Ashley Morrison's Blog

August 18, 2014

Our needs V’s Their needs.

Was over shooting at Marie’s the other day – and so while she was busy and very focused on doing her thing here…
Marie at work.
.. to create a series of lovely banner images like this…
Bed linen and cushions.
.. to show the new head board she is selling, as well as cushions and lamps, etc – which I must say all looked very well…
Bed linen and cushions.
.. as she mixed & matched them…
Bed linen and cushions.
… to show how simple changes could completely change the look.

I on the other hand, was busy thinking about a solution, to the new terms agreement which IPC Media have recently introduced.

This being the problem:-

IPC Media has updated its rights agreements to reflect our needs as a multi platform business. Our previous agreements were written when all content was produced for print, but now our customers expect to be able to access content on whichever platform they chose to experience it – in print, on tablet, on smartphones, online or through events and other experiences.
The rights we are buying are All Rights, in return for IPC’s agreement to pay the fees agreed for each commission.
All Rights means the assignment to IPC of all of your right, title and interest in, and to, the copyright and all other rights of every kind or description in the material(s) commissioned from you, throughout the World whether those rights are now known or are created in the future and in each case for the full period of existence of those rights.

This assignment to IPC is made with full title guarantee, which means that you guarantee to IPC that you have the right to pass to us the entire ownership of the rights in the material(s) i.e. you have not copied anyone else’s work, and only you have been involved in the preparation of the material(s).

And it is a problem on different levels too – as agreeing to this would not only mean the end of additional usage sale – which I personally do count on to cover the extra cost of hiring people like Marie here, to help me produce the type of images that these people would want to use – but it would also remover any & all incentives to do anything more than the bare minimum anymore.

Because producing ‘better images’ is clearly now not going to make us any more money – and so the last thing one would want to do, is give them some images that they would want to use that much – as the more they would use those images, the less they would need to use us.

So it’s all very counter productive in away, as it’s like ‘just about good enough’ will now become the norm – as the incentive to do more than that, has just been removed.
Because a quick snap-shot, which may be of little use to them or anyone – is now worth exactly the same to the photographer, as an amazing image which may be worth thousands to them or possibly other people – as they are now talking about a fixed fee for ‘All Rights’.

Which basically means it doesn’t really matter what the images look like anymore – as it’s not going to make any difference to what they are worth.
At least not as far as we (the photographers) will be concerned.

But it doesn’t just stop there – as agreeing to this would also mean we are no longer just talking about ‘Editorial use’ – and so we would now need to let the homeowners know that – as these images which we are about to take in their home, could now be use in almost any media for almost anything, including advertising.
And we would have no say in that – as IPC Media would own the Rights – to do as they please with the images.

And incase you’re thinking “No, surely not” – I can assure you it can and most likely will, as I’ve been down this road before and that’s exactly what started to happened.

So take this image that we produce in Marie’s house the other day…
Bed linen and cushions.
.. if we agreed to IPC Media’s terms here – then they would own All Rights to it – which means neither Marie (the homeowner in this case as well as being the stylist) or I would have any say in either how IPC Media used it or even who else they sold it to, for them to use.

So she could easily see pictures like this of her home, being used by not only other magazines in different parts of the world over the next few years, but also being used for advertising by others too – on Billboards, Posters, Ambient; Brochures, Direct Mail, Magazine ads, Newspaper ads, Point of sale, Television as well as on the Worldwide web – as we are no longer talking about just a one time only editorial feature anymore, in one magazine, in one country.

Because “All Rights means the assignment to IPC of all of your right, title and interest in, and to, the copyright and all other rights of every kind or description in the material(s) commissioned from you, throughout the World whether those rights are now known or are created in the future and in each case for the full period of existence of those rights.”

So that’s the problem – now what’s the solutions ??

Henry Ford once said:

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.

So would love to hear from others, especially those who may also be directly effected by this new agreement – not to dwell on the problem, but to hear what you feel would be a good solution here – as that is what we need find, before this all ends in tears.

As that is exactly what is going to happen here, if we don’t – as this could very well be the end of ‘editorial work’ as we know it – for everyone… including them.

Cheers
Ashley
www.ampimage.com

August 11, 2014

Back in action.

Well it’s been a while – mainly due to me not being well, which is another story – but anyway, we were back in action this week…
Setting up the shot in Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. shooting a room which Donna, a good friend of Marie & Stuart, had been working on above her garage.

