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October 11, 2016

The Clubhouse

Besides being asked to produce some images in the MacLeod House and Lodge, we were also asked to produce some images over in the Clubhouse – which as you can see from this quick shot we took of the restaurant area back in August…
Recce shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. was lined with big windows all down one side, which looked out over the links golf course.

Our suggestions at that time:

“Two members of staff would be needed (one at the bar and one either walking down with a tray or setting a table) and a few guest wouldn’t go a miss, way at the back.

Food on the table closest to the camera, with some personal items.

Could have people outside !!

Sun light pouring in – so either lots of lights or we wait for the big guy up above to do his thing.

I’ll bring the lights just incase he is busy that day 🙂

Anyway, if the tables are turned (as we suggested), and I fill this with shafts of sunlight – to draw the eye all the way down to the back – then this will work very well.”

And so that was the shot we kicked off on trying to achieve first the following morning, as I knew if the sun was out, then it would have been basically naturally lit the way I imagined – which it was Smile.

However, as you can see here…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. there was one slight problem – it was busy!!

Still, not giving up hope since the light was perfect, as you can see…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. we decided to wait – and then the team kicked into action…
Setting up shot of the restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. setting the tables and organising people, etc, etc, as quickly as possible.

And a few minutes later, this was the result…
The restaurant in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. all thanks, as far as I’m concerned, to the big guy up above who really is the true master when it comes to lighting Smile.

“Guests to Trump International Golf Links, Scotland can be guaranteed of a luxurious yet informal environment in which they can eat, meet, dine and drink. Relax in The Brasserie at The Clubhouse and enjoy sumptuous Scottish fare and culinary classics in stylish, comfortable surroundings with sensational views across the golf course.”

At either end of the main restaurant area, are two smaller areas – and while we were there in August, I took this quick snap of Kate & Dianne…
Kate & Dianne having a bit to eat in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. having a bit to eat while discussing ideas, etc – as I just felt there was something there that could look great.

Well they clearly saw something too – Ladies having lunch – and so that was next on our list, which started out looking like this…
Setting up the Ladies having lunch shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and after some hairdressing…
Setting up the Ladies having lunch shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. ended up looking like this…
Ladies having lunch in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. of the two girls once again, posing this time to perfection Smile.

The 3rd planned image for here, was an evening shot to show private dining – so with plenty of time to kill, we heading back to the MacLeod House to shoot this room…
Sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we had originally said:

“Afternnon tea – so sunny looking is what I’m thinking with possibly a member of staff setting down your cup or pouring out your tea.”

So started with this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. considered doing something like this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. then tried this…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. liked what we saw…
Setting up the shot of the South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so this was the result…
The South Snug sitting room area at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. with Trump’s own brand and personally signed whisky taking central stage… instead of tea Wink.

Then it was back to the Clubhouse for the private dining shot – and so with the table in position it was out with the streamer…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while Claudio worked on the lighting – which instantly made a big difference…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so after some quick test shots…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the candles were lit…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the models arrived…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and just before nightfall…
Setting up the private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. this the final image that was produced…
Private dining shot in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so needless to say, it was time for a beer…
The ampimage team in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. followed by quite a few more that night Wink.

Because in theory that was us finished; however, there was one more shot that Dianne felt we should really do, which was of this Whisky tastings room…
The ampimage team in the Clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which is in the basement of the MacLeod House.

“We love this area – very unique and it does say a castle – so thinking a member of staff with one or two people sampling or looking at a bottle or glass.”

So the next morning we went down and locked her in…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before deciding that she was possibly right – after seeing the first on the image on the screen…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which after making sure that Trump’s own Whisky once again took central stage…
Setting up the Whisky room shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. this was the result…
Whisky tastings room in the basement at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which I will defiantly be putting in my portfolio, as I loved how this one turned out Smile.

And so that was it – time to pack to wagon…
Packaging the Land Rover after the shoot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. take a quick team shot…
The ampimage team outside the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and say good-bye for now…
The ampimage team outside the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. to this fairly tale castle with a huge Scottish flag in front – before catching the boat back to Ireland…
The Land Rover at the port after the shoot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. just as the sun when down.

