Ashley Morrison's Blog

May 12, 2017

The new & the old.

Kicking off early the following morning in the the Lobby & Reception area…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. were they wanted to show the new & the old – and how it worked well here together at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

This was the big one as far as I was concerned – because besides the size, the different areas and the contrast between dark & light – it trying to time it too, so as to avoid disturbing their guests to much that morning.

Anyway, with the lights up outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and inside too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. thanks to Ivan for health & safety…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and Claudio here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. (as I can take some good behind the scenes shots too) – the floor was given a once over…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and then it was time for me to show everyone their positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. while Dianne kept a close on eye how they all looked.

Anyway, we tried a variety of different things here – but this was basically the final result…
The Lobby & Reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. to show now the new and the old worked beautifully together in their Lobby & Reception area.

Next up was the Tara Suite…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. which they wanted to show 2 ways – half size & then the full size.
So it was simply a case of getting the table in the foreground right to start with…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and then taking it from there – one table & chair at a time…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. then checking to see how that looks from the camera’s point of view…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. while observing what the others were doing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. as they were all clearly very busy too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. well most of the time…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
wink

Seriously though, the team was in top form – as they had it all lit up in no time at all…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. leaving me with little to do but watch the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and press the button every now and then…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. after the 7 or 8 things one needs to do to get this camera system to actually work smile

Anyway, again we tried a variety of different things here – but this was basically the final result…
The Tara Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. as Rosalie stood-in once again to complete the story they wanted to tell about this room.

And so that was it for now – as we then had to wait for the last shot of the day – which was of the IVY restaurant here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. plus there was the Tara suite to be shot again, to show it’s full size – and there was also this Drawing room too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. all of which were fully booked for the day – so we just had to wait… as that’s Part 3 of this story smile

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November 7, 2012

Perks of the job

Day 4 of the Mount Juliet shoot entailed another very diverse mix of images !!

We kicked off with the restaurant/function room where our brief was to capture the striking ceiling plus windows. The big thing with this type of image is the placement of tables and chairs to suit the camera…
First picture taken in Kendals restaurant at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. so inevitably there’s a lot of pushing and shoving of furniture…
One of the first pictures taken in Kendals restaurant at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. but we slowly got there, as Marie worked on the table setting…
One of the first pictures taken in Kendals restaurant at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. while Stuart worked on the lighting.

Staff adding the finishing touch – conveying both ‘service’ and also to help demonstrate the scale/perspective of the room…
Kendals restaurant in the Clubhouse at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. as well as add interest.

Next up was the exterior of the house…
One of the first pictures taken outside Mount Juliet House in County Kilkenny.
.. so once again it was a case of “quick…
quick
.. the sun’s out”…
Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. as this is Ireland after all smile

The hall/lobby has some striking murals and a beautiful fireplace…
One of the first pictures taken of the foyer and staircase in Mount Juliet House at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. so part of our brief was to capture that – which when lit…
One of the first pictures taken of the foyer and staircase in Mount Juliet House at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. did look impressive.

Plus the local fishing is first class here…
quick
.. hence our cheerful angler chatting to a member of staff to complete the story.

It’s always a pleasure to do food shots…
Food at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. especially when the subject matter is so skilled and inventive as this…
Food at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. and so when the chefs invited us to sample their work after the shoot, well…
food
.. it would have been rude not to smile

From Marie, Stuart & me @ampimage

August 28, 2010

Hectic Harmony…

.. and the series of captures which led up to the final images produced, at the CityNorth Hotel in County Meath this week:

It’s hectic – but shows the amount of work and attention to detail, that goes into each and every image – as we piece it together and work around their guests too.
“Great images don’t just happen” – which is something we would often say to clients – and I feel this video shows what we mean by that.

Music: Hectic Harmony by Musicshake.

Enjoy !

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
http://www.ampimage.com

April 11, 2010

Southward bound.

Also shooting at South Court Hotel this week – which was the last of the 6 Lynch Hotels on this assignment.

Just 3 images to create here – the bar, which started out looking like this…
Setting up the bar shot.
.. and end up looking like this…
The Boru's Porterhouse bar at the South Court Hotel in Limerick.
.. with me as usual propping it up, while chatting-up a beauty woman 🙂

The lobby area was next, which started out looking like this…
Setting up the lobby shot.
.. and end up looking like this…
The Lobby area at the South Court Hotel in Limerick.
.. and then one of the bedroom suites, which after some re-arranging of the furniture to suit the camera…
Setting up the bedroom shot.
.. end up looking like this…
Bedroom suite at the South Court Hotel Limerick City.
.. all of which took a longer to shoot than I thought.

Still, in and out in a day – before finally heading home for a well deserved break.

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ampimage.com

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