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January 4, 2019

Hidden Depths

Is the title of our latest published work in the February 2019 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 10 to 15 in the February 2019 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Peggy and Phil Bell's Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.
.. on pages 10 to 15 – which features Peggy and Phil Bell’s Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.

”When Peggy saw a terraced house overlooking the sea, she knew it had the potential to be a special family home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Black Friday.

So congratulations once again to Phil and Peggy here…
Peggy Bell in her Victorian terrace which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in County Down.
.. for making it into this beautiful national magazine that features more inspirational homes than any other, from Sean, Dianne & me

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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…
“Peggy
.. as Peggy posed to perfection.

A house which as you can see here…
“The
.. 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…
“The
.. 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…
“The
.. 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…
“The
.. 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.

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

April 4, 2017

Flexible Family Living.

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2017 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 66 to 79 in the May 2017 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Anna and Jamie McMinnis' contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. on pages 66 to 79 plus on the Cover too – which features Anna & Jamie’s contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.

“With a growing family in mind, Anna and Jamie bought this architecturally designed home in Holywood with its spectacular views of Belfast Lough and child-friendly garden.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Overlooking Belfast Lough.

So just want to say a huge Congratulations to both Jamie and Anna here…
Anna McMinnis in the living room area of her contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. for not only making it into this top selling Irish magazine but for also making it onto the cover too – from Marie, Claudio, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

January 31, 2017

Ship Shape

Is the title of our latest published work in the March 2017 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 60 to 71 in the March 2017 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Eleanor and Stephen Blayney's mid terraced house called 'Marathon' in the County Down coastal town of Donaghadee.
.. on pages 60 to 71, as well as on the cover too – featuring Eleanor and Stephen Blayney’s mid terraced house called ‘Marathon’ in the County Down coastal town of Donaghadee.

“Eleanor and Stephen have used colour and light to make their coastal home a favourite port of call for friends and family.”

So just want to say a big Congratulations to Eleanor and Stephen here…
Eleanor and Stephen Blayney in the upstairs sitting room of their mid terrace called 'Marathon' in the County Down coastal town of Donaghadee.
.. for not only making it all Ship Shape for us to shoot, but also for making it onto the cover of this top selling Irish magazine too – from Marie, Mandi, me and the rest of the team here @ ampimage.com
Smile

September 3, 2016

A huge project didn’t faze me.

Is the title of our latest published work in the October 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 16 to 26 in the October 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. on pages 16 to 26 – which features Jillian Espey’s former Fisherman’s Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.

“Jillian, 36, saw beyond her old property’s disrepair and transformed it into a stylish seaside cottage.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Everyone sees things differently and sees different things – at the start of this year.

So just want to say a Congratulations to Jillian here…
Jillian Espey at the dining table in the kitchen of her former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. for making it into this national magazine which is full of stylish homes and ideas – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

September 2, 2016

Calm restored.

Is the title of our latest published work in the October 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 90 to 93 in the October 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 90 to 93 – featuring Emma and Graham’s Victorian semi detached house in Belfast.

“By repurposing and reimagining, Emma and Graham Given have turned their ‘house of horrors’ into an elegantly practical home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Like something you would see in a magazine – back in March of this year.

Plus New For Old is the title of our other one in this issue…
Pages 124 to 126 in the October 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring John Wilson's house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. on pages 124 to 126 – featuring John Wilson’s house in the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.

“Unable to find a home that he loved enough to buy, John Wilson built his own instead using plenty of reclaimed materials for a lived-in look.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Favourite shot has to be the Michael Jordan one – in July of this year.

So just want to say a big Congratulations here, to both Emma…
Emma Cooper in the kitchen of their Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. and John here…
John Wilson in the sitting room of his house on the outskirts of the County Down seaside village of Ballyhalbert.
.. for making it into this beautiful top selling national magazine – from Marie, Mandi & me smile

August 4, 2016

Happy ending

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 78 to 79 in the September 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Amy and Pierre-Emmanuel de Leusse's stone-bulit 18th-century cottage called 'La Petite Maison' on the edge of the charming village called Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.
.. on pages 78 to 79 – featuring Amy and Pierre-Emmanuel de Leusse’s stone-bulit 18th-century cottage called ‘La Petite Maison’ on the edge of the charming village called Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.

“Realising a long-held dream, Amy and Pierre-Emmanuel de Leusse discovered the beauty of rural life.”

Which I talked about shooting here: “Day 10” – 6 years ago.

So just want to say Congratulations to you both here…
Amy de Leusse and Pierre Emmanuel outside their house called 'La Petite Maison' which is nestled in the heart of the Gers countryside on the edge of the charming village called Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.
.. for this very happy ending – as it did take us quite a while too, for our dream to come true Wink.

However, a Tall order – which is the title of our other one in this issue…
Pages 111 to 113 in the September 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Karen Dyer's 19th-century farmhouse near the village of Greyabbey in County Down.
.. on pages 111 to 113, featuring Karen Dyer’s 19th-century farmhouse near the village of Greyabbey in County Down – was one we had to wait even longer for.

“Karen Dyer had a grand vision for her family farmhouse, but she had a mountain to climb to make it a reality.”

So I also want to say a big Congratulations to Karen and her daughter Beth here…
Karen Dyer with her daughter Beth in the sitting room of their farmhouse near Greyabbey in County Down.
.. for this very tall order – as after all these years I had almost given up on this becoming a reality too Wink.

In other words: Way to go to you all, for this very happy ending to a very tall order – from Marie, Mandi & me – who didn’t give up on our dreams neither smile

February 5, 2016

Location, Location.