So it was just like old times – ‘Deep in thought’ as Stuart said here, when he sent this image through…
Deep in thought.
.. of the girls studying the image on the laptop screen, while I’m trying to figure out how to work the camera by the looks of things :)

Anyway, both Stuart & Marie worked their magic….
Setting up the shot in Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. and so before long the first image of Donna, sitting so as not to disturb the cushions…
Donna Wilson in the guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. was in the bag.

Then it was detail shots…
Setting up the shot in Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. which Stuart once again titled ‘Many hands’…
Setting up the shot in Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. which they did indeed made light work here…
Chair in Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. and so before long we were almost done.

Still there was the return angle to shoot – so Marie took a quick picture with her iPad here…
Marie's image.
.. to show use all what she felt should be the shot.

So while I set-up the camera to see what it would look like…
Setting up the shot in Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. Marie explained her vision of how she saw it:

“Bathroom door closed – grey sofas just cutting in each side – cushions on white day bed framing the shot :)
Graphic/Classy.”

Right – so how about this…
Side table in Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. was my thinking – which by the look on Marie’s face here…
Setting up the shot in Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. wasn’t quite what she was thinking :)

Anyway, it was good to be back – and finish with my personal favourite image…
Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. which I’m hoping the editors will like too.

So this is just a wee note from me to say thank you to all of you guys – and especially to Donna for inviting us in – an amazing job, so thank you.

From Marie, Stuart & me.
www.ampimage.com

August 2, 2014

Victorian Vintage.

Is the title of our latest published work, in the September 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
September 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine.
.. pages 82 to 95.

“Amanda and Keith used vintage inspiration and shabby chic furniture to transform dingy workplace offices into a stunning forever family home in Belfast.”

Which we talked about here: Never work with children or animals – when we shot it.

Anyway, a massive 14 page spread which looks really stunning – so this is just a quick note to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and congratulations to Amanda & Keith once again, for this time making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

July 17, 2014

A real life fairy tale.

A 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the French Tarn region…
John & Angela Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. which belonged to Angela & John Goodwin, was our home for a few days while we shoot in this area – and what a magnificent place it was too…
John & Angela Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. like something you’d normally only except to see in a fairy tale book :)

THE STORY:

The couple went out to find and refurbish a wreck but ended up with a readymade home which one friend said was like something out of a fairytale. By immersing themselves in the French way of life they are now fully fledged Francophiles enjoying a home which is the epitome of rustic manor house living.

First impressions?
“Ironically, this isn’t the type of property we’d usually go for. Our previous two homes in France had been ‘projects’ and indeed so had our last home in Devon before we moved here permanently 16 years ago. We’ve always really enjoyed the challenge of doing up a property and putting our own stamp on it – but when we viewed the tower house all the major work had already been carried out. We just couldn’t resist the wow factor we know France well – we’d holidayed here for 20 years before John took the chance of early retirement and we moved out here – and we knew this particular area in the Tarn region very well as a previous property of ours had been on the south west coastline. But once we discovered and fell in love with the quaint little medieval hill town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, we knew this was where our next move would take us.”

Their favourite room – and mine too – was the living room…
The living room in Angela & John Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. with its double height, overlooked by a gallery – and centres around this huge fireplace…
The fireplace in the living room in Angela & John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. which they light in winter, because it does actually get quite cold here it seems.

Talking of lighting, that was a challenge for sure, as capturing the atmosphere of this wonderfully old place…
Four poster bed in the master  bedroom of Angela & John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. was for me, what it was all about.

This wonderfully romantic four poster bed is the centrepiece of the master bedroom, which was bought locally and the rest of the room is furnished with a range of antiques sourced in nearby Albi.

Marie on the other hand, was more concerned about how the table setting looked…
Marie setting the table in the conservatory of Angela & John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. before Angela stood in…
Angela Goodwin in the conservatory of her 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. to showed her how it was done :)

Anyway, we stayed in what we referred to as ‘our wee cave’ – which was underneath and right beside the swimming pool…
John & Angela Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. which was just amazing – but this was the other option…
Guest bedroom in Angela & John Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. which was in the tower section – with it’s own spiral staircase which leads to a glass floored mezzanine level above.

Stunning or what ?

And this is why I love shooting homes abroad so much, as you not only get to see things like this – which you just wouldn’t see back in the UK or Ireland – but you also get to meet the truly amazing people behind all it too.

