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May 9, 2017

Creature Comforts.

Is the title of our latest published work in the June 2017 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 66 to 79 in the June 2017 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Lesley and Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. on pages 66 to 79 plus on the Cover too – which features Lesley and Lindsay’s cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.

“Lesley and Lindsay longed to be back in the countryside when they happened to come across the perfect site in Portaferry with plans already in place. They knew instantly it was perfect for them.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Green door – almost 2 years ago to the day.

So Congratulations to both Lesley and Lindsay here…
Lindsay Anderson outside her cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. for making it into this top selling Irish magazine – but more importantly, I like to say a HUGE Congratulations to Lexie here…
The living room in Lesley Anderson's cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. for once again being the Cover girl, who is clearly enjoying her Creature Comforts too smile

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

November 26, 2016

Seven years on.

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And you can see our latest published work in the December 2016 issue of Architectural Digest magazine…
The December 2016 issue of Architectural Digest magazine in Russia featuring the kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's bungalow in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. in Russia – featuring this kitchen…
The kitchen table in Marie and Allan McMillen's 1920s bungalow in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. which we shot 7 years ago, in Marie and Alan’s 1920’s bungalow in the County Down town of Holywood.

So way to go you guys for creating this timeless look and to Steve at Chilli Media as well, who not only handled this deal but also sent me this file too – as that’s definitely another one that I’ll be putting in my portfolio Smile.

May 17, 2015

Green door…

.. what’s that secret you’re keepin’? – as Marvin Moore wrote in the lyrics which Bob Davie, Frankie Vaughan and Shakin’ Stevens all had a hit with over the years.

Well we will come to that later, as we left what was behind this green door…
The summer house in the garden at Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. until the end of the day.

In the meantime, behind the other doors in this house which belonged to Lesley & Lindsay, was where Marie worked her magic…
First image taken of the dining area in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. adding those finishing touches…
The dining area in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. while I played with the lighting.

The Storyline:

“Lesley loves traditional country style – she grew up on a farm.
This couple have made their dream come true by buying a home “off plan” (which they happened to stumble upon) and which they have put their own stamp upon.
They did most of the work themselves too.”

I actually photographed their last home some 20 years ago, which was featured in one of the very first issues of Northern Ireland’s Home & Living magazine, which they still had a copy of – so naturally they knew what to except this time – and it showed, as this first image shows…
First image taken of the sitting room in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. because other than some minor adjustments to suit the camera angle and a bit of lighting, we had little to do here…
The sitting room in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. and it was the same in the kitchen – as the sun poured in…
First image taken of the kitchen in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. but nevertheless, the girls still worked hard to make it look perfect…
One of the images taken of the kitchen in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. and so all that I had to do, was working on the lighting once again…
The kitchen in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. as everyone, including their dogs kept a close eye on things…
Image taken in the living room of Lesley Anderson's cottage style bungalow
.. as well as on me…
The living room of Lesley Anderson's cottage style bungalow
… since this was obviously their home too smile

Away, lots of images were produced here – which for the most part where all pretty straight forward – but we still had move a few things around to suit the camera, like in this bedroom for example…
First image taken of the bedroom in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. so while Lesley & Marie play around inside…
Image taken of the bedroom in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. Lindsay helped me with the lights outside…
The bedroom in Lesley & Lindsay Anderson's cottage style bungalow.
.. so it really was all hands on board here to create these images – which isn’t really what would have happened 20 years ago, as I usually just turned-up back then and shot what was there.

Anyway, then there was obviously the garden to shoot too…
Lesley Anderson outside her cottage style bungalow near Portaferry in County Down.
.. and behind that green door as well – which I think the girls were most excited about.

“So what’s that secret you’re keepin’?” I hear you say – well no doubt all will be revealed when it’s featured – so you will just have to wait to see, as it was a very long day to say the least smile

Anyway, a labour of love for sure – so when Marie sent Lesley the link to let her see the final preview images the following day, I wasn’t really surprised at her reply:

“Hi Marie,
I LOVE them!!! I sat down with my coffee and biscuit to go over them all and it brought a tear to my eye.
Yourself and Ashley have done a wonderful job and they have made me cry with happiness.
Love from a tearful Lesley.”

Because it’s like years of hard work on their part, captured in a small moment of time by us, which they will then hopefully have very fond memories of for years to come… possibly even behind that green door too smile

Anyway, just want to say a big thanks to Lesley and Lindsay for inviting us in – and we will kept you posted once we hear more.

From Marie & me at ampimage.com in the Strangford Peninsula of County Down.

December 7, 2014

Trading Up

Was the name of the TV programme Louise Lear was presenting at the time – who is probably best know for her role as a BBC Weather presenter – so we where invited along to capture this renovated bungalow in Hertfordshire…
Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. which Louise and her husband Ian, plus their two boys, James & Miles, called their home.

