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August 31, 2017

Elegant Transformation.

Is the title of our latest published work in the October 2017 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 82 to 93 in the October 2017 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. on pages 82 to 93 plus on the Cover too – which features Emma and Graham Cooper’s Victorian semi detached house in Belfast.

“By restoring, re-purposing and re-imagining Graham and Emma turned a ‘house of horrors’ in Belfast into an elegantly practical home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Like something you would see in a magazine.

So Congratulations once again, to both Graham and Emma here…
Emma Cooper in the sitting room of her Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. for not only making it into this beautifully printed top selling Irish magazine – but more importantly, for making it onto the Cover too.

So from Marie, Mandi & me – way to go you two, for this Elegant Transformation smile.

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February 11, 2016

Our home is now Bright & Airy.

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Is the title of our most recent published work in the March 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 28 to 33 in the March 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Michelle and Johnny Blair's 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. on pages 28 to 33 – featuring Michelle and Johnny Blair’s 1940’s semi house in the south of Belfast.

‘Stylist at Home Michelle, 30, was happy to roll up her sleeves to create a timeless home on a strict budget’.

So a good call to both Marie and Stuart here…
Stuart feeding the guinea pig in the dining room area of Michelle and Jonny Blair's 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. as I see they actually ran with this image…
Michelle Blair in the dining area of her 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. of Michelle without her guinea pig instead – which was one of the many things we debated when we shot his house back in July of last year smile

Anyway, that makes it a nice bright & airy 4 this month – so would just like to say congratulations to both Michelle and Jonny here – and also a big thanks everyone else who was involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi, Stuart & me @ ampimage.com.

January 25, 2015

Belated Christmas.

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Or Christmas comes early – depending which way you want to look at it – as we were shooting Amanda and Keith’s double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast last week…
Amanda and Keith Cunningham's double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. for a magazine feature in future Christmas issues.

So with the tree still up, I set-up the camera while Amanda made some last minute changes…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. before lots more changes were made, while I worked on the lighting…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. to give it a much more bright & airy feel, even thought it was raining outside.

Still, with everything and everyone in place…
Amanda Cunningham with her two boys in the living room of their double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. the first set of images were in the bag, one hour after we had arrived – which for us, is actually pretty good going wink

Lots of detail shots naturally – and then into the kitchen…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. where the fun began again – as Marie & Amanda did their thing…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. while I once again worked on the lighting – which didn’t actually take that long, as the outside light was already pretty much in place – so with just a touch of fill…
The kitchen in Amanda & Keith Cunningham's double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. we had our second main room done, before stopping for a bit to eat.

Anyway, a great home for sure and there was naturally lots to shoot – but the room Amanda was most keen to have shot, was this one…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. which she had just recently decorated – and so with little to do here but light it up…
Bedroom in Amanda & Keith Cunningham's double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. we actually managed to get it all done in a relatively short space of time.

So one to look out for next Christmas.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com – wishing you all, a belated Merry Christmas smile

December 7, 2014

Trading Up

Was the name of the TV programme Louise Lear was presenting at the time – who is probably best know for her role as a BBC Weather presenter – so we where invited along to capture this renovated bungalow in Hertfordshire…
Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. which Louise and her husband Ian, plus their two boys, James & Miles, called their home.

Looking back now at the series of shots taken – like this one of Marie in the kitchen…
Marie in the kitchen of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. who was sitting in while I tweaked the lighting for this shot…
Ian and Louise Lear in the kitchen of their 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. was in away, a bit like the programme – as each time I shot Marie…
Marie in the sitting room of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. I then traded her up…
Louise Lear in the sitting room of her 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. for the Real McCoy wink

Seriously though, couldn’t do it without her, as she is always like one step in front of me, which often puts a new meaning behind the term ‘behind the senses’ – as it’s her behind I often end up capturing…
Marie setting up the shot in living room of BBC TV presenter Louise Lear's 1950's bungalow in Hertfordshire.
.. as she works her magic in front of the camera, to help create beautiful images like this…
Louise Lear with her two sons James & Miles in their 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. of Louise with her two sons, James & Miles, in the living room beside the kitchen.

The real star of the show as seen here again…
Marie in the sitting room of Louise & Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. being traded up…
Louise Lear in the sitting room of her 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield with her two sons James & Miles.
.. for a series of images that have had more hits on our website than any other.

Was I thinking of Trading her Up, I hear you say… no way – but I did enjoy the TV show and so was delighted to meet Louise – a true professional in every way, especially as a young mother whose family were also a pleasure to meet.

Featured in the October issue of BBC Good Homes magazine…
Pages 88 to 93 in the October 2006 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine featuring Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield.
.. back in 2006 and in Property Projects in the May 2007 issue…
Pages 6 and 7 in the Property Projects booklet which was in the May 2007 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine and featured the kitchen in Louise and Ian Lear's 1950's bungalow in Hertfordshire.
.. which is hard to believe as it really doesn’t seem that long ago – but there you have it.

So for all of you who Google search her name and then end up on our website as a result, this Blog is for you, to help complete the story behind that picture of Louise smile

November 4, 2014

Festive Elegance.

Is the title of our latest published work in the December 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 78 to 86 in the December 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Seamus Sweeney's cottage style bungalow near Holywood in County Down at Christmas.
.. on pages 78 to 86 – featuring Seamus Sweeney’s cottage style bungalow near Holywood in County Down at Christmas.

