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August 30, 2013

Never work with children or animals.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 1:10 pm
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Is what they say – however, they are very often a big part of what a family home is all about.

And so was the case this week, as we were invited in to shoot Keith & Amanda’s newly renovated Victorian townhouse in Belfast.

The house had been used for offices for many years and had been badly neglected it seems; however, the couple fell in love with the period features & proportions and so bought it a few years ago to be their future family home. They carried out much of the work themselves – so to say the least, it’s been a massive project for them – which for now is completed.

Amanda is unashamedly a fan of shabby chic – and so it’s seems she picked up much of their furniture & accessories in auctions, eBay and salvage yards… to stay within her budget.

Anyway, while the girls worked on the finishing touches…
The girls at work in the dining room in Keith and Amanda Cunningham's renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. I set about doing my thing – and this was the result…
The dining room in Keith and Amanda Cunningham's renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. of everyones hard work.

Seldom have I worked with such a young baby…
Amanda Cunningham with her baby Oliver in the kitchen of their renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. a little boy called Oliver in this case – two dogs and a cat…
The cay in the kitchen of Keith and Amanda Cunningham's renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. all in a single home shoot.

Because from my perspective, people shots do add a lot of time a shoot – but since the Editors feel that a home feature is more interesting and appealing with the home owner in some of the shots…
Amanda Cunningham in the living room of her renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
..then that’s a given – and that is therefore what we would normally provide them with.

But in this case, I really wanted to capture not only the homeowner & her young family but also their pets too – as they were very much apart of this home and what family life here was all about… in this stunning home, which has to be one of the best examples of a shabby chic home we’ve shot.

So broke all the rules on this one and pushed the boat out – but I think it was worth it – since Amanda and her husband Keith have done such an amazing job here.

Anyway, just like to say thank you to them both for inviting us in and giving us this opportunity – because all in all, it was a really nice shoot – and from their perspective, it’s a moment in time that is now captured for posterity smile

August 18, 2013

The Perfect Investment.

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2013 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 96 to 106 in the September 2013 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Kathy Reid's double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 96 to 106 – featuring Kathy Reid’s double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.

“They say fools rush in where angels fear to tread and certainly Kathy had to watch her step when she went to view the semi-direlict property in a leafy avenue of east Belfast. But the busy mum of one was no fool and has transformed her canny investment into a dream home.”

Shot back in the spring of 2007, when investing in property here was at it’s peak – but I’m not so sure if it would be such a good investment today, because according to this recent BBC news story:

“It may take more than a decade for Northern Ireland houses prices to recover from the crash, the consultancy firm PwC has warned… it could be 2025 before prices again reach 2007 levels.”

Anyway, ‘way to go’ Kathy and her daughter Scarlett here…
Kathy Reid with her daughter Scarlett in the kitchen of their double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. for making the right call back then – and congratulations once again for getting your beautiful home published.

Because as you know, it was featured before in the October 2007 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 116 to 120 in the October 2007 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Kathy Reid's double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 116 to 120 – and in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine…
Pages 28 to 36 in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring Kathy Reid's double-fronted Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 28 to 36.

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August 16, 2013

Striking a pose…

Filed under: Photography — Ashley Morrison @ 5:33 pm
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.. and conveying a message.

We tend to specialise mainly in interiors these day – but we still occasionally do other types of shoots too – such as this one…
Brian Baird of the Repstor team sitting in the car studio.
.. which was shot in our studio a few days ago.

From my perspective, in terms of lighting & composition, it was very straight forward – as it was basically just a one light job in the cove.

However, with this type of shoot it’s important for the client to think through the style of shots that will work best for the company – dress code, setting, poses and so on.

In this case, the Marketeer had a very clear vision of the images and message she wanted to convey for a new software company called Repstor – even for the slightly more formal line up, expressions were relaxed and approachable. Everyone was simply asked to wear what they normally would wear…
Brian Baird of the Repstor team.
.. be it smart casual, suits or whatever !!

And then to convey more of everyone’s individual personality, they each brought a prop…
Alan McMillen of the Repstor team.
.. for a more light hearted feel.

And finally there was young Theo, who was ‘The Star’ for the upside down shot…
Theo
.. with the promise of some much coveted Lego pieces greatly helping 🙂

So just some very simple shots, to help them convey the message that they want to tell about themselves & their company – which was a little bit different for us these days.

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