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August 25, 2011

myhotel – day 3.

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We kicked-off early the next morning in the ‘myplace’ bedroom suite…First picture taken in the myplace 2 suite at myhotel Bloomsbury in London.
at myhotel Bloomsbury.
This was a superb penthouse suite complete with an excellent office space and the latest Apple iMac computer. We felt it was important to show this within the shot, so a little bit of furniture removal was therefore called for…
myplace 2 suite at myhotel Bloomsbury in London.
.. to create the final image.

The tricky shot of the day for me, was always going to be the lobby shot…
The lobby at myhotel Bloomsbury
.. as it was always busy with guests coming & going.

So besides trying to set up lights, which people wouldn’t trip over, this one…
The reception area at myhotel Bloomsbury in London.
.. was all about timing.

And in London, timing is something you need to be very aware off, as parking can be very expensive. So with minutes to go, we finished of the last shot in the merkaba bar & restaurant…
The merkaba bar and restaurant at myhotel Bloomsbury in London.
.. and then headed home.

Which just leaves me to say a big thanks to Imran for making us feel so welcome – and a huge thanks to James for all this hard work.

Marie, James & me @ ampimage.com

August 24, 2011

myhotel Chelsea – day 2.

Filed under: Photography — Ashley Morrison @ 11:03 pm
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After having the wheel clamp removed – due to the parking ticket machine seemingly rejecting one of my coins, which then meant only 12 hours rather than 24 hours – it was of to London. This time to shoot a number of areas at myhotel Chelsea – Sex in the City style.

First up was ‘East Meets West’ with this incredibly stylish suite, with a distinctive Thai theme…
Original picture taken of the thai suite in myhotel Chelsea.
Our concept report on this one read:

We feel that this says “suite” and could be a superb shot. We’d move the chairs to the left of the coffee table … perhaps terracotta scatter cushions to balance the colours in the room for the camera ?? Perhaps remove picture above bed ?? Possibly place the screen where the dressing table is – it might perhaps be more photogenic than the dressing area. Lifestyle on coffee table that is colour balanced – coffee table books, flowers in red/orange/cerise tones – not too tall. Candles.

To which they agreed.

So once again James was called upon to adjust curtains – poor guy…
Setting up the shot in the thai suite in myhotel Chelsea.
.. and never once did he complain !

Still the end result…
The Thai suite in myhotel Chelsea.
.. was once again an image which hopefully they will want to use for years to come.

Beside the lobby & the conservatory, one of the other rooms was this spacious bright queen bedroom suite…
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.. with the hotel’s strap-line being ‘Sex in the City’ meets ‘Brideshead Re-visited’ – which meant Marie had lots of fun sourcing some glamorous accessories, to help create the final result…
Studio queen bedroom suite in myhotel Chelsea.
.. while James & I worked on the lighting.

We only needed to produced 4 images at myhotel Chelsea, so we were finished early – which meant we had time to headed across town to myhotel Bloomsbury for one last shot before the sun when down.

They say the camera never lies; however, things may not always be as they seem – which was very much the case with this shot.

The aim here was to shoot a couple standing out on the roof top balcony overlooking Bedford Square, which is a superb asset for the hotel – and we all knew it would look particularly good with a sun set. However, as there wasn’t one, so we aimed to create the same effect – and it’s a good job James had a head for heights…
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.. as he balanced on a camera case to get the light in place.
But with the light in place…
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.. it was time for the others to kick-in, as Marie stopped panicking and announced “I think he’s going to pull it off” – which I think we pretty much did…
The myplace balcony overlooking Bedford Square at myhotel Bloomsbury in London.
.. just before one of the highlights of this trip for me, which was to meet up with two fellow photographers…
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.. Steffen Jahn & Paul Freeman – with whom I’ve liaised with over the years on a number of photography forums. So it was a great way to end the day – by meeting up with these guys in person after all these years – and enjoy a few beers outside the hotel after having something to eat.

Next up: myhotel Bloomsbury in London – day 3.

August 23, 2011

myhotel Brighton – day 1.

Filed under: Photography — Ashley Morrison @ 8:24 pm
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It was back down to the south of England this week – this time to shoot a number of areas at myhotel in Brighton.
After our recce trip the week before, where we looked at all their hotels, the number of images were quickly narrowed down – and it was decided that this very stylish suite…
Original pictures taken of the Jade studio in myhotel Brighton.
.. was top of their list.
‘Creating the mood’ was our brief.

So our goal was to convey a subtle sense of lifestyle & relaxation with both lighting & styling. Marie felt it would be good to “frame” the shot with the fabric side of the curtains showing, rather than the lining, so James became a curtain hanger…
One of the first pictures taken in the Jade studio in myhotel Brighton.
.. and the end result…
The Jade studio in myhotel Brighton.
.. was an image which hopefully they will want to use for years to come.

One of the other main areas they wanted captured was the bar…
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.. in ‘fun & funky’ way.

