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April 14, 2018

One, two, three.

Last year we produced a series of images at Dunboyne Castle Hotel which included this one…
The Alder Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which we talked about shooting here: Boardrooms.

Well, we were back last week as they have now renovated this and their other meeting rooms, by basically turning them all into one much larger room…
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which can then be divided back into smaller rooms again, using a ‘roll out room divider’ system.

And so that was what they wanted to show, i.e. how this newly renovated corporate/meeting room can be used in different ways.

Executive Boardrooms

Dunboyne Castle Hotel features three contemporary boardrooms. The Alder & Copper Beech Suites can cater for up to 20 guests, while Cedar Suite caters for up to 60 delegates. The Suites overlook the mature woodlands on the estate and are ideal for intimate business meetings.

One done, two to go – type of thing – as 2 rooms would look like this…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which after some fine tuning, both inside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and out…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. looked pretty good…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. especially when Dianne & Claudio stood in for a test shot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. just before everyone arrived…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. the overhead projector was turned on…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and a few minutes later…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. we were all happy with that:
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

Two done, one to go – as I moved the camera back…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. everyone moved in…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and did their thing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. so before you know it, I was pressing the button once again…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to produce the final image before packing the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the shoot in the Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to head home.

And so there you have it – one…
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. two…
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. three…
The Cedar Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at this Georgian estate in County Meath called Dunboyne Castle Hotel from Dianne, Claudio & me Smile

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April 1, 2018

Unstoppable Force

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 5:22 pm

Is the title of our latest published work which is on the cover plus in the May 2018 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 66 to 79 in the May 2018 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Peggy and Phil Bell's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 56 to 69 – featuring Peggy and Phil Bell’s townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down town of Bangor.

”When Peggy saw an elegant terraced house overlooking the sea, she knew it had to be hers. So with the right mindset, she went about making it happen.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Black Friday.

So congratulations to Phil and the unstoppable force Peggy here…
Peggy Bell
.. for making it into this beautifully printed interiors and lifestyle magazine; as well as making it onto the cover too – from Sean, Dianne & me

March 28, 2018

An experience like no other.

Luxury accommodations, breathtaking views, and unparalleled service await you…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg.

Set against a spectacular backdrop of rugged landscape and shimmering sea waves, Trump Doonbeg offers a haven to golf enthusiasts, city-escapees, families…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. and surfers alike.

We treat you to old-world luxury and refinement in 5-star hotel suites…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. each uniquely crafted to ensure that your every expectation is exceeded.

In addition to world class golf, break away and experience our spa, award winning dining options…
The Easter Bunny at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. and other outdoor activities at our luxury golf resort.

An experience like no other…

One night with Teddy Bear Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.

.. so make it a great Easter from Bunny…
The bunny in the bedroom of Alan and Marie McMillen's house in Belfast at Christmas time.
.. and all of us too smile

February 27, 2018

Coastal Cool.

Is the title of our latest published work on the Cover plus in the April 2018 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 56 to 69 in the April 2018 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Marie & Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's home near Holywood in County Down.
.. on pages 56 to 69 – which features Marie and Alan’s renovated 1960’s house near Holywood in County Down.

“Marie transformed a dated mid-century home in Holywood using lots of weatherboarding, tongue & groove panelling and a crisp palette of blues and whites.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Natural direction of light and here: Left or Right, a few years ago.

So congratulations once again to Ms Coastal Cool here…
Marie McMillen
.. for making it into Ireland’s largest selling monthly interiors and lifestyle magazine, as well as making it onto the cover too Wink.

February 14, 2018

Twinkle

Filed under: Photography,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 10:52 am
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Life sometimes has a way of carrying us all in different directions…
“Never
.. as change does seem to be the only constant.

Anyway, it’s been a while since I have done a shoot with Marie – however, we do stay in touch and hook up from time to time, as over the years we have created a pretty major picture library together – plus being good friends for so long, we do talk about lots of other stuff too…
Though we may seem far...
.. which included her laughingly telling me about this new project she had started on – which was this 20-year-old “granny wagon”…
20-year-old caravan
.. is how she described it

“Sooooo – what’s my vision ?????

I’d actually like to give it a kind of Neptune feel…
20
.. It will be fun”

– she wrote a few months ago.

Anyway, long story short, last week we decided to combine a business catch up with a fun shoot of her little caravan – which she called Twinkle btw!!

And all I can say is her vision…
Marie
.. and ability to transform something so ordinary…
Marie
.. into something like this…
Marie
.. once again amazed me.

So here’s to a day filled with good food…
Food in the caravan
.. and good friends – on Valentine’s Day with a Twinkle

January 26, 2018

Neat Fit.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 5:34 pm
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In Homes & Gardens magazine…
Page 154 in the February 2018 issue of Homes & Gardens magazine.
.. on page 154, this otherwise wasted space beneath the stair return…
Shoes under the staircase in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. has been put to good use as a display area for shoes in this apartment – which we talked about shooting here: A wee touch of France in Ireland.

So “Way to go” Charlotte…
Charlotte Hamel.
.. for that very neat fit – in Britain’s oldest decorating magazine that showcases classic design that stands the test of time – from Marie & me

January 24, 2018

I want to explore the world.

With just two things in my hands – and from the top of the Altare della Patria, or Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele ll, or the wedding cake building (take your pick!)…
The view of Rome from the Altare della Patria's roof.
.. one has a backdrop second to none – so yes, it really was beautiful, especially at the end of the day as the sun began to set – and therefore the perfect place to take a selfie wink.

