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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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September 1, 2014

The only constant is change.

After my last blog about A selfie – where I talked about how Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine had opened up doors of opportunity and one of those was when I meet Marie – who I have now been working with over the past 10 years – I thought it would be interesting to show how not only Marie’s style has changed over the years but also how the style of my own photography has changed too.

So looking at this image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was the last one we created of this bedroom in 2008 – and then going back to the first images we produced of it in 1999, which was this…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
..  which was part of a series of images which Marie use to launch her interior design business back then – and Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine use them too in the February 2000 issue…
The cover plus pages 86 to 96 in the February 2000 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Marie and Alan McMcMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 86 to 96, plus her kitchen made it on the cover too smile

You can see the framing is actually very similar in both and both have clearly been very well styled too – but what a difference 10 years can make – so is it any wonder I don’t charge for my time anymore wink

Anyway, to show the transformation over those years, here is the series of images produced in between. This being the second image which we created in 2004…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was around the time when we both started working together – as part of a home feature, which was then used by a number of magazines, including House Beautiful magazine…
Pages 32 to 39 in the May 2005 issue of House Beautiful magazine featuring Marie and Alan Master's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. in their May 2005 issue on pages 32 to 39.

In 2006 we then produced this image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as part of a Christmas home feature – which again was used by a number of magazines – both nationally as well as locally – including 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 12 to 17 in the December 2006 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan McMillen's home in Belfast.
.. as the lead home in their December 2006 issue on pages 12 to 17.

Also in 2006, we produce this image for Ulster Carpets
Lotus Scroll carpet by Ulster Carpets in the guest bedroom of Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. to show how their Delta Scroll carpet would look in this room – as well as in various other rooms of Marie’s house too – which they then use to help market their Anatolia Range …
Ulster Carpet product catalog showing two different designs of Anatolia carpet in the sitting room and bedroom of Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. in their product catalog – as well as on their website, etc, over the past 8 years.

In 2007 we produced this image…
Bedroom make-over by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as part of a ‘make-over’ editorial feature which Real Homes magazine ran within their November 2008 issue…
Pages 136 to 139 in the November 2008 issue of Real Homes magazine featuring the bedroom in Claire & Paul McCann's (Marie & Alan McMillen) home in Lisburn (Belfast).
.. as well as this image…
Summer makeover of a bedroom by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was one of my personal favourites – for this similar type of feature, which appeared  in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine…
Pages 69 to 72 in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring a bedroom make-over by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on how to create a ‘Summertime’ look.

And at the end of 2007, we produced this one for a Christmas home feature…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which appeared in Country Homes & Interiors magazine…
Pages 32 to 38 in the January 2009 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Marie and Alan (Scott) McMillen's home in Belfast at Christmas.
.. in their January 2009 issue on pages 32 to 38.

So there you have it, the changes in both our styles over the years, as seen in this one room – which no doubt would look totally different again today, as this last image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. was taken over 6 years ago – and now, of course, Marie is totally into white and bright…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's new house in Belfast.
.. as opposed to ‘Yella’, as she would often call it – which was naturally partly due how I lit it back then too smile

Over 2000 years ago, Heraclitus of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, once said:

The only constant is change.

Boy was he right about that – from Marie & me at ampimage.com, who would appear to be constantly changing too smile

April 9, 2011

Into the light.

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 30 to 35 in the May 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan (Scott) McMillen's 1920's semi in the Cherryvalley area of Belfast.
.. on pages 30 to 35 – featuring Marie and Alan’s 1920’s semi in the Cherryvalley area of Belfast.

“Serial renovators Marie and Alan dusted away the decay to create a bright, airy home.”

Which we talked about shooting here: The French Connection.

The lead feature this month too – so a HUGE congratulations to Marie & Alan once again – because that’s some achievement in a magazine of this standard.

25 Beautiful Homes is one of the most successful magazines in the homes market. Its enduring popularity is thanks to the fact that it provides readers with 25 stunning homes to browse through in every issue. With page after page of wonderful photography and fascinating stories, the magazine is full of ideas that readers can transfer to their own homes, making it both an entertaining read and a useful sourcebook.

April 8, 2011

We felt at home from the first visit !

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2011 issue of GoodHomes magazine…

.. on pages 76 to 82 – featuring Mandi Millar and her husband Gary Grattan’s 1980s bungalow near the market town of Ballyclare in County Antrim.

“Mandi Millar and her husband Gary Grattan used a consistent colour palette to transform a tired bungalow into a bright and welcoming family home.”

So a big Congratulations to Mandi, Gary and their son Christy here…

.. your BB, as you call it, looks fantastic.

Classic Elegance.

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2011 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 60 to 72 in the May 2011 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Margaret and John Morgan's detached new-build house near the village of Hillsborough in County Down.
.. on pages 60 to 72 – featuring Margaret and John Morgan’s detached new-build house near the village of Hillsborough in County Down.

“Margaret and John wanted timeless style but needed instant practicality – and achieved both in their wonderful detached home in Hillsborough.”

So a big thank you to everyone involved – the quality as always in this magazine looks amazing – which is always lovely to see after all the hard work has been done.

Stunning !!

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

April 5, 2011

The Art of Trompe L’Oeil…

.. near Bodmin in Cornwall.

Trompe L’Oeil, pronounced ‘tromp loy’, means ‘trick the eye’ in French and refers to the particular style of painting whereby the artist creates an illusion of space and paints an apparently three dimensional image on the wall within the context of the surrounding architecture.

So maybe that was what I was looking at here…
Janet Shearer's converted barn.
.. an illusion of space…
The kitchen in Janet Shearer's home.
.. in this second home which James had lined up for us – a converted barn, owned by a very talented artist, Janet Shearer
Janet Shearer in her converted barn.
.. who specialises in scenic art and teaches the art of Trompe L’Oeil.

