Before marrying Jennifer, I had the opportunity to visit Dublin, Ireland 4 times for the World’s Friendliest Marathon when I coached for the Leukemia Society. It’s odd to have visited a country/city for the 5th time, but since Jennifer had not been to Ireland we decided to go along with our friend Mike who traveled with us to Jordan.
While Dublin is known for many things, it is the home of my favorite beer, Guinness. While one might say I am biased by the creamy goodness in a glass, both Jennifer and Mike were notably impressed by the seven story experience at the Guinness Storehouse. Indeed, even I was blown away by the upgrades to the tour.
Guinness was kind enough to allow us early entry and provide an escort to help us get the photos we wanted. We were met at 9AM by Stewart, who enthusiastically embraced our challenges. Our first, attempt was the dimly lit, majestic waterfall which presented many lighting challenges. Stewart watched and Mike and I set up and adjusted multiple remote flashes to capture Jennifer, the dress and the waterfall in one click. Many clicks later, we got our keeper just as the hordes of people started to mill about.
Next we snuck into the concierge’s room where they do private tastings. While the room wasn’t open yet, we were able to grab a shot of Jennifer under the hammered copper ceiling.
We then had a unique olfactory experience while continuing to taste Guinness enhanced with a steamy aromatic mist highlighting the notes of the major ingredients. We laid out a bunch of shot glasses for the photo and then of course, couldn’t let them go to waste. This definitely added to the challenge of our shoots.
Fortunately, the last few shots we technically easy. We cruised through the history of Guinness advertising and then stopped an intricately statue. At first the eye is drawn to the horses, but as one looks closer, you can see a Guinness harp. What else comes to mind when you take it all in?