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June 8, 2015

Pale and interesting.

Is the title of our latest work in the beautifully printed July 2015 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine…
Pages 48 to 54 in the July 2015 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Marie & Alan (McMillen) McKernan's renovated 1960's home near Holywood in County Down.
.. on pages 48 to 54 – featuring Marie and Alan’s renovated 1960’s home near Holywood in County Down.

“Marie McKernan gave her mid-century home a fresh new look with weatherboarding and a crisp blue-and-white palette.”

Which we talked about shooting at the time here: Natural direction of light and here: Left or Right.

Anyway, Marie received her advance copy last week, and this is what she wrote:

Well – my advance copy arrived – and I LOVE it 🙂

We’re the fourth home but that’s ok – they will always lead with the more beachy ones in their coastal issue.

You will be surprised with a couple of the big shots I reckon 🙂

Full page for exterior !!! Wasn’t expecting that !!!

Full page for sitting room – cropped a little

Full page for dining area

Lovely 4 page collage of bath, hooks, guest bedroom and balcony

Full page of guess who – standing on the flippin balcony – though they did use a wee one of muggins on the rocks 🙂

7 pages…

As Lesley would say, I could cry 🙂

Well not quite – but I am soooooo chuffed with this one 🙂

Thank you

So clearly someone was very happy – which just leave me to say a big thank you to Mrs pale and interesting here…
Marie McMillen in the balcony at her renovated 1960's home near Holywood in County Down.
.. for putting up with me all these years, as this was shot around the time I was in tears too – so it’s lovely to finally see all your hard work in print… and printed beautifully too in your favorite magazine smile

So thank you from me.

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September 1, 2014

The only constant is change.

After my last blog about A selfie – where I talked about how Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine had opened up doors of opportunity and one of those was when I meet Marie – who I have now been working with over the past 10 years – I thought it would be interesting to show how not only Marie’s style has changed over the years but also how the style of my own photography has changed too.

So looking at this image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was the last one we created of this bedroom in 2008 – and then going back to the first images we produced of it in 1999, which was this…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
..  which was part of a series of images which Marie use to launch her interior design business back then – and Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine use them too in the February 2000 issue…
The cover plus pages 86 to 96 in the February 2000 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Marie and Alan McMcMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 86 to 96, plus her kitchen made it on the cover too smile

You can see the framing is actually very similar in both and both have clearly been very well styled too – but what a difference 10 years can make – so is it any wonder I don’t charge for my time anymore wink

Anyway, to show the transformation over those years, here is the series of images produced in between. This being the second image which we created in 2004…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was around the time when we both started working together – as part of a home feature, which was then used by a number of magazines, including House Beautiful magazine…
Pages 32 to 39 in the May 2005 issue of House Beautiful magazine featuring Marie and Alan Master's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. in their May 2005 issue on pages 32 to 39.

In 2006 we then produced this image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as part of a Christmas home feature – which again was used by a number of magazines – both nationally as well as locally – including 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 12 to 17 in the December 2006 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan McMillen's home in Belfast.
.. as the lead home in their December 2006 issue on pages 12 to 17.

Also in 2006, we produce this image for Ulster Carpets
Lotus Scroll carpet by Ulster Carpets in the guest bedroom of Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. to show how their Delta Scroll carpet would look in this room – as well as in various other rooms of Marie’s house too – which they then use to help market their Anatolia Range …
Ulster Carpet product catalog showing two different designs of Anatolia carpet in the sitting room and bedroom of Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. in their product catalog – as well as on their website, etc, over the past 8 years.

In 2007 we produced this image…
Bedroom make-over by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as part of a ‘make-over’ editorial feature which Real Homes magazine ran within their November 2008 issue…
Pages 136 to 139 in the November 2008 issue of Real Homes magazine featuring the bedroom in Claire & Paul McCann's (Marie & Alan McMillen) home in Lisburn (Belfast).
.. as well as this image…
Summer makeover of a bedroom by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was one of my personal favourites – for this similar type of feature, which appeared  in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine…
Pages 69 to 72 in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring a bedroom make-over by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on how to create a ‘Summertime’ look.

And at the end of 2007, we produced this one for a Christmas home feature…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which appeared in Country Homes & Interiors magazine…
Pages 32 to 38 in the January 2009 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Marie and Alan (Scott) McMillen's home in Belfast at Christmas.
.. in their January 2009 issue on pages 32 to 38.

So there you have it, the changes in both our styles over the years, as seen in this one room – which no doubt would look totally different again today, as this last image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. was taken over 6 years ago – and now, of course, Marie is totally into white and bright…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's new house in Belfast.
.. as opposed to ‘Yella’, as she would often call it – which was naturally partly due how I lit it back then too smile

Over 2000 years ago, Heraclitus of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, once said:

The only constant is change.

Boy was he right about that – from Marie & me at ampimage.com, who would appear to be constantly changing too smile

December 1, 2013

Timeless…

.. is very often what we aim for when creating images for others to use – and so some of our other current published work this month can be seen on the April 2014 page of Country Homes & Interiors’ calendar…
Country Homes & Interiors
.. which is of this Anatolia Medallion carpet…
Ulster Carpets
.. which we shot almost 8 years ago for Ulster Carpets to use to help market & promote this style of elegant of carpet.

And in Bloom magazine a few of our images can be seen in this competition…
Bloom
.. for a this stunning wool throw…
Wool throw
.. from Natural Calico, which ended a few days ago.

Creating timeless images – just for you… as we say 🙂

From Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

December 8, 2012

Winter wonder.

