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May 2, 2014

Gentleman’s residence.

The sky was blue and the sun was shining – so the first shot in the bag was the exterior of this large detached Victorian house…
Fiona and Conor O'Kane's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. which belonged to Fiona and Conor O’Kane – who are both are Barristers here in Belfast.

The Storyline:

Fiona and Conor bought the house approx 6 years ago and since then, have done a huge amount of work to it – they tackled quite a bit themselves – knocking down walls, decorating, etc, etc.

So with Stuart, who normally assists us out on Hotel shoots, helping out with lighting and that – Marie made a start inside…
Setting up the drawing room shot in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. by doing her thing, before we asked Fiona & Conor to strike a pose in the drawing room…
Fiona & Conor's in the drawing room of their detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. in front of the black marble fireplace – which it seems swung the sale for them when they first saw it.

Then from there, it was into the sitting room across the hall – where both Marie and Stuart both swung into action…
Setting up the sitting room shot in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. before I shot it two ways – with and without the fire lit…
The sitting room in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. to give the Editors a choice – in case they wanted to run with it in one of their spring or summer issues, instead of one of their winter or autumn issues Smile

Anyway, it was then into the kitchen area at the back of the house…
Setting up the kitchen shot in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. which as you can see, was less traditional…
The kitchen in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. and very bright…
The sitting area in the kitchen of Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. which made a really lovely contrast.

Huge house – but with Stuart helping us out here, we were up to the bedrooms…
Setting up the bedroom shot in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. just after lunch – and once again I was most impressed…
Bedroom in Fiona & Conor's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. with their style & taste, in this beautiful Victorian Gentleman’s residence.

So just a quick note to say thanks to everyone here – and especially to Fiona & Conor for inviting us in and making us feel so welcome.

From Marie, Stuart & me @ ampimage.com

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May 1, 2014

Hidden Charms.

Is the title of our latest published work in the June 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 72 to 75 in the June 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Fiona and Conor O'Kane's detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. on pages 72 to 75 – featuring Fiona and Conor O’Kane’s detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.

“Fiona and Conor O’Kane saw past the dubious decor and overgrown ivy of a faded period gem and restored it’s sparkle.”

Which we shot last year just before heading down to shoot at Mount Juliet in county Kilkenny – and so I have just noticed that I’ve totally forgotten to write about this one – which I must now do over the weekend wink

Anyway, for now, you can now read all about Fiona and Conor here…
Fiona and Conor O'Kane in the living room of their detached Victorian Gentleman’s residence in Belfast.
.. and see their hidden charms, in this top selling national magazine which is currently on the bookshelves.

From Marie, Mandy & me @ ampimage.com

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