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June 10, 2017

Our story behind the story.

The Dylan Hotel…
Screen shot of the Property News page on the Business World's website about the Dylan Hotel unveiling a €10m investment with 28 new bedrooms.
.. in Baggot Street yesterday…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. officially unveiled a €10 million renovation…
One of the first pictures taken in the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with the addition of 28 new guest bedrooms…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. the creation of 15 hotel industry jobs…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and multiple interior updates to the building.

The hotel (formerly the Nurses’ Home for the Royal City of Dublin Hospital) has…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. been in operation for just over ten years…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and began renovations in August 2016.

The development to the Victorian property has seen its 44 deluxe bedroom…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. offering extended to include an additional 28 guestrooms…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. within the existing building.

The significant investment and development of the Irish owned Dylan Hotel…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. has created a further 15 job positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. including roles for Front of House, Chefs and in Sales. Throughout the renovation…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. process 50 jobs were created by the building project…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. from local architects, builders…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and craftsmen.

Speaking at the Dylan Hotel yesterday, Managing Director, Gráinne Ross said,

“We are delighted to celebrate a decade of the Dylan Hotel being in business and officially unveil our new bedrooms and renovations. Our guests are at the heart of our business and we are excited to reveal our new rooms as we enter the next decade.”

She added,

“Thanks to our customers, the hotel has gone from strength to strength…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and the latest renovation is a marker of how far we have come over the past ten years. We’d like to thank everyone involved…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. for their continued support…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and look forward to welcoming new and returning guests…
Behind the scenes during the shoot of the Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. to the Dylan Hotel in the coming months.”

Written by Robert McHugh @ www.businessworld.ie on the 9th June 2017.

Images by Dianne, Claudio & me…
The Delux room at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. @ ampimage.com on the 6th June 2017.

Creating images to tell the story behind the story… just for you smile

March 28, 2016

Five images…

.. and then some, to tell the story about what all goes on both in front and behind the camera, during what one would assume would have been a wee easy shoot.

Which in this case started back in January, when I received an email from Elaine O’Halloran, Director of Sales at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin, which read:

“Good evening Ashley,

I hope this finds you very well?

I would like to arrange some new photography of our suites here at Dylan. Can you please send me through a costing and your availability?

Many thanks
Elaine”

And so after a few emails to help answer her questions and a visit last month to have a quick look around…
The Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. it was time to load up the wagon once again as I had a story to tell – or five in this case, as that is what we had narrowed it down to, to keep within their budget.

Which started of with me having to replace a flat type…
Flat tyre at the beginning of the shoot.
.. on the first morning, before we even got started rolleyes

Anyway, first up was room 106…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which we mentioned in our concept report after the recce, about this one probably needing two shots – but ideally it would just be one – and possibly capturing a ‘corporate feel’ but still leaving it open to the leisure market.

Naturally I had asked both Marie and Claudio for their help here – so when Claudio had a minute, he took some quick shots to help tell the story of what goes on behind the scenes…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which in themselves I think says it all…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. as it sure wasn’t a case of just turning up and taking some quick snaps of whatever happened to be there, to please this 5 Star client…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. as two and a half hours passed – and so what started out looking like this…
First picture taken in bedroom suite 106 at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
Bedroom suite 106 in the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with Barry standing in to not only complete the ‘corporate feel’ story, but also to draw one’s eye through to highlight the fact that there was a bedroom area in this room too.

Which meant just one image was needed in the end, rather than two – which was also our goal, as we wanted to stay within their ‘5 image’ budget as well.

Next up was room 101…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which we mentioned in our concept report, about this being the “Experience Suite” -which was a lovely bright room (especially on a sunny day like it was when we recced it) with a large bay window.

Anyway, with the camera now in position, Barry worked on the bed, Claudio worked on the lighting and Marie began doing her thing…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. but as Claudio’s behind the scenes pictures show here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. this was by no means a quick shot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. as the every last detail was checked…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. over and over again.

So what started out looking like this…
First picture taken in bedroom suite 101 at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
Bedroom suite 101 in the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. some two and half hours later – with Elaine standing in to complete the “Experience” story – and so that was it for the day, as the light was beginning to fade and so were we wink

Next morning, bright and early, we started in the seating area of the bar…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which as you can see looked good as is.

However, since the goal here wasn’t just to see if I could take some pictures of what was there, as they already had lots of pictures like that, then we set about trying to create an image that they would want to use a lot instead – so once again the we started…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. by first turning the grand piano and thinning it all out – then checking to see how that looked on screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. before seeing how it would look with a person in it…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. more checking the results…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. trying that for real…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. while Claudio recorded us in action…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. then more discussions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and so finally after 2 hours, what started out looking like this…
First picture taken of the seating area in the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
Seating area in the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. so that was three out of the five in the bag.

