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July 15, 2017

American homes inspired my look.

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Is the title of our latest published work in the August 2018 issue of Good Homes magazine…
Pages 78 to 85 in the August 2017 issue of Good Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan (McMillen) McKernan's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. on pages 78 to 75 – which features Marie and Alan’s renovated 1960’s house near Holywood in County Down.

“Holidays in Massachusetts prompted Marie to transform her dated mid-century house in Northern Ireland into a elegant period-style property.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Natural direction of light and here: Left or Right – almost 3 years ago.

So congratulations to both Alan and Marie here…
Marie McMillen on the balcony of her renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. for making it into another top selling National magazine – as I’d say ‘your look’ here…
The kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
..will inspire many throughout the UK and even in American too Wink.

From me @ ampimage.com

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February 27, 2017

Taking a gamble to live the dream.

As one commission lead to us shooting 9 homes which resulted in 12 magazine features – and the best part (besides the amount of money that we ended up earning), was we had the time of our lives – which is what I would call “Living the dream” smile.

Which 10 years ago, is what we would have regularly done – and so day I’m going to talk about the one that we were actually commissioned to shoot, by Rachel from the BBC Worldwide – who was the Houses & Property Editor at that time for a magazine called Good Homes.

The commission by the way, like most of the commissions that I would receive from magazines (as well as from other types of clients too), was simply what I would call a Purchase Order – as it just informed me that they would agree to pay me X amount afterwards, for the Rights to use my images – but ONLY IF after having seen the final results, they did still actually want to use them (so be sure to read the small print too) wink.

So no, this wasn’t a “Work Made For Hire” type of agreement – which is where the client would agree to pay me for my time & expenses, irrespective of the results – this commissioning document that the BBC had sent to me beforehand, was just to let me know how much they would be prepared to me afterwards, for the Rights to use my work – should the Editor (after having seen the final results) want to use my images for a one time only editorial feature in one of their magazines.

Which like I said before, is pretty much the standard deal with most magazines – as they only want to pay for the use of the work, rather than pay me to do the work for them.

And so when I would have agreed to take on these type of assignments, especially the ones which would have involve a lot of travelling – I would have looked upon the original commission as being like ‘My ticket to travel’, to see what I could produce in that part of the world – not only for the commissioning client to use, but also for others to use as well.

A gamble – yes – but it was one that usually paid off – like it did in this case, as I managed to turn the original commissioning amount, into around £14000 worth of sales over the next few years. So with that sort of money to play with, naturally we had a lot of fun – as we tried to make the most of these opportunities that I had been presented with.

And what an opportunity it was, because if there is one name that will help open doors in almost any country in the world, it’s the BBC.
Which is another story for another time wink.

Anyway, like I said before, the original commission here was for me to provide the BBC with some images of Helen and Peter Hannick’s 18th century Italian farmhouse here…
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. for them to use in their magazine called Good Homes.

Lying between the Tiber and Nera rivers, Poggio le Stalle is a 250 year old estate, not far from the town of Amelia here…
The Italian town of Amelia near Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse.
.. in the Umbria region of central Italy.

Inside was quite dark…
Behind the scenes at Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. so I was glad we had driven over with all the lighting gear – as this was one that I actually needed to punch quite a bit of light into – which I did while Marie & Rachel worked on what was in front of the camera – before it was time to photograph Helen here…
Helen Hannick in the living room of her Italian farmhouse near Amelia.
.. looking like she was “rather pleased with herself”, as Rachel would often say wink.

So while the girls turned the place upside down…
One of the first pictures taken in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. before putting it all back together again…
One of the first pictures taken in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. I worked away on the lighting – and this was the final result…
The dining area in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. before moving into the kitchen…
One of the first pictures taken in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. after some serious tidying up from the night before – as Rachel had flown over with some of her friends, who were also enjoying Helen and Peter’s hospitality here, as well as some of the product from the local vineyards wink.

So no shortage of bottles – especially empty ones – which obviously were removed along with the dishwasher…
The kitchen in Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. before doing the return shot…
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. and then it was time to go up the stairs…
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. to shoot some of the bedrooms and bathroom.

After that, we headed outside…
Behind the scenes at Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. to shoot Helen once again…
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
.. this time with Michael, who helped her maintain the place – and who also over the next few days, not only show us around but also introducing us to the locals too…
Marie & Michael talking to the local polizia in the Italian Umbria region town of Amelia.
.. as he informed them all that The BBC was in town smile.

Anyway, that was the commission – and this was the result…
Pages 140 to 149 in the March 2007 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine.
.. which meant I did get paid in the end – for having taken a gamble to live the dream smile.

So a big thanks to Rachel from the BBC for this, as well as to Helen and Peter for inviting us in – and should you ever be in Italy looking for a place to stay, then Poggio le Stalle may be the prefect spot for you to live the dream too smile.

