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July 22, 2017

It’s tables they want to see.

The 2nd shot in the bar that Jack was keen for us to capture, was this raised fireplace area…

.. which he was also wanting to promote.

Our Thinking:
“You mentioned you liked the Trump fireplace shot (see below) – so we will try to recreate something with a similar feel.”
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Which we talked about shooting here: The Clubhouse.

“Well now that you have talked the talk, Ashley…
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.. what are you planning on doing ?” – because it’s tables they want to see, rather than armchairs in front of a fire wink

Okay, TV down to start with…
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.. and I’ll try to find an angle…
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.. while Ivan, you workout how you are going to put a mirror up there…
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.. because how else am I going to explain this very romantic image of the two of you wink

So while I put the camera in it position…
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.. Ivan and Dianne started working on table setting…
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.. as well as the flowers…
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.. books…
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.. and everything else that was in front of the camera.
While Claudio (besides taking lots of great pictures of us all) worked on the lighting – as I tried to explain the look that I was after…
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.. before returning to take a few quick shots…
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.. which I reckoned was 99% there…
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.. bar fixing the hair…
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.. and there you have it…
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.. Capture-198262 looked good…
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.. which got the thumbs-ups from everyone…
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.. as it can now be seen on their Home page:
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So “Cheers” – from Claudio, Myself, Ivan & Dianne here…
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.. as it was time to make full use of the props smile

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November 9, 2016

Congratulation Mr President.

An absolutely amazing achievement – so “Way to go Mr Trump”…
US election 2016 results on BBC News as Donal Trump declares victory to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
.. from all of us at ampimage.

And thank you also for the opportunity to be part of your dream over the years – both in here Ireland at Doonbeg…
Bedroom in one of the Courtyard cottages at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in the Irish County of Clare.
.. and in Scotland here too…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. at Aberdeen.

So “Way to go you, Mr President” – from me and all of us at ampimage – for this truly amazing achievement.

As I’m now able to say: Creating images to tell a story… not just for you, but also for 45th President of the United States of America too smile.

October 10, 2016

MacLeod House & Lodge.

Is part of the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland.

“Donald J. Trump’s historic Scottish mansion and lodge is set amid mature woodland in the heart of the magnificent Trump International estate. This is opulent five-star hotel provides exquisite superior and grand deluxe guestrooms, intimate bar and dining facilities, and is the ultimate setting for dinner, bed and breakfast, private parties or exclusive use.

With it’s secret stairways, traditional log fires, whisky snug and spectacular grounds, MacLeod House & Lodge offers luxury and comfort in a secluded and dramatic location.”

And so that’s what we were here to capture.

One of the pictures I took back in August, was of this tree-lined pathway which leads up to the Lodge…
Recce shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which at that time, due to the sun light filtering through the trees, looked wonderful to the eye – and so we had suggested in our report that an image of a family out walking here, would help them tell their story to their guests.

So we kicked of with that one on the Monday morning – but as you can see here…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. it was kind-off dark – but not for long, as Claudio here..
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. set about lighting it up, with a lot more power than was needed, as you can see…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but he finally got there…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. just before everyone arrived…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so with different hats on hand and some leaves to mark the spot…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which naturally needed to be kicked…
Family out for a walk on the path through the trees that leads to the lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the final image was created in no time at all Smile.

Then it was up to the family bedroom, which as you can see was also dark…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but not for long…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Claudio had obviously it all figured out…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so too had Dianne, by the looks of it…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while I stood and watched…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and looked at the screen…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as it was clear that they knew what they were doing…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and were loving every minute of it too…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was great to see.

Anyway, it was then time introduce the real Stars of the show…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and a few minutes later, this was the result…
The Family twin bedroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. to show their family twin bedroom.

Leaving time to eat the props…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before heading back over to the MacLeod House to set-up the shot in this room…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which in our report we had suggested would work well as the Bridal suite.

