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August 29, 2010

We fell in love…

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..with the beautiful views – is the title of our current work in the October 2010 issue of House Beautiful magazine…

.. on pages 62 to 66 – featuring Myrian and David O’Reilly former hunting lodge near the shores of Lough Corrib in County Galway.

Looking for an escape from city life, one couple turned a house built for a countess into an idylic home.

So congratulations to Myriam and David here…
Myriam and David O'Reilly with their dogs outside their former hunting lodge near the shores of Lough Corrib in County Galway.
.. for making it into this top selling national magazine – as we fell in love with your place too – from Marie & me.

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August 28, 2010

Hectic Harmony…

.. and the series of captures which led up to the final images produced, at the CityNorth Hotel in County Meath this week:

It’s hectic – but shows the amount of work and attention to detail, that goes into each and every image – as we piece it together and work around their guests too.
“Great images don’t just happen” – which is something we would often say to clients – and I feel this video shows what we mean by that.

Music: Hectic Harmony by Musicshake.

Enjoy !

August 25, 2010

City North

Just back from shooting at the CityNorth Hotel
The CityNorth Hotel outside Dublin near Gormanston in County Meath.
.. outside Dublin near Gormanston in County Meath.

This one was all about showing the “personality” of the hotel, as well as it’s 4 star facilities.
So we started in the lobby…
One of the first pictures taken in the lobby at CityNorth Hotel.
.. by re-arranging a few things to suit the camera…
Set-up the lobby shot.
.. adding the grand piano…
Set-up the lobby shot.
.. and then lit it up…
The Lobby area in the CityNorth Hotel near Gormanston in County Meath.
.. once we had everything and everyone in place.

Then into the bar area…
Set-up the bar shot.
.. which came together quite quickly…
The bar at the CityNorth Hotel near Gormanston in Co Meath.
.. as the natural light was very good.

The large function room, which they call the Sumerville suite, was more of a challenge…
Set-up the bar shot.
.. as we only had a few table to work with; however, after putting our heads together…
The bar at CityNorth Hotel.
… and trying a few different angles, etc, we decided to go for a more dreamy type image…
Wedding banquet set-up in the Sumerville suite at the CityNorth Hotel near Gormanston in County Meath.
.. and so focused on the beautiful rose covered wedding cake instead.

Anyway, expectations were high and so this was a surprisingly a tough one for us – which I know left us all totally drained – even thought we only produced 6 images in total, which included the above four.

So this is just a wee note to say a huge thanks to Ladonna and all her team here, plus a special thanks to Marie & Scott too.

So from me to you all, thank you.
Ashley
http://www.ampimage.com

August 21, 2010

Creating the images…

The series of captures which lead up to the final image – from some of our recent hotel bedroom shoots…


just for you !

August 18, 2010

YouTube helps…

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… according to BTWCairns, to launch this stunning property into the market.

“We are delighted to announce a new listing at 21 Cherryvalley Park.
This beautiful Semi Detached property offers potential buyers a unique opportunity to purchase an exceptionally well maintained and finished property in an enviable location.
BTWCairns Blog

So lets see if it works to help the sale… in this ever changing world that we live in.

Pauline’s Wendy house..

Shooting at Pauline and Alasdair’s home this week…
Pauline Bingham and Alasdair Henderson's stylish new-build house called 'Farmview House' near the sea-side village of Groomsport in County Down.
.. near the sea-side village of Groomsport in County Down.

The couple bought the house less than a year ago – although it didn’t need any structural work, they have completely re-decorated and Pauline has worked incredibly hard at the interior – sourcing lovely bits and pieces from all over Ireland. Her job takes her all over the Country so she never misses an opportunity to check out lovely interior shops !!

Pauline and Marie are actually very good friends – so it was like watching the pair of them were having fun…
Setting up the kitchen shot
.. playing with a grown-up Wendy house at times…
Pauline Bingham in the kitchen of her stylish new-build house called 'Farmview House' near the sea-side village of Groomsport in County Down.
.. and so naturally the craic was great throughout the day.

Anyway, full marks go to Pauline for doing such a wonderful job on her home here…
Setting up the living room shot
.. and so it comes as no surprise…
The living room in Pauline & Alasdair's home near Groomsport.
.. that Country Homes & Interiors magazine have said they want to feature it early next year 🙂

So congratulations to both of you, from Marie & me.
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August 16, 2010

All hands on board…

Shooting with Marie today at Sharon and Graeme’s new-build house…
Sharon and Graeme Cleland's new-build house near Portstewart in County Londonderry.
.. near Portstewart in County Londonderry.

The couple bought the home off plan and were therefore able to make various design changes to suit their needs. Sharon also strove to inject a little bit of personality to their home by adding beams, pannelling and large fireplaces – many of these features have an almost American feel – the couple spend most of their holidays in the States and Sharon loves the style of homes there.

So it was all hands on board…
setting up the dining room shot
.. as the final touches were added…
The dining room in Sharon and Graeme Cleland's new-build house near Portstewart in County Londonderry.
.. while I lit it up.

Loved the sitting room…
setting up the sitting room shot
.. which did require a wee bit of work to get it right for the camera…
The sitting room in Sharon and Graeme Cleland's new-build house near Portstewart in County Londonderry.
.. however I reckon the Editors will love this.

So it was all hands on board…
setting up the bedroom shot
.. as the girls added the final touches…
The master bedroom in Sharon and Graeme Cleland's new-build house near Portstewart in County Londonderry.
.. to this amazing home – which we’re hoping for multiple sales on, over the next few years.

So watch this space 🙂

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ampimage.com

August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th..

… and the sun is shining in our garden today…
The garden at the back of 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. as you can see.

Anyway, we decided to put our house on the market at lunch time…
Property news pdf of 4 Kilbright Road for sale by John Minnis Estate Agents for £350,000.
..which you can read all about, by clicking on the above image to view a pdf document, of the Property News page on their website.

This ‘Magnificent Detached Semi Rural Property’ as they describe it, has been the Morrison family home for over 150 years now…
Farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
..and has been our family home…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. which we have done a lot of work to over the past 15 years – and even updated the kitchen at the start of last year…
The kitchen in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. going for Ikea’s free standing units…
The kitchen in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. which was then featured in the October 2009 issue of Ideal Home magazine…
Pages 122 to 124 in the October 2009 issue of Ideal Home magazine featuring the kitchen in the Morrison's farmhouse in County Down.
.. on pages 122 to 124 🙂

A great family home for sure…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. with lots of character…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. five good size bedrooms…
Master bedroom in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. including Holly’s girlie room…
Bedroom in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. where the sign on the door reads: “Girls Bedroom (No Boys)“…
Girls Bedroom (No Boys).
.. which says it all – as they definitely had fun here…
The gardens at the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. in this wonderful big old place, which may even be partly listed now due to it’s age…
Outhouses in the yard at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
..but anyway, we decided today it was time to move on.

Plus my 10 year old goldfish died this morning, my Hasselblad CFE 40mm lens stopped working this afternoon and it was Coach Phill Hansel’s Funeral today.

So this Friday the 13th is definitely a day to remember.

Shooting the fireplace at Doonbeg.

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More fun with iMovie.
This time it’s the series of images taken which lead up to the final shot..

… of the lobby fireplace picture at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort in Co Clare.

So you can see what all was done… which is kind of fun.

August 12, 2010

Doonbeg iMovie

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Playing around with iMovie today – so our latest and greatest iMovie is now available on YouTube 🙂

Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.

Enjoy!

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