Ashley Morrison's Blog

August 15, 2020

New Beginnings once again.

Is the title of our latest published work which can be seen in the September 2020 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
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.. on pages 20 to 24 – featuring Jacqui and Peter’s Victorian detached house in the County Down town of Bangor.

By respecting the heritage of this once crumbling rectory, Jacqui and Peter Kirk received an award from a local conservation group.

Which we talked about shooting here: Classic design that stands the test of time.

So huge congratulations once again to Peter & Jacqui – plus to Charlie & Ben here too…
“Jacqui
.. for making it into this beautiful magazine that features more inspirational homes than any other – from Janet Dianne Ivan and me

August 4, 2016

Happy ending

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 78 to 79 in the September 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Amy and Pierre-Emmanuel de Leusse's stone-bulit 18th-century cottage called 'La Petite Maison' on the edge of the charming village called Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.
.. on pages 78 to 79 – featuring Amy and Pierre-Emmanuel de Leusse’s stone-bulit 18th-century cottage called ‘La Petite Maison’ on the edge of the charming village called Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.

“Realising a long-held dream, Amy and Pierre-Emmanuel de Leusse discovered the beauty of rural life.”

Which I talked about shooting here: “Day 10” – 6 years ago.

So just want to say Congratulations to you both here…
Amy de Leusse and Pierre Emmanuel outside their house called 'La Petite Maison' which is nestled in the heart of the Gers countryside on the edge of the charming village called Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.
.. for this very happy ending – as it did take us quite a while too, for our dream to come true Wink.

However, a Tall order – which is the title of our other one in this issue…
Pages 111 to 113 in the September 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Karen Dyer's 19th-century farmhouse near the village of Greyabbey in County Down.
.. on pages 111 to 113, featuring Karen Dyer’s 19th-century farmhouse near the village of Greyabbey in County Down – was one we had to wait even longer for.

“Karen Dyer had a grand vision for her family farmhouse, but she had a mountain to climb to make it a reality.”

So I also want to say a big Congratulations to Karen and her daughter Beth here…
Karen Dyer with her daughter Beth in the sitting room of their farmhouse near Greyabbey in County Down.
.. for this very tall order – as after all these years I had almost given up on this becoming a reality too Wink.

In other words: Way to go to you all, for this very happy ending to a very tall order – from Marie, Mandi & me – who didn’t give up on our dreams neither smile

April 1, 2016

Raising the bar.

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 116 to 119 in the May 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Amy & Gareth Scott's semi-detached period house in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 116 to 119 – which features Amy & Gareth Scott’s semi-detached period house in the County Down town of Bangor.

“Amy and Gareth Scott decided to go big and bold when upsizing their family home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Family living – a few years ago.

So just want to say Congratulations to them all here…
Amy Scott and her son Albert in the kitchen of their period semi-detached home in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for raising the bar and making it into this beautiful top selling national magazine – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

February 29, 2016

High Fives all around.

As we are all delighted to see 5 of our features in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine this month smile smile smile smile smile

“Special Blend” is the title of the first one…
Pages 50 to 53 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Lin & Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. on pages 50 to 53 – which features Lin & Bobby Crossle’s contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.

“Lin and Bobby Crossle weren’t afraid to inject some traditional style into their ultra-modern home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: More effort than one might have thought – some time ago – so it was really great to see this one finally in print smile

“Room for all” is the title of the second one…
Pages 68 to 71 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Siobhan and Barrie McQuillan's semi detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 68 to 71 – which features Siobhan & Barrie McQuillan’s semi detached house in Belfast.

“Siobhan and Barrie McQuillan took an existing design and made it their own, creating a contemporary home featuring plenty of family-friendly spaces.”

Which Claudio helped us with…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Siobhan and Barrie McQuillan's semi detached house in Belfast.
.. at the end of last year – so great to see that too smile

“Time for a change” is the title of the third one…
Pages 121 to 124 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Rosemary and Harold Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. on pages 121 to 124 – which features Rosemary & Harold Bothwell’s cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.

“For Rosemary and Harold Bothwell the restoration of their period cottage was clearly overdue, but it had its challenges.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Wanting to be there – last November in the rain smile

“Trick of the eye” is the title of the fourth one…
Pages 126 to 128 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Janet Shearer's converted barn near Bodmin in Cornwall.
.. on pages 126 to 128 – which features Janet Shearer’s converted barn near Bodmin in Cornwall.

“Artist Janet Shearer downsized from a farmhouse to a converted barn next door and used trompe l’oeil to make the most of the compact space.”

Which I talked about shooting here: The Art of Trompe L’Oeil – with her son James back in 2011, who helped us this one as well as a few others that week – so this one I was very pleased to finally see in print smile

And finally, “Smart Move” is the title of the fifth one…
Pages 130 to 132 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Jill & David Crawford's thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.
.. on pages 130 to 132 – which features Jill & David Crawford’s thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.

“Jill and David Crawford let their hearts rule their heads when they left the city behind and bought a picture-perfect country cottage.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Working hard or hardly working ! – back in August of last year – which they snapped up right away, as it was picture-perfect like they said smile

So just want to say a big Congratulations to everyone here, for making it into this top selling National magazine – because it’s High Fives all around from Marie, Mandi, me and the rest of the team here @ ampimage.com – as we are all smile smile smile smile smile at this result.

December 3, 2015

Time Travellers.

Is the title of our latest published work in the January 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 122 to 124 in the January 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Lynne and Hugh Doherty's 1940's semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.
.. on pages 122 to 124 – featuring Lynne and Hugh Doherty’s 1940’s semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.

“Swapping their new-build home for a much older property threw up some interesting design challenges for Lynne and Hugh Doherty.”

And the other one is called Lucky for some on pages 138 to 141…
Pages 138 to 141 in the January 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Lisa and Conor McCann's detached house located in Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. which features Lisa and Conor McCann’s detached house located in Rosetta area of Belfast.

“Lisa and Conor McCann were in the right place at the right time when it came to finding their dream home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Straight forward – a few months ago.

So our first published work in 2016 – time travellers, lucky for some indeed smile

Anyway, just want to say a big Congratulations to both Lynne & Hugh and to Lisa & Conor, for making it into this top selling national magazine – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

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 asked 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 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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