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May 27, 2017

The John Jefferson Smurfit Room.

The John Jefferson Smurfit Room is located in the hotel itself which dates from 1832. The room boasts a magnificent Georgian stucco ceiling, complete with ornate plasterwork and a magnificent Waterford Crystal Chandelier. Beautiful sash windows allow views onto the manicured gardens and also allow plenty of natural daylight to flood into the space while the elegant marble fireplace adds a wonderful focal point to the room. Double doors lead out onto the Yeat’s Room which is home to a large collection of original Jack B. Yeat’s paintings and is often used as a tea/ coffee breakout area or as a pre-dinner drinks reception space. The John Jefferson Smurfit Room can be used for private dining, a board meeting or for a meeting or presentation.”

Which was the first room we looked when we went down to see Orla…
The John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. a few months ago.

OUR THINKING: Late evening – shooting around 7:30pm, so need to be setting up around 6pm.
2 members of staff preparing the room.
Dinner party possible set for private birthday or small corporate dinner, so maybe if we keep flowers in low rise arrangements down the centre of the table.
White table clothes unless the table is really nice.
Fire lit.

So having agreed on that, just after arriving and have agreed at deal with Ivan here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. Dianne noticed that they were already starting to set it up for us to shoot at the end of the 2nd day – so rather than just letting them get on with it, she got out the iron and when to work…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which meant by the time I set up the camera and took the first picture here…
One of the last pictures taken in the John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. it was already looking very good.

So while Claudio and Ivan worked on improving the lighting, Dianne worked on the place setting…
One of the pictures taken in the John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. as she felt their should be a little bit more on the table.

Then Ivan lit the candles…
One of the pictures taken in the John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. the finishing touches were added…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and that was basically it – as you can see…
One of the last pictures taken in the John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which in the end looked like this…
The John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. after the fire had been lit and I had added on the “magnificent Georgian stucco ceiling, complete with ornate plasterwork and a magnificent Waterford Crystal Chandelier”.

Delighted with that – however, we had mentioned in our report, that either 1 or 2 members of staff may work well – so before moving the camera, we gave that a go…
One of the last pictures taken in the John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. and yes as you can see here…
The John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. that worked very well too.

So were provided them with the two slightly different variations here – the first of which can now be seen on their website here…
Screen shot of the John Jefferson Smurfit Room on The K Club's website.
.. as this was one which they felt really didn’t need anymore.

And I couldn’t argue with that – because it really didn’t.

Still, as I would often say about all the stuff that we would bring to these type of shoots…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. “It’s better to be looking at it…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. than for it” smile

And so that’s the story behind this image which you can now see on our home page too…
smile
.. as I would say that this was my favourite image from this shoot.

From Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me at ampimage.com The home page of the ampimage website showing the image we produced in the John Jefferson Smurfit Room at the K Club.

May 25, 2017

Wanting to be close.

This was an interesting one and a first for me…
The Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. as they were wanting an image to show that they offered a Pull-Out Sofa too, in their Liffey Deluxe Rooms.

So having seen what the camera would record, if I where to shoot the room with a wide angle lens – it was agreed that a tighter shot may look more appealing.
And so this was our suggestion:

“Mum with her daughter – possibly about 3 or 4 years of age – reading a story in bed.
Lots of Teddies including a K Club one !!
Dressing robes for both.
Flowers for table.”

Having got a ‘yes’ to that idea – that meant it was now time to take a picture…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. to see if we could create the type of image that they would actually want to use.

Which started out looking like so…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. before the pillows were straighten…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and the curtains were fixed by Ivan here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. who’s talent for climbing and fixing things, I know far exceed something as simple as this – as he recently showed us all some pictures of him on top of some of the highest mountains in the world, which totally blew me away.

And so while Dianne sat in for a quick test shot…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. Ivan was climbing out the window…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. setting up this…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which then created this…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which both he and Claudio here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. were clearly very pleased about smile

And rightly so – because there is no way I could have done that, especially if I’d been on my own – nor would I have even tried too.

So a big thanks to both the guys for the beautiful light here…
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which one may get naturally in the early morning, as the sun rises on this side of the building.

Anyway, with that now done, it was time work on what we should ask our ‘Mother & daughter’ to do.

Claudio made a suggestion – which is what we were looking at here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. just as Oral walked in with our ‘Mother & daughter’.