And Angela & John where definitely two of those amazing people – who even went to the trouble to set-up this final shot…
Angela & John Goodwin setting up outside their 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. to complete our story of how they had made their dream come true…
Angela & John Goodwin outside their 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. and what a dream that was too !!

Which just leaves me to say: Thank you from Marie & me to you both – as this one fairy tale we will never forget.

Featured in the October issue of BBC Good Homes magazine the following year…
Pages 118 to 123 of the October 2006 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine featuring Angela & John Goodwin's Tower house near Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. and in Templeton Robinson‘s Property Life magazine…
Pages 8 to 19 in the 13th issue of Property Life magazine featuring Angela and John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. titled ‘Living the dream’ the year after that – plus in Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine the year after that too…
Pages 46 to 54 in the June 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring Angela and John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. on pages 46 to 54.

All of which looked stunning and was lovely to see – as it is like seeing our fairy tale each year come true again as well :)

(Added Note: We are always on the lookout for such homes by the way – so should you happen to know of one and the homeowners are up for it, please do get in touch – as we’d sure love to feature their dream).

Anyway, that’s it from Marie & me in this real life fairy tale, set in the beautiful Tarn region of France – which we have returned to and plan to do again – but that’s another story for another time, which one day I’ll write about too :)

Cheers,
Ashley
www.homesinteriors.com

July 16, 2014

A former goat shelter.

After crossing the Irish Sea – on route to meet Rachel from the BBC, to shoot Duncan’s French Riviera villa in the hills overlooking Cannes, which I talked here: In the Dragons’ Den – we stopped to meet landscape designer Bradley Viljoen, and shoot his four-bedroom hillside villa…
Marie McMillen sitting outside Bradley Viljoen's hillside villa located in the Tarn region of France.
.. formerly an agricultural goat shelter building, built in the mid 19th-century, near the French village of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the Tarn region of France.

As a garden and landscape designer based in London England, Bradley Viljoen spends his time creating other people’s dreams. A few years ago, along with partner Mark Smith, they decided it was time to do something for them – they decided to live the dream across The Channel in France.

“The idea was to create a beautiful home and garden to enjoy whenever we could, with the hope of living there permanently one day,” says Bradley. “We would rent it out for a few weeks a year to generate a bit of income so we could continue to improve the property and to create a garden.”

No work in her…
Marie McMillen in the sitting of Bradley Viljoen's hillside villa located in the Tarn region of France.
.. but nevertheless, when a home looks this good…
The sitting of Bradley Viljoen's hillside villa located in the Tarn region of France.
.. who could blame Marie for just wanting to sit down and enjoy it – as Bradley & Mark had done a fabulous job here.

“We’d spent quite some time checking out various regions, firstly via the on-line agencies and then by visiting various regions. We didn’t really know much about the Tarn until we actually visited it back in the summer of 2001. But once we came here we just fell in love with it,” says Bradley. “South central France has a wonderfully diverse landscape of rolling plains to gentle mountains, it’s crisscrossed by rivers and lakes and enjoys a rich heritage of ancient villages, castles, churches and gastronomy. We just felt it was the ideal spot for us among the rolling vineyards and unspoiled natural environment.”

Still, a bit of work was needed to light the place and get everything tickety-boo for the camera – but Bradley here…
Bradley Viljoen in the kitchen of his hillside villa located in the Tarn region of France.
.. was more than ready and as you can see, had the whole place, including the bedrooms…
Master bedroom in Bradley Viljoen's hillside villa located in the Tarn region of France.
.. sitting up looking pretty much picture perfect.

“We wanted to achieve something that would embrace the best of living at home with the best of living out here and I’m pleased with how it’s all come together – our little bit of entente cordiale.”

So we actually managed to rattle through this one quite quickly, but the wonderful memories have lived on much longer – as we managed to get this featured in Britain’s No.1 Home Magazine, Ideal Home
Pages 84 to 88 of the July 2006 issue of Ideal Home magazine featuring Bradley Viljoen and Mark Smith's villa in France.
.. which appeared the following summer in their July issue – and also in Templeton Robinson‘s Property Life magazine too, the year after that…
Pages 37 to 46 in the 10th issue of Property Life magazine featuring Bradley Viljoen and Mark Smith's villa in the Tarn region of France.
.. which I’ve got to say looked absolutely stunning.

A former goat shelter it may have been, but definitely not any longer – and so we’d just like to say a big thank you to both Bradley & Mark, for this very special day which we will always remember.

