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July 31, 2015

No ordinary house will make it.

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On the outside, it looked pretty much like every other house in the street…
Deborah & Graham Swail's semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.
.. but inside, as far as we were concerned, it was very different – and so that’s what we wanted to capture – as it’s what Deborah & Graham had done inside, that resulted in us getting in touch with them.

“One in a million” as they would say – because that is basically all that will ever make it into a national magazine.
So even to be asked if you would be up for it, means your house must be pretty special – never mind an Editor later saying they would like to feature it – because it seems that 95% or more of the homes they are offered, are turning down – according to a very good article which Anthony Harrison wrote about here, on How to get your house into a magazine.

Which is something we do have to remind ourselves of every now and again, because it’s not as easy as it looks.

Anyway, we loved what Deborah & Graham had done here…
First image taken in the sitting room of Deborah & Graham Swail's semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. and so when the Editor of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine asked if we had anything on file that would suit one of their up & coming issues, i.e. had fires lit inside – we replied “Just give us a day or two” wink

So with the help of Marie and Stuart here…
Marie and Stuart in the living room of Deborah & Graham Swail's semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. who also assume the positions which I later shot Deborah & Graham in here…
Deborah & Graham Swail in the living room of their semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. after they returned from work – we lit the fires, straighten the cushions and did our thing – to end up with images like this…
The sitting room in Deborah & Graham Swail's semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as well as take lots of details of things like this…
In the sitting room of Deborah & Graham Swail's semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. to help complete the story – that this was no ordinary house – especially to be found in Belfast.

Anyway, both Deborah & Graham seems to enjoy the whole thing – as the ‘Craic’, as they would say here in Ireland, was good…
Deborah & Graham with Marie in the kitchen of their semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as were the results too…
The kitchen in Deborah & Graham Swail's semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. thanks to everyone’s hard work.

So this one came as no surprise in the end, when the Editor of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine finally said ‘Yes please’ to it – but then again, we wouldn’t have ask them if they would be up for it nor would we have submitted it to the Editor, if we hadn’t been 95% sure in the first place – because that would have been a total waste of everyone’s time.

So a big thanks to Deborah & Graham for inviting us in – and congratulations too for making it into 25 Beautiful Homes magazine – where you will be able to see the rest of the images we took and read more about what all they did, etc, later on this year.

From Marie, Mandi, Stuart & me at ampimage.com

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July 28, 2015

Congratulations!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will just let the pictures here of my daughter, Chloe…
Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony in July 2015.
.. and her friend Vicky…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony in July 2015.
.. graduation ceremony at the University of Northampton speak for themselves – as I recorded them throughout the day having fun…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. and being very much part of the iPhone & Selfie generation…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. which is how I and no doubt they will remember it…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. for years to come…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. as they will have lots of pictures…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. to remind them…
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. of their big day..
Vicky Baillie and Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. and the proud smiles…
Chloe Morrison with her Mum and sister at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. which was recorded from every angle…
Chloe Morrison at the University of Northampton during the Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. right up to the end.

So congratulations Chloe, from a very proud Dad…
With my daughter Chloe in front of the Congratulations sign at the Royal & Derngate during the University of Northampton's Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. who enjoyed every minute of it too.

The Official Picture…
Chloe Morrison during the University of Northampton's Graduation Award Ceremony.
.. by Tony Rundle.

July 27, 2015

The Safe House.

From the road, it may not look like it’s much more than a few old barns on the top of the hill – however, if you go around to the back, then you will start realise it’s a lot more than that – as you can see here…
Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. which is the renovated farmhouse of Dominic & Louise, which they call ‘The Safe House’ near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.

And inside – with the help of Swiss Architect, Jean Claude Girard – well as you can see here…
First shot taken in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. it wasn’t quite what one would expect to see neither in this part of the world.

Anyway, after Marie I had done her thing and I had done mine – we were ready for our first main shot of the day, which was of Louise and her little Jack Russell dog…
Louise McGuane in her renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. in the living room – before turning around towards the dining and kitchen area…
Marie in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. which really did look pretty amazing…
The living room in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. as this huge window…
Marie in the dining area of Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. the largest I believe in any home in Ireland – and that huge amount of white, did make it feel very spacious – as well as make even this large dining table look quite small…
The dining area in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. and then there was the stairs and kitchen…
First image taken of the stairs in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. which believe it or not, required me having to use every light I had with me, as I wanted to draw your eye through the image…
The stairs in Dominic & Louise McGuane's renovated farmhouse called The Safe House near the village of Cooraclare in County Clare.
.. because that sure doesn’t look like what one would expect to see inside a few old barns on the top of a hill, especially over on the west coast of Ireland.

Anyway, impressive to say the least – as was the rest of the place – but to see that you will have to wait for it to appear in a magazine, as this is what I’d also call a Safe House for us to shoot smile

So a big thanks to both Dominic & Louise for inviting us in to their Safe House – and we will keep you posted once we know more.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com having fun in County Clare.

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