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November 24, 2017

Black Friday.

“No room lights on” is one of the things that a lot of editors insist on these days, which actually became like ‘a rule’ 12 years ago. So when shooting a home which we are hoping a national or international magazine will run with, that is something that we would obviously keep in mind.

Which for the most part isn’t a problem, as many homes are quite bright to start with, as most of their walls and ceilings will often be painted white or a light colour.

But that wasn’t the case here as you can see…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. in the sitting room of this townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay – which did look good with all the room lights and lamps turned on – however, when turned off, well as you can see here…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. even with two 3K’s blasting through the windows on this rather dull day, it was still looking pretty dark in there.

And so yes, this one required some serious lighting – and that look on Dianne’s face here…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. kind of summed up how I was feeling too when trying to shoot this up-stairs sitting room area wink.

Should definitely have hired an assistant for this, as I reckon I actually had to pump about 3 times as much light into this room than I normally would; however, I must say I was very pleased with the final result here…
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.. as Peggy posed to perfection.

A house which as you can see here…
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.. I had actually shot before – and talked about here: House of fun.

Couldn’t be more different – but yet in some ways it was the same, as it was all about the details…
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.. as every area was like picture perfect.

Still, it was black…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. and the weather didn’t help – however, I have to say that it did look good in the end…
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.. and definitely a little bit different to the norm.

Which is something that we would always be on the lookout for, as would the editors too.

A challenge…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. especially when I need to turn the room lights off…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. but then I guess if it were easy, everyone’s images would look like this…
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.. and then it really would be a Black Friday for me wink.

Anyway, just want to say a big thanks to Peggy and Phil for inviting us into your amazing home and to Sean too, from Dianne & me on this Black Friday.

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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

June 5, 2015

One of a kind.

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Is the title of our latest published work in the July 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 98 to 101 in the July 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. on pages 98 to 101 – featuring Keri and Paul Johnson’s townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.

“Keri Johnson used imagination and vision to bring a tried-looking terrace by the sea back to life.”

Which we talked about shooting at the time here: House of fun.

Love it.

So thank you to Keri & Paul for inviting us in – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com – for this one of a kind smile

March 16, 2015

House of fun.

Overlooking the Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor, was where we shot this townhouse…
Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which belongs to Paul and Keri Johnson, who is both an occupational therapist and a vintage home stylist.

The Storyline:

Keri is from Northern Ireland but met her husband (who is English) when she lived and worked in Bath. When the opportunity arose to return to Northern Ireland, they took it – and bought their present home. She had picked up the vintage bug when in Bath and has filled their home with favorite vintage purchases. Until recently she jointly owned a vintage shop. They did a huge renovation to the home – in particular, they reconfigured downstairs putting the kitchen at the front to enjoy sea views.

Anyway, having already looked at some pictures like this on the Property News website…
 Page on Property News' website showing the living room area in 4 Ballyholme Esplanade.
.. we knew that this room would actually photograph very well – so after deciding this would be the main angle…
First image taken in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. then it was simply a case of moving a few things around to suit the camera…
One of the first images taken in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. while Stuart set-up the light outside – and then Marie and Keri kicked-in to add the finishing touches…
The sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which I must say looked pretty Wow to me.

And so it was throughout the day, as we moved a few things around…
 Marie & me in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. to suit the camera, while Keri kept a close eye on the laptop screen…
 Marie & me in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. as we produce a series of images like this…
The dining area in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. as well as some detail shots like this…
 Display of mirrors and Lounge sign in the sitting room of Keri Johnston'stownhouse.
.. of the mirrors and signage.

All of course under the watchful eye of Keri…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. who really did study each image as they appeared on screen…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. which we laughed about – as she was even more eagled-eyed than us…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. which I can assure you is saying something, as we often spend ages on even a simple detail shot like this…
Corner unit in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. to ensure it just looks right.

And so when it came to the bedrooms, even though Stuart and I thought we had done a good job here…
Setting up the bedroom image in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. it was all changed once, Marie…
Marie setting up the bedroom image in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. and Keri arrived – but yes, as usual, they were right to create a lot more layers here…
One of the bedrooms in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which is like one of those things I would say, that obviously needed to be done, after I had seen it done by the experts  Smile

Which I guess is what they mean when they say: Hindsight is 20/20.

Anyway, we finished off in the kitchen…
first picture in the kitchen of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. and I think this smile of on Keri’s face really summed up the day she had had…

.. as it was indeed a lot of fun.

Anyway, just like to say ​big thanks to Stuart for helping us out here – as this was indeed a big house to shoot on a day when the weather conditions were far from perfect – and of course to Keri as well, for making us feel so welcome in her magnificent house of fun.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.

December 2, 2014

Cream of The Crop.

Is the title of our latest published work in the January 2015 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 84 to 97 in the January 2015 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Alastair and Pauline Bingham's chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 84 to 97, plus on the cover too – featuring Alastair and Pauline Bingham’s chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.