From Marie & me in the Tarn region, having fun on route to the French Riviera, to meet Rachel from the BBC for the very first time & the famous Duncan Bannatyne too :)

July 14, 2014

In the Dragons’ Den.

At this French Riviera villa, which is set high in the hills overlooking Cannes
Duncan Bannatyne's French Riviera villa which overlooks the city of Cannes.
.. is where our next assignment was – which had been organised by Rachel from the BBC.

And yes it was none other than Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and television presenter, Duncan Bannatyne‘s family hideaway – who is most famous for his appearance as a business angel on the BBC programme Dragons’ Den.

Anyway, it was a beautiful day in the Côte D’Azur, as you can see – and so while Rachel, Duncan and his PR agent Robert Montague, headed off to the shops to pick-up a few bits & bobs – Marie & I when about setting up the first shoot – which was of the main living area.

And so on their return, the first image of the room had been created – which we then quickly showed them on the laptop screen…
Duncan Bannatyne with Rachel Watson, Robert Montague and Marie McMillen, in his French Riviera villa which overlooks the city of Cannes..
.. before shooting Duncan standing again the large sliding doors…
Duncan Bannatyne in his French Riviera villa which overlooks the city of Cannes.
.. so as not to disturb the cushions of course – and looking very pleased with himself, as Rachel would say :)

So with the Dragon in his Den shot over, it was then over to the other side of the room to shoot the dining area…
Setting up the dining room shot in Duncan Bannatyne's French Riviera villa.
.. as well as a few detail shoots, before stopping for a bite to eat…
Duncan Bannatyne with Rachel Watson, Robert Montague and Marie McMillen the kitchen of his French Riviera villa.
.. shooting the kitchen and then outside to work on this area…
Duncan Bannatyne outside his French Riviera villa with Rachel Watson and Marie McMillen.
.. which as you can imagine, was one of Duncan’s favourite spots to sit…
Outside sitting area at Duncan Bannatyne's french villa over looking Cannes.
.. and look out over Cannes – which is where I’d sit too, if I was a multi millionaire :)

Why did you choose France?
‘When we first visited the South of France five years ago on a caravan holiday, we had a wonderful time. The following year we came back again and rented a villa in Cannes for a month. We really got to know the Côte D’Azur and I decided to buy a villa in the area, first and foremost as a place to unwind – but wearing my Dragons’ Den hat, I knew it would also be a good investment.’

Stunning…
Duncan Bannatyne by the pool at his French Riviera villa which overlooks the city of Cannes.
.. right up until the sun when down – which is when we all then posed for a group shot …
Rachel Watson, Marie McMillen, Robert Montague and myself, Ashley Morrison, with Duncan Bannatyne outside in the garden of his French Riviera villa which overlooks the city of Cannes.
.. outside in the barbecue area – which I had to light, as it was now late and almost dark – before enjoying a glass of wine and calling it a day.

Featured at the start of the follow year – titled Luxurious French Villa
Pages 86 to 92 of the January 2006 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine featuring Duncan Bannatyne's French Riviera villa which over looks Cannes.

Duncan Bannatyne, from BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den, found the perfect retreat in the South of France.

.. on pages 86 to 92.

And a few years later on the cover of Templeton Robinson‘s Property Life magazine too…
Pages 12 to 18 plus the cover of Issue 21 of Property Life magazine.
.. as well as inside on pages 12 to 18 – which I’ve got to say looked amazingly well.

By Marie & me – who for a day, dreamed that we were millionaires too :)

July 2, 2014

Wow, Wow and triple Wow!

Seeing one’s work in print, even after nearly 30 years of seeing it printed, is still the thing I love most about what we do.

It’s like Wow! every time – and the bigger it’s printed or the better it’s printed, then the more Wow it often is – as we would often put a lot into each and every image, which I feel can only really be appreciated, when viewed up close a lot of the time.

So when I walked into the local SPAR supermarket yesterday and quickly looked that the magazine rack, I was totally over the moon – to not only see our work on the cover of the August 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 72 to 83 of the August 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine.
.. but also to see it beautifully printed on pages 72 to 83.

“The French Connection – Transforming a pretty but rather dated French villa, Janet and Ken from Northern Ireland have created their dream holiday home in a style that successfully blends old and new.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Kicking off – back in 2010 – as this is were we stayed while shooting for Liz Gibney Interiors in the French Riviera near the village…
The French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. of Saint Paul-de-Vence.

