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June 20, 2014

Tatler Spa Awards

And the winner for the best Boutique Spa is…
Boutique Spa Award ad by Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland.
.. which we are naturally very proud to be associated with – and also very pleased to see our work being used to promote this award by them.

Which we talked about shooting here – Christmas at Doonbeg – back in January 2010.

So congratulation to everyone at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland – which we still refer to as the Lodge at Doonbeg – for this well-deserved award and especially to the girls who work in the White Horses Spa.

Way to go guys – from Marie, Paul & me @ ampimage.com – as this is great to see.

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February 2, 2014

Adventures in Wonderland

Christian Dior were at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare this week, so we were asked to come along and cover the event – which was being held in their marquee…
Setting up in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg.
.. and I have got to say it looked amazing…
The marquee set up for Dior at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. for such a business event.

Anyway, the following day they set-up for the ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ party…
Setting up in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg.
.. so from my point of view it was simply a case of setting up the camera and waiting to see what would un-fold…
Setting up in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg.
.. then making some last minute changes to the lighting, to capture the stunning set-up…
Setting up for Christian Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party in the marquee at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. with and without their staff in it…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. minutes before everyone began to arrive…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. to enjoy a wonder meal…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. and a night to remember…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. which I did my best to capture…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. going around the various tables to record the laugher…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. the hugs…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. the dancing…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. and the smiles…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. before the Mad Hatters Tea Party
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. which I think almost everyone enjoyed…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
..as they took it in turn to climb in..
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. to the Hatter’s tea cup..
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. quickly posing for the camera…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. before climb out again…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. one after the other…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. as this was the ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ party…
Dior's 'Adventures in Wonderland' party.
.. thanks mainly to the guys from the Lodge at Doonbeg – who then worked throughout the night to have it all set-up for the next morning…
Setting up in the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg.
.. for the final business meeting…
The marquee set up for Dior at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. which once again looked amazing.

So there you have it, the marquee being used in a very different way by Christian Dior – to how we shot it before…
The marquee set for a wedding at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. for the Lodge at Doonbeg back in 2009 – and their Adventures in Wonderland party.

From Marie & me @ ampimage this week in Doonbeg.

October 17, 2013

No.1 in Europe…

.. and 4 in the top 15.

Yes the results are in from the latest Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – and so we would would like to say a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to 4 of the hotels in the Top 20 Resorts in Europe:

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.. whom we have had the great pleasure to worked with over the past few years – providing images for them to use to show the world what they have to offer.

The Lodge at Doonbeg
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.. who we last talked about shooting for here: Nothing between here and America & here in September of last year.

Dromoland Castle
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.. who we last talked about shooting for here: Capturing the atmosphere and also when they won the 2012 Fodor’s top 100 hotels in the world Royal pedigree award.

Ashford Castle
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.. who we last talked about shooting for here: Welcome to Ashford Castle as well as back in July 2010 when we first meet.

.. and Mount Juliet
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.. who we talked about shooting for in May of this year as well as back in November 2012.

Plus an even bigger CONGRATULATIONS to Ray and everyone at the Lodge at Doonbeg for not only being ranked number one here in Europe, but for also being ranked number 20 the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World:
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“What appears to be an aristocrat’s stately nineteenth-century seaside manor was in fact built in 2006 by the developers of South Carolina’s Kiawah Island and designed entirely by Americans. But what is very real about Doonbeg (and all that really matters) is its stunning setting on a remote whitecapped bay in west County Clare, the perfection of its every detail, and staff who are easily among the most welcoming in Ireland. Accommodations are in one- to four-bedroom suites with high ceilings, gas fireplaces, kitchens, and sumptuous beds. The centerpiece of the resort is the Greg Norman–designed course mowed through the rolling marram grass dunes.”

Which as you can see from their most recent ad…
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.. they are extremely proud of too – and rightly so, as that is an absolutely astounding result.

So a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to each of you once again – a fantastic result indeed – and thank-you too for choose us at ampimage to capture you’re places – which we’d obviously like to think, (greatly) helped add to your success here smile

From Marie, me and the rest of the team @ 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.

February 1, 2012

You love a challenge!

