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June 13, 2015

Keeping it real.

Over the past week or so, Marie & I have had some great discussions, about not only styling but also about lighting too – when it comes to creating images for others to use.
No rights or wrongs, of course, just different points of views, as to what one believes is right – based on what all the images are going to be used for and by whom, etc, etc.

So looking back on the work we did a few weeks ago – while we were down in County Kerry at the Killarney Park Hotel
The Killarney Park Hotel in the town center of Killarney in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. the one thing that we both agreed on, is that it has got to look real.
And so that’s like ‘our style’ or what we try to aim for – even though sometimes, it may not be entirely real at all  ​wink

Anyway, below shows the first image taken of this bedroom…
First image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.

.. where nothing had been done by either of us, bar Marie had placed a few items over at the window seat.

So that is real, in that, that is what it looks like if you were to simply​ walk in and take a picture of what was there.
Your eye will naturally see it slightly different, as your eye can record more levels of light – so the dark areas won’t look as dark and the white areas won’t be as ‘burn-out’ – as you will be able to clearly see what is outside the windows too.
Plus on top of that, your eyes are constantly moving, so, therefore, it’s like you are recording thousands of images to make up ‘the picture in your head’ – whereas the camera only records a single image from a fixed point, with a lens that is fixed rather than one that is constantly zooming in and out too.

So it is different – but nevertheless, ​both are considered to be ‘real’ – as we all know that the camera never lies, even though we all know that’s not entirely true neither  wink

Anyway, our goal with this type of work is to make it ‘look good’, make it look like somewhere you would want to be – and as real as possible too – to complete the story we are trying to tell.

So I actually work very hard on the lighting, to create a look that ‘looks like’ I didn’t do anything at all – as seen here…
Deluxe bedroom suite at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. while Marie does a similar thing, when it comes to the styling of such rooms.

In other words, we both work very hard to make it look natural – or Real – as opposed to an illustration or something that you would only see in Disney World  wink

And that is, in fact, something that we have both worked very hard on over the years – but the funny thing is, the better we become at it, the fewer​ people realise how long it actually takes to achieve this look – and so that in itself has obviously lead to problems on pricing (which I won’t get into here, as that’s a completely different story).

But anyway, back to the shoot we did a few weeks ago – as usual,​ I start by taking a picture like this…
First image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to see what it actually looks like from the camera’s point of view – ‘as is’ type of thing – and then the team kicks into place…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to add the finishing touches – and about an hour or so later – which may be hard to believe – the final image (or in some cases images) are captured.

And this was the result…
Superior bedroom suite at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which should, if we have achieved our goal, look as if I did nothing at all bar took a picture of what happened to be there at the time… using ‘a good camera’ of course wink

And so it was – first I put the camera in place and took a picture…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. then the team kicked in to make it look more inviting…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. and finally, ​it was lit and styled to within a inch of our lives…
The fireplace in one of the Junior Suites at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. to make it look as one would expect it to look – if you just happened to be lucky to be there at the right moment in time.

Talking about being lucky, well in a way we were, as you can see here…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. it wasn’t the best of days to be shooting outside.

Still, after adding some light…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. practicing the pose…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. and some lengthy talks…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. the sun finally came out to play – so it was all hands on board…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to create this image…
The Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the town center​ of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. of their new Garden Terrace, which is located at the rear next to the Garden Bar…
The Garden Bar at the Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. were we all enjoyed a few cold beers, later on, needs to say  Smile​

Anyway, there you have it – doing our best to keep it real, but hopefully making you want to be here too…
The lobby fireplace at the Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. as that’s our goal – as we invite you into ‘our world’, through the images that we create.

From Claudio, Marie & me @ ampimage, trying to make you feel like you are already there, in “the kingdom” of Kerry smile

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February 1, 2012

American Irish style.

We had a busy few days down at Doonbeg – but whilst we were there, we took the opportunity to shoot one of the many holiday cottages…
Mary and Paul Kernaghan's holiday cottage near Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. for a possible future Editorial feature.

Plantation shutters have become very desirable in recent years…
The living room in Mary and Paul Kernaghan's holiday cottage near Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. and this place shows just how well they really work…
The dining area in Mary and Paul Kernaghan's holiday cottage near Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. in a relaxed casual sort of setting.

So all in all, we felt this was a very stylish home and a good one to shoot – with a nice mixture of American and Irish styling – which hopefully some of the interior magazines will like too !!

Fingers crossed – but as the saying goes: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth ! – when the opportunity arises – especially when it looks this good.
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For Marie here…
Marie in Mary and Paul Kernaghan's holiday cottage near Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. and me in Mary and Paul Kernaghan’s holiday cottage near Doonbeg in County Clare.

November 29, 2011

Shabby Chic Christmas

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As we near the end of November, we finished our second Christmas home shoot for the 2012 publications – well ahead of schedule.

The nice thing about the current trend for Christmas styling is that basically anything goes – be it cozy traditional, ultra-modern or as in this case…
Christmas at Amanda and Keith McGuile's Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.
.. shabby chic in pastel colours.
A huge amount of work always goes into getting a home ready for any magazine shoot; however, Christmas shoots always require that wee bit more… or in some cases, a lot more, especially if it’s being specifically set-up for just that one day.

So hats off to Amanda & Keith for all their hard work here – because they sure did a superb job. And even throughout the day, it was all hands-on board…
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.. which was great – because as they say: many hands make light work – and with the days being short, it was much appreciated. However, I think their little boy, Bailie, enjoyed the day the most – as it was like ‘Christmas had come early’ for him.
So he helped his mum decorate the tree…
Amanda McGuile with her son Bailey in their Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down at Christmas time.
.. and even helped Marie with the props…
eating the props
.. by eating a few of them 🙂

Seriously though, it was a lovely shoot – so would just like to say a big thanks – we will keep you posted – and in the meantime, a very Merry Christmas from Marie & me @ ampimage.com

July 9, 2011

Blogging – Italian Style

Filed under: Web links — Ashley Morrison @ 3:16 pm
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This is another instance of a Blog about a Blog.

This time the Blog Spot is by a wide network of mainly Italian girls who clearly love “Modern Country” style – they had spotted some of our magazine images and were clearly very taken with Marie’s styling – as a result, they asked for an interview which can now be seen on Apple Pie.

Modern Country: Marie McMillen, quando il web è una continua scoperta.

The kitchen table in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's bungalow near Holywood in County Down.

This really is a beautiful composed Blog Spot – it just shows that a love of homes and styling is a truly international thing.

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