Ashley Morrison's Blog

March 31, 2015

Tower Transformation.

Ancient History is the title of our current published work in the May 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine…
Pages 22 to 27 in the May 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Angela and John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France
on pages 22 to 27 – featuring Angela and John Goodwin’s Tower house in the Tarn region of France.

“Angela and John Goodwin found their dream home in a hill-top village in the south of France.”

Which we talked about shooting here: A real life fairy tale back in 2005.

So Ancient History it may be for some, but for me this will always have been a real life fairy tale come true – so once again a huge thanks to Angela and John here…
John abd Angela Goodwin outside their Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. for inviting us in – and to Steve at Chilli Media too, for this lovely 6 page feature.

From Marie & me, who are being reminded once again of those wonderful days we spend in France, thank you for this tower of transformation smile

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March 16, 2015

House of fun.

Over looking the Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor, was were we shot this townhouse…
Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which belongs to Paul and Keri Johnson, who is both an occupational therapist and a vintage home stylist.

The Storyline:

Keri is from Northern Ireland but met her husband (who is English) when she lived and worked in Bath. When the opportunity arose to return to Northern Ireland, they took it – and bought their present home. She had picked up the vintage bug when in Bath and has filled their home with favourite vintage purchases. Until recently she jointly owned a vintage shop. They did a huge renovation to the home – in particular, they reconfigured down stairs putting the kitchen at the front to enjoy sea views.

Anyway, having already looked at some pictures like this on the Property News website…
Page on Property News' website showing the living room area in 4 Ballyholme Esplanade.
.. we knew that this room would actually photograph very well – so after deciding this would be the main angle…
First image taken in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. then it was simply a case of moving a few things around to suit the camera…
One of the first images taken in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. while Stuart set-up the light outside – and then Marie and Keri kicked-in to add the finishing touches…
The sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which I must say looked pretty Wow to me.

And so it was throughout the day, as we moved a few things around…
Marie & me in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. to suit the camera, while Keri kept a close eye on the laptop screen…
Marie & me in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. as we produce a series of images like this…
The dining area in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. as well as some detail shots like this…
Display of mirrors and Lounge sign in the sitting room of Keri Johnston'stownhouse.
.. of the mirrors and signage.

All of course under the watchful eye of Keri…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. who really did studied each image as they appeared on screen…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. which we laughed about – as she was even more eagled-eyed than us…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. which I can assure you is saying something, as we often spend ages on even a simple detail shot like this…
Corner unit in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. to insure it just looks right.

And so when it came to the bedrooms, even though Stuart and I thought we had done a good job here…
Setting up the bedroom image in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. it was all changed once Marie…
Marie setting up the bedroom image in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. and Keri arrived – but yes, as usual they were right to create a lot more layers here…
One of the bedrooms in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which is like one of those things I would say, that obviously needed to be done, after I had seen it done by the experts smile

Which I guess is what they mean when they say: Hindsight is 20/20.

Anyway, we finished of in the kitchen…
first picture in the kitchen of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. and I think this smile of on Keri’s face really summed up the day she had had…
Keri Johnson in the kitchen of her townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. as it was indeed a lot of fun.

Anyway, just like to say a big thanks to Stuart for helping us out here – as this was indeed a big house to shoot on a day when the weather conditions were far from perfect – and of course to Keri as well, for making us feel so welcome in her magnificent house of fun.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.

March 11, 2015

Riviera living SAVOIR FAIRE.

Is the title of one of 2 features we have in the April 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine…
Pages 22 to 27 in the April 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton's villa called 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence
on pages 22 to 27 – featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton’s villa called ‘Jasmin’ near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.

“Janet and Ken Hamilton transformed a dated villa into their dream holiday home.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Kicking off back in 2010.

And ‘Mix & MATCH‘ is the other one….
Pages 38 to 45 in the April 2015 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Mairead and Owen McIntyre's Victorian terrace in the university area of Belfast.
on pages 38 to 45 – featuring Mairead and Owen McIntyre’s Victorian terrace in the university area of Belfast.

“Mairead and Owen Moore beat the bargain-hunters and bagged the Irish home of their dreams.”

Which we talked about shooting here: How good back in 2010 as well.

So from the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence, to the capital city of Northern Ireland, I just like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved here – and especially to Steve at Chilli Media for this great result too.

From Marie Mandi & me at www.ampimage.com.

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