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March 16, 2013

Laundry is no longer a chore.

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Is the title of our most recent published work in the April 2013 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 48 to 51 in the April 2013 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring an old coal store transformed into a pretty practical utility room by Marie McMillen.
.. on pages 48 to 51 – featuring an old coal store transformed into a pretty practical utility room by Marie McMillen.

‘Moving to a new home gave Stylist at Home Marie , 56, from County Down, the chance to transform an old coal store into a pretty yet practical utility room’.

No way… fifty six !!
I thought you were only 21 Marie, same as me smile.

Style at Home Magazine iPad Edition.

Anyway, way to go you – it looks great…
The Laundry room in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's home near Belfast.
.. so I drop my laundry around tomorrow, since it’s no longer a chore anymore.

me smile.

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March 14, 2013

New book

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Title: Hotels in Ireland.
Publish Date: 13th March 2013.
Dimensions: 13×11 inches (33×28 cm).
Pages: 210.

Our book called Hotels in Ireland.

Preview shows the first 15 pages of our new book: Hotels in Ireland – which contains many of the images which we produced over the past few years at the following hotels:

. Ashford Castle – Cong, Co Mayo.
. Abbey Court Hotel – Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
. Breaffy House Hotel – Castlebar, Co Mayo.
. Burlington Hotel – Dublin.
. Carlton Abbey Hotel – Athy, Co Kildare.
. Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel – Westport, Co Mayo.
. Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel – Cloughran, Co Dublin.
. Carlton Kinsale Hotel – Kinsale, Co Cork.
. Carlton Redcastle Hotel – Moville, Co Donegal.
. Carlton Shearwater Hotel – Ballinasloe, Co Galway.
. Castle Leslie – Glaslough, Co Monaghan.
. CityNorth Hotel – Gormanston, Co Meath.
. Clare Inn Hotel – Ennis, Co Clare.
. Culloden Hotel – Holywood, Co Down.
. Days Hotel – Belfast.
. Doonbeg Hotel Golf & Spa Resort – Doonbeg, Co Clare.
. Downings Bay Hotel – Downings, Co Donegal.
. Dromoland Castle – Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare.
. Europa Hotel – Belfast.
. The GĀ hotel – Wellpark, Co Galway.
. Galway Oyster Hotel (formerly Ramada Encore Oranmore) – Oranmore, Co Galway.
. George Hotel – Limerick.
. Inishowen Gateway Hotel – Buncrana, Co Donegal.
. Killyhevlin Hotel – Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
. Kilmurry Lodge Hotel – Castletroy, Co Limerick.
. Manor House Resort Hotel – Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
. Millrace Hotel – Bunclody, Co Wexford.
. Mount Juliet Country Estate – Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.
. Radisson Blu Hotel – Belfast.
. Ramada Plaza HotelĀ – Belfast.
. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa Hotel – Newcastle, Co Down.
. South Court Hotel – Limerick.
. Stormont Hotel – Belfast.
. Tullyglass House Hotel – Ballymena, Co Antrim.
. West County Hotel – Ennis, Co Clare.

All of whom we would like to say a big ‘thank you’ too.

From Marie, me and the rest of the team @ ampimage.com.

March 11, 2013

Mount Juliet Country Estate

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The series of pictures produced at the Mount Juliet Country Estate in County Kilkenny…

.. just for you!

Stylist: Marie McMillen.
1st Assistant: Stuart McNamara.
Photographer: Ashley Morrison.
Music: Chill by Musicshake.

March 9, 2013

More effort than one might have thought.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 5:52 pm
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This week took us up to one of our favorite places – County Donegal.

Where we shot this great contemporary house…
Lin and Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. owned by the delightful Lin & Bobby Crossle, who made us both feel so welcome.

In theory, architectural contemporary homes should be easier to shoot than more traditional homes – due mainly to their white walls & larger windows. However, in true Irish fashion, the weather wasn’t on our side, so the lighting required much more effort than one might have thought…
The first picture taken in The kitchen in Lin and Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. but we got there in the end…
Lin Crossle in the kitchen of her contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. all be it slowly – as both Lin & Marie worked their magic…
The dining room in Lin and Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. in front of the camera throughout the day.