And so that just leaves me to say a big Thank you to everyone at the Trump International Golf Links Hotel, for making us feel so welcome – and especially to Kate, who was brilliantly organised throughout – and of course not forgetting the big guy up above, because I know without his help, the results here would have been very, very different Wink.

So thank you all from Dianne, Claudio & me, for this wonderful opportunity to tell your story – especially at is time when the whole World is talking about Mr Trump – which in itself from an advertising & marketing point of view, is truly an amazing achievement.

So we naturally all wish him every success in achieving his goals in the run-up to the presidential election – from across the pond in bonnie Scotland Smile.

August 30, 2015

Six of these plus a whole bunch of these.

The fun continued at the Breaffy House Resort
One of the many pictures taken at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. as the weather quickly changed and blew everything away with it.

So we headed inside as it started to rain, to shoot the new Healy Mac’s bar…
First pictures taken in Healy Mac’s bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. which looked amazing – especially when the sun poured in through the large windows, which it clearly wasn’t anymore.

Anyway, with six of these…
Bowens 3K packs.
.. plus a whole bunch of these…
3K flash heads outside.
.. and we were all set to go…
Marie & Claudio in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. as Marie & Claudio assumed the position that the models would later be in.

So while we waited for everyone to arrive…
In the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. we did some test shots – with Claudio sitting in once again, this time with Mary Lee
Mary Lee & Claudio in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and then when everyone else arrived, it was time to start shooting for real…
Shooting in the bar at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and this was the final result…
Healy Mac’s bar at the Breaffy House Resort in the County Mayo town of Castlebar.
.. after a few different outfit changes.

Next up was the restaurant – so with the camera in the ideal position
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. everyone started to do their thing…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. while we did ours…
Shooting in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. hair sorted…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. emails checked…
One of the first pictures taken in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. time to shoot…
Shooting in the restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and this was the result…
The restaurant at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. after we had turned the place totally upside down smile

The large Banquet suite was next…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. which after Claudio had lit – with six of these plus a whole bunch of these – the models were given their instruction…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. while I checked to see how it looked…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. then more instruction…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. the result…
The Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. a final check…
Shooting in the Banquet suite at the Breaffy House Resort in County Mayo.
.. and that was it.

Which just left what we had started…
Claudio Salviato looking for the mark on the ground outside the Breaffy House Resort.
.. which I talked about here: Doing whatever it takes.

And so that was it – a big thanks to everyone involved here – from Marie, Claudio & me at ampimage – as it was then back to the Healy Mac’s bar – tired, wet but very pleased with the results – to enjoy six of these plus a whole bunch of these smile

January 17, 2014

Better late than never.

Due to the poor weather we had to put our first shoot of the year back a week – still better late than never – so we headed down to Ballina in County Mayo over the weekend to produce a number of images at the Ice House Hotel, while keeping our fingers cross for a wee bit of sunshine.

Weather is always a major concern at this time of year, but there was a 50% chance of some sunshine – so rather than waiting, we kicked of in the bar…
Setting up the bar at the Ice House Hotel.
.. as they had two models booked – and so everyone set about doing their thing, which including rearranging the drinks…
Setting up the bar at the Ice House Hotel.
.. and asking Carmel form The Marketing Department to stand in as well, while I lit it up…
The bar at the Ice House Hotel in Ballina.
.. to capture our first, of hopefully many great images of this year.

Anyway, the rain stopped and the sky turned blue – so it was straight into restaurant…
Setting up the restaurant at the Ice House Hotel.
.. lights up, get everyone in place quickly and minutes before it started to rain again, we managed to get our second image in the bag…
The restaurant at the Ice House Hotel in Ballina.
.. which I was delighted with, as this was a biggie for both them & us.

