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May 29, 2014

Before and After.

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Updating the Before and After section on our website here…
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.. so as to not only let people see what was done, but also to show that there are more than 100 different ways to shoot any subject…
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.. and that all images…
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.. are not the same…
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.. or even close to being the same sometimes – even if they were taken by the same photographer.

Which is something we often need to point out to clients when they ask us for a price to take some pictures.

Because there is a big difference between giving someone a price to turn-up to take some pictures…
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.. and being asked to giving someone a price to produce some images…
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.. that they would want to use.
As one could just involve turning-up and taking some snap shots of whatever happens to be there, like I do when we recce a place…
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.. whereas the other could involve hours of work…
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.. and a team of people, etc – especially if they are wanting some images created that they will actually want to use in various media for years to come.

Which is why we would often ask about their usage requirements – and then take that information into account…
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.. when quoting a fee for the use of our work…
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.. after we have created it.

Because 9 times out of 10, even when it looks to be sitting perfect to the eye…
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.. the sort of image that they will want to use…
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.. may still need to be lit and styled, etc, etc – and so that is what this section on our website shows, i.e. I can take some pictures or we can create some images.

So which do you want me to give you a price for – to turn-up and take some pictures which you can use if you want to or to produce some images that you will want to use ?

If it’s just to turn-up and take some pictures, then that shouldn’t cost very much; however, if it’s to produce some images that you will want to use, then we obviously need to take your usage requirements into account first, as the fee would then be based on that information. Which can be paid for all at once or spread over the years that you want to use our work, in the various media that you need to use it in.

So enjoy this newly updated section by moving your mouse over the original picture taken to see the final image created – which includes images that were produced many years ago, which the clients are still using to this very day – as well as some of our most recent work.

Cheers
From Marie & me at ampimage.com

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May 4, 2014

Natural direction of light.

Back at Marie’s once again to finish of the series of images that we plan to submit to various magazines over the next few years – so while Marie added the finishing touches to the kitchen…
Marie setting up in the kitchen shot of her renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. I set about lighting it up…
The kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. which actually didn’t take that long, as those windows are perfectly placed.

As are the windows in her sitting room – which I at first tried lighting from the left…
The first picture taken in the sitting room in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. but then decided it would be more natural looking, if I lit it from the ones on the right…
The sitting room in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. as that was where the natural direction of light was coming from in the first place.

The master bedroom was for me a doddle to light – but due to a some new bedding arriving the day before – it was like a complete make-over job for Marie here…
Marie setting up in the bedroom shot of her renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. which I must say looked very well when she was all done…
Master bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. and I stopped walking on her little striped rug wink

About 20 images in the end produced, which should be more than enough for any Editor – so now it time to submit and keep our fingers crossed.

From Marie & me @ ampimage, producing images just for you, as we would say.

May 2, 2014

Gentleman’s residence.

The sky was blue and the sun was shining – so the first shot in the bag, was the exterior of this large detached Victorian house…
Fiona and Conor O'Kane's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. which belonged to Fiona and Conor O’Kane – who are both are Barristers here in Belfast.

The Storyline:

Fiona and Conor bought the house approx 6 years ago and since then, have done a huge amount of work to it – they tackled quite a bit themselves – knocking down walls, decorating, etc, etc.

So with Stuart, who normally assists us out on Hotel shoots, helping out with lighting and that – Marie made a start inside…
Setting up the drawing room shot in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. by doing her thing, before we asked Fiona & Conor to strike a pose in the drawing room…
Fiona & Conor's in the drawing room of their detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. in front of the black marble fireplace – which it seems swung the sale for them when they first saw it.

Then from there, it was into the sitting room across the hall – where both Marie and Stuart both swung into action…
Setting up the sitting room shot in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. before I shot it two ways – with and without the fire lit…
The sitting room in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. to give the Editors a choice – incase they wanted to run with it in one of their spring or summer issues, instead of one of their winter or autumn issues smile

Anyway, it was then into the kitchen area at the back of the house…
Setting up the kitchen shot in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. which as you can see, was less traditional…
The kitchen in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. and very bright…
The sitting area in the kitchen of Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. which made for a really lovely contrast.

Huge house – but with Stuart helping us out here, we were up to the bedrooms…
Setting up the bedroom shot in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. just after lunch – and once again I was most impressed…
Bedroom in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. with their style & taste, in this beautiful Victorian Gentleman’s residence.

So just a quick note to say thanks to everyone here – and especially to Fiona & Conor for inviting us in and making us feel so welcome.

From Marie, Stuart & me @ ampimage.com

May 1, 2014

Hidden Charms.

Is the title of our latest published work in the June 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 72 to 75 in the June 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Fiona and Conor O'Kane's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. on pages 72 to 75 – featuring Fiona and Conor O’Kane’s detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.

“Fiona and Conor O’Kane saw past the dubious decor and overgrown ivy of a faded period gem and restored it’s sparkle.”

Which we shot last year just before heading down to shoot at Mount Juliet in county Kilkenny – and so I have just noticed that I’ve totally forgotten to write about this one – which I must now do over the weekend wink

Anyway, for now, you can now read all about Fiona and Conor here…
Fiona and Conor O'Kane in the living room of their detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. and see their hidden charms, in this top selling national magazine which is currently on the bookshelves.

From Marie, Mandy & me @ ampimage.com

A Blank Canvas

Is the title of our latest published work in the June 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 80 to 91 in the June 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Ciara Nelson's three storey semi-detached villa in Belfast.
.. on pages 80 to 91 – featuring Ciara Nelson’s three storey semi-detached villa in Belfast.

“Ciara’s four bedroom Victorian semi in Belfast had recently undergone a major renovation which had been done to a very high standard and had left the property pretty much a blank canvas. Using her existing furniture and accessories along with a few new bits and pieces, she is now well on her way to her prefect home.”

Which we talked about here: It’s all in the detail – at the time when we shot it, and more recently here: Over 6000 views in less than 48 hours – when I talked how one of the images of the kitchen here in this home, had surprised me on the number of views it had received on Flickr – which currently stands at 7,162 views.

Anyway, stunning repro as always – which is what I love so much about this magazine – so this is just a quick note to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and congratulations to Ciara here…
Ciara Nelson in the sitting room of her three storey semi-detached villa in Belfast.
.. once again, for making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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