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July 17, 2013

All change.

Filed under: Photography — Ashley Morrison @ 10:09 am
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Which was what this recent shoot was all about – at Alastair & Pauline’s chalet bungalow here…
Alastair and Pauline Bingham's detached chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. in the County Down town of Bangor.

Pauline bought the house approximately 12 years ago before she met Alastair – she did quite a bit of work then and decorated the house in rich warm colours. But her taste subsequently changed and the couple recently gave the house a major makeover – giving it a much lighter & fresher look.

However, the problem I faced on a few of the images, was changing the direction of the light, so instead of the main light coming from the large window behind me…
First picture taken in Alastair and Pauline Bingham's detached chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. I wanted it to come from the other direction.

So while Marie worked on the finishing touches, I changed the direction of the light…
The living room in Alastair and Pauline Bingham's detached chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. so as to help draw one’s eye through the room – and then into this room…
The dining room in Alastair and Pauline Bingham's detached chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. which had also been changed quite a bit.

So lots of changes here since we last shot this home of Pauline’s back in 2007 – much lighter & fresher looking for sure.

I’ll put that down to meeting Alastair…
Alastair and Pauline Bingham in the living room of their detached chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
…as they do say: Behind every great woman is a great man icon_wink

Anyway, thanks guys for inviting us back – we both really loved the new look – and will keep you posted on which magazines you will appear in over the next few years.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

July 11, 2013

Uncompromising Finish.

Is the title of our latest published work in the August 2013 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 80 to 92 in the August 2013 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Amy and Gareth Scott's semi-detached period house in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 80 to 92 – featuring Amy and Gareth Scott’s semi-detached period house in the County Down town of Bangor.

“Amy and Gareth turned a faded period property in Bangor into a colourful modern family home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Family living.

Anyway, uncompromising finish indeed – especially those double page spreads, in this beautifully printed magazine.

Twelve pages too – so very pleased with that and great to see this month.

So ‘way to go’ Gareth and Amy here…
Amy Scott in the sitting room of her period semi-detached home in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. from Marie, Mandi & me.

July 7, 2013

Welcome to Ashford Castle.

Filed under: Photography,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 3:27 pm
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Which was basically our brief this week – as we had been asked to produce 3 images for the new owners of Ashford Castle, the Red Carnation Hotels, to use in their brochures and on their website.

So we headed down the day before, hoping & praying that the rain would stop – as two models had been booked and Suzie, from the Red Carnation Hotels, had flown in from London to over see us in action.

Anyway, we had a Plan B (as well as a Plan C & D, which we discussed with Suzie the night before, as we joined her for something to eat in the magnificent George V dining room) – should the weather not improve – as each of the images she required, would ideally be of a member of staff with guests outside, with the Castle behind them.

Thankfully though, Plan C & D weren’t needed – because as I woke the next morning it looked like we would be in luck, as the sun was shining smile

However, this is Ireland where it rains 250 days a year, and so you just know that the next rain clouds won’t be to far away.

Anyway, it was all systems go the following morning – so we headed down early to find the ideal spot for the first image – as the brief was to produce:

“.. a falconry shot – introducing guests to the birds in front of the castle.”

Anne Marie from Brendan Vacations, Suzie from the Red Carnation Hotels and Catherine from Ashford Castle were first to arrive…
Arriving at the shoot.
.. so while we waited for the others, we looked around to find the best angle of the Castle that would work for the first image.

And just as we found it the models, Catherin Higgins & John McCormack, arrived – as the sun came out – and so as you can see in the zoom in…
Fingers crossed.
.. Suzie had her fingers crossed here wink

Anyway, while we waited for the birds to arrive and the models to get changed, Stuart (my assistant), Anne Marie & Suzie …
Testing lights.
.. stood in while I did some test shots – as I still wasn’t ruling out Plan B.

Anyway, the birds arrive on schedule – two beautiful Harris Hawks…
Birds arrive.
… from Ireland’s School of Falconry, which is located on grounds of Ashford Castle – however, with no sun in site, it was time to resort to Plan B – which was to shoot the foreground first…
Looking good.
.. check the files to see if we had a least got that part right…
Checking the results.
.. and then wait and wait and wait…
The sun comes out.
.. for the sun to come out, which it finally did.

And the result…
Guests with Harris hawks at Ashford Castle in County Mayo.
.. was an image which I think they will be very pleased with, as I feel it’s looks very natural – due to the expressions on all their faces.

Will this be the cover shot ?
Well I guess we will just have to wait and see – but those hawks are really something special – a USP for sure – so I reckon this could very well be the one.

Anyway, now that sun was out, it was time to move on to create the 2nd image…
Behind the scenes.
.. of the Bag Piper…
Bagpipe player at Ashford Castle in County Mayo.
.. who it seems, would often welcome guest as they arrive at the front of the Castle.
Another USP – and one things for sure, while he played here, the guests all flocked out to see what was going on – so I wasn’t the only one taking pictures of him in action here smile

Okay, so with 2 in the bag, that just left one to go:

“.. an arrival shot – staff extending a warm welcome to guests at the entrance of the castle.”

Sounds easy – but without some beautiful light…
Testing.
.. it wasn’t looking so good.
So we just had to wait and wait and wait – for that one minute window of sunshine, before capturing what was felt to be the best image of the day:
The Doorman at Ashford Castle in County Mayo talking to a guest on the bridge.

Welcome to Ashford Castlejust for you – in association with Brendan Vacations and the Red Carnation Hotels cool

So I’d just like to say many thanks to everyone involved – and especially to the staff at Ashford Castle for making us feel so welcome once again.

Oh – and a special thanks to the ‘Big Guy’ up above, for answering my prayers, as I really don’t think Stuart & I could have pulled this off without you smile

Cheers
Ashley.
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July 1, 2013

Material Pleasure.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 1:35 pm
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Is the title of our latest current work in the August 2013 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 86 to 89 in the August 2013 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Ruth and David Black's farmhouse near Templepatrick in County Antrim.
.. on pages 86 to 89 – featuring Ruth and David Black’s farmhouse near Templepatrick in County Antrim.

“Ruth and David Black saw past the gloomy looks of a Victorian farmhouse and created an airy rural retreat.”

Which we talked about here: Overlooking Sixmilewater Valley – back in April.

So congratulations to David and Ruth here…
Ruth Black in the sitting room of her farmhouse near Templepatrick in County Antrim.
.. for making it into this top selling national magazine, which is full of beautiful homes – which this most certainly was.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

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