Ashley Morrison's Blog

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 its​ 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 we’re​ 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 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 an​ 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.

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October 4, 2014

Selling the dream.

Wagon packed…
Land Rover loaded up
.. as we were heading down to shoot in County Westmeath near Athlone this week, at the Hodson Bay Hotel – after getting a request to produce 4 images for them to use to help market & advertise their place.

The first was to be the penthouse suite set-up as a honeymoon suite, as promoting weddings was top of their list.

So having arrived the evening before, we talked things over with them again and decided to go for something a wee bit different to what we had originally planned, after Marie here…
Marie standing on the balcony of Penthouse suite at the Hodson Bay Hotel
.. thought this would make for a great bridal shot.

What was she thinking, I hear you say – well it involved getting up very early the next following morning…
Sunrise over Hobson Bay
.. and then wait for the sun to rise.

So while Claudio here – our assistant for the day, who we only contacted the day before via the Photography Ireland forum – stood in…
Claudio Salviato
.. I set-up the camera and started to light it as best I could, while keeping my fingers crossed.

As timing was going to be everything here – as we watched the sun rising…
Sunrise over Hobson Bay
.. the bride appeared…
Model arrives
.. and so it was all hands on board…
All hands on board
.. as I knew this golden light or ‘first light’ as it’s sometimes called, wouldn’t last for more than a couple of minutes.

Beautiful…
Bride standing on the balcony of Penthouse suite at the Hodson Bay Hotel which is situated on the shores of Lough Ree near Athlone in Ireland.
.. but so too was the view…
Sunrise over Hobson Bay
.. which at the end of the day was very much their unique selling point – which was amazing too.

“Sometimes you sell the sizzle, sometimes you sell the steak”

Is an old saying about Advertising photography – so I decided to add some sizzle…
Bride standing in the balcony of Penthouse suite at the Hodson Bay Hotel near Athlone in Ireland.
.. which Marie when she saw it later emailed me to say: 

Wow wow wow wow 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

 .. and Aidan from the hotel called ‘stunning’ & ‘iconic’

As this was about selling the dream – which is actually real, even if one may never be able to capture it quite like this wink

More to follow – as this was to be a long day – but what a start, so I’ll leave it at that for now, as it was time for some breakfast.

Cheers from Marie, Claudio & me at the Hodson Bay Hotel, which as you can see…
The penthouse accommodation page on the Hodson Bay Hotel's website.
.. now really is situated on the shores of Lough Ree near Athlone in Irish county of Westmeath Smile

October 23, 2010

Adding the finishing touches…

.. to the final images…
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.. produced at Doonbeg this weekend…
In the marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. where we ended-up shooting the marquee…
The marquee at Doonbeg
.. after the sun had gone down…
The wedding marquee at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. and then their new reception area…
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.. to created this image…
The lobby area at the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. of Ray hard at work a guest sitting in front of the roaring fire, enjoying a glass of Brandy 🙂

So it’s home tomorrow after 20 great days on the road…
Europe-2010
.. to add the finishing touches to all the images on this amazing trip.

Cheers, from Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

January 27, 2010

Honeymoon suite plus.

We were back down at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort this week, to produce some more images to cover weddings and show their newly refurbished Link Cottages.

To the eye, the newly refurbished Link’s Cottage looked great; however, the camera does sometimes see things very differently – as you can see here…
Setting-up the Link's cottage shot.
.. but with a wee bit of pushing & shoving – a blast of light, plus some Marie magic added to the mix…
The link cottages.
.. we had our first image in the bag pretty quickly- as this is what we do.

First I set up the camera to get the framing…
Setting-up the kitchen shot in Link's cottage.
.. then we re-arranged things to suit the camera – and while I work on the lighting, Marie adds the finishing touches…
Setting-up the kitchen shot in Link's cottage.
.. without saying anything to one another sometimes, until we both stop – and say…
The kitchen in the Link's cottage.
.. I’m happy with that.

Anyway, shooting the cottage was just like shooting a home – which we regularly do for the national magazines – so that was easy 🙂

The tricker shots where the wedding ones – as those actually needed to be created.
So after some discussion with Ray (the marketing manager) and having looked a few different rooms, we decided that this one…
Setting-up the Honeymoon suite.
.. would be the most suitable, to be turned into a honeymoon suite.

So once again, while I worked on the lighting, Marie…
Marie McMillen.
.. when about doing her thing.

It took forever – but in the end we where all very pleased with the final result…
Honeymoon suite at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.
.. and so now Doonbeg has officially got themselves a Honeymoon suite 🙂

Anyway, that’s what we were up to this week – as we worked with Ray here, to let the world see what this amazing place has to offer.

Cheers, from Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

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