We were back down last week to create some new images for our long-standing client Doonbeg Golf Resort. It has been fascinating to see how they keep adding to their guest experience – and each time they bring something new to the table, needless to say, they want it captured for all to see.

Their latest offering is a very stylish beauty salon which is ideally located beside their luxury White Horse Spa.

With no natural light and lots of mirrors…
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.. Ray (Marketing manager) simply said: You love a challenge!

Anyway, as always, it was a pleasure to work with them…
Hair & Beauty Salon at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.
..on the various images…
Hair & Beauty Salon at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.
.. so we wish them every success with this latest venture.

We have shot lots Irish style bars over the years – the key is to convey a sense of warmth and atmosphere – a cold empty looking bar is never going to make potential clients say “I want to be there”.

So when we were down last week, we also shot their bar and restaurant in the golf club, which they call Darby’s bar.

The black wooden ceiling look great to the eye…

.. however, it sure didn’t make my life easy from a lighting perspective…

.. so a serious number of lights had to be used for this one – which needless to say was a challenge…
Trump's Bar and Restaurant - formly known as Darby's bar - at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. as we pieced the image together…

.. while their guests looked on

Still, I think in the end we managed to capture the warmth of this very appealing bar…
Trump's Bar and Restaurant - formerly known as Darby's bar - at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. without disrupting too many people, which is always a factor when doing this type of shot !!

Anyway, big thanks to Ray and all the staff at Doonbeg here, who worked alongside us to create these wonderful & challenging images

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

October 23, 2010

Adding the finishing touches…

.. to the final images…
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.. produced at Doonbeg this weekend…
In the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. where we ended-up shooting the marquee…
The marquee at Doonbeg
.. after the sun had gone down…
The wedding marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. and then their new reception area…
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.. to created this image…
The lobby area at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. of Ray hard at work a guest sitting in front of the roaring fire, enjoying a glass of Brandy 🙂

So it’s home tomorrow, after 20 great days on the road – to add the finishing touches to all the images – on this amazing trip.

Cheers, from Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

October 22, 2010

Great to see…

.. things are booming in Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort – as we shoot various stills and rooms – between two weddings that are currently being held here.

Today we focused on attention to detail…
Wedding ideas in the marquee at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort
.. and that personal touch
Weddings in the marquee at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort
.. which one would naturally expect to receive on the their wedding day, here in the West of Ireland.

So cheers…
Strawberries & champagne.
..from Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

January 7, 2010

Christmas at Doonbeg.

Yes, we are still producing Christmas images one week into January – so as you can see here behind the sliding glass entrance door into the lobby…
Setting up the fireplace shot at Doonbeg.
.. it was all hands on board, as Paul & Marie worked their magic to help create what has got to be one of my all time favour Christmas images…
Christmas at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.
.. which really does say, in my opinion, “A very warm welcome” to Doonbeg at this time of year.

But it wasn’t all about Christmas, as they also needed some images created to show their beautiful Spa area too – which is called ‘White Horses’ – down in the basement…
White Horses Spa.
.. meaning: not much natural light.
Still, after setting up a few lights and Paul lit a few candles…
Setting up in the Spa.
.. it was showtime..
The Spa area.
.. and another “Money shot”, as Ray the marketing manager calls them, in the bag.

However, with no natural light down here…
Setting up in the Spa.
.. needless to say, it was a challenge to create images like this…
The Spa area.
.. or even this one in the hot tub – which I completely missed the focus on…
Hot tub.
.. but everyone still seemed to love it anyway – so go figure that wink

So yes, it was a pretty major lighting job for sure…
Setting up in the treatment room.
.. as Paul had to work hard here…
Setting up in the treatment room.
.. and Marie naturally too on the styling – but I’ve got to say, I think it was worth it – as this has got to be one of the nice spas in the country…
The treatment room at Doonbeg.
.. in what I would say is one of the best hotels in the country too smile

Anyway, next Christmas you will no doubt see many of the other images we created here – but until then, this is how we will remember Christmas at Doonbeg – which was a great way to start the New Year.

So from Marie, Paul & me @ ampimage.com, make it a good one smile

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