Ashley Morrison's Blog

January 3, 2017

The Folks on the Hill.

Is the title of our latest published work in the February 2017 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 74 to 85 in the February 2017 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Rosemary and Harold Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. on pages 74 to 85, as well as on the cover too – featuring Rosemary and Harold Bothwell’s cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.

“Rosemary had always loved the old cottage which overlooked the Fermanagh Lakelands so when she had the chance to buy it not even the challenges of restoring a listed building could stop her.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Wanting to be there – in the rain.

So just want to say a big Congratulations to Rosemary here…
Rosemary Bothwell in the kitchen of her cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. for not only making it to the top of the hill, 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

December 8, 2015

Up to my neck in it.

After days of rain and very overcast skies, I finally saw there was going to be a break in the weather, so I decided to go back and shoot the exterior of Rosemary’s cottage, that we had shot the interior of a few weeks ago – which I talked about shooting here: Wanting to be there.

Anyway, as you can see here…
First picture taken of the exterior of Rosemary and Harold Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. the sun was indeed shining and the sky was blue… with hardly a cloud in sight.

Perfect – bar the fact that the sun was shining on the back of the house, rather than on the front – which I knew it would probably be, as we had already been there a few weeks ago.

So I came prepared for that – but not really for the mud – so I was sure glad I was wearing my Brasher shoes and the camera gear was in Pelican cases, because to put it mildly, I was up to my neck ankles in it smile

Anyway, running of a car battery, the 3K did the trick – and so this was result…
Rosemary and Harold Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. which I pretty much managed to get in one in the end, after a few attempts to get the balance right.

Was it worth the effort ?
No it wasn’t, would be the answer for many – however, the way I see it: if this was going to be ‘The Image’ that a magazine would want to use at the start of the feature, and my name was going to be on that page beside it, for all the world to see – then I would obviously want ‘That Image’ to be a good image – so from my own personal point of view, since I would see Magazine work as being a big part of my portfolio too, then Yes it was very much worth the effort.

Still you can’t beat The real McCoy of course – which was how it was when I shot the exterior of this house in Belfast…
Siobhan and Barrie McQuillan's semi detached house in Belfast.
.. later on that same evening – which we also shot the inside of, earlier on in the week – and so more on that later, because what’s behind that door, was not what I was expecting smile

Which is actually one of the things I love so much about this type of work, i.e. seeing how creative other people are – because it never stops to amaze me, as to how unique some people’s homes really are.

Anyway, that’s what I was up to over the weekend – besides being up to my neck in mud of course – so just a wee Blog on that, for my own personal records – since I reckon no-one will ever know otherwise – or even care, to be honest – when they see the final results in print.

November 29, 2015

Wanting to be there.

Short winter days here in Ireland, means either having to work much quicker than usual or having to put 2 days aside rather than one, to get the job done.

Well one of the the job in question this week was at Rosemary’s cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone – which we decided to go to the day before we had planned to shoot it, to see if we could at least make a start.
And I’m very glad we did, because due to the weather it was very dark, even in the middle of the day – but like they say, the show must go on.

Anyway, we decided to kick-off in the sitting room – so after we had moved a few things to where we thought they would work best for the camera, I took my usual first shot…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. to see how it looked – before adding some directional light…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. which just didn’t seem right – or should I say, feel right, as it’s that feeling of ‘wanting to be there’ that we often try to create or capture when doing this type of work.

So while I played around with the lighting, Marie played around with what was in front of the camera – as we both watched it getting darker and darker outside…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. even though it was still only about 3:30 in the afternoon.

Anyway, leaving the shutter open for about 16 seconds after a blast of light – and this was the result…
The sitting room of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. which we were both very happy with in the end – as it now looked like something you’d see in a magazine – which was obviously our goal here smile

Anyway, that was it for the day – but at least we had made a start – which was good – and so it was time for a beer in front of the fire, as there was “No work in me” as Marie would often say smile

Next morning we were up bright & early of course; however, it wasn’t until after 8 before there are any real sign of some light – and so it wasn’t until about 9:30 before we really managed to make a start on the kitchen area…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. by which time help had arrived – as Claudio jointed us…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. and so we started to move more quickly as a result.

