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September 20, 2015

Overlooking Belfast Lough.

This week we headed to Holywood in County Down (as opposed to Hollywood in American) were we produce some images of this magnificent house…
Anna and Jamie McMinnis's contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. which belongs to Anna & Jamie McMinnis.

Pretty stunning – as were the view too, as it looked out over Belfast Lough – which on a day like this, was something else.

Anyway, inside was equally impressive – to the eye anyway – but as can be seen here…
One of the first picture taken in the living room area of Anna & Jamie McMinnis's contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. what looks good to the eye, doesn’t always look good for the camera – or at least not as good as one would like it to be sometimes.

So the team when to work on this one – Claudio set-up the lights and Marie…
One of the first picture taken in the living room area of Anna & Jamie McMinnis's contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. well she posed for another ‘a behind the scenes’ image by the looks of it wink

Anyway, after both Marie & Claudio had done their thing, the transform was from the camera’s point of view, was now more like what my eye was seeing, i.e. a beautiful room which would look amazing especially if the sun was pouring in.
So once we had achieved that, then it was time for a shot of Anna – and this was the result…
Anna McMinnis in the living room area of her contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. as she posed to perfection, to complete the story we were trying to tell here.

The kitchen was next…
One of the first picture taken in the kitchen of Anna & Jamie McMinnis's contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. which as you can see here…
The kitchen of Anna & Jamie McMinnis's contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. required very little work, besides the placement of a few very nice cups and the controlling of the light.

And so it was throughout this contemporary style house – Claudio worked on the lighting, Marie posed for another behind​ the sense shot…
One of the first picture taken in the TV room of Anna & Jamie McMinnis's contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. as well as added the final touches too – which, joking aside, I think she is brilliant at – and I took lots of pictures like this…
The TV room in Anna & Jamie McMinnis's contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. to complete the story that we were all trying to tell – which was simply to say, it looks amazing, as you can see Smile​

Anna’s reply, after I sent her a link to preview our work, as well as her own of course:

“Thank you very much, Ashley, ​for sending us the photographs, they look stunning!”

“Praise is bread to an artist” – so thank you and thank you for inviting us in too – because we felt that your house and what you had done here inside it, was pretty stunning too – so great teamwork​ is how I would see it Smile​

From Marie, Claudio & me overlooking Belfast Lough in Holywood.

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September 7, 2015

A wee touch of France in Ireland.

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Charlotte Hamel’s modern apartment here…
Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. in Dublin’s stylish docklands area, was where we were shooting a few months ago.

Started upstairs in the sitting room area…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room area of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. which after a bit of pushing & shoving of furniture around – as well as adding some additional light – ended up looking like this…
The sitting room in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. after about an hour.

So a bit of a slow start on the first one – but once we had that done, then we were able to produce a number of detail shots like is…
The Eiffel Tower window display in the sitting room in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. of the Eiffel Tower window display – which clearly told us all were Charlotte was originally from Smile

Very creative and beautiful too…
Charlotte Hamel in the sitting room of her modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. so after a slow start, we were now on a roll.

The kitchen was small, as one would half expect in a city apartment – so it didn’t take Marie long to sort it all out…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. and after it was lit, this was the result…
The kitchen in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. which was followed by the main living & dining area in the apartment – which was at this stage, as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken in the living & dining area of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. in a bit of a mess due mainly to us wink

Anyway, once again Marie wasn’t long in sorting it all out…
One of the first pictures taken in the living & dining area of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. and the end result…
The dining area in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. I thought looked pretty amazing – ‘wow’ in fact.

Which just left the bathroom and this bedroom to shoot…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin.
.. which once again didn’t take that long to do, once it had been lit…
The master bedroom in Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. and styled for the camera.

So a wee touch of France in Ireland ​is how I viewed this one – it was lovely – and so it came as no great surprise to see it being featured in the latest issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine this month…
Pages 66 to 69 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. on pages 66 to 69 – which I talked about here: Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow and double Wow.

So just want to say a big thanks to Charlotte here for inviting us in – and yes we would both totally agree with you ​when you emailed us later to say:

OMG! It is stunning!

– because it is, thanks mainly to you and your creative flair smile

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com in Dublin.

September 4, 2015

Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow and double Wow.

“Creative Comforts” is the title of our current published work in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
The cover plus pages 70 to 73 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Lesley and Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. on pages 70 to 73 – in which this image…
The living room in Lesley Anderson's cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. of the living room in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson’s cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down, as you can see, made it onto the front cover too.

Which I talked about us shooting here: Green door.

Anyway, email from Lesley to Marie a few days ago, when she first saw it:

Subject: OHH MY GOD HAVE YOU SEEN MAGAZINE?? FRONT COVER !!

Hi Marie,

Wait until you see the FRONT cover of 25 beautiful homes?? Just received my copy today and couldn’t get it out of the paper quick enough to flick through it.
Shocked to discover my sunroom on the front cover.

Speak soon xx Lesley.

To which Marie replied:

Woweeee – no I haven’t seen it myself… give yourself a big pat on the back Lesley – trust me, that is quite an achievement !!!!

Get practicing those autographs 🙂

So yes, way to go Lesley, as that is quite an achievement… and we are all over the moon too smile

But it doesn’t end there, because on pages 66 to 69 you can see our 2nd feature, titled “High Point”
Pages 66 to 69 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Charlotte Hamel's modern apartment in Dublin's stylish docklands area.
.. which shows Charlotte Hamel’s modern apartment in Dublin’s stylish docklands area.

And on pages 110 to 113 you can see our 3rd feature, titled “Sea View”
Pages 110 to 113 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Eleanor & Stephen Blayney's mid terrace called 'Marathon' in the County Down coastal town of Donaghadee.
.. which shows Eleanor & Stephen Blayney’s mid terrace called ‘Marathon’ in the County Down coastal town of Donaghadee.

And on pages, 116 to 119 you can see our 4th feature, titled “Room to Grow”
Pages 116 to 119 in the October 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine - featuring Patricia McGinnis' detached 1960s family home in Belfast.
.. of Patricia McGinnis’ detached family home in Belfast.

Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow and double Wow for making it onto the cover too – is all I can say smile

So a big Congratulations to Lesley & Lindsay, Charlotte, Eleanor & Stephen, and Patricia McGinnis – for making it into this beautifully printed leading national magazine – and special thanks out to all of those involved too.

From Marie, Mandi & me – Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow and double Wow smile

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