around and watched them do all the work wink.

“Looks good guys” – as Susie and Orla here…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. jointed me to have a look at the screen – just as the models arrived…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. and started to do their thing in the room beyond…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. which once again we checked on screen…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. as we were now almost there – as you can see here…
The dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. just as the sky began to darken.

I loved it – however, as you can see here…
Behind the scenes during the dining room shoot in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. I was out numbered 3 to 1 wink.

And I’m actually very glad I was, because now when I look at what the girls suggested here – which was to put the roses back into the tall vases …
The dining room in Straffan House at The K Club in County Kildare.
.. I realise why the signs reads: Men to the left, because women are always right wink.

So I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone here – as this you could say, was like a dream come true for me – which in the end, was even better than I had originally imagined it would be.

Four done, two to go – which I will talk about another day – as we headed upstairs to shoot the rooms which their lucky guests can enjoy dreaming in too smile.

October 10, 2016

MacLeod House & Lodge.

Is part of the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland.

“Donald J. Trump’s historic Scottish mansion and lodge is set amid mature woodland in the heart of the magnificent Trump International estate. This is opulent five-star hotel provides exquisite superior and grand deluxe guestrooms, intimate bar and dining facilities, and is the ultimate setting for dinner, bed and breakfast, private parties or exclusive use.

With it’s secret stairways, traditional log fires, whisky snug and spectacular grounds, MacLeod House & Lodge offers luxury and comfort in a secluded and dramatic location.”

And so that’s what we were here to capture.

One of the pictures I took back in August, was of this tree-lined pathway which leads up to the Lodge…
Recce shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which at that time, due to the sun light filtering through the trees, looked wonderful to the eye – and so we had suggested in our report that an image of a family out walking here, would help them tell their story to their guests.

So we kicked of with that one on the Monday morning – but as you can see here…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. it was kind-off dark – but not for long, as Claudio here..
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. set about lighting it up, with a lot more power than was needed, as you can see…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but he finally got there…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. just before everyone arrived…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so with different hats on hand and some leaves to mark the spot…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which naturally needed to be kicked…
Family out for a walk on the path through the trees that leads to the lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the final image was created in no time at all Smile.

Then it was up to the family bedroom, which as you can see was also dark…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but not for long…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Claudio had obviously it all figured out…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so too had Dianne, by the looks of it…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while I stood and watched…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and looked at the screen…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as it was clear that they knew what they were doing…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and were loving every minute of it too…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was great to see.

Anyway, it was then time introduce the real Stars of the show…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and a few minutes later, this was the result…
The Family twin bedroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. to show their family twin bedroom.

Leaving time to eat the props…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before heading back over to the MacLeod House to set-up the shot in this room…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which in our report we had suggested would work well as the Bridal suite.

Which it basically did by the time I had set-up the camera…
Setting up the Bridal shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as this was one that Dianne had clearly had a vision for – and so in no time at all, this was the result…
The Bridal suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as the team were definitely on top form here Smile.

Ahead of schedule and with time to spare before the evening shot of the dining room set for a banquet, we decided to next shoot this their Classic bedroom…
Recce shot of one of the bedrooms at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was the room I stayed in when we were over in August – hence the messy bed Smile.

And so with the camera in position…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the fun began…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Dianne here…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. was replace with a lighting stand – and my new camera bag even made an appearance…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before it was replace and the fire was lit to produce this the final image…
Classic bedroom suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which hopefully looks like I did nothing at all, other than used a good camera to take the picture Wink.

Which just left the evening shot of the dining room to go – and as you can see here from the first picture taken of it…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. that looked like it was going to be any easy one to do.

A touch more light, fix that blind…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. check how it looks on the screen…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and then…

Let’s start all over again…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. so it really was all hands on board at this stage…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as night time approached and Claudio stood-in for one last test shot …
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before we created this our final image of the day…
The dining room set for a banquet at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. “just for you”, as we would say Smile.

Seven done, five to go – so more to follow, as tomorrow is another day, as I would say Wink.

November 12, 2012

Pack and Rack

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Day 5 brought us to the final three images of the Mount Juliet shoot. It was a great shoot – we were pretty tired at the end of it all but very pleased that we’d captured the essence of this beautiful hotel and golf resort.

We kicked off with the snooker room…
snooker room
.. this one was all about capturing mood and atmosphere…
The Billiard Room in the basement of Mount Juliet House at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. whilst creating enough light to show detail and depth.

Next up was the dining room where the emphasis was on simple elegance and fine cuisine.
With shots like this…
Food at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. we always invite management and chefs to study the laptop…
behind the scenes
.. to ensure they are happy with everything – as we take pride in our work and we know they do in theirs too – so it’s important that the image is right…
dining room
.. which means the concentration levels were high 🙂

Anyway, after that the final shot was inside one of their Rose Garden Lodges…
Living area in the Rose Garden Lodge at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. which are all slightly different – layouts and slightly different decor – so once again it was a case of us capturing that…
Lodge interior
.. relaxed ‘home from home’ ambience.

After that it was time to ‘pack and rack’…
the amp team
.. say our good byes and hit the road – tired but with a sense of satisfaction.

Back at base Marie and I both have been working flat out on projects – more to follow on all of that… plus magazine work – and again, an update to follow.

Cheers
Ashley
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February 3, 2010

The Pub.

Shot Marie’s new home the other day…
Marie McMillen
.. which she calls The Pub – as that is what it reminder her of when they bought it just a few months ago.

Got to say, her and her husband Alan have done an amazing job here…
The living room in Marie and Alan McMillen's cottage in Belfast
.. in a very short space of time too.

The kitchen…
The kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1950's cottage in Belfast
.. the dining area…
The dining area in the kitchen of Marie and Alan McMillen's 1950's cottage in Belfast.
.. and the master bedroom…
The master bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1950's cottage in Belfast.
.. all looked amazing – and as one would except from one the top stylists in the country, it was all sitting up perfect for the camera too.

No surprise then, that it was snapped up fast by GoodHomes magazine today – to be the lead home in their June issue 🙂

So way to go Marie… and Alan too.

Cheers,
Ashley
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