Ashley Morrison's Blog

October 1, 2021

Mum said “good-bye” this morning.

She will be greatly missed by all the family – especially by her three sons, Terence, Nicholas and me.
Mary Morrison

According to the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages document, which she kept in the safe…

Mary Isabella Gallagher's Registration of Birth.

.. Mum was born on the 31st of May 1932 in the District of Fannett, in the Irish County of Donegal – and they called her Mary Isabella.

Under her bed my daughter, Chloe, found a large box that was full of pictures – many of which none of us had ever seen before – like this one of her Mum & Dad,  Kathleen McKemey (18) and Daniel Gallagher (33)…

Catherine McKemey and Daniel Gallagher on their wedding day.

.. which, according to what she wrote on the back, was taken in October 1924 on their wedding day.
And so it’s some of those pictures that I would now like to use here, to help me tell this story about this amazing person that I was always so proud to call my Mum

She was the eldest girl in a family of eleven, eight boys and three girls.

One of the earliest pictures that I found, was this one of her when she was 14, with her two sisters, Sadie (10) and Ann (7), taken in 1946 outside their family home in Moross…

Sadie, Mary and Ann Gallagher

.. with a note beside it saying the “summer after mum died”.
So yes, she lost her Mum when she was only 13 – which is hard to imagine.
Anyway, on the 8th of April 1953, she began her training at Ards Hospital in Northern Ireland – and on the 30th of May 1956, according to framed certificate that I found, she “passed the examinations held to test her proficiency, and has preformed her nursing duties to our satisfaction.”
So she, along with her two sisters who followed her led, became a State Registered Nurse…

Mary Isabella Gallagher

.. and it was around that time it seems, that she met John Morrison (a young farmer from the Ards Peninsula) at a dance in Regent House.
And on the 19th of September 1957, she became known as Mary Isobel Morrison from that day on – as seen here with her brothers (Dan, John, Robert, Tommie, Charlie, Jim and Alfred) and sisters (Sadie and Ann) on her wedding day…

The Gallagher family in 1957.

.. along with Dan’s wife, Joan – and John Morrison…

John and Mary Morrison on their wedding day.

.. who a few years later became my Dad

Swimming was a big part of our lives when I young – and she, as seen here at the back on the far left of this picture of INST swimming club…

Inst swimming team

.. was very much into it as well.
She even flew out to Australia to watch me compete in the 1982 Commonwealth Games – to my surprise – because she never mentioned she was going before I left, the week before the Opening Ceremony…

Opening Ceremony at the 1982 Commonwealth Games

.. which she clearly enjoyed, as she took loads of pictures of that.
So yes, one of the nicest memories that I have of her was at the start of my first event, looking up into the spectator gallery as they announced my name and seeing her with her sister, Sadie, waving their arms and cheering.

I couldn’t believe it – but that was my mum

She loved to travel – and as did my father – seen here together at Thousand Islands on their way to Kingston in 1995…

Mary and John Morrison at Thousand Islands

.. with a note on the back saying: USA on the far side.
So there are lots of pictures of the both of them in various part of the world – as well as lots of pictures of herself with her two sisters, Sadie…

Mary and Sadie

.. who lives in Sydney – and Ann…

Ann and Mary in New York.

.. who lives in New York City.

Many of which I had never seen before.

The picture that I use at the start, by the way, I took of her in a kitchen we were shooting that was featured in the October/November 2005 issue of 25 Beautiful Kitchens magazine…

October/November 2005 issue of 25 Beautiful Kitchens magazine.

.. which she kept in her bedside table – where she stood-in as the homeowner.
So that was definitely one of my favourite images of her, as well as this one…

Mary Morrison's 71st Birthday party.

.. which I took at her 71st birthday party

One thing is for sure, I will miss her and she will be greatly missed by all the family – including her six grandchildren, Ross, Ryan, Amber, Chloe, Holly and Ella – and her dog, Venus…

Venus

.. which the people of Ballywalter knew was always by her side.

The end of a chapter, Mum – but not the story  – as you live on in each of us

October 10, 2016

MacLeod House & Lodge.

Is part of the Trump International Golf Links in Scotland.

“Donald J. Trump’s historic Scottish mansion and lodge is set amid mature woodland in the heart of the magnificent Trump International estate. This is opulent five-star hotel provides exquisite superior and grand deluxe guestrooms, intimate bar and dining facilities, and is the ultimate setting for dinner, bed and breakfast, private parties or exclusive use.

With its​ secret stairways, traditional log fires, whisky snug and spectacular grounds, MacLeod House & Lodge offers luxury and comfort in a secluded and dramatic location.”

And so that’s what we were here to capture.

One of the pictures I took back in August, was of this tree-lined pathway which leads up to the Lodge…
Recce shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which at that time, due to the sun light filtering through the trees, looked wonderful to the eye – and so we had suggested in our report that an image of a family out walking here, would help them tell their story to their guests.

