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March 31, 2015

Tower Transformation.

Ancient History is the title of the feature we have in the May 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine…
Pages 22 to 27 in the May 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Angela and John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France
on pages 22 to 27.

“Angela and John Goodwin found their dream home in a hill-top village in the south of France.”

Which we talked about shooting here: A real life fairy tale back in 2005.

So Ancient History it may be for some, but for me this will always have been a real life fairy tale come true – so once again a huge thanks to Angela & John for inviting us in – and to Steve at Chilli Media too, for this lovely 6 page feature.

From Marie & me, who are being reminded once again of those wonderful days we spend in France, thank you for this tower of transformation :)

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March 16, 2015

House of fun.

Over looking the Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor, was were we shot this townhouse…
Keri Johnston's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which belongs to Keri Johnston, who is both an occupational therapist and a vintage home stylist.

The Storyline:

Keri is from Northern Ireland but met her husband (who is English) when she lived and worked in Bath. When the opportunity arose to return to Northern Ireland, they took it – and bought their present home. She had picked up the vintage bug when in Bath and has filled their home with favourite vintage purchases. Until recently she jointly owned a vintage shop. They did a huge renovation to the home – in particular, they reconfigured down stairs putting the kitchen at the front to enjoy sea views.

Anyway, having already looked at some pictures like this…
Hot link to a picture on Simom Brien's website.
.. on Simon Brien‘s website – we knew that this room would actually photograph very well – so after deciding this would be the main angle…
First image taken in the sitting room of Keri Johnston's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. then it was simply a case of moving a few things around to suit the camera…
One of the first images taken in the sitting room of Keri Johnston's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. while Stuart set-up the light outside – and then Marie and Keri kicked-in to add the finishing touches…
The sitting room of Keri Johnston's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which I must say looked pretty Wow to me.

And so it was throughout the day, as we moved a few things around…
Marie & me in Keri Johnston's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. to suit the camera, while Keri kept a close eye on the laptop screen…
Marie & me in Keri Johnston's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. as we produce a series of images like this…
The dining area in the sitting room of Keri Johnston's townhouse.
.. as well as some detail shots like this…
Display of mirrors and Lounge sign in the sitting room of Keri Johnston'stownhouse.
.. of the mirrors and signage.

All of course under the watchful eye of Keri…
Keri Johnston and me in her townhouse.
.. who really did studied each image as they appeared on screen…
Keri Johnston and me in her townhouse.
.. which we laughed about – as she was even more eagled-eyed than us…
Keri Johnston and me in her townhouse.
.. which I can assure you is saying something, as we often spend ages on even a simple detail shot like this…
Corner unit in the sitting room of Keri Johnston's townhouse.
.. to insure it just looks right.

And so when it came to the bedrooms, even though Stuart and I thought we had done a good job here…
Setting up the bedroom image in Keri Johnston's townhouse.
.. it was all changed once Marie…
Marie setting up the bedroom image in Keri Johnston's townhouse.
.. & Keri arrived – but yes, as usual they were right to create a lot more layers here…
One of the bedrooms in Keri Johnston's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which is like one of those things I would say, that obviously needed to be done, after I had seen it done by the experts :)

Which I guess is what they mean when they say: Hindsight is 20/20.

Anyway, we finished of in the kitchen…
first picture in the kitchen of Keri Johnston's townhouse.
.. and I think this smile of on Keri’s face really summed up the day she had had…
Keri Johnston in the kitchen of her townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. as it was indeed a lot of fun.

Anyway, just like to say a big thanks to Stuart for helping us out here – as this was indeed a big house to shoot on a day when the weather conditions were far from perfect – and of course to Keri as well, for making us feel so welcome in her magnificent house of fun.

From Marie & me @ www.homesinteriors.com in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.

March 11, 2015

Riviera living SAVOIR FAIRE…

.. is the title of one of 2 features we have in the April 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine…
Pages 22 to 27 in the April 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence
on pages 22 to 27.

“Janet and Ken Hamilton transformed a dated villa into their dream holiday home.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Kicking off back in 2010.

And ‘Mix & MATCH‘ is the other one….
Pages 38 to 45 in the April 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Mairead & Owen McIntyre's Victorian terrace in the university area of Belfast.
on pages 38 to 45.

“Mairead and Owen Moore beat the bargain-hunters and bagged the Irish home of their dreams.”

Which we talked about shooting here: How good back in 2010 as well.

So from the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence, to the capital city of Northern Ireland, I just like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved here – and especially to Steve at Chilli Media for this great result too.

From Marie Mandi & me at www.homesinteriors.com.

February 4, 2015

Free-standing.

An easy one to end the month, as it was a Saturday after all – but nevertheless for me it was a tricky enough one to light – as you can see this kitchen was basically split in two…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. the extended part, which was closer to the camera, being filled with natural light – while the part that I want the viewer’s eye to be drawn through to, is dark.

So it was my ass on the line here…
Behind the scenes in the kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. as other than that, there was very little else needed to be done here, in this lovely free-standing unit kitchen.

Anyway, a blast of ‘sunlight’ and a touch of fill – and we where pretty much here as you can see…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. so other than a few mini teaks, we were ready for Nicola to strike the pose..
Nicola Anderson in the kitchen of her period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. in her perfectly colour coordinated outfit – which without doubt, will be the image that an Editor will want to go big on.

So with the main shot in the bag and the lighting already set-up for this area…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. it didn’t really take us to long to create this next image…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. along with some nice detail shots – before swinging back around…
Behind the scenes in the kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. to capture this cooker area…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. which meant moving the table and re-lighting – but other than that, it was ready to shoot…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. and so this was an nice easy one to end the month – thanks mainly to Nicola & Ray who had done a great job here.

