Ashley Morrison's Blog

April 5, 2019

New for Old

Is the title of our latest published work which can be seen on the cover and in the May 2019 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 74 to 85 in the May 2019 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring John Wilson's new-build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. on pages 74 to 85 – featuring John Wilson’s new-build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.

“When John could not find a barn to convert he created his own old-style new build using contemporary style open plan living set against reclaimed materials.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one.

So once again congratulations to John here…
John Wilson in the sitting room of his new-build house on the outskirts of the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. for not only making it into this beautifully printed magazine but for also making it onto the cover too – from Marie, Mandi and me

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September 2, 2016

Calm restored.

Is the title of our latest published work in the October 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 90 to 93 in the October 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 90 to 93 – featuring Emma and Graham’s Victorian semi detached house in Belfast.

“By repurposing and reimagining, Emma and Graham Given have turned their ‘house of horrors’ into an elegantly practical home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Like something you would see in a magazine – back in March of this year.

Plus New For Old is the title of our other one in this issue…
Pages 124 to 126 in the October 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring John Wilson's house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. on pages 124 to 126 – featuring John Wilson’s house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.

“Unable to find a home that he loved enough to buy, John Wilson built his own instead using plenty of reclaimed materials for a lived-in look.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one – in July of this year.

So just want to say a big Congratulations here, to both Emma…
Emma Cooper in the kitchen of their Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. and John here…
John Wilson in the sitting room of his house on the outskirts of the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. for making it into this beautiful top selling national magazine – from Marie, Mandi & me smile

July 6, 2016

Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one.

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We were shooting a new build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert this week – which belonged to John Wilson, who owns a gallery and framing business – and being like 6 foot 6 and then some, his passion is naturally basketball which he has played at a fairly senior level over the years.

The Storyline:

“As a little boy, John’s family rented a holiday home in Ballyhalbert where he had fond memories of family holidays – boats, fishing etc.
Initially, he loved the idea of a converted barn – but the opportunity to buy one within his budget didn’t arise.
So he decided to look for a site and build from scratch.
Style-wise, he likes a slightly eclectic mix of mid-century furniture (mostly from his grandparents’ former home) plus some very old rustic pieces he picked up cheaply – alongside some more contemporary items.”

Anyway, John had sent Marie a few pictures of his place a few weeks ago, which she then forwarded on to me with comments like so:
“Love the 2 sofas and footstool and stove…
Could see us getting a very strong shot here!!!”

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Yes, looks good to me too – and so after re-arranging of the sofas to suit the camera angle and a quick bit of styling by Marie, the first picture was taken…
First picture taken in the sitting room of John Wilson's house in the County Down village of Ballyhalbert.
.. to let everyone see what the camera was seeing – as it’s not seeing the room from 6 foot 6 up in the air smile

Anyway, after a bit more ‘pushing and shoving’ by John & Marie, lights were in place and so it was time to shoot the man himself…
John Wilson in the sitting room of his house on the outskirts of the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. standing tall and very much at home.

The money shot or the lead shot as we would call it – which is like the all-important one – and so that was a ‘slam dunk’ as far as I was concerned smile

Anyway, as the rain poured down we pushed on and slowly worked our way throughout his house, shooting not only each of the overall​ rooms but also some details shots like so…
Framed picture in John Wilson's house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. before moving upstairs to shoot the bedrooms etc.

The picture John had sent Marie of the master bedroom looked like so…
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.. which Marie said: “I wouldn’t be long sorting this out…”

And neither she was – as it was already looking good by the time I had set the camera up to take this first shot…
First picture taken in the master bedroom of John Wilson's house in the County Down village of Ballyhalbert.
.. which again after some work by John & Marie ended up looking like this…
The master bedroom in John Wilson's house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. where the most time was spent on debating where the basketball should be

Seriously though it was fun shoot – and the following day after John saw the final results, he replied by saying:

“You work fast Ashley, pictures look amazing!!!”

“Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one but don’t be telling Marie that! haha”

Which refers to this image…
Large framed picture of Michael Jordan titled 'Wings' on the landing of John Wilson's new build house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. of the large framed picture of Michael Jordan titled ‘Wings’ on the landing – which really was stunning – and in itself told the story of who lived here. i.e. someone who is clearly into basketball and beautiful framing of artwork​ too.

A picture that is worth a 1000 words, especially to John – who we would both like to thank for inviting us in and making us feel so welcome, from Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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