So we kicked of with that one on the Monday morning – but as you can see here…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. it was kind-off dark – but not for long, as Claudio here..
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. set about lighting it up, with a lot more power than was needed, as you can see…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but he finally got there…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. just before everyone arrived…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so with different hats on hand and some leaves to mark the spot…
Setting up the family shot at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which naturally needed to be kicked…
Family out for a walk on the path through the trees that leads to the lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the final image was created in no time at all Smile.

Then it was up to the family bedroom, which as you can see was also dark…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. but not for long…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Claudio had obviously it all figured out…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and so too had Dianne, by the looks of it…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. while I stood and watched…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and looked at the screen…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as it was clear that they knew what they were doing…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and we’re​ loving every minute of it too…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was great to see.

Anyway, it was then time introduce the real Stars of the show…
Setting up the Family bedroom shot in the Lodge at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and a few minutes later, this was the result…
The Family twin bedroom at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. to show their family twin bedroom.

Leaving time to eat the props…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before heading back over to the MacLeod House to set-up the shot in this room…
One of the bedrooms in the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which in our report we had suggested would work well as the Bridal suite.

Which it basically did by the time I had set-up the camera…
Setting up the Bridal shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as this was one that Dianne had clearly had a vision for – and so in no time at all, this was the result…
The Bridal suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as the team were definitely on top form here Smile.

Ahead of schedule and with time to spare before the evening shot of the dining room set for a banquet, we decided to next shoot this their Classic bedroom…
Recce shot of one of the bedrooms at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which was the room I stayed in when we were over in August – hence the messy bed Smile.

And so with the camera in position…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. the fun began…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as Dianne here…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. was replace with a lighting stand – and my new camera bag even made an appearance…
Setting up the bedroom shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before the fire was lit to produce this the final image…
Classic bedroom suite at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. which hopefully looks like I did nothing at all, other than used a good camera to take the picture Wink.

Which just left the evening shot of the dining room to go – and as you can see here from the first picture taken of it…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. that looked like it was going to be an​ easy one to do.

A touch more light, fix that blind…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. check how it looks on the screen…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. and then…

Let’s start all over again…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. so it really was all hands on board at this stage…
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. as night time approached and Claudio stood-in for one last test shot …
Setting up the dining room shot at Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. before we created this our final image of the day…
The dining room set for a banquet at the Trump International Golf Hotel near Aberdeen in Scotland.
.. “just for you”, as we would say Smile.

Seven done, five to go – so more to follow, as tomorrow is another day, as I would say Wink.

July 24, 2016

The Presidential suite.

At the at The K Club was next up…
One of the first pictures taken in the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. so while I looked at the first images on the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. Dianne worked on the styling…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. as Claudio set up the lights.

Then our star guests arrived…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. as Susie here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. was wanting to show this as a room that would suit a family too.

So while Dianne worked on the cushions, to try and give them a bit more shape…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. I talked to Susie about how I saw it now, as I wasn’t overly convinced that this was going to work…
One of the first pictures taken in the Presidential suite at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. but by the look on everyone face here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. I wasn’t actually doing a very good job of Smile

Anyway, kids sitting on the sofa was my thinking here now…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. so after getting a green-light on that, it was time to sort the hair out…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. and then minutes later this was the result…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at The K Club near Straffan in County Kildare.
.. as they both posed to perfection – while both of their mothers look on Wink

And so that was two done – one to go before we would call it a day – as none of us were in a rush for this dream to end Smile

February 29, 2012

Family living

We shoot some wonderful homes right across the spectrum – which means, the style of homes vary enormously, depending on which magazines we are aiming at.

The owners of this recent home which we shot last week…
Amy & Gareth Scott's period semi-detached home in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. had great interior design flair – but above all else, they said they wanted a home that would suit them and their young family – relaxed, colorful and easily maintained – which we felt they had successfully achieved, by modernizing this Edwardian semi in County Down.

However, when it comes to what we do, the trend is increasingly towards homes being “picture perfect”.
How often do you pick up a magazine and see a home with a badly made bed or a sofa that needs to be plumped or an untidy bathroom?

So our role here was to not only capture this beautiful home but to also capture that really nice sense of family living…
Amy Scott and her son Albert in the kitchen of their period semi-detached home in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. in a “picture perfect” way.

Anyway, albeit a tough one, it was a lovely shoot – so many thanks to Amy here…
Amy Scott in the sitting room of her period semi-detached home in the County Down town of Bangor.
.. as well as to Gareth and their young family for making us feel so welcome – and we’ll keep you all posted on what the Editors have to say.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

August 9, 2010

Mullview No.4

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Number 4 Kilbright Road has been the home of the Morrison family since the late 1700’s, who still own much of the surrounding farmland.

The original section of the house was built about 200 years ago – in keeping with Scottish Croft Houses of that time – and was known as Hill View Farm up until 1971, when it was re-named by Mary Morrison, after the new extension was built – as the windows in that part of the house look out across the fields towards the Irish Sea and Scotland beyond.

So on a clear day, you can see the ‘Mull of Galloway’ – hence the name Mullview.

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