Both very passionate about their dogs, as you can see…
Bobby and Lin Crossle with their dogs on the staircase in their contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. so needless to say, capturing one of them ‘At Home’…
The living room in Lin and Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. was a must too.

Anyway, it was an amazing house – and Lin & Bobby looked after us so well, we’d just like to say a big Thank you – and we will keep you posted.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

March 2, 2013

And finally for now.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 5:44 pm
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We finished off shooting curtains – which Marie said we badly need to show – as curtains could be big for us !!

So when I got up this morning, there was an email from her to say: Just hanging curtains – look great – sun pouring sideways onto balcony but not in front of camera – if you’re quick, think we could get a great shot !!

Anyway, (as usual) she was right, it was pretty much naturally lit…
Curtains available from Natural Calico.
.. however, it still took me over an hour to shoot – so is it any wonder I don’t charge for my time, because even I find it hard to believe, that such a simple image could take so long to get right.

Anyway, on the home straight – and so all that was left to do, was a few more banner type images, to complete what was going to be needed, to launch this new website.

Yes, you guessed it, more cushions – Grey…
Grey cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.
.. Brown…
Brown cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.
.. and Multi-coloured…
Multicolour cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.
.. which I’m quite sure isn’t how Marie will describe them, but I guess we’ll have to wait for & see, as it shouldn’t be long now before her new website is up & running.

So that’s it for now – but no doubt there will be a lot more to follow over the next few years – as this is really only the beginning.

An analogy would be.

In a recent discussion on a photographer’s forum, about how one goes about putting a price on what ‘we’ do – this is the analogy I gave, in reference to a job I have recently been asked to quote for – whereby the client was wanting to know what my ‘day rate’ was, to take some pictures at a nearby hotel.

So to try and explain why I, like them (the hotel), quote the way I do, this is how I explained it – so as the hotel could see, that how I put a price on ‘my thing’ is very similar to how they put a price on ‘their thing’ – should someone ask for a quote.

There are basically 4 things that will determine the fee:

1. Number of images: 15 images – is like saying: 15 people.
2. Media use: Worldwide web & promotional emails only – is like saying: Bed & Breakfast only.
3. Period of use: 2 years use (ends 31/3/2015) – is like saying: 2 nights (ends the following day).
4. Territory of use: Internet only – is like saying: their hotel only.

So, just as the price that they would quote you, would also be based on the above information – so is mine…
Quote-00016764 by Ashley Morrison for producing and then providing 15 images of various rooms at a Hotel in County Down for them to use as stated.
.. which means, if I would like them to pay more than this, then it would then be up to me to try and produce some images that they would actually want to use for more than this…
Quote-00016764 by Ashley Morrison for producing and then providing 15 images of various rooms at a Hotel in County Down for them to use as stated.

.. if I was to expect them to pay me more than this afterwards (just as they will want their customers to use their hotel for more than the minimum amount too) – which is therefore my incentive (or their incentive) to go the extra mile for my clients (or in their case, their guests, who want to use their hotel).

So the more that other people want us to provide them with or the more that they get from us to use afterward, then the more I would charge – which I believe is only fair.

And that’s basically how I go about it these days – as times have changed and most of my clients now just seem to want ‘some images to use’ – rather than specific images to use for a specific ad – which is how it would have been back in the days of film, when I would have quoted a ‘day rate’.

Anyway, just thought I’d share this analogy – which is based on a real example – of how I put a price on what ‘we’ do – before any images have been created or produced, for others to use these days.

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March 1, 2013

Cushions to suit your mood.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 3:29 pm
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Was what this shoot was all about, in this one bedroom…
Marie adding the last minute touches to the cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.
.. which Marie worked very hard on.

Anyway, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I let the pictures speak for themselves…
Pink cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.

Brown cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.

Industrial cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.

Seaside cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.

French style cushions and bedroom items available from Natural Calico.
.. since it’s almost the weekend and I’m in a lazy mood Smile.

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