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May 24, 2013

Shooting me shooting you shooting…

.. was how the day started, as we set-up the camera & lights…
Shooting set-up
.. while waiting for the sun to come out and play – for at least a few minutes.
Then it was shoot, shoot, shoot…
Shooting them shooting
.. followed by that hand nail bitting: “Did I get it ?” moment…
Did we get it
.. as I flicked through the images on screen, while the Scottish guests (our models here) looked on.

Because this was another shot that I’d worried about…
Clay pigeon shooting at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. but I needn’t have worried, as I think this is my favorite shot of the week.

So happy with that one – it was ‘pack & rack’ time – and then over to the driving range to produce some images of their golf Pro, Sean Cotter, in action.

Looking good Stuart…
Stuart waiting
.. but where’s the blue skies & sunshine ?

So while we waited, Shane practiced his swing while Sean gave him a few pointers…
Getting some lessons
.. meanwhile Stuart – by the looks of it…
It's time to start
.. prayed for sunshine Smile

Clearly it worked – because minutes later we had blue skies and sunshine…
Looking good
.. and so with everything set-up – thanks mainly to Stuart – it was a very simple one to capture in the end:
Sean Cotter the Golf Professional teaching at the driving range at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.

Anyway, since the sun was still shining, we headed across the golf course and quickly set-up…
Behind the scenes
.. to capture Sean in action…
Sean Cotter the Golf Professional at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. with his buggy in the foreground and the Clubhouse in the background – to complete the story.

Quick check…
Check the screen
.. and then it was over to the putting green in front of Mount Juliet House…
Shane with reflector
.. where we did a double take…
Sean Cotter the Golf Professional at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. so ‘no Shane, you aren’t in the final image’ Smile

Going well – but with the totally unpredictable weather, we decided to leave the family shots for another time.
So to finish of the day, we headed back over to the Spa to discover this lovely young lady…
Treatment room set-up
.. who happened to be Shane’s wife – was all ready to go…
Beauty treatments in the Spa at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. and then go again…
In the relaxation room in the Spa at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. in the relaxation room – which is like the perfect way to end the day here at Mount Juliet.

Hard work or hardy working – either way, it’s Guinness time Smile

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October 17, 2012

Marie at Mount Juliet.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 10:22 pm
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We’ve been working hard at Mount Juliet – a stunning hotel and golf resort near Kilkenny – beautiful parkland, fabulous high-end accommodation – and above all else, such a lovely place to stay with incredibly friendly and helpful staff !!

Hotel shoots can be disruptive to staff and guests – so it makes a massive difference when we have a team who work with us to achieve the best results possible.

Anyway – a big thank you to Anthony, Shane and the entire team in Mount Juliet for making us feel so welcome and for their totally professional support and input !!

It was also Marie’s birthday today…
Marie's 21st
.. and yet another lovely touch from our friends at Mount Juliet for making her a wee birthday cake smile

More to follow from our shoot here in Mount Juliet – watch this space !!

From Stuart & me @ ampimage.com

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.

July 6, 2012

Ireland does golf well

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 1:53 pm
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I may not be a golfer myself, however, I enjoy watching our Irish boys doing well – and it was great to follow the recent Irish Open in Portrush.

We had a most enjoyable meeting and recce trip during the week with the management of Mount Juliet Country Estate – a stunning 5-star resort in County Kilkenny, which includes a championship golf course. The grounds and parkland course are so immaculate, it’s obvious why it is rated so highly and has hosted some major tournaments.

Before shooting a hotel, we spend a lot of time just trying to understand the Client’s needs – so we take loads of recce shots; we listen carefully to the Client and then we produce a Concept Report…
Concept report for Mount Juliet Country Club by Ashley Morrison and Marie McMillen.
.. suggesting images that we feel will work for them over the next few years.

It’s a time-consuming exercise but as our strapline says – “great shots don’t just happen” !!

So hopefully a bit like the Irish Open at Royal Portrush, we will back down to Mount Juliet Country Estate sooner rather than later as a result.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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