“When Pauline went house-hunting in Bangor, Co Down, she was on the trail of that elusive ‘feeling’ – and after exhausting viewings of older properties as well as new-builds she found it in this 1980s chalet bungalow.”

Which we talked about shooting here: All Change.

Anyway, making the cover too is great way to start the New Year – which is hard to believe is so near – so over the moon at having achieved this – and so would just like to say congratulations to Alastair and Pauline here…
Alastair and Pauline Bingham in the living room of their detached chalet bungalow in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. for this time making it into this absolutely beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine – and a big thank you everyone else involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com – where you can read more about what we do smile

October 28, 2014

Season to be cheerful.

Is the title of our latest published work in the December 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 78 to 81 in the December 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Amanda and Keith McGuile's seaside Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.
.. on pages 78 to 81 – featuring Amanda and Keith McGuile’s seaside Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.

“Amanda and Keith McGuile’s home is beautiful all year round, but it takes on a magical air over the festive period.”

Which we talked about shooting at the time here: Shabby Chic Christmas.

Anyway, when Marie received her copy of the magazine last week, she emailed me to say:

My advance copy has arrived – they kind of bleached out Amanda’s a wee bit and I LOVE it 🙂

I love it too – looks amazing – so I’d just like to say a big thanks to everyone involved and especially to Amanda & Keith for once again inviting us into their beautiful home – not forgetting their son Bailey here…
Amanda McGuile with her son Bailey in their Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down at Christmas time.
.. who as always, was the real Star of the show.

So thank you from Marie, Mandy & me @ ampimage.com – as it’s definitely now the season to be cheerful smile

October 16, 2013

A Dream Come True.

Is the title of our latest published work in the November 2013 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 68 to 78 in the November 2013 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Patricia and Paul Abbott's detached cottage in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. on pages 68 to 78, plus on the cover too – featuring Patricia and Christopher Abbott’s detached cottage in the County Down town of Bangor.

“Patricia explains how she and husband Christopher found their dream house – a 1920s seaside cottage in Ballyholme, Bangor, Co Down – just a few doors down the road. ‘You hear such awful stories about people’s property moves, but when we went house-hunting it couldn’t have been easier !'”

Which I talked about shooting here: How beautiful images – back in January 2011.

I loved this place and I loved how it had been styled & decorated too – so yes for me, this was also a dream home too.

Anyway, a huge thanks to everyone involved for their hard work here – and a huge congratulations to Patricia & Christopher – especially for making it onto the cover too, of this beautifully printed magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

November 30, 2011

Seaside Chic…

.. is the title of our latest published work in Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine this month…
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.. pages 70 to 81.

“Charles took a leap of faith when he embarked on a huge renovation project to breathe vibrancy back into a much-loved but faded, late Victorian three-story end terrace in Bangor, Co Down.”

So congratulations to Charles once again – especially for making it onto the cover too.

From Marie, Mandi & me.
www.homesinteriors.com

July 7, 2011

Oooh La La.

Were our thoughts during the recent shoot at this beautiful Victorian terrace…
Amanda and Keith McGuile's Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.
.. of Amanda and Keith McGuile, which overlooks the Bangor Marina in County Down.

Amanda adores French shabby chic style – and she achieved exactly this look with great flair here…
Amanda McGuile in the sitting room of her Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.
.. as the high ceilings, stunning fireplaces and original shutters made this house…
The dining area in Amanda and Keith McGuile's Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.
.. ideally suited to her style.

Shooting homes for the glossies these days is all about lifestyle – as a result, Marie usually brings lots of props – like cushions, throws, flowers, crusty bread, fruit, etc, etc.
The fresh strawberries, however, were just a little bit too hard to resist for this little fella…
Amanda and Keith McGuile's son Bailie in the kitchen of their Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.
.. Bailey, Amanda’s son – who was the star of the show throughout the day.

Anyway, just to say it was a really lovely shoot and big thanks to Amanda for making us feel so welcome.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

January 15, 2011

Producing images…

.. for others to use – that’s all we do.
And today was no exception, as we once again successfully turned things upside down…
Setting up the shot
.. in an attempt to create the look…
Charles Drumgoold's three story waterfront terraced in Bangor.
.. that we were after.

So it was all hands on board throughout the day…
Setting up the shot
.. and the fires were lit to help create the sort of images that we believed we were going to need here…
Charles Drumgoold's three-story waterfront terraced in Bangor.
.. to get a good result, i.e. create the sort of images that an Editor would want to use in their magazine.

Anyway, another amazing home in the bag – and some great images of Charles Drumgoold too…
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.. who it seems totally renovated this three-story waterfront terraced in Bangor – and did much of the work himself, including furnishing it with all sorts of stuff that he had pick-up on his travels around the world.

So hopefully we have successfully produced some images here, that others will want to use – and use a lot for years to come.

In the meantime, I would just like to say huge thanks to Charles for all his help throughout the shoot – and to Marie too… thanks for everything 🙂

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ashleymorrison.com

Added note on 17th January 2011: 25 Beautiful Homes magazine said ‘Yes’ – so you will be able to see the full set of images in their magazine soon.

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