Wow! :)

However, the Wow didn’t end there, as a home we shot in Italy back in 2006…
La Dolce Vita - Pages 58 to 71 of the August 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine.
.. lead on pages 58 to 71.

“La Dolce Vita – After a two year search, Bruce and Tia found their dream Italian home, a 300 year old villa complete with stunning gardens.”

Which I talked about shooting here the other day: Living la Dolce Vita – while shooting a farmhouse for the BBC near the Italian town of Amelia, which sits on a hill…
The town of Amelia sitting on a hill in the south western corner of Umbria in Italy.
.. in the south western corner of Umbria.

So double Wow! :) :)

And Wow again when I saw this…
Mediterranean Charm - Pages 82 to 94 of the August 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine.
.. on pages 82 to 94.

“Mediterranean Charm – After a number of holidays in Cyprus, John from Belfast wanted a little corner of the sunshine island to call his own and found it in a luxury holiday complex.”

Which again I talked about shooting the other day here: The story behind the story – which we shot back in 2006 while shooting a few other villas at Aphrodite Hills, which is nestled in the hills…
The view from Tommy Payne's apartment at Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus.
.. above Paphos in Cyprus.

So that was like triple Wow! :) :) :)

Anyway, stunning repro as always – which is what I love so much about this magazine – so this is just a quick note to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and especially to Janet, Tia and John once again, for this time making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com – Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

July 1, 2014

Cream of the crop.

Is the title of the first of 2 home features we have this month, in the August 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
25 Beautiful Homes magazine August 2014
.. on pages 88 to 91.

“Pauline Bingham turned a 1980s chalet bungalow into an elegant home decorated in soft natural tones.”

And the other is titled ‘Taste Test’
25 Beautiful Homes magazine August 2014
.. on pages 110 to 112.

“After buying a refurbished property, Kelly and Dominic Perston still managed to put their own stamp on the previous owners’ style.”

Which we talked about shooting at the time here: Industrial Chic & Shabby Chic.

Anyway, when Marie received her copy a few days ago, she emailed me to say:

Woweeeeeee :)

You will be thrilled :)

And Marie is thrilled too :)

Which basically does sum it up – as I am always thrilled to see our work in this beautiful magazine, which each month contains 25 for the best homes in not only the UK but in various other parts of the world too.
So to see two of ours featured in it, really did make my day :)

And I can also see why else Marie was extra pleased, as Pauline’s does read like a Natural Calico brochure too :)

Anyway, great to see – as the repro is superb as well – so I’d just like to say a big thanks to everyone involved and especially to Pauline, Kelly and Dominic for inviting us into their beautiful homes – which were indeed the cream of the crop this month.

From Marie, Mandy & me @ homesinteriors.com

June 30, 2014

The story behind the story.

After Marie & her husband Alan returned from a holiday in Cyprus to Aphrodite Hills near Paphos, she was on a mission to return there as soon as possible.

And so that became our next assignment – which to achieve, meant we would need to find at least 3 homes in Cyprus to shoot, that the Editors of the various UK magazines would then want to use – if we where to succeed in meeting our goal here… which is obviously to make money doing this :)

So based on us managing to come back with 3 sets of images, which would then get used by 3 national magazines and 3 local magazines, then no problems at all – as that would more than cover our basic costs.

Easy!

Well not as easy as it would appear of course – but nevertheless Marie was on a mission here – and so before I knew, it the flights were booked.

Anyway, as chance has it, the night before we were about to flight out, there was a party at my old school – the Royal Belfast Academical Institution or INST as we called it – as the current swim team had just won the Bath Cup for the first time since I captained their first winning team back in 1979 – which is another story :)

Anyway, we all had a great night-out remembering old times, as well as congratulating the members of the current winning team – and of course my old swim coach, Con O’Callaghan, was there smiling as always…
Members of the 1979 and 2006 RBAI swimming teams who won the Bath Cup and the Otter cup with Con O'Callaghan.
.. and asked naturally what we were all currently doing.

So I mention we were about to leave for Cyprus in the morning, to shoot some of the villas at Aphrodite Hills, etc.

Well it turns out he had just returned from here – as his son John, who was also a very good swimmer, had recently bought a villa there – and that his daughter, Karen and her husband would also be flying out tomorrow too, on the same flight as us, to stay for a week.

Wow – we’ve got ourselves a home – and an Irish connection too – which is even better :)

So that’s the story behind this story here – which a few days later we went to shoot – and this was their villa…
John O'Callaghan's Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. at the 5 Star Aphrodite Hills, nestled in the hills above Paphos in Cyprus.