Next was room 303…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. to convey a “shopping message” as we were in the heart of Dublin.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – and this one tells a story…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which no doubt I will talk more about some day – as replacing a flat tire on the Land Rover is easy, compared to what looks to be flat out-of-steam Marie here rolleyes

Still the show must go on – and so once again we tried different things – seeing how it would look with people in it…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. seeing how it would look with some food…
One of the first pictures taken in one of the bedroom suites at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and so some 2 and a half hours later once again, what started out looking like this…
First picture taken of the seating area in the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
Bedroom suite 303 in the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which meant that was four in the (shopping) bag smile

The final image was of the bar…
One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which they had wanted a ‘late evening’ image of, with some guests drinking cocktails and staff in it, to make it look like somewhere you would want to be tonight.

So lights up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. lots of test shots…
One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. before the models arrived and the cocktails too…
One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. then it was time to shoot, while Barry and Elaine kept a close eye on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. before a quick look at the results…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. and so what started out looking like this…
First picture taken of Cocktail Bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. ended up looking like this…
The Cocktail Bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. just before 6pm – which was perfect timing, as that’s when this place became naturally busy, as this was Easter weekend here in the heart of Dublin.

Which meant it was then time to pack – very tired but very pleased with the results – and so to complete the story, Claudio took one last picture…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. of me with all the gear that we had used, to make it look like I used nothing at all smile

So at the end of this (short) story [within this (very long) story, which unfortunately also shows the end of another chapter, which is another story in itself], I would just like to say a big thanks to Elaine & Barry from the Dylan Hotel for this opportunity to tell your story and for also making us all feel so welcome too.

From Marie, Claudio & me @ ampimage.com

September 7, 2015

A wee touch of France in Ireland.

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Charlotte Hamel’s modern apartment here…
Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. in Dublin’s stylish docklands area, was where we were shooting a few months ago.

Started upstairs in the sitting room area…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room area of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. which after a bit of pushing & shoving of furniture around – as well as adding some additional light – ended up looking like this…
The sitting room in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. after about an hour.

So a bit of a slow start on the first one – but once we had that done, then we were able to produce a number of detail shots like is…
The Eiffel Tower window display in the sitting room in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. of the Eiffel Tower window display – which clearly told us all were Charlotte was originally from smile

Very creative and beautiful too…
Charlotte Hamel in the sitting room of her modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. so after a slow start, we were now on a roll.

The kitchen was small, as one would half expect in a city apartment – so it didn’t take Marie long to sort it all out…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. and after it was lit, this was the result…
The kitchen in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. which was followed by the main living & dining area in the apartment – which was by this stage, as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken in the living & dining area of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. in a bit of a mess due mainly to us wink

Anyway, once again Marie wasn’t long in sorting it all out…
One of the first pictures taken in the living & dining area of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. and the end result…
The dining area in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. I thought looked pretty amazing – ‘wow’ in fact.

Which just left the bathroom and this bedroom to shoot…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. which once again didn’t take that long to do, once it had been lit…
The master bedroom in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. and styled for the camera.

So a wee touch of France in Ireland, is how I viewed this one – it was lovely – and so it came as no great surprise to see it being featured in the latest issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine this month…
Pages 66 to 69 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. on pages 66 to 69 – which I talked about here: Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow and double Wow.

So just want to say a big thanks to Charlotte here for inviting us in – and yes we would both totally agree with you, when your emailed us later to say:

OMG! It is stunning!

– because it is, thanks mainly to you and your creative flair smile

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com in Dublin.

September 4, 2015

Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow and double Wow.

“Creative Comforts” is the title of our current published work in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
The cover plus pages 70 to 73 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Lesley and Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. on pages 70 to 73 – in which this image…
The living room in Lesley Anderson's cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. of the living room in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson’s cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down, as you can see, made it onto the front cover too.

Which I talked about us shooting here: Green door.

Anyway, email from Lesley to Marie a few days ago, when she first saw it:

Subject: OHH MY GOD HAVE YOU SEEN MAGAZINE?? FRONT COVER !!

Hi Marie,

Wait until you see the FRONT cover of 25 beautiful homes?? Just received my copy today and couldn’t get it out of the paper quick enough to flick through it.
Shocked to discover my sunroom on front cover.

Speak soon xx Lesley.

To which Marie replied:

Woweeee – no I haven’t seen it myself… give yourself a big pat on the back Lesley – trust me, that is quite an achievement !!!!

Get practicing those autographs 🙂

So yes, way to go Lesley, as that is quite an achievement… and we are all over the moon too smile

But it doesn’t end there, because on pages 66 to 69 you can see our 2nd feature, titled “High Point”
Pages 66 to 69 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. which shows Charlotte Hamel’s modern apartment in Dublin’s stylish docklands area.

And on pages 110 to 113 you can see our 3rd feature, titled “Sea View”
Pages 110 to 113 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Eleanor & Stephen Blayney's mid terrace called 'Marathon' in the County Down coastal town of Donaghadee.
.. which shows Eleanor & Stephen Blayney’s mid terrace called ‘Marathon’ in the County Down coastal town of Donaghadee.

And on pages 116 to 119 you can see our 4th feature, titled “Room to Grow”
Pages 116 to 119 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Patricia McGinnis' detached 1960s family home in Belfast.
.. of Patricia McGinnis’ detached family home in Belfast.

Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow and double Wow for making it onto the cover too – is all I can say smile

So a big Congratulations to Lesley & Lindsay, Charlotte, Eleanor & Stephen, and Patricia McGinnis – for making it into this beautifully printed leading national magazine – and a specially thanks out to all of those involved too.

From Marie, Mandi & me – Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow and double Wow smile

May 25, 2012

Dublin Doors

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Dublin is renowned for its beautiful Georgian architecture – in particular the doors – and the home we shot this week on the outskirts of the “Fair City” was no exception !!!

The sun shone and so we were delighted to get a nice shot of the elegant door…
The front door to Karen and David Dalton's Victorian terrace in the Sandycove area of Dublin.
.. to Karen and David Dalton’s Victorian terrace in the Sandycove area of Dublin.

Inside, we were back to full blown interior work as normal…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Karen and David Dalton's Victorian terrace in the Sandycove area of Dublin.
.. which meant lots of pushing & shoving to get it right for the camera – and cans of Coke too 🙂

Anyway, in this case our aim was to capture the stylish mix of old & new that has transformed this elegant old house into a modern day family home.

So a big thank you to Maoilíosa Reynolds, the architect who designed this great kitchen extension…
The kitchen in Karen and David Dalton's Victorian terrace in the Sandycove area of Dublin.
.. and who also recommended this house to us.

Plus a big thanks to the owners, especially Karen here…
Karen Dalton with her son Alex in the sitting room of their Victorian terrace in the Sandycove area of Dublin.
.. for making us feel so welcome.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

September 20, 2010

The Burlington…

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.. hotel in Dublin – is now on YouTube…

Which shows the series of images we produced last April, over a 4 day period, for them to use.

THE BURLINGTON HOTEL DUBLIN CITY

Deep-rooted tradition with a cosmopolitan twist, The Burlington Hotel, one of the premier Luxury 4 Star Hotels Dublin boasting luxury hotel accommodation in Dublin 4 – a long-standing favourite of times past – and present.

Just a short stroll from Dublin’s City Centre, the RDS and Aviva Stadium / Lansdowne Road, the Grand Canal Theatre, the 02 Arena and Croke Park venues are within quick access by car, bus or taxi.

The Burlington Hotel continues to shine as the largest conference venue in Dublin City and premier leisure and corporate hotel Dublin. The grand-scale of this Dublin City Hotel’s famous ballroom is unrivalled anywhere in Ireland, making The Burlington Hotel one of the most ideal conference venues Dublin. Behind its original, familiar exterior, this Dublin 4 hotel welcomes guests to its entirely refurbished lobby – an expansive, brightly lit space, an ideal spot to sit and watch the comings and goings with a newspaper and a cappuccino. The Burlington Hotel, one of the top Dublin City hotels, is also one of the best wedding venues Dublin City has to offer.

The Burlington Hotel‘s bars and restaurants in Dublin 4 are a buzzing hive of activity by night – the new Bellini’s bar adding a hint of panache to an evening where guests can sip a cocktail in a low-lit ambience, amidst the busy chatter of local clientele.

Ample parking and immediate proximity to Dublin’s City centre, Bus, Aircoach and DART line mean that guests can enjoy one of the premier 4 Star hotels Dublin as an ideal base from which to explore the city and its surrounds: a home away from home and a warm welcome back.

The Burlington Hotel.
Telephone: +353 (1) 6185600

August 25, 2010

City North

Just back from shooting at the CityNorth Hotel
The CityNorth Hotel outside Dublin near Gormanston in County Meath.
.. outside Dublin near Gormanston in County Meath.

This one was all about showing the “personality” of the hotel, as well as it’s 4 star facilities.
So we started in the lobby…
One of the first pictures taken in the lobby at CityNorth Hotel.
.. by re-arranging a few things to suit the camera…
Set-up the lobby shot.
.. adding the grand piano…
Set-up the lobby shot.
.. and then lit it up…
The Lobby area in the CityNorth Hotel near Gormanston in County Meath.
.. once we had everything and everyone in place.

Then into the bar area…
Set-up the bar shot.
.. which came together quite quickly…
The bar at the CityNorth Hotel near Gormanston in Co Meath.
.. as the natural light was very good.

The large function room, which they call the Sumerville suite, was more of a challenge…
Set-up the bar shot.
.. as we only had a few table to work with; however, after putting our heads together…
The bar at CityNorth Hotel.
… and trying a few different angles, etc, we decided to go for a more dreamy type image…
Wedding banquet set-up in the Sumerville suite at the CityNorth Hotel near Gormanston in County Meath.
.. and so focused on the beautiful rose covered wedding cake instead.

Anyway, expectations were high and so this was a surprisingly a tough one for us – which I know left us all totally drained – even thought we only produced 6 images in total, which included the above four.

So this is just a wee note to say a huge thanks to Ladonna and all her team here, plus a special thanks to Marie & Scott too.

So from me to you all, thank you.
Ashley
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