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August 31, 2017

Elegant Transformation.

Is the title of our latest published work in the October 2017 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 82 to 93 in the October 2017 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. on pages 82 to 93 plus on the Cover too – which features Emma and Graham Cooper’s Victorian semi detached house in Belfast.

“By restoring, re-purposing and re-imagining Graham and Emma turned a ‘house of horrors’ in Belfast into an elegantly practical home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Like something you would see in a magazine.

So Congratulations once again, to both Graham and Emma here…
Emma Cooper in the sitting room of her Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. for not only making it into this beautifully printed top selling Irish magazine – but more importantly, for making it onto the Cover too.

So from Marie, Mandi & me – way to go you two, for this Elegant Transformation smile.

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March 5, 2016

To tell a story.

Filed under: Photography,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 10:36 am
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Because that is basically what we do, i.e. We try to create some images to tell a story, which we are hoping that others will want to read – and of course want to read badly enough, that they would be willing to pay us some money for the Rights to use our work – because this is what we do for a living.

So I’m basically a writer who uses light and a camera to tell a bunch of stories – and Marie checks my spelling and grammar smile

Anyway, the story line in this case was: A friend of Marie’s called Jillian and her husband Jim, recently purchased a beautiful 50’s detached house in their ideal location in Belfast; however, they found that the kitchen was to small and they really wanted a multi functional family space instead – so after lots of hard work to make their dream come true, while trying to stay within their budget, Jillian invited us along to photograph the final result.

Could have picked a better day to shoot it, was my thinking when the first images appeared on screen…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. as it was ‘black as a boot’ outside, due to the fact that it was raining – but then this is Ireland, so nothing new about that smile

Anyway, with the camera in position, Marie set about doing her thing…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. while I tried to figure out how I was going to light this – because it just didn’t seem to look as good on screen here, as it did to the eye.

Of course it didn’t help that I had forgot to bring my lighting stands with me – which was a first, as I had never don’t that before in all the years I have been doing this cry

Anyway, after a 2 hour drive back to the studio to get the stands, I was then good to go…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. and about 30 minutes after that, it was time for Jillian to strike the pose – which as you can see she did to perfection…
Jillian Donaldson in the kitchen of her 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. after we had made a few small changes to suit the camera.

So after a very slow start, which was all my fault, we then rattled of a number of other images to show the rest of this room, as well as details like this…
Shelves in the kitchen of Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. to show the attention to detail – to complete the story.

A story, which I’m delighted to say, you will be able to see and read more about in the August issue of Style at Home magazine later on this year.

Which just leave me to say a big thanks to Jillian and her husband Jim for inviting us in to tell their story – as that’s what we do smile

From Mare & me, the story tellers, @ ampimage.com

February 28, 2016

“WOW, I take my hat off to you Ashley! Just wonderful”

Was the lovely reply from Amanda, after I sent her the web link to let her see the final results, as we had been shooting her Victorian town house a few days before.

Amanda loves renovating old period properties – so this was actually the fourth renovation of her’s that we were shooting here, as we find the Editors of the various magazines that we would submit to, just love what she does.

So a easy one for Marie, as it was pretty much sitting up camera ready, which therefore gave her plenty of time to take some pictures of Stuart here…
Stuart & me.
.. and me at work.

Where we produced a load of images like this…
The kitchen in Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. of the over all kitchen – before swapping over the camera system…
Stuart & me.
.. to zoom in on detail areas like this…
Clocks in the kitchen of Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. of the clocks on the wall.

Marie refer to Amanda’s style as being “shabby chic feminine decor” – so after a nice cup of tea with little finger in the air…
Me drinking Tea.
.. it was time to shoot the dog house…
Dog house in the kitchen of Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. and then into the sitting room…
Stuart & Amanda.
.. which when light, was where I shot Amanda with her two boys, Bailie and Oliver…
Amanda with her two sons Bailie & Oliver in the sitting room of their renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. before shooting lots of details areas like this…
Picture in the sitting room of Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. which was like a work of art within a work of art smile

There was so much to shoot here – so we called it a day early and then came back the following morning, to shot the up-stair areas – which again Amanda worked very hard on…
Amanda.
.. while I stood around…
Me.
.. and Marie took some pictures of…
Me.
.. of me with my two arms folded – “There is no work in me” Marie wink

Anyway, this was one of the many results…
The bathroom in Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. which Amanda here…
Amanda at work
.. should be rightly proud of – as even this landing area…
The Landing area in Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. looked Picture Perfect to me.

So a big thanks to you Amanda, because “WOW, I take my hat off to you” – as this was just wonderful to shoot too smile

From Marie, Stuart & me, who had little to do, so this is just to say: “Thank you”.

February 11, 2016

Our home is now Bright & Airy.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 5:00 pm
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Is the title of our most recent published work in the March 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 28 to 33 in the March 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Michelle and Johnny Blair's 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. on pages 28 to 33 – featuring Michelle and Johnny Blair’s 1940’s semi house in the south of Belfast.

