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July 26, 2016

“Stop looking at the clock”

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“And start looking at what is actually in front of you, because you are in fact living the dream” – is what I said to my team here, as they were trying very hard to speed things up during this shoot.

Because let’s face it, life really doesn’t get much better than this…
Claudio Salviato on the balcony of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. or at least not for me it doesn’t – as I simply couldn’t afford to even dream of staying at a place like this…
The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. never mind standing on the balcony of their Presidential suite.

So enjoy the moment while it lasts…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. because I can assure you, I was in no hurry to leave Wink

Anyway, the last image was to show that balcony of the Presidential suite and the view of their gardens and golf course – which the day before we talked over with Susie, as we tried to find the best angle…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
..which in the end I reckoned was from the window near the top of the stairs…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. so worth taking a shot of…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. because I would rarely not use a tripod…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. even when working with the 503.

Anyway, other than where it was taken from…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. it was a pretty straightforward​ shot…
The balcony and view from the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. to complete the dream, of what The K Club has to offer it’s extra special guests.

And so it was now time to look at the clock – as we packed…
Behind the scenes at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. because I’m trying to workout how long it will be before we are back here again Wink

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July 25, 2016

The master bedroom in the Imperial Suite.

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They say a picture is worth a 1000 words – so when trying to produce an image that someone else will want to use, especially if it’s one for them to use to help them tell their story – or in this case, say to their guests: this room would be ideal for you – then I would often question them about who that person is.

Male, female, young, old, business person, bride, tourists, etc, etc – because I want that person to feel that this would be perfect for them too – in fact, I’d really like them to feel that are already there and this is already their room Smile

Okay, I may be getting a bit carried away here – but that is often like my Goal, i.e. to make the viewer feel that they are already there and this is what they are looking at.

And so I have spent the last 30 years trying to produce those type of images – “Just for you”, as we would often say – and so knowing who ‘you’ (the viewer) is, would , therefore, e important for me and my team to know… hence the questions about the client’s target market, etc, etc.

Because everything in the image, as well as how it’s lit, composed, framed, etc, etc – is all part of the story that we are writing a 1000 words about, when we take a picture or produce an​ image or even create one, to say what it is that we are wanting to say to the viewer, i.e. you Wink

And so with that in mind, the fun begins – which is basically what happened here, during this shoot of the master bedroom in the Imperial Suite…
One of the first pictures taken of the master bedroom in the Imperial Suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. which once lit and styled…
One of the first pictures taken of the master bedroom in the Imperial Suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. had us both looking at the scene here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. in no time at all – thinking yes that looks pretty good
One of the first pictures taken of the master bedroom in the Imperial Suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. so it was time to ask Susie to come have a look.

Arms folded – as you can see here in Claudio’s behind the scenes shot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. which isn’t a good sign Wink

Seriously though, Susie really did like it – however, it was this question that I kept asking, about who this person was here…
Detail.
.. because may be it should be this person…
Detail.
.. or even this person…
Detail.
.. or would it be this…
Detail.
.. or this…
Detail.
.. or this…
One of the first pictures taken of the master bedroom in the Imperial Suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. which is when she finally said ‘yes’ – like that’s the word I have been look for, to describe this ideal person, who… would want to say in this room, could afford to say in this room, would normally stay in this room .. would stop and look at my picture Smile

Yes, it was a bit like going shopping with one of my daughters, who would tell me that she knew exactly what she wanted, once she would see it Wink

Anyway, that was the master bedroom in the Imperial Suite done – so 4 down and only 1 to go.

July 24, 2016

The Master Bedroom.

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In the Presidential suite, with its four-poster bed was next up…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. and so while Dianne did a spot of ironing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. Claudio once again puts a light outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. and I took a quick shot of the kids…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. to see if that sort of thing would work.

Which we decided against in the end, as Susie wanted to show that this as the parent’s room or master bedroom in this suite, as it had another bedroom on the other side of the living room that we had just shot.

So we thanked the children for their time, as they had already been amazing – and then Claudio put up another light outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. which as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. lit up the bed beautifully.

Love it – and almost there I reckoned, as I stood back to let Dianne have a look…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club.
.. while the sweat​ ran down my back, due to this amazing weather that we were getting – which naturally we complained about, as we are just not used to it here in Ireland – so there is just no pleasing us sometimes when it comes to the weather Smile

Anyway, she wasn’t happy neither at what she saw on the screen here…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. and Claudio agreed with her – so I was outnumbered​ 2 to 1 Wink

But they were right – as this was the final result…
The master bedroom in the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. a few minutes later – so can you spot the difference Wink

Anyway, that was it as we called it a day and headed for the bar – where Claudio and I ‘talked shop’ until the wee small hours of the following day, as this was like living the dream for both of us – with 3 down and only 2 to go Smile

The Presidential suite.

At the at The K Club was next up…
One of the first pictures taken in the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. so while I looked at the first images on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. Dianne worked on the styling…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. as Claudio set up the lights.

Then our star guests arrived…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. as Susie here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. was wanting to show this as a room that would suit a family too.

So while Dianne worked on the cushions, to try and give them a bit more shape…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. I talked to Susie about how I saw it now, as I wasn’t overly convinced that this was going to work…
One of the first pictures taken in the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. but by the look on everyone face here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. I wasn’t actually doing a very good job of Smile

Anyway, kids sitting on the sofa was my thinking here now…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. so after getting a green-light on that, it was time to sort the hair out…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. and then minutes later this was the result…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. as they both posed to perfection – while both of their mothers look on Wink

And so that was two done – one to go before we would call it a day – as none of us were in a rush for this dream to end Smile

July 23, 2016

The Imperial Suite.