Anyway, the Colosseum or Coliseum…
The Colosseum.
.. also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre…
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.
.. is an oval amphitheater in the centre of the city of Rome.
Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete…
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.
.. it is the largest amphitheater ever built.
Construction began under emperor Vespasian in AD 72…
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.
.. and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus.
It is situated just east of the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum…
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings…
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. at the center of the city of Rome.
Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space…
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. originally a marketplace…
The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
.. as the Forum Magnum…
The view of the Colosseum and Roman Forum from the Altare della Patria's roof.
.. or simply the Forum.

“I want to explore the world with just two things in my hands, a camera in one & your hand on the other.”

And so that was Rome for me

January 23, 2018

Divine light.

On the ceiling in the Gallery of the Candelabra…
The Gallery of the Candelabra in the Vatican Museums.
.. “Arts pays homage to Religion” – and there is even an old plate camera to be seen…
The Gallery of the Candelabra in the Vatican Museums
.. in the Vatican Museums – which are obviously inside the Vatican City…
The entrance to Vatican Museums.
.. which is a country located within the city of Rome that I always wanted to see.

The light was beautiful – so like everyone else I took lots of pictures in the “Courtyard of the Pinecone”…
Pinecone Courtyard inside the Vatican Museums.
.. and of the various statues, including the Laocoön
Laocoön and his two sons sculpture inside Vatican Museums.
.. as well as in the Gallery of Geographical Maps
The Gallery of Maps is located on the western side of the Belvedere Courtyard in the Vatican Museums.
.. where once again there was just so much to see.

All of which reminded me of this work I did some years ago…
The guidebook for St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.
.. for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, which was definitely an assignment I will never forget for many reasons – but that’s another story for another day wink.

Anyway, back in Rome, our tour guide, Arianna, pointing out many very interesting things to us…
Our tour guide, Arianna, pointing out one of the most famous paintings in the Raphael Rooms is the School of Athens.
.. incuding one of the most famous paintings in the Raphael Rooms, which is the School of Athens…
In the Raphael Rooms is the School of Athens painting representing philosophy and science.
.. before we entered the Sistine Chapel, were one is not allowed to take pictures, unfortunately.

Still, like I said before, the light was beautiful throughout – and inside St. Peter’s Basilica…
The altar inside St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.
.. it was no different – as well as outside too…
Members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard outside St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.
.. where the Pontifical Swiss Guard wore their tricolor uniform, which was lovely to see.

And so there you have it, a little bit of divine light within the city of divine inspiration…
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City, within the city of Rome.
.. for millions throughout the world, by little old me

January 22, 2018

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

While enjoying a cold beer…
Pit stop on the way to the Pantheon from the Trevi Fountain in Rome - where I sent this image via email to Katy, to her know where I was and where I was going to next.
.. last week, I tried to figure out what I should do next.
Because if you know where you are and you know where you want to be, then obstacles are [just] those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal – as Henry Ford once said.

So while I waited to hear where I should be, as well as went I should be there – I when to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore first…
The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore or church of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome.
.. which is a is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome – before heading to the Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
.. to see lots of people looking at their phones…
At the Spanish Steps
.. from every angle…
At the Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.
.. before heading to the Trevi Fountain
At the Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
.. to basically see more of the same…
At the Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
.. with one of the most famous fountains in the world…
At the Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
.. in the background this time.

Then it was over to the Pantheon
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. with its circular domed cella – which created absolutely beautiful light inside…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. which I tried to capture…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. as well as others too…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. from every angle…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. which was interesting to see…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. and obviously, take pictures of too…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. as everyone was looking at their phones…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. but then again they do say…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. when in Rome…
The Pantheon with its circular domed cella is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome.
.. do as the Romans do wink.

November 24, 2017

Black Friday.

“No room lights on” is one of the things that a lot of editors insist on these days, which actually became like ‘a rule’ 12 years ago. So when shooting a home which we are hoping a national or international magazine will run with, that is something that we would obviously keep in mind.

Which for the most part isn’t a problem, as many homes are quite bright to start with, as most of their walls and ceilings will often be painted white or a light colour.

But that wasn’t the case here as you can see…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. in the sitting room of this townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay – which did look good with all the room lights and lamps turned on – however, when turned off, well as you can see here…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. even with two 3K’s blasting through the windows on this rather dull day, it was still looking pretty dark in there.

And so yes, this one required some serious lighting – and that look on Dianne’s face here…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. kind of summed up how I was feeling too when trying to shoot this up-stairs sitting room area wink.

Should definitely have hired an assistant for this, as I reckon I actually had to pump about 3 times as much light into this room than I normally would; however, I must say I was very pleased with the final result here…
“Peggy
.. as Peggy posed to perfection.

A house which as you can see here…
“The
.. I had actually shot before – and talked about here: House of fun.

Couldn’t be more different – but yet in some ways it was the same, as it was all about the details…
“The
.. as every area was like picture perfect.

Still, it was black…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. and the weather didn’t help – however, I have to say that it did look good in the end…
“The
.. and definitely a little bit different to the norm.

Which is something that we would always be on the lookout for, as would the editors too.

A challenge…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. especially when I need to turn the room lights off…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. but then I guess if it were easy, everyone’s images would look like this…
“The
.. and then it really would be a Black Friday for me wink.

Anyway, just want to say a big thanks to Peggy and Phil for inviting us into your amazing home and to Sean too, from Dianne & me on this Black Friday.

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