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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
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October 23, 2015

The kitchen is now the heart of our home.

Is the title of our most recent published work in the November 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 90 to 92 in the November 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring the kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. on pages 90 to 92 – featuring the kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson’s period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.

‘Stylist at Home Nicola, 44, put together a contemporary open-plan kitchen with a vintage twist to match her 1920s home’.

Which we talked about shooting here: Free-standing.

So congratulations to Ray and Nicola here…
Nicola Anderson in the kitchen of her period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. your kitchen is now in the heart of many Style at Home readers too smile

From Marie, Mandi & me.

February 4, 2015

Free-standing.

An easy one to end the month, as it was a Saturday after all – but nevertheless for me it was a tricky enough one to light – as you can see this kitchen was basically split in two…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. the extended part, which was closer to the camera, being filled with natural light – while the part that I want the viewer’s eye to be drawn through to, is dark.

So it was my ass on the line here…
Behind the scenes in the kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. as other than that, there was very little else needed to be done here, in this lovely free-standing unit kitchen.

Anyway, a blast of ‘sunlight’ and a touch of fill – and we where pretty much here as you can see…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. so other than a few mini teaks, we were ready for Nicola to strike the pose..
Nicola Anderson in the kitchen of her period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. in her perfectly colour coordinated outfit – which without doubt, will be the image that an Editor will want to go big on.

So with the main shot in the bag and the lighting already set-up for this area…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. it didn’t really take us to long to create this next image…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. along with some nice detail shots – before swinging back around…
Behind the scenes in the kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. to capture this cooker area…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. which meant moving the table and re-lighting – but other than that, it was ready to shoot…
The kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. and so this was an nice easy one to end the month – thanks mainly to Nicola & Ray who had done a great job here.

Thereby giving Marie plenty of time to take some great behind (the scenes) shots smile

January 4, 2014

Escape to the Country…

.. sounds good to me – so when we when to shoot Sonya & Glen’s converted barn near Donaghadee in County Down…
Sonya and Glenn McDowell's century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.
.. I was really looking forward to seeing what they had done inside, as this sort of thing really appeals to me – being the son of a farmer and all that.

The storyline:

An “Escape to the Country” storyline along with a massive re-furb.
The barn and stables were derelict and had never been used for residential dwellings when the couple bought them.
They hit major problems with planning consents, etc, but “hung in there”.
Sonya loves pattern and colour and had great fun adding the finishing touches.

Well let me start by saying I sure wasn’t disappointed; however, it was a tricky one to light for a number of reasons – so we started with the kitchen…
Setting up the kitchen shot.
.. which being a Chalon style kitchen with a large 4-oven AGA Classic cast-iron range cooker…
The kitchen in Sonya and Glenn McDowell's century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.
.. got two thumbs up from me.

Then pulling back a bit…
Setting up the kitchen table shot.
.. we captured the kitchen table…
The kitchen table in Sonya and Glenn McDowell's century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.
.. with the kitchen behind – before pulled right back to shoot the whole room…
Setting up the living room shot.
.. which as you can see just looked amazing…
Sonya McDowell in the living room of her barn conversion near Donaghadee in County Down.
.. especially with how Sonya had furnished it, with different patterns and colours.

Turning around to shoot it in the other direction…
Setting up the living room shot.
.. looked equally as good…
The living room in Sonya and Glenn McDowell's century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.
.. as did the rest of the place – which probably explains why it made it onto the cover of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 90 to 101 in the February 2013 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Sonya and Glenn McDowell's century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.
.. at the start of last year.

So why did I forget to write about this one ?
Well a few days later we were in the south of France…
The view from Janet and Ken Hamilton's villa called 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. which I did write about here: Day 4 – so can you blame me smile

Anyway, as I look back at the start of this New Year, I came across this one – and I’d still have to say this was one of my all time favourite homes – so better late than never as they say – I’d now like to thank both Sonya & Glen here, for our wee escape to the Country.

From Marie, me and the rest of the team at ampimage.com.

January 6, 2013

Field of Dreams.

Is the title of our latest published work in the February 2013 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 90 to 101 in the February 2013 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Sonya and Glenn McDowell's century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.
.. on pages 90 to 101, plus on the cover too – featuring Sonya and Glenn McDowell’s century-old cottage near the seaside town of Donaghadee in County Down.

“Sonya and Glen bought a century-old cottage in a rural idyll near the seaside town of Donaghadee, County Down – but ended up living in it’s barn and stables.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Escape to the Country.

I loved this place and I loved how it had been styled & decorated too – so yes for me, this was a dream home sitting in the green fields of Ireland.

Anyway, a huge thanks to everyone involved for their hard work here – and a huge congratulations to Glen and Sonya here…
Sonya McDowell in the living room of her barn conversion near Donaghadee in County Down.
.. especially for making it onto the cover too, of this beautifully printed Irish magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

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