This has to be one of the funkiest bars we’ve ever shot – a real unique and fun place to hang out. And for once, James wasn’t asked to sort out curtains, but instead, he got to enjoy a cold beer with one of the “models”…
The Merkaba cocktail bar in myhotel Brighton.
.. which was well deserved, as this was a tough enough one to create, due to a number of factors.

So only 4 images produced in the end of the day, as each took some time to create – but very pleased with the results – which is all that really matters, when one is trying to produce images that others will want to use, for years to come.

Next up: myhotel Bloomsbury in London – day 2.

August 21, 2011

It felt like a building site for ages.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 11:38 pm
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Is the title of our most recent published work in the September 2011 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 86 to 94 in the September 2011 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Tanya and Graham Leech's cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. on pages 86 to 94 – featuring Tanya and Graham Leech’s cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.

‘Turning two dilapidated cottages into one beautiful home was no mean feat for Tanya Leech from Cornwall, particularly as she added a few modern twists along the way’.

So Congratulations to Graham and Tanya here…
Tanya Leech in her cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. and also a big thanks to James Ram, for his help throughout the day – which you can read about here, on our post about Camelot cottage.

Marie & me @ ampimage.com

August 9, 2011

Sorry about that…

Filed under: Licence fees,Web links — Ashley Morrison @ 11:36 am
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.. but you need to pay a licence fee if you want to use our pictures…
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.. especially if it’s to promote your business.

Plus you should not be using an image which we produced at a totally different hotel neither…
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.. as that is really breaking all the rules of advertising.

Sorry about that – but just because something is available (a room in their hotel or one of our images, for example) doesn’t mean it’s free… as in: for you to use it, without paying something towards the amount you want to use it.

We recommend everyone reads the information at: Copyright 4 Clients – if you are unsure about the basic laws surrounding photography, ethics & standards of practice – before using someone else’s pictures.

August 3, 2011

Country Classic.

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2011 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 66 to 76 in the September 2011 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Victoria and Neil Robertson's converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. on pages 66 to 78, plus on the cover too – featuring Victoria and Neil Robertson’s converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.

“Victoria and Neil traded town for country when they moved from their London crash pad to a converted barn in the heart of the countryside near Portglenone.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Lets talk cushions.

The traditional image of an interior photographer is the guy who comes out to shoot one’s home for the Estate agents’ leaflets & websites. Generally speaking this can be done in a comparatively short space of time.
However, shooting for a glossy magazine is very different.

Firstly, every single picture taken on the day has the potential of either appearing on the cover or as a double page spread within the magazine.
Secondly, most of the magazines are printed to a very high standard, which means every detail within the image can be very clearly seen. These magazines are widely read and therefore their Editors demand very high standards too.
As a result, every effort is made to achieve “picture perfect” every time.

And as I have said many time before, the quality of this magazine means the images always looks amazing – – which is lovely to see after all the hard work has been done.

So a huge thanks to everyone involved for their hard work – and congratulations once again to Neil and Victoria here…
Victoria Robertson in the sitting room of her converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. especially for making it onto the cover too.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

August 1, 2011

The Ming Dynasty – Irish style !

The second stunning home we shot last week on the…
Setting up the living room shot in Carolyn & Stewart Moore's Georgian house near Portstewart.
.. who also run an art gallery there, which they call the Stables.

It was a very elegant Georgian house…
Carolyn and Stewart Moore's Georgian house called 'Roselick Lodge' near Portstewart in Country Antrim.
.. dating back to the 1830’s, which they renovated and extended just few years ago. The house still retains many of it’s period features, but part was brought up to date for modern convenience…
The living room in Carolyn and Stewart Moore's Georgian house called 'Roselick Lodge' near Portstewart in Country Antrim.
.. so it felt like a home that you would really want to kick-off your shoes and relax in.

Home shoots are actually hard work and we are usually pretty tired at the end of the day…
Setting up the shot in Carolyn & Stewart Moore's Georgian house near Portstewart.
.. but there’s always a bit of craic & banter throughout the day – which not only makes this type of work very enjoyable but we also tend to learn a few things too, along the way.

Needless to say, the artwork, antiques and sculptures in the home were stunning…
Carolyn and Stewart Moore's Georgian house called 'Roselick Lodge' near Portstewart in Country Antrim.
.. but I think we might have lowered the tone, when looking at one of the porcelain bowls I asked, “who exactly was Mr Ming” – to which Marie quipped:

“ye know Ashley – he was married to Mrs Ming and they had a load of kids… the wee Mingers”

🙂

Anyway, another lovely shoot – so a big thanks to Stewart & Carolyn for making us feel so welcome – and for bring me up to speed on the period of innovation in Chinese ceramics – between 1368-1644. Which as you probably already know, was called the Ming Dynasty or the Empire of the Great Ming – quoted to be:

One of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history.

So there you have it – learning something new every day – it wasn’t just some old bowl that the wee Mingers ate from after all 🙂

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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