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May 23, 2013

In & out

Well, the weather forecast indicated we would have a few hours of sunshine today; however, there wasn’t much sign of it the following morning.
So we continued where we left of the day before in the Spa, shooting one of the treatment rooms…
The Spa at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. which have these beautiful shuttered windows.

Then it was over to the swimming pool…
Pool set-up
.. to capture two different versions of the same setting.
One aimed at appealing to those who want a well deserved, relaxing break…
The swimming pool at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
..and the other appealing to families…
The swimming pool at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. whose children are invited to join the Little Rascals Kid’s Club, between 1-5pm each day.

Next up, it was into the gym where Stuart & Shane stood in, while we set-up & tested the lighting…
Gym set-up
.. ahead of the girls turning up for the final image…
The Gym at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. looking very relaxed – as if they are enjoying their stay here.

After a bit of lunch, with some sign of sunshine on the horizon, we headed over to the equestrian center – which is one of the most impressive equestrian centers in the country – where once again Stuart & Shane stood in while we set-up & tested the lighting…
Stables set-up

Nice try guys, but I’m not sure if I’m convinced smile

Anyway, while the girls organized the horses…
Stables set-up
.. the sun flickered in & out behind the clouds, creating a lovely shaft of light within this American style barn.
So with my fingers crossed and all the horses in place, we started shooting for real – and after many sleepless nights worrying about this one – it all came together beautifully…
The Equestrian Centre stables at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. making this one of my personal favorite shots of this 4-day shoot.

We were now on a roll – and so with some more sunlight in sight, we headed outside to capture the jumping arena.

While the jumps were being set-up…
Horse jumpimg set-up
.. I started shooting…
Horse jumpimg set-up
.. examining the results after each take…
Horse jumpimg set-up
.. moving the jumps for the camera…
Horse jumpimg set-up
.. waiting and waiting, until finally the sun came out…
Horse jumpimg set-up
.. and then that was another one in the bag…
Horse jumpimg
.. which actually came together very quickly in the end, as almost every jump was perfect.

So we finished off the day with an exterior shot of this American style barn…
The Equestrian Centre at Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny.
.. before headed over to the clubhouse bar for a few pints of Guinness – which is of course always the perfect way to end any day at Mount Juliet Smile

January 6, 2013

Field of Dreams.

Is the title of our latest published work in the February 2013 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 90 to 101 in the February 2013 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Sonya and Glenn McDowell's century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.
.. on pages 90 to 101, plus on the cover too – featuring Sonya and Glenn McDowell’s century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.

“Sonya and Glen bought a century-old cottage in a rural idyll near the seaside town of Donaghadee, County Down – but ended up living in it’s barn and stables.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Escape to the Country.

I loved this place and I loved how it had been styled & decorated too – so yes for me, this was a dream home sitting in the green fields of Ireland.

Anyway, a huge thanks to everyone involved for their hard work here – and a huge congratulations to Glen and Sonya here…
Sonya McDowell in the living room of her barn conversion near Donaghadee in County Down.
.. especially for making it onto the cover too, of this beautifully printed Irish magazine.

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