Ashley Morrison's Blog

May 12, 2017

The new & the old.

Kicking off early the following morning in the the Lobby & Reception area…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. were they wanted to show the new & the old – and how it worked well here together at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

This was the big one as far as I was concerned – because besides the size, the different areas and the contrast between dark & light – it trying to time it too, so as to avoid disturbing their guests to much that morning.

Anyway, with the lights up outside…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and inside too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. thanks to Ivan for health & safety…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and Claudio here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. (as I can take some good behind the scenes shots too) – the floor was given a once over…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and then it was time for me to show everyone their positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. while Dianne kept a close on eye how they all looked.

Anyway, we tried a variety of different things here – but this was basically the final result…
The Lobby & Reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. to show now the new and the old worked beautifully together in their Lobby & Reception area.

Next up was the Tara Suite…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. which they wanted to show 2 ways – half size & then the full size.
So it was simply a case of getting the table in the foreground right to start with…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and then taking it from there – one table & chair at a time…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. then checking to see how that looks from the camera’s point of view…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. while observing what the others were doing…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. as they were all clearly very busy too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. well most of the time…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
wink

Seriously though, the team was in top form – as they had it all lit up in no time at all…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. leaving me with little to do but watch the screen…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. and press the button every now and then…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. after the 7 or 8 things one needs to do to get this camera system to actually work smile

Anyway, again we tried a variety of different things here – but this was basically the final result…
The Tara Suite at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. as Rosalie stood-in once again to complete the story they wanted to tell about this room.

And so that was it for now – as we then had to wait for the last shot of the day – which was of the IVY restaurant here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. plus there was the Tara suite to be shot again, to show it’s full size – and there was also this Drawing room too…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. all of which were fully booked for the day – so we just had to wait… as that’s Part 3 of this story smile

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November 21, 2014

June 30, 2014

The story behind the story.

After Marie and her husband Alan returned from a holiday in Cyprus to Aphrodite Hills near Paphos, she was on a mission to return there as soon as possible.

And so that became our next assignment – which to achieve, meant we would need to find at least 3 homes in Cyprus to shoot, that the Editors of the various UK magazines would then want to use – if we where to succeed in meeting our goal here… which is obviously to make money doing this wink

So based on us managing to come back with 3 sets of images, which would then get used by 3 national magazines and 3 local magazines, then no problems at all – as that would more than cover our basic costs.

Easy!

Well not as easy as it would appear of course – but nevertheless Marie was on a mission here – and so before I knew, it the flights were booked.

Anyway, as chance has it, the night before we were about to flight out, there was a party at my old school – the Royal Belfast Academical Institution or INST as we called it – as the current swim team had just won the Bath Cup for the first time since I captained their first winning team back in 1979…
The 1979 R.B.A.I. swim team who won the Bath Cup and the Otter Cup.
.. which is another story wink

Anyway, we all had a great night-out remembering old times, as well as congratulating the members of the current winning team – and of course my old swim coach, Con O’Callaghan, was there smiling as always…
Members of the 1979 and the 2006 RBAI swimming teams who won the Bath Cup and the Otter cup with Con O'Callaghan.
.. and asked naturally what we were all currently doing.

So I mention we were about to leave for Cyprus in the morning, to shoot some of the villas at Aphrodite Hills, etc.

Well it turns out he had just returned from here – as his son John, who was also a very good swimmer, had recently bought a villa there – and that his daughter, Karen and her husband would also be flying out tomorrow too, on the same flight as us, to stay for a week.

Wow – we’ve got ourselves a home – and an Irish connection too – which is even better smile

So that’s the story behind this story here – which a few days later we went to shoot – and this was their villa…
John O'Callaghan's villa called 'Villa Thalia' at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. at the 5 Star Aphrodite Hills, nestled in the hills above Paphos in Cyprus.

Which is were we meet Karen and her husband…
Karen and her husband in Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. enjoying all the comforts of home – as well as the sort of things one doesn’t see often back in Ireland, such as this…
Out at the pool at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. or this…
Table setting out at the pool at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. out by the pool.

Beautifully decorated inside – and so for Marie and me this didn’t take long to shoot…
Dinning table area at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. however, a wee bit of styling and lighting was still naturally required…
Guest bedroom at Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. just to be to sure it was right for those magazines we were aiming for – especially the national ones, as the standard of photography in those is pretty high.

Anyway, we finished up early as a result- however, I returned later to catch the sun at the back of the villa, only to find Karen and her husband out in the pool enjoying the last of the sun…
Karen and her husband in the pool outside Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. so naturally the Hasselblad was out again to capture that – and then I waited for it to go dark, before capturing this final night time image…
The swimming pool at night outside Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. which I think was my favourite, being an ex-swimmer and all of that – as it really did say: I want to be there smile

Anyway, the main reason why I’m writing about this one now, is because like Tia’s villa which I talked about here a few days ago: Living la Dolce Vita – this one is about to be featured again too, after all these years.
And on top of that, John has recently been in touch to say he now wants to rent Villa Thalia out – so has asked for the use of these images too – which he is currently using on his newly designed website here…
Villa Thalia at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. should you be interested in a wee holiday to this most beautiful part of the world – which Marie & I can personally recommend smile

So there you have, the story behind the story on this one – which you will be able to see and read more about in next month’s Ireland Homes Interiors & Living magazine – which should be out next week.

Mission accomplished Marie – so that just leaves me to say a big Thank You to everyone involved here and especially to the O’Callaghan family – not forgetting Con, who once again after all these years, pointed me towards a great pool smile

Thank you – from Marie & me remembering our time at the beautiful Villa Thalia in Cyprus.

August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th..

… and the sun is shining in our garden today…
The garden at the back of 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. as you can see.

Anyway, we decided to put our house on the market at lunch time…
Property news pdf of 4 Kilbright Road for sale by John Minnis Estate Agents for £350,000.
..which you can read all about, by clicking on the above image to view a pdf document, of the Property News page on their website.

This ‘Magnificent Detached Semi Rural Property’ as they describe it, has been the Morrison family home for over 150 years now…
Farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
..and has been our family home…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. which we have done a lot of work to over the past 15 years – and even updated the kitchen at the start of last year…
The kitchen in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. going for Ikea’s free standing units…
The kitchen in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. which was then featured in the October 2009 issue of Ideal Home magazine…
Pages 122 to 124 in the October 2009 issue of Ideal Home magazine featuring the kitchen in the Morrison's farmhouse in County Down.
.. on pages 122 to 124 🙂

A great family home for sure…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. with lots of character…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. five good size bedrooms…
Master bedroom in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. including Holly’s girlie room…
Bedroom in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. where the sign on the door reads: “Girls Bedroom (No Boys)“…
Girls Bedroom (No Boys).
.. which says it all – as they definitely had fun here…
The gardens at the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. in this wonderful big old place, which may even be partly listed now due to it’s age…
Outhouses in the yard at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
..but anyway, we decided today it was time to move on.

Plus my 10 year old goldfish died this morning, my Hasselblad CFE 40mm lens stopped working this afternoon and it was Coach Phill Hansel’s Funeral today.

So this Friday the 13th is definitely a day to remember.

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