April 8, 2011

We felt at home from the first visit !

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2011 issue of GoodHomes magazine…

.. on pages 76 to 82 – featuring Mandi Millar and her husband Gary Grattan’s 1980s bungalow near the market town of Ballyclare in County Antrim.

“Mandi Millar and her husband Gary Grattan used a consistent colour palette to transform a tired bungalow into a bright and welcoming family home.”

So a big Congratulations to Mandi, Gary and their son Christy here…

.. your BB, as you call it, looks fantastic.

March 3, 2011

Home to Roost.

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Is the title of our latest published work in the April 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 48 to 52 in the April 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Victoria and Neil Robertson's converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. on pages 48 to 52 – featuring Victoria and Neil Robertson’s converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.

Which I talked about shooting here: Lets talk cushions.

So ‘Congratulations’ to Neil and Victoria here…
Victoria Robertson in the sitting room of her converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. and a big ‘Thanks’ to everyone else who worked on this one.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

November 29, 2010

We were looking for a project.

Is the title of our latest published work in the January 2011 issue of GoodHomes magazine…
Pages 62 to 67 in the January 2011 issue of GoodHomes magazine featuring Amanda and Keith McGuile's semi-detached Victorian house in east Belfast at Christmas time.
.. on pages 62 to 67 – which is about how ‘Amanda and Keith McGuile transformed a neglected Victorian semi in to an elegant family home’ all ready for Christmas.

August 2, 2010

Home to roost.

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Is the title of our current published work in the September 2010 issue of GoodHomes magazine…
Pages 76 to 81 in the September 2010 issue of GoodHomes magazine featuring Myrian & David O'Reilly former hunting lodge near the shores of Lough Corrib in County Galway.
.. on pages 76 to 81 – featuring Myrian and David O’Reilly former hunting lodge near the shores of Lough Corrib in County Galway.

So a big thanks to Myriam and David here…
Myriam and David O'Reilly outside their cottage near Oughterard in County Galway.
.. for all their hard work, from Marie, Mandi & me.

May 30, 2010

Northern exposure…

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.. is the title of our current work in the July 2010 issue of GoodHomes magazine…
Pages 61 to 69 in the July 2010 issue of Good Homes magazine  featuring Elisabeth and Brian Patterson's Norwegian timber framed house near Holywood in County Down.
.. on pages 62 to 69 – featuring Elisabeth and Brian Patterson’s Norwegian timber framed house near Holywood in County Down.

So a big thank you out to Marie, Mandi, Brian & Elisabeth – for all their hard work – and to everyone at GoodHomes magazine for the wonderful 7 page spread.

April 30, 2010

Classic country charm.

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Is the title of our latest published work in the June 2010 issue of GoodHomes magazine…
GoodHomes magazine - Classic country charm.
.. on pages 70 to 79 – featuring Marie and Alan’s 1950s New England style cottage in Belfast.

April 16, 2010

Good Homes

Shooting at Elizabeth Jonsson Beech’s home…
Elizabeth Jonsson and Brian Patterson's Norwegian timber framed house near Holywood in County Down.
.. near Holywood in County Down yesterday – where the sun was shinning and the sky was blue.

So with two top interior designers at work here…
Elizabeth Jonsson Beech and Marie McMillen
.. it was no surprise we ended up with some great images both inside…
The living room in Elisabeth Jonsson and Brian Patterson’s Scandinavia style home near Holywood in County Down.
.. and outside…
Elizabeth Jonsson and Brian Patterson's Norwegian timber framed house near Holywood in County Down.
.. this Norwegian timber framed house.

So while the two girls worked away at getting each room ready…
Setting up the bedroom shot
.. I lit it up…
The master bedroom in Elisabeth Jonsson & Brian Patterson’s Scandinavia style home near Holywood in County Down.
.. and as Good Homes magazine said ‘Yes please’ to it right away, I reckon it should look great in their summer issue 🙂

So congratulations girls – way to go.

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ashleymorrison.com

February 3, 2010

The Pub.

Shot Marie’s new home the other day…
Marie McMillen
.. which she calls The Pub – as that is what it reminder her of when they bought it just a few months ago.

Got to say, her and her husband Alan have done an amazing job here…
The living room in Marie and Alan McMillen's cottage in Belfast
.. in a very short space of time too.

The kitchen…
The kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1950's cottage in Belfast
.. the dining area…
The dining area in the kitchen of Marie and Alan McMillen's 1950's cottage in Belfast.
.. and the master bedroom…
The master bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1950's cottage in Belfast.
.. all looked amazing – and as one would except from one the top stylists in the country, it was all sitting up perfect for the camera too.

No surprise then, that it was snapped up fast by GoodHomes magazine today – to be the lead home in their June issue 🙂

So way to go Marie… and Alan too.

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ampimage.com

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