Is the title of our latest published work in the March 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 107 to 109 in the March 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Anna and Jamie McMinnis's contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. on pages 107 to 109 – which features Anna & Jamie’s contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.

“Moving home wasn’t really part of Anna and Jamie McMillen’s plan until they fell for the spectacular views a spacious new-build offered.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Overlooking Belfast Lough last September.

So just want to say a big Congratulations to both Jamie and Anna here…
Anna McMinnis in the living room area of her contemporary detached house which overlooks the County Down town of Holywood and Belfast Lough.
.. for making it into this top selling national magazine – Location, Location indeed – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

January 18, 2016

Everyone sees things differently and sees different things.

Filed under: Photography — Ashley Morrison @ 1:45 pm
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I believe, and would therefore often say to others, that everyone sees things differently and sees different things too, when they look at my work or anyone else’s pictures.

And so it’s what you see or what other people see, rather than what I see, that I have spent most of my life trying to figure-out – as photography is what I do in an attempt to make a living – as I try to create the type of images that they and possibly others too, would want to use, using light to tell the story.

So for me, as a photographer, lighting is often the first thing that I will see or will look at.
(Because obviously, one needs light to take a picture – because without it, the camera or recording device that you are using, would not record anything – so all that you would get in the end is a black picture or image)

So light is obviously very important – and being able to control that, has therefore been one of the many things I have spent my time over the past 30 years trying to master.

However, I know that light is just one of the many things that could make a big difference, so it’s by no means the only thing – and so that leads me to what I’m about to show and talk about here today.

When I am shooting a home, which I’m hoping that an Editor from a National magazine will want to feature, the goal would normally be to produce about 15 images as I know they will at least want to use 10 images – and so, I would usually put a full day aside to take those pictures.

“A full day to take 15 pictures”, I hear you say – “flip me, I could shoot the entire house in less than 30 minutes, as shooting a few rooms isn’t very hard to do.”

And you would be right – because taking some pictures is easy and I too could easily shoot an entire house in less 30 minutes.
However, producing or creating the type of images that someone like an Editor from a National magazine will actually want to use – and would, therefore, be willing to pay me some money for the use of them – is very different to just taking some picture that others could use if they wanted to, as almost any type of image would good enough in that case, if that was really all that I had to do.

Which basically means that I know that I may have to do a lot more than just take some pictures of whatever happens to be there – because what the camera often records, doesn’t always look as good as what my eyes see or what my brain records when I look around a room.

To help illustrate what I mean – which should also help explain why it would take me so long to shoot a home, as well as why I’d possibly charge a lot more for the use of my work than many others would – I’m simply going to let you see the set of captures that lead up to this one image…
The sitting room in Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. of this sitting room in Jillian’s former Fisherman’s Cottage, which we shot last week in the County Down village of Groomsport.

To my eye, I can assure you it looked great – however, as you can see from this first picture that was taken…
The first picture taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. it appeared very dark on screen – which was mainly due to the weather outside, as it was raining at the time.

Plus the windows – which were very much in keeping with this type house – were relatively small and deeply set in the 2 feet thick walls so not a lot of natural light would pour in, even at the best of times I reckon.

Anyway, that was my starting point – and so as I knew that this would probably be the lead shot or the one that an Editor would want to go big with at the start of the feature – then it was pretty obvious that I and my team were going to need to do a lot here, should we want to achieve our goal. Which was of course, not just to see if I could take a picture, but was to see if I could produce an image (or set of images in this case) that an Editor from a National magazine would want to use… and naturally want to use badly enough, that she would be willing to pay me something for the use of them too smile

Because at the end of the day, as far as I’m concerned, photography is all about trying to make some money – as this is what I do for a living – rather than for a hobby or for the fun of it.
So if you don’t see me smiling or looking like I’m having a load of fun, that’s because I’m totally focused on my goal – which I know I need to be, if I’m to succeed – because no one has ever paid me for excuses, only for results Smile​

So this is why I’d ask Marie to help me – and often someone else too, like Claudio here, in this case, to help both of us – because people only pay me for what they want to use, not for me to do the actual work for them.
Which means I know I need to produce some images that they will actually want to use, if I’m expecting them to pay me anything afterward​, for the use of our work.

The chicken or the egg, which comes first… type of thing.

Anyway, they say a picture is worth a thousand words – so since I’m obviously rambling on here about all sorts of different things and I know, as I said at the start, “that everyone sees things differently and sees different things too”, when they look at my work – and many of you who are reading this, will be looking at it for very different reasons too, then I’m now just going to let the pictures speak for themselves, to let you see what all we did here.

And for those of you who would often ask me questions about what all I do, because you would like to do this type of work too – I would suggest as you look at each ccaptured​ frame below, you ask your self what would you have done next, if that was the image that appeared on your screen, after you had taken the picture – because it’s what you would have done next (rather than what we did here) that would result in your image looking different – be it a lot different or just a little bit different in the end… because everyone sees things differently and sees different things too smile

Anyway, I have said enough, so I’ll let you enjoy putting the words to the pictures – as I’m quite sure what you will see here is not what I see…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
The sitting room of Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. which just leaves me to say a big thanks to Jillian here…
Jillian Espey at the dining table in the kitchen of her former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport..
.. for not only inviting us in but also for putting up with us, as we turned her beautiful house upside down Smile​

All of which should also let you see why ​it takes us a full day to shoot a home – and why the amount that I would charge for the use of our work, would therefore naturally be reflexed in all of this too.

Cheers
Ashley
www.ampimage.com

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