Is the title of our latest published work in the January 2013 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine…
Pages 36 to 41 in the January 2013 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Marie's townhouse in the Cherryvalley area of Belfast at Christmas time.
.. on pages 36 to 41 – featuring Marie’s townhouse in the Cherryvalley area of Belfast at Christmas time.

“At this time of year Marie Scott goes to town decorating her elegant home from top to bottom.”

Shot back in November 2010 – the first of our christmas home shoots that year, so a bit of a wait to see this one in print…
The sitting room at Christams in Marie and Alan McMillen's semi in the Cherryvalley area of Belfast.
.. however, it was worth waiting for, as this is a very stylish publication for lovers of “modern country” decor – so always a nice one for homeowners to appear in.

Big thanks to everyone involved and a very Merry Christmas to everyone, from Marie & me @ ampiamge.com

December 8, 2011

Home for the Holidays.

Is the title of our latest published work in the January 2012 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine…
Pages 32 to 39 in the January 2012 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Nicola and Andy Nemec's farmhouse near Armoy in County Antrim at Christmas.
.. on pages 32 to 39.

“Nicola Nemec and her husband Andy Baird transformed a neglected farmhouse in her native Northern Ireland into a cosy family home.”

This is one home shoot that we won’t forget in a hurry, as it was shot last year during the heavy snow…
Nicola Nemec with her children playing in the snow outside their farmhouse near Armoy in County Antrim.
.. which we talked about here:

Yes we’ll take this!

Anyway, a beautiful magazine as always and lovely to be in at this time of year – so a big thanks to everyone involved and a very Merry Christmas to everyone, from Marie, Mandi & me @ www.ampimage.com

May 6, 2011

Modern country…

.. is the title of our latest published work in the June 2011 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine…
Pages 46 to 51 of the June 2011 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Pauline Bingham and Alasdair Henderson's stylish new-build house near the sea-side village of Groomsport in County Down.
.. pages 46 to 51 – featuring Pauline Bingham and Alasdair Henderson’s stylish new-build house near the sea-side village of Groomsport in County Down.

“New-builds can be beautiful too as Pauline Bingham and Alasdair discovered in their country retreat by the sea.”

So a big thanks to everyone involved.
A beautiful magazine as always – and lovely to be in – so congratulations to Pauline & Alasdair and thanks for inviting us in.

April 8, 2011

Classic Elegance.

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2011 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 60 to 72 in the May 2011 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Margaret and John Morgan's detached new-build house near the village of Hillsborough in County Down.
.. on pages 60 to 72 – featuring Margaret and John Morgan’s detached new-build house near the village of Hillsborough in County Down.

“Margaret and John wanted timeless style but needed instant practicality – and achieved both in their wonderful detached home in Hillsborough.”

So a big thank you to everyone involved – the quality as always in this magazine looks amazing – which is always lovely to see after all the hard work has been done.

Stunning !!

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

December 9, 2010

Yes we’ll take this!

Are you impressed at the speed of my response?!

Was the reply we received from the Houses Editor of Country Homes & Interiors magazine this afternoon, less than 10 minutes after submitting yesterday’s images.

But then again, I guess it’s not every day you get snow like this in Ireland…
Nicola and Andy Nemec's farmhouse near Armoy in County Antrim at Christmas.
.. with golden sunlight and a beautiful blue sky to boot.

So we did our best to make the most of it…
Nicola Nemec with her children playing in the snow outside their farmhouse near Armoy in County Antrim.
.. as the weather conditions were perfect – as was the kitchen table…
The kitchen dining table in Nicola and Andy Nemec's farmhouse near Armoy in County Antrim at Christmas.
.. so we pushed this one forward at the very last minute.

Which meant it was all hands onboard as both Nicola & Marie scrambled to get the whole house ready…
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.. in record speed. And because the days are short now, that meant no time for tea breaks or hanging about – plus on my side, additional lighting was required at the end of the day, to light-up the last few rooms.

But we did it – and what a result…
The girls bedroom in Nicola and Andy Nemec's farmhouse near Armoy in County Antrim at Christmas.
.. to which I replied:

Wow … that was fast <img

So one to look out for in next year's Christmas issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine – and I’d just like to say a huge Thanks and Congratulations to Nicola & her family here… for everything.

December 1, 2010

Creme de la creme…

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.. is the title of our latest published work in Country Homes & Interiors magazine this month…
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.. pages 41 to 47.

Beautifully reproduced in a stunning issue – where the standard of work and quality of images throughout, is top notch.
So congratulation to Linda – and once again, a big thanks to Marie for this.

It will be interesting to see how many other publications feature ‘Christmas styled’ homes in their January issue this year – which will be appearing on the bookshelves this week. If it’s 2 out of 12 issues dedicated to Christmas – then we really need to find and shoot a few more, over the next few weeks.

So any suggestions are more than welcome !!
(For more information on this side of our business, visit: www.homesinteriors.com)

Anyway, a beautiful issue this month, so well done to everyone at IPC Media who worked on this – and congratulation to Linda once again.

Added Note: A big thanks to Stuart too…
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.. for his invisible part behind the scenes.

September 28, 2010

Thank you

It’s been a good month – so I’d just like to say a BIG thank you to all those who have bought from us this month – and also to all those who have made booking for when we return from France next month.

Also a big thank you and congratulations to: Declan & Paula Strain, Alan & Marie McMillen, David & Laura Menary, Alasdair & Pauline Bingham, Andrew Brennan & Jemma McCann and Neil & Victoria Robertson.

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