Thereby giving Marie plenty of time to take some great behind (the sense) shots :)

February 1, 2015

Windows on the World.

Is the title of our latest published work in the March 2015 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 70 to 83 in the March 2015 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine
.. on pages 70 to 83, plus on the cover too.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! It took ten planning applications before planners accepted Brian and Jane’s contemporary design in the heart of County Tyrone’s countryside.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Little to do here.

Anyway, making the cover once again was Wow, as that’s now 3 in a row – but even more Wow, is how this home looks in this absolutely beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine… over all those pages too !!

So delighted to see this – and so would just like to say a big congratulations to Brian & Jane once again, for this time making it into the cover too – and a big thanks everyone else involved here as well.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ homesinteriors.com – smiling as we look through the windows on the World :)

January 30, 2015

As easy as 123.

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They say ‘Amateurs talk about equipment, Pros talk about money and Masters talk about light’ – which is in some ways is true; however, I reckon most photographers will actually talk about all three, because each is important to them – as most know, one is only as good as the weakest link.

Anyway, today I’m going to talk a bit about lighting – which is something I’ve spend the last 30 years trying to master, as a photographer – who according to Wikipedia:

A photographer [the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with light”] is a person who takes photographs.

Anyway, at this time of year the days are short here in Ireland and it’s not always ideal weather neither, as it often dark & very grey outside – which therefore naturally effects how it looks indoors too. Which was very much the case last week, when we were shooting this 1920’s detached house in Belfast, as you can see here in the 1st frame…
The natural light in the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. which I took to see what the room looked like first, naturally lit.

Then in this 2nd frame…
Lighting the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. you can see I added a directional light, while Marie starts to tweak a few things in front of the camera.

And in this 3rd frame…
Lighting the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. you can see I added some fill light… and there you basically have it.

Well almost – as that was really only the start of it, as there was about anther 30 minutes of the girls playing around, before we finally asked Megan to strike the pose here…
Megan Edgar in the sitting room of her 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. by which stage, it had been ‘styled to within an inch of your life’ as Marie would say – but that’s another story for another day :)

So by no means ideal light; however, it was as simple as one…
The natural light in the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. two…
Lighting the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. three…
Lighting the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. and after 30 years of practicing – as well as the odd wee tweak here & there by Marie who also makes it all look so simple to do – we had the next shot of the dining room here…
The dining room in Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. in the bag.

And so it was throughout this house – 123, 123, 123 next :)

It was just the 4, 5 & 6 parts that slow us down – but nevertheless, what a great house – so just like to say a big thanks to Megan here for inviting us in and we will keep you posted once we hear more.

From Marie & me near Stormont Park in Belfast.
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January 25, 2015

Belated Christmas…

Filed under: Photography,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 5:23 pm
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.. or Christmas comes early – depending which way you want to look at it – as we were shooting Amanda and Keith’s home in Belfast last week, for a magazine editorial feature next Christmas.

So with the tree still up, I set-up the camera while Amanda made some last minute changes…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. before lots more changes were made, while I worked on the lighting…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. to give it a much more bright & airy feel, even thought it was raining outside.

Still, with everything and everyone in place…
Amanda Cunningham with her two boys in the living room of their double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. the first set of images were in the bag, one hour after we had arrived – which for us, is actually pretty good going :)

Lots of detail shots naturally – and then into the kitchen…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. where the fun began again – as Marie & Amanda did their thing…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. while I once again worked on the lighting – which didn’t actually take that long, as the outside light was already pretty much in place – so with just a touch of fill…
The kitchen in Amanda & Keith Cunningham's double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. we had our second main room done, before stopping for a bit to eat.

Anyway, a great home for sure and there was naturally lots to shoot – but the room Amanda was most keen to have shot, was this one…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. which she had just recently decorated – and so with little to do here but light it up…
Bedroom in Amanda & Keith Cunningham's double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. we actually managed to get it all done in a relatively short space of time.

So one to look out for next Christmas.

From Marie & me @ homesinteriors.com – wishing you all, a belated Merry Christmas :)

January 7, 2015

I reclaimed the space.

Is the title of our most recent published work in the February 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine …
Pages 74 to 76 in the February 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim
.. on pages 74 to 76.

‘A disused den is now a guest room and snug for Stylist at Home Donna, 50, from Belfast’.

Which we talked about shooting here: Back in action.

And even our Stuart, who often assistants us on various shoots, also got a wee plug…

‘My brother Stuart McNamara is an artist and I love these circus-theme pictures’.

.. in the captain beside this image…
Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim
.. which was also great to see – as I do love his style as well.

Anyway, another great start to the New Year – and so would just like to say congratulations to Donna once again and a big thanks everyone else who was involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ homesinteriors.com – wishing you all, a very Happy & Prosperous New Year.

January 1, 2015

Everything’s Rosy

Is the title of our latest published work to kick off this New Year, in the February 2015 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Cover plus pages 66 to 79 in the January 2015 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine
.. pages 66 to 79 plus on the cover too.

“Ken and Janet loved their holiday home in Greyabbey, County Down, so much that they decided to move there permanently.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Something old, something new.

Anyway, making the cover is great way to start the New Year, so over the moon at having achieved this too – and so would just like to say congratulations to Janet & Ken once again, for this time making it into this absolutely beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine – and a big thank you everyone else involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ homesinteriors.com – wishing you all, a vey Happy & Prosperous New Year.

December 24, 2014

Santa arrived early…

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.. and it looks amazing…
Irish Hotels
.. so Merry Christmas everyone :)

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