Which it basically did by the time I had set-up the camera…
Setting up the Bridal shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as this was one that Dianne had clearly had a vision for – and so in no time at all, this was the result…
The Bridal suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as the team were definitely on top form here Smile.

Ahead of schedule and with time to spare before the evening shot of the dining room set for a banquet, we decided to next shoot this their Classic bedroom…
Recce shot of one of the bedrooms at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was the room I stayed in when we were over in August – hence the messy bed Smile.

And so with the camera in position…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the fun began…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Dianne here…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. was replace with a lighting stand – and my new camera bag even made an appearance…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before it was replace and the fire was lit to produce this the final image…
Classic bedroom suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which hopefully looks like I did nothing at all, other than used a good camera to take the picture Wink.

Which just left the evening shot of the dining room to go – and as you can see here from the first picture taken of it…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. that looked like it was going to be any easy one to do.

A touch more light, fix that blind…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. check how it looks on the screen…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and then…

Let’s start all over again…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. so it really was all hands on board at this stage…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as night time approached and Claudio stood-in for one last test shot …
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before we created this our final image of the day…
The dining room set for a banquet at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. “just for you”, as we would say Smile.

Seven done, five to go – so more to follow, as tomorrow is another day, as I would say Wink.

October 9, 2016

By the lake.

Filed under: Photography,Travel — Ashley Morrison @ 9:50 am
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Back in February of this year, I was asked by the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland, to quote them a price for me to produce and then provide them with 6 images to use – and so after some negotiating of the fee, we were given the green light to proceed.

So in August, Dianne and I flew over to see them – to talk more about what they actually needed, as well as see their place for ourselves first hand.

A fairly tale castle…
The Trump International Golf Hotel near Balmedie in Scotland.
.. with a huge Scottish flag in front, is how I would best describe it Smile.

Anyway, one of the last shots we looked at when we were there, was this view from the lake at the back…
The lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we felt would work well, to show a bride how beautiful their location was, i.e. it would be the ideal setting for her big day.

However, I went on to add in our report…

“Totally weather dependent – so I won’t promise anything here.”

.. as is Scotland after all wink.

Anyway, after lots more talk about what all they needed, last week we headed over to shoot for real – and I had obviously been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast – so instead of starting on Monday​ as planned, due to the weather forecast saying Sunday would be good, we pushed ahead and arrived mid-day Sunday, to set-up for this shot…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which as you can see wasn’t looking to good at this stage.

Still, it wasn’t long before the sun came out, so having asked at the last minute for a flower girl and a bride to be there, Dianne & I tried to work-out their positions…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but there was one slight problem, we didn’t have a bride or a flower girl cry.

Thankfully however, Dianne had brought a wedding dress over with her – and so before I knew it she was wearing it…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and was more than happy to stand-in, as some big black clouds started to appear.

But then she disappeared after looking at this image on screen…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and re-appeared a few minutes with a new bride…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while I watched the sun go behind a big tree, which as you can see meant they were now in the shadows cry.

So lights up…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and while Dianne sorted out the dress…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. Claudio played around with the lighting, to see if he could get the balance right to make it look natural.

Anyway, one of the huge advantages of using a digital system, is you can obviously see the results right away on screen – and so with everything now in place…
Setting up the shot by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. it was just a matter of trying out a few different poses – and so this was the final result…
Bride standing by the lake at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. with even a swan swimming past, to complete the the story we were trying to tell to their target market Smile.

So with one in the bag, it was time to take a look at this bathroom…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we had said in our report, we felt would look good shoot in the evening.

“candles, towels, late evening feel, girl in bathrobe standing at the window or sitting on the edge of the bath.”

Decided to go in a bit tighter…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so with the camera in position, it was time to work on the lighting, styling and positioning of the model..
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which we checked on screen…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while we waited for the sun to set…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. then checked again and again …
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before everyone started to smile…
Setting up the shot in the bathroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. at this the final result…
Bathroom in one of the bedroom suites at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before we called it a day.

Two done, ten to go – so more to follow, as tomorrow is another day Smile.

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