Marie’s favourite next, a bedroom…
Setting up the Riverside bedroom suite at the Ice House Hotel.
.. which actually took some time to set-up & light – and so while Carmel cleaned the rain drops of windows, Ken looked on and captured the moment…
Setting up the Riverside bedroom suite at the Ice House Hotel.
.. while Marie & I added the final touches…
Riverside bedroom suite at the Ice House Hotel in Ballina.
.. to their riverside bedroom suite.

Short days and ever changing weather meant we then really only had time to create one more image – so it was back to the restaurant…
Setting up the restaurant at the Ice House Hotel.
.. to wait for the twilight moment…
Setting up the restaurant at the Ice House Hotel.
.. to capture a romantic moment…
The restaurant at the Ice House Hotel in Ballina.
.. and an image that got two thumbs up from everyone involved – which was a really nice way to the end the day – before Marie & I collapsed in a heap.

So better late than never – that was day one and our first shoot of the year – which was followed by serval well deserved pints of Guinness smile

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com in the Ice House in County Mayo.

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

November 6, 2012

Relaxed Club House Style

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During day 3 of the Mount Juliet shoot we worked solely in the Clubhouse area.
Once again our brief was to convey a sense of warmth and atmosphere within the informal and relaxed context of the Clubhouse.

First up was a twin bedroom…
First picture taken in the Twin bed in the Clubhouse at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. often booked by golfers – hence the accessories…
Twin bed in the Clubhouse at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. because as Marie says: not only do props need to tell a story, but they also need to be colour coordinated – spot the pops of red !!

Next up was the main bar…
First picture taken in the President’s Bar in the Clubhouse at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. which I knew would be tough one to light and include people in, especially with that dark wood ceiling – so it was all lights in for this one…
The President’s Bar in the Clubhouse at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. while Marie organised a perfect latte, a couple enjoying a drink and a guy having a pint – all very typical of the clientele !

For the conservatory restaurant, it was all hands to the pumps when the overcast skies lifted for a brief spell – quite literally ‘a window of opportunity’. Simplicity was the key with this shot…
The conservatory restaurant in the Clubhouse at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. symmetry and drawing the eye through this very pleasant area.

The member’s bar has quite similar decor & ambience to the main bar…
The Spike bar in the Clubhouse at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. but with more than a suggestion of the “19th hole”.

Last up was the golf shop – it’s a large well stocked shop so our goal was to show just that – but as the light was fading fast…
First picture taken in the Golf shop at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. we had to work quickly here, so while Stuart & I worked on the lighting…
The Golf shop at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. Marie once again used red to drawing the eye through.

Day 4 to follow.

June 22, 2010

It’s a long way to Tipperary…

.. and that’s where we were this weekend, shooting at the Abbey Court Hotel…
The Abbey Court Hotel near Nenagh in County Tipperary.
.. near Nenagh.

The weather was beautiful; however, most of the images where indoors, so we where glad to have Scott with us – because as you see from the images below, which show the 1st first shot and the final image – we had to work hard on both the styling and the lighting here.

Started with the swimming pool in the morning, as it was quiet…
Setting up the pool shot
.. and so we where able to light it up nicely…
The swimming pool at the Abbey Court Hotel near Nenagh in County Tipperary.
.. before heading up to one of the bedrooms…
Setting up the bedroom shot
.. which Scott did a great job on, especially getting a light out that window…
Bedroom at the Abbey Court Hotel near Nenagh in County Tipperary.
.. using a very long boom arm.

Then it was down to the restaurant…
Setting up the restaurant shot
.. which was very cosy and had a great painting on the wall…
The restaurant at the Abbey Court Hotel near Nenagh in Co Tipperary.
.. of the Abbey Monks – before finally going into the bar…
Setting up the bar shot
.. which as always took time to light…
The bar at the Abbey Court Hotel near Nenagh in County Tipperary.
.. and style as would one expect of a traditional Irish bar.

Anyway, it may be “A long way to Tipperary”; however, I was very pleased with the results – so a big thanks to everyone involved this weekend and especially to the staff for their time.

From Marie, Scott & me.
www.ampimage.com

April 11, 2010

Go West.