So I’m sure you can imagine the look on their faces, when I zoom in on this…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and then tried to explain our thinking here smile

Anyway, once everyone stopped rolling around the floor – it was time for the Stars of the show to take-up their positions…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. as everyone watched…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. the two of them having fun talking to the bears…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. who spoke back – due Dianne having hidden one of the walkie-talkies under the quilt wink

Team work at it best – much of which I know goes unnoticed – which is part of the reason behind me writing these blogs, because I don’t want to forget all these wonderful moments that lead up to us creating an image like this…
The Pull-Out Sofa in the Liffey Deluxe Bedroom at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which you can now see on their website…
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. as The K Club offers a range of family friendly accommodation including Interconnecting Family Rooms” – which was the next shot we did…
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. “Luxury Pull-Out Sofa beds”, as seen above – “and Two-Bedroom Suites”
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. which I talked about us shooting here: The Presidential suite.

So an interesting one that’s for sure – which just leaves me to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and especially to Ivan for all that he did, who I believe is still in therapy, as he never knew he had another big son smilesmilesmile

May 23, 2017

Indulge yourself.

Next up was the River Room Restaurant – which like with the The Pantheon Suite, they were busy redecorating when we were last down…
Original picture taken of the River Room Restaurant at the K Club.
.. but we knew this room well, as this was where we had our breakfast each morning – so the concept was simple:

“This is a big room so we feel it will look better with a few people about.
Breakfast setting – with the early morning sunlight pouring in across the room.
Family having breakfast with possibly the father at the self service”

So as soon as the last guests had finished their breakfast…
One of the last pictures taken in the River Room Restaurant at the K Club in County Kildare
.. we started to do what we do…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. while Claudio and Ivan worked on the lighting…
One of the first pictures taken in the River Room Restaurant at the K Club in County Kildare
.. then there was the ironing to be done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. repositioning of the chairs…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and before you know it we where basically ready to shoot it for real…
One of the last pictures taken in the River Room Restaurant at the K Club in County Kildare
.. just as the Stars of the show arrived…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. all of whom we knew, as we had worked with them all before.

So while Claudio had fun briefed them…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. poor Ivan waited patiently by the lights outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. but he didn’t have to wait very long – because it was basically all over in less than 5 minutes…
One of the last pictures taken in the River Room Restaurant at the K Club in County Kildare
.. as they all posed to perfection in almost ever frame.

And so this was the final result…
The River Room Restaurant at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Country Club in County Kildare.
.. which I was delighted with, once it was pieced together or amped as we would say wink

And so that’s the story behind this image that you can now see on their website…
The River Room Restaurant page on the K Club's website.

“Indulge yourself with a Full Irish Breakfast in our elegant River Room Restaurant while overlooking our extensive landscaped gardens.”

.. at the fabulous Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club in the beautiful Irish county of Kildare smile

May 22, 2017

My turn.

Shoot towards the bar…
One of the original pictures taken of the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. or towards the seating area…
One of the original pictures taken of the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. was the big question asked back when we first looked this room, which they call the Media Puzzle Lounge.

Media Puzzle (May 7, 1997 – June 22, 2006), foaled in the United States was an Irish horse best known for his win in the 2002 Melbourne Cup.
Bred by Walter Haefner’s Moyglare Stud Farm and owned by Dr. M. W. Smurfit. He was sired by Theatrical, the 1987 U.S. Champion Male Turf Horse, and out of the mare Market Slide by Gulch, the 1988U.S. Champion Sprint Horse. Media Puzzle is the half brother of Refuse to Bend, a four-time group 1 winning entire by Sadler’s Wells.

Anyway, bright and early the following morning – after having spent quite some time in this room the night before – the team made a start…
One of the first pictures taken in the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. as Ivan prepared himself for another long day…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which Claudio brilliantly captured on camera…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. as he clearly was up for an early start wink

Seriously though, with Ivan’s help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. the two of them had all the lights up outside the 3 large windows…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. in no time at all – so now it was starting to look pretty good…
One of the first pictures taken in the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. as they stood in for some test shots…
One of the first pictures taken in the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. as we tried visualise where the people would be in the final image…
One of the first pictures taken in the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. once they all arrived.

Which also gave Claudio plenty of time to take lots of behind the scenes shots..
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. of us all in action…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. doing whatever each of us felt needed to be done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. including of me…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which usually just shows me pressing the button every now and then wink

He’s very good at this – but by far the best shot he took was still to come – after the Denise and her husband, Ciarán, arrive…
One of the first pictures taken in the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and I had given everyone their instructions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. taken a few quick shots…
One of the last pictures taken in the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. adjusted the lighting…
One of the last pictures taken in the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and then captured them for real:
One of the last pictures taken in the Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare

Because as good as that was, it wasn’t until Claudio took this image of this absolutely amazing looking guy…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which Ivan then texted everyone he knew about…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. that I was then able to say, this is the final result…
The Media Puzzle Lounge at the K Club in County Kildare
.. because yes, it was my turn to make an appearance in an image that had been well and truly amped smile

Which just leave me to thank everyone involved, including Denise & Ciarán here, who were about to appear in a few more images before the end of the day – but more on that to follow.