Anyway, 20 minutes later and it was time for Rosemary to smile for the camera
Rosemary Bothwell in the kitchen of her cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. as the rain poured down outside – on what can only described as a very missable winter’s day here in Ireland.

Still, “the show must go on” as they say – and so with Claudio helping on the lighting, it wasn’t long before we were heading upstair to shoot the bedrooms – which once again were rather dark on a day like this…
One of the first pictures taken in the guest bedroom at Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. until Claudio lit them up…
Guest bedroom in Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. and Marie had styled to ‘within a inch of her life’ of course – which she has normally done long before I arrive.

Anyway, that was basically it – and the good news is, that it was all well worth it too, as we got a “yes please” the following day from the Editor of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine, who said they would love to run with it in one of their Spring issues next year smile

So a big thanks to Rosemary for inviting us in – and to my team, thank you for all your hard work too – as I know I simply couldn’t do any of this without you guys.

Cheers from me in sunny Ireland, where it only rains about 225 days a year Irish smile

October 6, 2014

Waiting Game.

Is the title of our current published work in the November 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 93 to 96 in the November 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Fiona and Brian Shiells' architectural new build near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. on pages 93 to 96 – featuring Fiona and Brian Shiells’ architectural new build near Dungannon in County Tyrone.

“Nestled in the heart of the Ulster countryside, Jane and Brian Shiells’ ideal home was 10 years in the making – it was well worth the wait.”

Which we talked about shooting at the time here: Little to do here.

Anyway, when Marie received her copy a few days ago, she emailed me to say:

Not a huge spread but quite dramatic – think you’ll be pleased 🙂

After the waiting game to get this result, I’m very pleased – so I’d just like to say a big thanks to everyone involved and especially to Brian & his wife here…
Fiona and Brian Shiells in the sitting room of their architectural new build house near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. for once again inviting us into their amazing home – which is definitely very different to their last home I shot back 2001 – which as you can see here from this image of their hand-painted staircase…
The hand painted staircase in Fiona and Brian Shiells' villa near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. which I always loved, was equally amazing and very dramatic too.

So thank you from Marie, Mandy & me @ ampimage.com – as this was definitely worth the wait.

March 31, 2014

Little to do here.

Things have been going crazy lately for me – but recently we shot this amazing architectural new build house…
Fiona and Brian Shiells' architectural new build house near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. near Dungannon in County Tyrone.

Which was basically naturally lit…
First picture taken of the sitting room in Fiona and Brian Shiells' architectural new build house near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. and so required only a touch of fill to achieve results like this…
Fiona and Brian Shiells in the sitting room of their architectural new build house near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. of Fiona & Brian in the sitting room.

The couple’s last home was very traditional and I actually shot it many years ago for an Irish magazine. However they decided they wanted a complete change; bought a site and commissioned Des Ewing, a local Architect, to design a contemporary home for them.
None of their existing furniture would have suited so they had fun starting from scratch – they even went to Milan to buy some of their new furnishings !!
Although they wanted a contemporary new look, they didn’t want it to be too monochrome or cold and opted for lots of vibrant colour.

Which looked great from every angle…
First picture taken of the sitting room in Fiona and Brian Shiells' architectural new build house near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. especially once lit…
The sitting room in Fiona and Brian Shiells' architectural new build house near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. and it was the same all the way throughout to the kitchen…
First picture taken of the kitchen in Fiona and Brian Shiells' architectural new build house near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. which was also easy to light and needed minimum done…
The kitchen in Fiona and Brian Shiells' architectural new build house near Dungannon in County Tyrone.
.. so even Marie had little to do here smile

Love it – and hopefully the Editors will too – so just a quick note to say thanks to Fiona & Brian here for inviting us in and making us feel so welcome once again.

From Marie & Me @ ampimage.com in County Tyrone.

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