This week we were shooting at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare – as they had just recently refurbished two of their top bedroom suites.

So we kicked off in the Imperial Suite – which as you can see from even this first image was pretty amazing…
One of the first pictures taken in the Imperial Suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. so while thought about what we should do here, as I looked at first images on screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. Dianne started working on the flowers…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. while Claudio took some pictures…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. of us looking like we knew what we were doing smile.

Anyway, after Claudio had set-up the light outside the far window…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. and we had moved the furniture a bit, so as I could see the fireplace – the girls set the table…
One of the first pictures taken in the Imperial Suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. while I looked on…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. before the finishing touches were added…
One of the first pictures taken in the Imperial Suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. and then it was time for Susie (the sales and marketing manager) to have a look at the final result…
One of the first pictures taken in the Imperial Suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. which at the end was this…
The drawing and dining room in the Imperial Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. after I added a bit more to the top & bottom, as they will be wanting to use this image in various media over the years.

And so that it – as it was time to set-up the next shot, as our star guests were about to arrive, so more on that later on – but for now that was one part of the Imperial Suite in the bag.

From Dianne, Claudio & me – living the dream, as we create the dream, at the amazing K Club smile.

August 22, 2015

How hard can it be !

At the end of last year we were invited along to take a look at some of the bedrooms at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club (also known as The K Club), near Straffan in County Kildare, which they were wanting us to possibly shoot sometime.

So we were shown around by their Marketing people, and while Marie talked to them about what all they wanted, who their market was, etc, etc – I took some quick pictures like this…
Recce images of one of the bedrooms at The K Club located near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. just to see what the camera saw, as well as get an idea of what I may have to do later on.

Anyway, last week we were back – but this time we didn’t just come to take some pictures, we were here this time to create some images that they would want to use instead.
So needless to say the wagon was fully loaded, which naturally took some time pack as well as unpack that evening on arrival…
Unloading the Land Rover in front of the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. but anyway, we kicked off the following morning in the Superior bedroom…
One of the first pictures in the Superior bedroom at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. which by 10:47 we were ready to let Orla here…
Superior bedroom at the K Club
.. see this final result…
The Superior bedroom at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. to have it signed-off, so to speak.

Then it was over to the Barton Suite…
One of the first pictures taken in the Barton Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. where Marie worked her magic as usual – while Stuart…
One of the first pictures taken in the Barton Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. well he was obviously tired, so he decided to lie down on the job wink

Still, very pleased with the result…
Barton Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. as was Orla too.

Next up was the Liffey Deluxe suite…
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. so it was all hands on board once again…
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. to create this image of the sitting room area…
The Liffey Deluxe suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. before swinging the camera around…
At work
.. doing what we do …
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. to end up with this…
Liffey Deluxe suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. which once again Orla seemed very pleased with.

The Presidential Suite was next…
One of the first pictures taken in the Presidential Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. which we rearranged…
One of the first pictures taken in the Presidential Suite.
.. styled…
One of the first pictures taken in the Presidential Suite.
.. and then lit to look like so…
The Presidential Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. to show both the sitting room area and the bedroom this time – before calling it a day…
Outside the Presidential Suite
.. and enjoying a glass of wine outside.

Next morning I told Marie how I’d caught a fish this big
The Viceroy Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club
.. or maybe I was showing her a possible camera angle wink

Either way, it was the huge Viceroy Suite next…
One of the first pictures taken in the Viceroy Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. were Marie as usual worked her magic…
One of the first pictures taken in the Viceroy Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club
.. while Stuart and I worked on the lighting, to end up with this image…
The Viceroy Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. before a quick change…
Creating the Bridal Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club
.. to create the Bridal Suite…
The Viceroy Bridal Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. which it seems, it is also regularly used for.

Pretty Wow !!

Anyway, next up was the Liffey Suite…
One of the first pictures taken of the Liffey Suite.
.. which was one of the bedrooms we had taken pictures off before (which I showed above) – and so after the team had done their thing, this was the end result…
The Liffey Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. as Stuart hung out the window to fill the room with beautiful light.

Next morning we started with​ Suite 6…
One of the first pictures taken in Suite 6 at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club
.. which thankfully was on the ground floor, as it was bucketing down outside – so lights up and raincoats​ on…
One of the first pictures taken in Suite 6 at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club
.. as we knew we had to be quick here…
Suite 6 at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club.
.. to capture this suite’s U.S.P, which we felt the waiter highlighted to perfection.

The last room was dark due to it raining outside…
Bedroom Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club
… and much smaller than the others too – so please wait outside…
Bedroom Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club
.. while I have a look…
Pre-viewing the final results.
.. at this the final bedroom image…
Bedroom Suite at the Kildare Hotel Spa & Golf Club
… before packing-up and loading-up…
Packing up to leave.
.. tired but very happy – that we had actually made it look, as if we hadn’t done anything at all here, besides just take some quick pictures of what happened to be there, with a really good camera.

Because, like how hard can it be, to shoot a few bedrooms smile

Anyway, from Marie, Stuart & me – we hope we have made you want to stay at The K Club – as that was our goal here when we creating images – which is a truly amazing place in the beautiful County of Kildare, as you can clearly see.

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