Ashley Morrison's Blog

May 8, 2015

Many hands make light work.

As one is often only as good as those around you…
Setting up in the Lobster Pot restaurant at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill.
.. as well as the subject in front of you of course – which in this case wasn’t a problem, as it was the award-winning coastal Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill.

Anyway, that’s where we shooting last week – so quickly looking back that the series of images captured, from the 1st frame through to the last – which by itself, basically tells the story about what all was done.

On arrival, the first room they wanted us to capture was this…
First picture taken in the Ballyvaughan ballroom at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. which they referred to as the Ballyvaughan ballroom suite – which as you can see was all set-up and ready to shoot.

However, they weren’t wanting me to just take some pictures – as they could have easily done that themselves or asked someone more local with a decent camera to do that – no, what they were wanting was some images produced instead, because they wanted to use them, to help not only show the space but also to show what they had to offer their quests… like you.

So this is Your Table
One of the first pictures taken in the Ballyvaughan ballroom at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. in this room – and so that was our starting point – which the girls then worked on, to ensure that everything from the camera’s position was just perfect – which included all those bows on the back of the chairs, as well as obviously the table setting in front of the camera.

So while Claudio (who had kindly once again offered to help assist) and I worked on the lighting, the rest of the team worked on what was in front of the camera – which involved quite a few changes too…
One of the pictures taken in the Ballyvaughan ballroom at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. as things do sometimes look very different to the eye, than they do when you see it on the screen.

Anyway, very pleased with the final result…
The Ballyvaughan ballroom at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill.
.. as that says to me: “Your table is now ready in this beautiful room, which can obviously cater for all your friends too… as the last of the candles are​ lit by their well turned-out staff, who are there for you” – or something like that, as they do say a picture is worth a thousand words Smile

Anyway, after the long drive and having spent so much time on that image, we were pretty much ready to call it a day – but naturally the staff were keen to make at start on the larger of the two ballrooms – and so before they set it up this time, they wanted me to give them some idea of what I was thinking of doing.
So I took a quick shot from the corner I was going to be shooting from the following day, to let them see what all I would be getting in…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lettermore ballroom suite at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. but then decided to try something a wee bit different, by looking over the Top Table instead…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lettermore ballroom suite at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. but that wasn’t quite right and so what was meant to be just a wee quick shot, turned out to be… well as you can see…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lettermore ballroom suite at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. hours of fun instead.

Anyway, happy with that for now, I left them to it – because it was time to grab something to eat before hitting the sack, as the Big One was next.

Up at 4:30am – showered, shaved and the first capture was taken of Marie and the model on the balcony…
The balcony at 5:27 in the morning looking out over Galway Bay at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill.
.. at 5:30 in the morning.

Hard to imagine what the actual final image would look like at this stage – but nevertheless, everyone worked away on getting their part done…
Bride and Groom on the balcony at 6:40 in the morning at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill.
.. as we waited for the sun to rise​.

Which it did, but we were facing South, not East – and so it’s wasn’t quite what I was hoping for…
Bride and Groom on the balcony at 6:46 in the morning at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill.
.. even with all the lighting that Claudio had set-up.

Okay, how about I take a picture of this…
From the balcony at 7:08 in the morning at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill.
.. and then do this…
Bride and Groom standing on the balcony looking out over Galway Bay at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill.
.. now what do you think?

Again, it may not be a picture that one can just take or one that local wedding photographers will ever thank me for – but as I said before, they didn’t just want me to come along and take some pictures, they wanted me to create some images instead, to help them not only tell their story but to let you see what they had to offer you as well.

And so to me, this tells that story – or at least it tells the story I wanted to tell here – which is that they are located right on the beachfront, overlooking the beautiful Galway Bay, which is ‘the perfect setting’ for your big day.

The fact that you may have to get up at 5am to complete that dream… well, just don’t ask me to be your photographer  ​wink

Anyway, after a well deserved breakfast – where we overhear one of their guests tell her friends how she had been woken up at 6am by some noise outside – and when she looked out the window, to her surprise, there was a bride & groom standing on the balcony – to which her husband quite witty said:

“No more wine for you tonight dear”

Smile

Yes, ​it seems all the curtains were twitching – as I’d totally forgotten that all the bedroom overlooked the Bay and the area where we shot – so my shouts & yells had clearly not gone unnoticed. So sorry to everyone who was staying that night, but I hope you enjoyed the early morning show anyway, as that was team-work at it’s best.

But anyway, after breakfast it was back into the Lettermore ballroom suite…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lettermore ballroom suite at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. which as I’d said before, we had really pretty set-up the night before – so after the final touches were added, it was time once more for our Bride & Groom to step-in…
The Lettermore ballroom suite at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. and ‘strike the pose’ – which they did to perfection to complete the story.

Huge lighting job, but not as complex the next one, which as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken in the bar at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. was the bar.

A roaring fire, good food, a pint of the black stuff and a bit of craic – is what an Irish bar is all about to me – and so this was the end result…
The bar at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. which again was a huge team effort, as every last detail was like a word in the story that we were trying to tell.

