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December 12, 2018

The perfect gift this Christmas.

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This was one of my favorite images of 2017…
The Lobby & Reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which we talked about shooting here: The new & the old – but as you can see from the quick shots I recently took…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. they were in the poscess of making some changes…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and so that meant a new image was required.

However, even on the morning of the shoot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. after having looked at it from various angles the night before as well, we still weren’t 100% sure about which was the best single angle…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to show this newly refurbished reception area…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. but in the end, we decided it was basically from the front door this time – looking over their new furniture towards the front desk…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and so having all finally agreed on that – the lights went up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and the Christmas tree decorations naturally had to come down…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at least until we had finished.

And so once again I was very glad I had brought the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which these pictures clearly show they did…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. in their own special way Wink.

Seriously though, one of the things I love to look at afterward is these ‘behind the scenes’ pictures…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. especially the ones which Claudio takes – like this series…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of us trying to reduce the marks on the carpet…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as it’s easy to forget how much work goes into each of these images…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or how many people are actually involved sometimes…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or even stopping to ask “where did that outfit come from?”…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. because if you are like me, then I’m sure you already noticed that she wasn’t wearing that before Wink.

Which in a way is a good thing, because that’s obviously not what we want anyone to notice or even talk about when they look at this final image…
The reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of their new reception area.

Still, all this helps remind me as to why it takes so long to pack the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which just leaves me to say a big thanks to everyone at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel for “The Perfect Gift This Christmas”
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
from all of us

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December 9, 2018

New bar and lounge area.

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Two of the busiest areas in any hotel is the reception area and the lounge area – plus with the days being very short at this time of year – then bringing the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. seemed to make sense – because a few days before we were due to shoot this was how the terrace lounge area looked…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath – as it was being refurbished and a new bar was also being built…
The new bar being built in the lounge area at Dunboyne Castle
.. behind the ‘false wall’ at the back.

And I was glad I did, as the first image appeared on screen…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. because it was “a bit of a grey old day”, as they would say here in Ireland – which means we didn’t have that lovely sun-lit feel, which one would naturally see on a good day, due to the large windows along the left and skylight windows (above) on the right.

So 3k’s up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as the guys reckoned a bank of these would do the trick…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and then we ran through the various “ where to put the people” options…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. before our models arrived to take up their positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which was naturally followed by a few more quick shots…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and there you have it – the new image of the ​Terrace Lounge & Bar area…
The new lounge and bar area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel – once the top and bottom had been added to make it a square – because it’s easy to crop but hard to add on…
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
.. especially afterward

July 1, 2014

Cream of the crop.

Is the title of the first of 2 home features we have this month in the August 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 88 to 91 in the August 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Alastair and Pauline Bingham's chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 88 to 91 – featuring Alastair and Pauline Bingham’s chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.

“Pauline Bingham turned a 1980s chalet bungalow into an elegant home decorated in soft natural tones.”

Which we talked about shooting here: All change.

And the other is titled ‘Taste Test’
Pages 110 to 112 in the August 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Kelly Ann and Dominic Preston's Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.
.. on pages 110 to 112 – featuring Kelly Ann and Dominic Preston’s Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.

“After buying a refurbished property, Kelly and Dominic Perston still managed to put their own stamp on the previous owners’ style.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Industrial Chic & Shabby Chic.

Anyway, when Marie received her copy a few days ago, she emailed me to say:

Woweeeeeee 🙂

You will be thrilled 🙂

And Marie is thrilled too 🙂

Which basically does sum it up – as I am always thrilled to see our work in this beautiful magazine, which each month contains 25 for the best homes in not only the UK but in various other parts of the world too.
So to see two of ours featured in it, really did make my day 🙂

And I can also see why else Marie was extra pleased, as Pauline’s does read like a Natural Calico brochure too wink

Anyway, great to see – as the repro is superb as well – so I’d just like to say a big thanks to everyone involved and especially to Pauline, Kelly and Dominic for inviting us into their beautiful homes – which were indeed the cream of the crop this month.

From Marie, Mandy & me @ ampimage.com

December 30, 2012

50 Shades of Grey.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 5:45 pm
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Irish Style!!

In my last blog, I showed the amazing kitchen transformation Marie achieved in her new home – a dated 60’s house which she has totally refurbished.

Well, it didn’t stop there…
Motelands before
.. as the room, she was most looking forward to transforming, was the sitting room.

This room was basically a “featureless box”…
Motelands before
.. so Marie concentrated on adding depth and detail by creating a chimney breast and adding things like T&G paneling, deep cornices, and skirtings along with a stove.

From a photography perspective, rooms without contours or features are usually less interesting – which is why we mostly tend to shoot Period or Architectural homes.

But with this one, by the time Marie had dressed it out…
Marie McMillen in the sitting room of her detached 1960's house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. using mostly existing furnishings – but painting some pieces too and adding a few new cushions & throws…
The sitting room in Marie and Alan McMillen's detached 1960's house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. it looked a million dollars.

On a side note: We both enjoy shooting homes with color – but for her own home, Marie usually opts for a calm neutral pallet and then injects interest with layers of accessories and subtly different tones.

So in this case undoubtedly…
The sitting room in Marie and Alan McMillen's detached 1960's house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. she was inspired by 50 Shades of Grey Smile

January 27, 2010

Honeymoon suite plus.

We were back down at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort this week, to produce some more images to cover weddings and show their newly refurbished Link Cottages.

To the eye, the newly refurbished Link’s Cottage looked great; however, the camera does sometimes see things very differently – as you can see here…
Setting-up the Link's cottage shot.
.. but with a wee bit of pushing & shoving – a blast of light, plus some Marie magic added to the mix…
The link cottages.
.. we had our first image in the bag pretty quickly- as this is what we do.

First I set up the camera to get the framing…
Setting-up the kitchen shot in Link's cottage.
.. then we re-arranged things to suit the camera – and while I work on the lighting, Marie adds the finishing touches…
Setting-up the kitchen shot in Link's cottage.
.. without saying anything to one another sometimes, until we both stop – and say…
The kitchen in the Link's cottage.
.. I’m happy with that.

Anyway, shooting the cottage was just like shooting a home – which we regularly do for the national magazines – so that was easy 🙂

The tricker shots where the wedding ones – as those actually needed to be created.
So after some discussion with Ray (the marketing manager) and having looked a few different rooms, we decided that this one…
Setting-up the Honeymoon suite.
.. would be the most suitable, to be turned into a honeymoon suite.

So once again, while I worked on the lighting, Marie…
Marie McMillen.
.. when about doing her thing.

It took forever – but in the end we where all very pleased with the final result…
Honeymoon suite at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.
.. and so now Doonbeg has officially got themselves a Honeymoon suite 🙂

Anyway, that’s what we were up to this week – as we worked with Ray here, to let the world see what this amazing place has to offer.

Cheers, from Marie & me.
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