Everyone sees things differently and sees different things when they look at a picture…
Painting by Janet Shearer.
.. and very often Marie would say to me: “Trust me Ashley” wink

Will I did and I must say, even though it looked a little daunting at first…
The kitchen in Janet Shearer's home.
.. this one turned out to be a beauty.

Trust me on that – because just like with the art of Trompe L’Oeil, a photographer and his team can create an illusion too…
The kitchen in Janet Shearer's home.
.. using a camera, some lights and a wee touch of magic Smile

Anyway, I would just like to say a big Thank you to both James & Janet here, for not only making us feel so welcome during our time in Cornwall but for also allowing us to shoot your fabulous converted barn.

From Marie & me @ www.ampimage.com

April 3, 2011

Camelot cottage

After the last few days shooting in the south of England, it was over to Rock – a coastal village in Cornwall near Wadebridge. To meet James Ram, a young photographer based in that area, who was keen the learn the ropes.

James had lined up 2 homes for us, the first was a converted cottage…
Tanya Leech outside her cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. which was owned by Tanya Leech & Graham, who among other things, have a mutual love for sailing.

Tanya is also a very talented seamstress – so she and Graham decided to set up a curtain making business here in Cornwall, to help finance their dream of sailing the world. They bought these two badly converted holiday cottages, and over a period of almost 3 years, they have completely gutted, unified and transformed the cottages into what we photographed today…
Setting up the shot in Tanya Leech's cottage.
.. Camelot cottage
Tanya Leech outside her cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. as it is now know.

Beautiful…
The living room in Tanya Leech's cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. and a great story too…
Bedroom in Tanya Leech's cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. which we are all looking forward to seeing in print real soon.

So big thanks to James here…
James Ram in Tanya Leech's cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. for all his hard work – and to Tanya & Graham too, for inviting us into record and tell your amazing story.

From Marie, me and the rest of the team @ ampimage.com.

April 2, 2011

Two in Period Homes…

.. and Interiors magazine, in the May 2011 issue.

The first is titled: ‘Practically Perfect’
Pages 38 to 43 in the May 2011 issue of Period Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Paul and Vanessa Arran's Victorian semi the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 38 to 43 – featuring Paul and Vanessa Arran’s Victorian semi the County Down town of Bangor.

And the second is titled: ‘Countryside Living’
Pages 48 to 54 in the May 2011 issue of Period Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Tracey Annison and Andy Rosser's cottage near Checkendon in Oxfordshire.
.. on pages 48 to 54 – featuring Tracey Annison and Andy Rosser’s cottage near Checkendon in Oxfordshire.

Period Homes & Interiors magazine – formerly Period House – is packed full of inspiring real homes and decorating ideas, plus informative restoration features and practical expert advice.

So Congratulations to both Vanessa & Paul and Tracey & Andy for making it into this very stylish new magazine – which is now being run by our good friend Rachel, who we had a great night out with a few weeks ago, while we were working in the south of England.

Marie, Mandi, Paul & me @ ampimage.com

April 1, 2011

All go in Hove…

.. as the ladies pushed, shoved and rearranged things throughout the day…
Setting up the living room shot in Kiya Salim's Victorian semi in the south coast town of Hove near Brighton.
.. in this amazing Victorian semi…
The sitting room in Kiya Salim's Victorian semi in the south coast town of Hove near Brighton.
.. which was a massive refurb job for homeowner Kiya Salim.

Marie & I both loved what Kiya had done here – and with some help from her friend, Charlie Davis, a budding young Interior Stylist…
Charlie Davis in Kiya Salim's Victorian semi in the south coast town of Hove near Brighton.
.. who would love to do more of this type of work – we all had lots of fun with this one 🙂

So it was all go in Hove
Setting up the living room shot.
.. as there was some great ideas and features in this home – including the kitchen work top…
The kitchen work top which came from the old Brighton pier.
.. which came from the old Brighton pier and wooden flooring…
Kiya Salim in the living room of her Victorian semi in the south coast town of Hove near Brighton.
.. from old scaffolding planks !!

A truly amazing home – so a big thanks to everyone involved – and we will keep you all posted once we hear back from the various Editors.

Added Note on the 26/4/2011: 25 Beautiful Homes magazine have said Yes to this home – so all the images produced, should be appearing in it sometime later on this year.

Added Note on 5/7/2011: Out Now and worth waiting for.

March 30, 2011

Dulux white…

.. gets two thumbs up.

We where shooting a three story period terrace in West Wittering yesterday…
Beth Cooper outside her three story period terrace in West Wittering.
.. a small village and civil parish, on the Manhood Peninsula, in the Chichester district of West Sussex – which is Beth & Jason’s home from home on the weekends.

It was once the village Rectory, which was a bit tired and dated it seems; however, Beth has completely transformed the home and lightened it up…
The kitchen table in Beth and Jason Cooper's three-story period terrace in the West Sussex village of West Wittering.
.. with decor and furnishings.

Dulux white was used throughout…
The kitchen in Beth and Jason Cooper's three-story period terrace in the West Sussex village of West Wittering.
.. and I had to smile while listening to the 3 ladies (Beth, Marie and Beth’s friend Vanessa) discuss how perfect this colour was.
Not sure if Farrow & Ball would agree – but hopefully the Editors will like it wink

From my point of view, as a photographer, it sure was easy to light…
Setting up the master bedroom.
.. so Dulux white gets two thumbs up…
The master bedroom in Beth and Jason Cooper's three story period terrace in the West Sussex village of West Wittering.
.. from me.

Anyway, a big thanks out to Beth once again – both Marie and I love what you have done here – so we will keep you posted.

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