The surprise one came next – which was to be taken in the Lobster Pot restaurant – as I was originally thinking of something like this…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lobster Pot restaurant at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. to capture that area of the room – but as the guys cleaned the windows, Louise and Sinéad sat in for a quick shot…
One of the first pictures taken in the Lobster Pot restaurant at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. and that was it – which end-up looking like this…
The Lobster Pot restaurant at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. as once again the models struck the perfect pose – but not until after, as you can see from the first image above, a huge team effort.

And so it when throughout the day…
The conservatory at the Galway Bay Hotel on the promenade at Salthill.
.. and into the following the day, which ended here in their cafe…
One of the first pictures taken in the cafe at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. which once again was a tricky one to light – so thank you Claudio, as I couldn’t have done it without you – but it wasn’t just the lighting, it was everything – which is why I titled this: “Many hands make light work” – because there really was a lot of people involved in creating these images here…
The Cafe restaurant at the Galway Bay Hotel.
.. not forgetting their wonderful​ chef of course, who struck the pose in this final image, before we called it a day and headed home.

And the comment from their boss after seeing the final results:

“Hi Ashley / Marie

I must say it’s yet another batch of fantastic quality images. I believe a great collaborative effort was made by all involved over a few long days well done.

I will review the preview images with Sinead and Louise over the coming days and either Sinead or Liouse will get back to you ASAP.

Thanks again.”

And from the marketing girls themselves who were involved:

“Hi Ashley
They look brilliant. It was great to work with you both again, we really learn a lot watching you both.
We’ve been showing the pictures to a few others and they’re getting a great response – we’ve never seen the hotel look so good!

We’ll be in touch soon,

Thanks again for everything!”

Plus:

“Hi Ashley/Marie,
Thank you so much for both your dedication last week. The photographs are proof of the great effort put in and we are excited about getting a new bank of imagery.

I will pass your feedback on to all the departments involved here.

Speak to you soon.”

As I said at the start: “One is only as good as those around you”, so Marie & I would like to thank you all too, as this one really was a team effort – which no doubt I will receive ‘hate mail’ for, from all those wedding photographers whose brides want that balcony shot wink

Anyway, thank you all, from Marie, Claudio & me @ ampimage, as many hands did indeed make lighter work here.

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January 7, 2014

g whizz.

Was my thinking here – after we recced this hotel in Galway…
The recce shot.
.. and took this image – as this is an area within the most expensive bedroom suite in their hotel – which is a luxury 5 Star hotel – and this is, therefore, one of their unique selling points (USP) of this room – which they had said they wanted us to look at shooting for them – so as they could use an image of this area, to help market and sell this luxury bedroom suite, to their guests, should they want to use it.

So if they are wanting others to pay them for the use their thing here – just as we are wanting them to pay us for the use our thing here – then I reckon we will BOTH need to do a lot better than this Wink

In our concept report, which we sent to them beforehand, we wrote…

Table set for breakfast OR for evening drinks, this would look great. Possibly a businessman or a couple with their backs to the camera looking out admiring the view – much depends on your market for this suite.

.. to which they simply replied: “That sounds good”.

Great – so where do we begin !!

Well they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m going to let my pictures speak for themselves here – by letting you see some of the pictures I took during this shoot – which started with me getting the camera in place and Marie positioned the table & chairs first…
Setting up the shot.
.. before she started to add a few wee personal touches…
Setting up the shot.
.. while I set-up some lights, etc – which then became this more formal setting…
Setting up the shot.
.. which still didn’t seem quite right – so after a total re-think on our part, about who their target market was here…
Setting up the shot.
.. and discussing all of that with their Sales and Marketing Director, Oonagh …
Setting up the shot.
.. we ended up with this…
Open air dining area in the Linda Evangelista suite at the g Hotel in Galway.
.. which was the final image, that we presented to them – of this open-air dining area in the Linda Evangelista suite at the g Hotel in Galway.

So the next time you say to me: ‘g whizz – why so much to take a picture’ – well now you know what I mean, when I say: There is a difference between taking a picture that you can use and create an image that you will want to use !! Wink

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com… just for you !

September 21, 2010

The g…

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.. hotel in Galway – is now on YouTube…

The g Hotel Galway

One of the top 5 star hotels in Ireland, the g hotel Galway combines modern designs with a relaxed atmosphere.
Design director, Philip Treacy, created dramatic interiors, where the emphasis is on luxury and glamour with personalised service so guests receive the best of Irish hospitality.

The g Hotel.
Tel: +353 (0)91 865200

June 1, 2010

Coming Home.

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Is the tile of our latest published work in the July 2010 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 90 to 102 in the July 2010 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Amelia Joyce's cottage near Oughterard in County Galway.
.. on pages 90 to 102 – featuring Amelia Joyce’s cottage near Oughterard in County Galway.

So a big thank you to Amelia here…
Amelia Joyce in the living room of her cottage near Oughterard in County Galway.
..for all her hard work – and to everyone at Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine for this amazing 10 page spread – from Marie & me.

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