Looking back now at the series of shots taken – like this one of Marie in the kitchen…
Marie in the kitchen of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. who was sitting in while I tweaked the lighting for this shot…
Ian and Louise Lear in the kitchen of their 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. was in away, a bit like the programme – as each time I shot Marie…
Marie in the sitting room of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. I then traded her up…
Louise Lear in the sitting room of her 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. for the Real McCoy wink

Seriously though, couldn’t do it without her, as she is always like one step in front of me, which often puts a new meaning behind the term ‘behind the senses’ – as it’s her behind I often end up capturing…
Marie setting up the shot in living room of BBC TV presenter Louise Lear's 1950's bungalow in Hertfordshire.
.. as she works her magic in front of the camera, to help create beautiful images like this…
Louise Lear with her two sons James & Miles in their 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. of Louise with her two sons, James & Miles, in the living room beside the kitchen.

The real star of the show as seen here again…
Marie in the sitting room of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. being traded up…
Louise Lear in the sitting room of her 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield with her two sons James & Miles.
.. for a series of images that have had more hits on our website than any other.

Was I thinking of Trading her Up, I hear you say… no way – but I did enjoy the TV show and so was delighted to meet Louise – a true professional in every way, especially as a young mother whose family were also a pleasure to meet.

Featured in the October issue of BBC Good Homes magazine…
Pages 88 to 93 in the October 2006 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine featuring Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. back in 2006 and in Property Projects in the May 2007 issue…
Pages 6 and 7 in the Property Projects booklet which was in the May 2007 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine and featured the kitchen in Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in Hertfordshire.
.. which is hard to believe as it really doesn’t seem that long ago – but there you have it.

So for all of you who Google search her name and then end up on our website as a result, this Blog is for you, to help complete the story behind that picture of Louise smile

November 4, 2014

Festive Elegance.

Is the title of our latest published work in the December 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 78 to 86 in the December 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Seamus Sweeney's cottage style bungalow near Holywood in County Down at Christmas.
.. on pages 78 to 86 – featuring Seamus Sweeney’s cottage style bungalow near Holywood in County Down at Christmas.

“As Belfast businessman Seamus Sweeney settles down to enjoy Christmas in his elegant home, he can hardly believe that his first instinct was to knock down the property, until he fell in love with it’s period charm. A last minute execution for the 1920s bungalow – not to mention a major re-style – has given it a new lease of life and created a modern home retaining all the charm of its classic provenance.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Christmas comes early.

Anyway, it is obviously the magazine’s Christmas issue – which does now seem to come around much earlier each year, as it only seems like a few months ago since I was taking the Christmas tree down – so must remember to take it down a bit earlier this year 🙂

Seriously though, with less than 2 month to go, the festive session has begun – and so we are now on the look-out for next years Christmas homes – so do let us know if you are up for it or know of someone who is, as we would love to hear from you.

Anyway congratulations to Seamus here, for this time making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine – which besides being jam-packed with homes, features and competitions worth £2,500 – really does start the festive season off with elegance.

Have a great pre-Christmas everyone, from Marie, Mandi & me @ homesinteriors.com – where you can read more about what we do… should you like your home featured too at some point in time 🙂

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.

February 28, 2011

Spring is in the air…

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.. as we reach the end of February – where does the time go !!

Anyway, over the weekend the sun was shining…
Kathryn and Ben Callaghan's detached bungalow near Killyleagh in County Down.
.. while we shooting at Kathryn and Ben Callaghan’s detached bungalow near Killyleagh in County Down.

The Story line:

The couple bought the home over 4 years ago. It had previously been very rustic, so they set about putting their own stamp on by giving it a more urban sort of feel. In particular, they fitted a new kitchen and bathroom and replaced the fireplace with a simple hole in the wall. When it comes to soft furnishings, Kathryn enjoys picking up bargains in places like Dunelm MIll and TK Max.

So it was all hands onboard…
Behind-the-scenes
.. as even Simon’s mum was there to sort out the flowers…
The kitchen in Kathryn & Ben's detached bungalow.
.. and help throughout the day.

Lots of fun – but without a doubt, the Star of the show was Elizabeth, their 18 month old daughter…
Elizabeth-Callaghan
.. who you wouldn’t believe, from looking at her here…
Kathryn & Elizabeth in the the living of their detached bungalow near Killyleagh.
.. had major surgery only 3 weeks ago.

Referring to me as “The Man” throughout the day – put a smile on everyone’s face – but what a wee dote…
Elizabeth-Callaghan
.. who just loved it all.

Anyway, the days are still short – but getting longer – so looking forward to the month ahead, as we head down to Kilkenny and then over to the south of England.

Time to put the roof-rack on and look for a new assistant – as Spring is in the air smile

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