Ashley Morrison's Blog

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 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 everyone’s 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 to the homeowner 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 a part 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



  1. Just for you Lin – pages 50 to 53 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
    April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine.
    .. which you can read about here: High Fives all around.

    Comment by Ashley Morrison — March 16, 2017 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  2. Featured in the September 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
    September 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine.
    .. pages 82 to 95.

    Pingback by Victorian Vintage. | Ashley Morrison's Blog — August 2, 2014 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  3. Featured in the January 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
    25 Beautiful Homes magazine January 2014
    .. pages 74 to 77.

    Pingback by Out of the office… | Ashley Morrison's Blog — November 30, 2013 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  4. Hi Ashley

    I wondered if you had any direction yet on the use of the beautiful photos you took on our Moorfield Lodge ? 

    Please advise.

    Thanx Lin

    Lin Crossle

    Moorfield Lodge Boutique B&B, Ramelton, Co.Donegal, Ireland Mobile:  +44 7 857269133 Tel: +353 74 9152655   “Certificate of Excellence 2011 and 2012 and 2013” – Trip Advisor  NEW “Best 100 Places to Stay in Ireland 2011 and 2012 and 2013”  NEW – Bridgestone Guide Award “Top 10 Most Romantic Places to Stay in Ireland 2011, 2012 and 2013” – Brigestone Guide Award Michelin Guide nomination for 2014 edition, due September …….. NEW   Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations more than 7 days prior to booking are fully refundable unless advised prior to arrival date or at time of booking. Non-arrivals, late cancellations will be charged on the credit card provided, under the mother company named Border Motor Works in the equivalent in sterling.


    Comment by Lin Crossle at Moorfield Lodge — August 30, 2013 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

    • Hi Lin
      So far nothing to report I’m afraid – but we will naturally keep trying.

      The lack of a living room I believe is where we have hit problems here, as they nearly all like to go big on that room and/or lead the feature with that image.
      So even though the rest of your home was amazing, it’s the lack of this one room that could mean we don’t get a result here 😦

      We have hit this before – which is why we like to see some pictures of the house beforehand – but in you case of course, it had all changed – so instead of there begin an impressive living room in the centre of your house, there was now an impressive dining room instead.

      Naturally that works better for you, but unfortunately that wasn’t so good for us – as this may now mean we have not only wasted your time here, but our as well 😦

      Still, we will keep trying and keep you posted, should a Editor someday say ‘yes please’.

      Comment by Ashley Morrison — September 1, 2013 @ 11:35 am | Reply

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