Just back from shooting at the West County Hotel in Ennis this week…
Setting-up for wedding room image.
.. with Renae, Frances and Aishleen from the hotel.

A tough one as the place was busy…
Setting-up for lobby image.
..and so we had to work around their guests…
The Lobby area at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. to capture the different areas throughout this very popular County Clare hotel.

Anyway, here are some of the images produced – showing how it started out..
Setting-up the pool shot.
.. and then what the final image looked like – for example, the swimming pool…
The swimming pool at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. the bar…
Setting-up the bar shot.
.. which as always took a while to set-up and light..
The bar at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. Cafe West restaurant…
Setting-up the Cafe West shot.
.. which was fun…
Cafe West at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. plus the main restaurant…
Setting-up the Restaurant shot.
.. which required a little bit of pushing and shoving…
The restaurant at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
.. plus one of the bedrooms…
Setting-up a bedroom shot.
.. where we put up a few pictures…
Bedroom at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
..and finally the large function room…
Setting-up the function room shot.
.. which we in the end decided to focus on one table…
The function room at West County Hotel.
.. yours – as it’s your big day after all.

A total of eight images produced in the end, before heading south to shoot the last of their hotels – so watch this space for more on that later – and in the meantime, we’d just like to say a big thanks to the everyone involved here at the West County Hotel, for their help and making us feel so welcome.

From Marie, Stuart & me.
www.ampimage.com

March 12, 2010

Clare Inn and the George.

We have been shooting at the Clare Inn Hotel in County Clare…
The Clare Inn Hotel in Co Clare
.. and at the George Hotel in Limerick this week…
George Hotel
.. to create images like this…
George Hotel
.. as well as many others.

Favourite image has to be this one, of the Blue Dolphin Kids Club
Blue Dolphin Kids Club at the Clare Inn Hotel in Co Clare.
.. at the Clare Inn – which was kind-of a fun shot, that came together very smoothly once the kids arrived… who were brilliant – as was Stuart too…
Stuart
.. in an entertaining way to boot 🙂

However, Renae here…
Renae in the restaurant at the George Hotel.
.. the Group Marketing Manager for the Lynch Hotels – has been a Star throughout these shoots.
Totally organised and on top of everything, hence the results:

The Sunlounge meeting room…
Sunlounge at the Clare Inn Hotel.
.. the lounge in the reception area…
Lounge area at the Clare Inn Hotel.
.. the Deerfield restaurant…
Deerfield Restaurant at the Clare Inn Hotel.
.. and the restaurant at the George Hotel in Limerick…
The restaurant at The George Hotel in Limerick
.. to show just a few.

So big thanks to everyone involved, as it was quite a week – from Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

February 27, 2010

Breaffy Woods

We have been shooting down in County Mayo this week – with Renae and the team…
Setting up
.. at the Breaffy Hotels, to create some new images of their various rooms – like this bedroom suite…
Setting up the bedroom suite.
.. which when lit and styled…
Bedroom suite at the Breaffy House Hotel.
.. looked amazing for a 3 Star hotel in my opinion.

So was glad to have Stuart on board here…
Setting up
.. to help with the lighting – and Marie too, as her magic touches transformed this room …
Honeymoon suite at the Breaffy House Hotel.
.. and this one too…
Restaurant at the Breaffy House Hotel.
.. to become two of my favourite images.

Anyway, like I said before, it was all hands on board…
Setting up the Library shot.
.. as we shot the different areas throughout their hotel, like this Library…
The Library at the Breaffy House Hotel.
.. which we felt was a unique selling point too.

Then it was across to Breaffy Woods Hotel to shot a number of rooms there, including this large function room…
Setting up the bar shot.
.. which needless to say was a challenge to light, but we finally got there in the end…
The bar at the Breaffy Woods Hotel.
.. and I even managed to get a drink at the bar 🙂

So 12 images in total – including this one of the exterior of Breaffy House
Breaffy House Hotel.
.. which was taken in the morning, just as we were packing & leaving.

So that’s what we have been up to this week, down at Breaffy Woods in Castlebar.

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ampimage.com

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