‘Stylist at Home Michelle, 30, was happy to roll up her sleeves to create a timeless home on a strict budget’.

So a good call to both Marie and Stuart here…
Stuart feeding the guinea pig in the dining room area of Michelle and Jonny Blair's 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. as I see they actually ran with this image…
Michelle Blair in the dining area of her 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. of Michelle without her guinea pig instead – which was one of the many things we debated when we shot his house back in July of last year smile

Anyway, that makes it a nice bright & airy 4 this month – so would just like to say congratulations to both Michelle and Jonny here – and also a big thanks everyone else who was involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi, Stuart & me @ ampimage.com.

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

October 22, 2015

Straight forward.

Located in the Rosetta area of Belfast…
Lisa & Conor McCann's detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. was where we were shooting recently, in Lisa & Conor’s detached house.

Which was a straight forward one for Marie…
Marie working in the kitchen of Lisa & Conor McCann's detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. Claudio…
Claudio in the kitchen of Lisa & Conor McCann's detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. and even for Lisa herself…
Lisa McCann in the kitchen of her detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. as we all felt this house suited this ‘straight down the middle’ type of style.

So while Marie posed in her usual way…
Marie working in the sitting room of Lisa & Conor McCann's detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. Claudio sorted out the wires…
Claudio working in the sitting room of Lisa & Conor McCann's detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. and after some rearranging for the furniture, plus a wee touch of sun light…
The sitting room in Lisa and Conor McCann's detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. it really was as simple as that.

The Storyline:

“Basically a major extension and renovation job !!!!
They specifically chose a popular suburb for good schools and links – and also, they welcomed the idea of a project.
They built a large extension to create a new kitchen and bathroom – and also a roof conversion.”

The bathroom was very impressive…
The bathroom in Lisa and Conor McCann's detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. which once again was pretty straight forward to shoot, style & light – and the bedroom in the roof conversion was also pretty straight forward too…
Bedroom in Lisa and Conor McCann's detached house located in the Rosetta area of Belfast.
.. so were in & out in record time on this one – and had a confirmed Yes please from the Editor at 25 Beautiful Homes magazine before lunch time the following day – so a fantastic result all around smile

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 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 a specially thanks out to all of those involved too.

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

May 8, 2015

Out of AFRICA.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 2:26 pm
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Is the title of our latest published work in the June 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Page 135 to 137 in the June 2015 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Megan and Bryan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. on pages 135 to 137 – featuring Megan and Bryan Edgar’s 1920’s detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.

“A fusion of UK and colonial style has transformed Megan and Bryan Edgar’s classic home.”

Which we talked about shooting at the time here: As east as 123.

Love it.

So thank you to Megan & Bryan for inviting us in – from Marie, Mandy & me @ ampimage.com – as I reckon this is as close as we’ll ever get to being anywhere near Africa smile

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.

January 30, 2015

As easy as 123.

Filed under: Photography — Ashley Morrison @ 7:45 am
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They say ‘Amateurs talk about equipment, Pros talk about money and Masters talk about light’ – which is in some ways is true; however, I reckon most photographers will actually talk about all three, because each is important to them – as most know, one is only as good as the weakest link.

Anyway, today I’m going to talk a bit about lighting – which is something I’ve spend the last 30 years trying to master, as a photographer – who according to Wikipedia:

A photographer [the Greek Ï†áż¶Ï‚ (phos), meaning “light”, and ÎłÏÎ±Ï†Îź (graphĂȘ), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with light”] is a person who takes photographs.

Anyway, at this time of year the days are short here in Ireland and it’s not always ideal weather neither, as it often dark & very grey outside – which therefore naturally effects how it looks indoors too. Which was very much the case last week, when we were shooting this 1920’s detached house in Belfast, as you can see here in the 1st frame…
The natural light in the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. which I took to see what the room looked like first, naturally lit.

Then in this 2nd frame…
Lighting the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. you can see I added a directional light, while Marie starts to tweak a few things in front of the camera.

And in this 3rd frame…
Lighting the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. you can see I added some fill light… and there you basically have it.

Well almost – as that was really only the start of it, as there was about anther 30 minutes of the girls playing around, before we finally asked Megan to strike the pose here…
Megan Edgar in the sitting room of her 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. by which stage, it had been ‘styled to within an inch of your life’ as Marie would say – but that’s another story for another day smile

So by no means ideal light; however, it was as simple as one…
The natural light in the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. two…
Lighting the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. three…
Lighting the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. and after 30 years of practicing – as well as the odd wee tweak here & there by Marie who also makes it all look so simple to do – we had the next shot of the dining room here…
The dining room in Megan and Bryan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. in the bag.

And so it was throughout this house – 123, 123, 123 next smile

It was just the 4, 5 & 6 parts that slow us down – but nevertheless, what a great house – so just like to say a big thanks to Megan and Bryan here for inviting us in and we will keep you posted once we hear more.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com near Stormont Park in Belfast.

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