Which is were we meet Karen and her husband…
Karen and her husband in Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. enjoying all the comforts of home – as well as the sort of things one doesn’t see often back in Ireland, such as this…
Out at the pool at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. or this…
Table setting out at the pool at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. out by the pool.

Beautifully decorated inside – and so for Marie and me this didn’t take long to shoot…
Dinning table area at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. however, a wee bit of styling and lighting was still naturally required…
Guest bedroom at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. just to be to sure it was right for those magazines we were aiming for – especially the national ones, as the standard of photography in those is pretty high.

Anyway, we finished up early as a result- however, I returned later to catch the sun at the back of the villa, only to find Karen and her husband out in the pool enjoying the last of the sun…
Karen and her husband in the pool outside Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. so naturally the Hasselblad was out again to capture that – and then I waited for it to go dark, before capturing this final night time image…
The swimming pool at night outside Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. which I think was my favourite, being an ex-swimmer and all of that – as it really did say: I want to be there :)

Anyway, the main reason why I’m writing about this one now, is because like Tia’s villa which I talked about here a few days ago: Living la Dolce Vita – this one is about to be featured again too, after all these years.
And on top of that, John has recently been in touch to say he now wants to rent Villa Thalia out – so has asked for the use of these images too – which he is currently using on his newly designed website here: Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills – should you be interested in a wee holiday to this most beautiful part of the world – which Marie & I can personally recommend :)

So there you have, the story behind the story on this one – which you will be able to see and read more about in next month’s Ireland Homes Interiors & Living magazine – which should be out next week.

Mission accomplished Marie – so that just leaves me to say a big Thank You to everyone involved here and especially to the O’Callaghan family – not forgetting Con, who once again after all these years, pointed me towards a great pool :)

Thank you – from Marie & me remembering our time at the beautiful Villa Thalia in Cyprus.

June 29, 2014

Living la Dolce Vita.

One of the things both Marie & I love most about the work that we do, is meeting people – who in many cases turn out to be truly amazing.

And Michael, as seen here with Marie talking to the local Polizia…
Marie & Michael talking to the local polizia in the Italian Umbria region town of Amelia.
.. was one of those people who neither of us will ever forget.

Because not only did he show us around the Italian Umbria town of Amelia, and even got me into their Archaeological Museum to shoot things like the Statue of Germanico here…
The Statue of Germanico in the Archaeological Museum of Amelia in the Umbria region of Italy.
.. but he also introduced us to Tia Weissman here…
Tia Weissman in the garden of her Italian villa, Casa Lara, located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. who along with her husband Bruce, owned this fabulous old villa which she called ‘Casa Lara’…
Tia Weissman and Michael outside her Italian villa, Casa Lara, located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. which was located just outside the town of Amelia – which one could see on the hill in the distance from her also amazing garden…
Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa, Casa Lara, located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. which Michael helped her look after, etc.

Well needless to say, we asked Tia could we shoot her place – so she kindly showed us around and I took some quick snaps…
Recce shot of Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. just to give us a idea for what we may need to do…
Recce shot of Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. in both terms of lighting and styling…
Recce shot of Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
… plus as some of the rooms where not really being used, like this guest bedroom…
Recce shot of Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. or had just been used, like her own bedroom…
Recce shot of Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. which clearly she hadn't got round to tidying yet, as she wasn't expecting us – then all of this was good to see beforehand.

Still, we had seen enough to say 'yes' this will look amazing – and so it did…
Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. after we all did our thing…
Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. which included lighting the fires…
Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. and making up the beds..
Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. which really did say this wasn't Ireland…
Tia & Bruce Weissman's Italian villa Casa Lara located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. but instead was someone living the dream in Italy.

Yes it was a lot of hard work; however, eight years on and the memories of all that work is long gone.

The memories however of this amazing villa, meeting Michael and Tia, plus the images we produced live on – and so I'm delighted to report that they will be appearing once again, in next months Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine – which should be on the bookshelves next week :)

When 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featured it some years ago, as seen here…
September 2006 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine.
.. they titled it "Living la Dolce Vita" – meaning living the good life – which is sure was for both Marie & me.

So just ahead of it appearing on the bookshelves next week, I'd just like to say a big thank you to both Michael and Tia here, for making our trip to Italy a truly memorable one – as this for us is one we will never forget.
Thank you.

From Marie & me living la Dolce Vita :)

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