And so that’s the story behind this image that you can now see on their website…
Screen shot showing the Media Puzzle Lounge on the K Club's website
.. about the Media Puzzle Lounge.

May 21, 2017

The Byerley Turk.

“Well we did agree at the start, Ivan – so I’m going to finish this beer…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and then it’s back to work”
wink

Which basically was what it was like – as we just had time for a club sandwich before we needed to set-up for the next shot – which was of the Byerley Turk restaurant here…
One of the first pictures taken in the Byerley Turk at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which they wanted us to capture after the sun had gone down – in other words a late evening shot.

Never an easy one to do, as it can be very hard to visualise how that is actually going to look, until it basically is dark outside.

Which at this time of year and especially on a day like it was today, could mean it would be nearly 10 O’Clock…
One of the first pictures taken in the Byerley Turk at the K Club in County Kildare
.. by which time they would be starting to serve the last orders of the black stuff – so it was time to crack on,
as far as I was concerned smile

According to wikipedia:

The Byerley Turk was a dark brown or black horse of unknown breeding, but described in historic accounts as an Arabian…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. it was the earliest of three stallions that were the founders of the modern Thoroughbred horse racing bloodstock (the other two are the Godolphin Arabian and the Darley Arabian).

So while Dianne worked on the table setting…
One of the first pictures taken in the Byerley Turk at the K Club in County Kildare
.. Ivan and Claudio started working on the lighting…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. before it was time for Claudio’s big moment…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. because yes Claudio…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. the spot light is now on you wink

And so as night time approached, we were pretty much here…
One of the last pictures taken in the Byerley Turk at the K Club in County Kildare
.. adding a few small pools of light…
One of the last pictures taken in the Byerley Turk at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which when all pieced together – finally ended up looking like this:
The Byerley Turk at the K Club in County Kildare

Which on The K Club’s website now looks like this…
Screen shot showing The Byerley Turk on the K Club's website
.. to let everyone see that Claudio also enjoys “a sumptuous evening dining experience” too wink

A tough one to end the day on – so it was time for a few pints of the black stuff, as I needed to keep everyone’s strength up for the following day – so more to follow, but for now that’s it from the team who just amped The Byerley Turk’s image too smile

May 15, 2017

The Chinese Drawing Room.

“So what do you think…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. not bad I guess…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. but how much will it cost me…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. just work us all into the ground over the next few days, Ashley, and it’s all yours.

You’ve got to be joking, Ivan – then let’s shake on it…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. because you’ve got yourself a deal” smile

Yes we were back at the fabulous K Club and what an amazing place it is – but joking aside, I would first really like to say a big thanks to my team here, because they really did go the extra mile for me on this one, as they never stopped from sun up to sun down.

So yes we were back once again – this time to capture rooms like this…
Recce shot of the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which they called the ‘Chinese Drawing Room’ – which they wanted to show set for high tea.

So with the camera in place, we started to move the furniture around a bit…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. as we didn’t really want to be looking at the back of the sofa.

Then checking the screen to see how that looked…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. and then – well we basically turned the room upside down…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. but as you can see we were starting to get here…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. as it was basically naturally lit…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. with a little help from what the guys had set-up outside smile

So inside it was decision time, now that all the furniture was basically in place – white table clothes or not…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. was the question – and so the ironing begun…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. followed by more test shots…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. with Susie and Dianne standing in – followed by Claudio and Ivan having a go…
One of the first pictures taken in the Chinese Drawing Room at the K Club.
.. and then there was more ironing to be done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. before Denise (who recently got married here it seems) arrived to become The Star of the show – as Ivan…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. Dianne…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. and even Claudio here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. all seemed very eager to make her smile – before I stepped in to show them all how it was done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which obviously took the smile right off her face smile

Seriously though – one last look at the screen with Oral here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. who is the Senior Marketing Executive – and this was the final result…
The Chinese Drawing Room at the Kildare Hotel, Spa and Country Club in County Kildare.
.. to show the Chinese Drawing Room – at the fabulous Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club in the beautiful Irish county of Kildare.

Delighted – and so were they – which means we had only 9 more to go, before they would tell us to pack our bags and go home – which one obviously doesn’t want to do, when you are staying (or even working) at a place like this smile

Anyway, next up was the Liffey Deluxe River View bedroom – which was on the far side of the hotel – so for now that’s it, from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me @ ampimage.com

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