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December 24, 2014

Santa arrived early.

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And it looks amazing…
Book called Irish Hotels by Ashley Morrison and Marie McMillen showing some of the pages containing the images that we produced at various hotels throughout Ireland.
.. so Merry Christmas everyone smile

December 20, 2014

To everyone

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Merry Christmas

From Marie & me at ampimage.

December 18, 2014

Irish Hotels

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Available now in the Blurb Bookshop…

.. just for you !

December 7, 2014

Trading Up

Was the name of the TV programme Louise Lear was presenting at the time – who is probably best know for her role as a BBC Weather presenter – so we where invited along to capture this renovated bungalow in Hertfordshire…
Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. which Louise and her husband Ian, plus their two boys, James & Miles, called their home.

Looking back now at the series of shots taken – like this one of Marie in the kitchen…
Marie in the kitchen of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. who was sitting in while I tweaked the lighting for this shot…
Ian and Louise Lear in the kitchen of their 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. was in away, a bit like the programme – as each time I shot Marie…
Marie in the sitting room of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. I then traded her up…
Louise Lear in the sitting room of her 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. for the Real McCoy wink

Seriously though, couldn’t do it without her, as she is always like one step in front of me, which often puts a new meaning behind the term ‘behind the senses’ – as it’s her behind I often end up capturing…
Marie setting up the shot in living room of BBC TV presenter Louise Lear's 1950's bungalow in Hertfordshire.
.. as she works her magic in front of the camera, to help create beautiful images like this…
Louise Lear with her two sons James & Miles in their 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. of Louise with her two sons, James & Miles, in the living room beside the kitchen.

The real star of the show as seen here again…
Marie in the sitting room of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. being traded up…
Louise Lear in the sitting room of her 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield with her two sons James & Miles.
.. for a series of images that have had more hits on our website than any other.

Was I thinking of Trading her Up, I hear you say… no way – but I did enjoy the TV show and so was delighted to meet Louise – a true professional in every way, especially as a young mother whose family were also a pleasure to meet.

Featured in the October issue of BBC Good Homes magazine…
Pages 88 to 93 in the October 2006 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine featuring Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. back in 2006 and in Property Projects in the May 2007 issue…
Pages 6 and 7 in the Property Projects booklet which was in the May 2007 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine and featured the kitchen in Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in Hertfordshire.
.. which is hard to believe as it really doesn’t seem that long ago – but there you have it.

So for all of you who Google search her name and then end up on our website as a result, this Blog is for you, to help complete the story behind that picture of Louise smile

December 5, 2014

English TV celebrity chef

While doing a bit of a tidy up in the studio this week with my daughter Holly, we came upon this cookery book called James Martin’s Great British Dinners – which was obviously by English TV celebrity chef James Martin himself – which as you can see here he had kindly signed…
Book called James Martin's Great British Dinners which has been signed by James Martin and made out to Chloe and Holly.
.. to both her and her sister Chloe.

Brought back great memories of this shoot which was commissioned by the BBC, for an editorial feature about James here…
English TV celebrity chef James Martin in the kitchen of his detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. and his beautiful 19th-century house in Hampshire, which he had just recently bought and was planing to extend quite a bit.

So quickly showed Holly some of the images we produced, like this one of Rachel from the BBC talked to James out in the Garden…
Rachel Watson from the BBC with English TV celebrity chef James Martin in the garden of his detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. which as you might expect, was where he grew fresh organic produces – which is naturally high on any top chef’s agenda – while Marie worked her magic inside.

Some great Boy’s Toys, like racing helmets, guitars and vintage posters of sports cars throughout the house – but perhaps the most surprising thing was the kitchen which James himself described with a smile, as being a bit Barbie
English TV celebrity chef James Martin's kitchen in his detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. which I think possibly came as a shock when he finally saw it painted !

Anyway, needless to say, the person shot had to be of James in this great kitchen…
English TV celebrity chef James Martin in the kitchen of his detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. which I explained to Holly required more lights to light-up than one would have expected, due to it’s size and shape of the over all room.

And yes his dog who he called Fudge – who can you can see here sitting in his custom built den…
Fudge in English TV celebrity chef James Martin's kitchen.
.. was very happy to get the steak used in that shot too smile

Anyway, interesting home style wise according Marie & Rachel – and quite ornate in places too – but it was his bedroom here…
The Master bedroom in English TV celebrity chef James Martin's detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. that naturally got the girls smiling the most – as it was just as I’d expected – even though it was not quite what one might expect to see in their magazine – which it did all appear in as you can see here…
Pages 154 to 159 in the February 2007 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine featuring English TV celebrity chef James Martin's detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. the follow year.

We’ve shot quite a few celebrities in their homes over the years – and as always, we find them great to work with – because they know how to work for the camera and how important it is to get the shots just right.

James was no exception here – he was relaxed, professional and… well just a really nice guy to work with !!

And this book he signed here afterwards, to Holly & her sister, was a reminder of all of that.

So from Marie, Rachel & me, plus my two girls, I’d just like to say a belated: Thank you James for everything… and especially for this beautiful book too.

December 2, 2014

Cream of The Crop.

Is the title of our latest published work in the January 2015 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 84 to 97 in the January 2015 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Alastair and Pauline Bingham's chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 84 to 97, plus on the cover too – featuring Alastair and Pauline Bingham’s chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.

“When Pauline went house-hunting in Bangor, Co Down, she was on the trail of that elusive ‘feeling’ – and after exhausting viewings of older properties as well as new-builds she found it in this 1980s chalet bungalow.”

Which we talked about shooting here: All Change.

Anyway, making the cover too is great way to start the New Year – which is hard to believe is so near – so over the moon at having achieved this – and so would just like to say congratulations to Alastair and Pauline here…
Alastair and Pauline Bingham in the living room of their detached chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for this time making it into this absolutely beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine – and a big thank you everyone else involved here too.

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