“As Belfast businessman Seamus Sweeney settles down to enjoy Christmas in his elegant home, he can hardly believe that his first instinct was to knock down the property, until he fell in love with it’s period charm. A last minute execution for the 1920s bungalow – not to mention a major re-style – has given it a new lease of life and created a modern home retaining all the charm of its classic provenance.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Christmas comes early.

Anyway, it is obviously the magazine’s Christmas issue – which does now seem to come around much earlier each year, as it only seems like a few months ago since I was taking the Christmas tree down – so must remember to take it down a bit earlier this year 🙂

Seriously though, with less than 2 month to go, the festive session has begun – and so we are now on the look-out for next years Christmas homes – so do let us know if you are up for it or know of someone who is, as we would love to hear from you.

Anyway congratulations to Seamus here, for this time making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine – which besides being jam-packed with homes, features and competitions worth £2,500 – really does start the festive season off with elegance.

Have a great pre-Christmas everyone, from Marie, Mandi & me @ homesinteriors.com – where you can read more about what we do… should you like your home featured too at some point in time 🙂

August 2, 2014

Victorian Vintage.

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 82 to 95 in the September 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Keith and Amanda Cunningham's renovated double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast.
.. on pages 82 to 95 – featuring Keith and Amanda Cunningham’s renovated double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast.

“Amanda and Keith used vintage inspiration and shabby chic furniture to transform dingy workplace offices into a stunning forever family home in Belfast.”

Which we talked about here: Never work with children or animals – when we shot it.

Anyway, a massive 14 page spread which looks really stunning – so this is just a quick note to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and congratulations to Keith and Amanda here…
Amanda Cunningham in the living room of her renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. once again, for this time making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

July 17, 2014

A real life fairy tale.

A 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the French Tarn region…
John and Angela Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. which belonged to Angela & John Goodwin, was our home for a few days while we shoot in this area – and what a magnificent place it was too…
John & Angela Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. like something you’d normally only except to see in a fairy tale book smile

THE STORY:

The couple went out to find and refurbish a wreck but ended up with a readymade home which one friend said was like something out of a fairytale. By immersing themselves in the French way of life they are now fully fledged Francophiles enjoying a home which is the epitome of rustic manor house living.

First impressions?
“Ironically, this isn’t the type of property we’d usually go for. Our previous two homes in France had been ‘projects’ and indeed so had our last home in Devon before we moved here permanently 16 years ago. We’ve always really enjoyed the challenge of doing up a property and putting our own stamp on it – but when we viewed the tower house all the major work had already been carried out. We just couldn’t resist the wow factor we know France well – we’d holidayed here for 20 years before John took the chance of early retirement and we moved out here – and we knew this particular area in the Tarn region very well as a previous property of ours had been on the south west coastline. But once we discovered and fell in love with the quaint little medieval hill town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, we knew this was where our next move would take us.”

Their favourite room – and mine too – was the living room…
The living room in Angela & John Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. with its double height, overlooked by a gallery – and centres around this huge fireplace…
The fireplace in the living room in Angela and John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. which they light in winter, because it does actually get quite cold here it seems.

Talking of lighting, that was a challenge for sure, as capturing the atmosphere of this wonderfully old place…
Four poster bed in the master  bedroom of Angela & John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. was for me, what it was all about.

This wonderfully romantic four poster bed is the centrepiece of the master bedroom, which was bought locally and the rest of the room is furnished with a range of antiques sourced in nearby Albi.

Marie on the other hand, was more concerned about how the table setting looked…
Marie setting the table in the conservatory of Angela & John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. before Angela stood in…
Angela Goodwin in the conservatory of her 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. to showed her how it was done wink

Anyway, we stayed in what we referred to as ‘our wee cave’ – which was underneath and right beside the swimming pool…
John & Angela Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. which was just amazing – but this was the other option…
Guest bedroom in Angela & John Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. which was in the tower section – with it’s own spiral staircase which leads to a glass floored mezzanine level above.

Stunning or what ?

And this is why I love shooting homes abroad so much, as you not only get to see things like this – which you just wouldn’t see back in the UK or Ireland – but you also get to meet the truly amazing people behind all it too.

And Angela & John where definitely two of those amazing people – who even went to the trouble to set-up this final shot…
Angela & John Goodwin setting up outside their 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. to complete our story of how they had made their dream come true…
Angela & John Goodwin outside their 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. and what a dream that was too !!

Which just leaves me to say: Thank you from Marie & me to you both – as this one fairy tale we will never forget.

Featured in the October issue of BBC Good Homes magazine the following year…
Pages 118 to 123 of the October 2006 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine featuring Angela and John Goodwin's 15th century Manoir or Tower house near the medieval hill village of Cordes sur ciel in the French Tarn region.
.. and in Templeton Robinson‘s Property Life magazine…
Pages 8 to 19 in the 13th issue of Property Life magazine featuring Angela and John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. titled ‘Living the dream’ the year after that – plus in Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine the year after that too…
Pages 46 to 54 in the June 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring Angela and John Goodwin's Tower house in the Tarn region of France.
.. on pages 46 to 54.

All of which looked stunning and was lovely to see – as it is like seeing our fairy tale each year come true again as well smile

(Added Note: We are always on the lookout for such homes by the way – so should you happen to know of one and the homeowners are up for it, please do get in touch – as we’d sure love to feature their dream).

Anyway, that’s it from Marie & me in this real life fairy tale, set in the beautiful Tarn region of France – which we have returned to and plan to do again – but that’s another story for another time, which one day I’ll write about too wink

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ashleymorrison.com

June 5, 2014

Stylish Living.

Is the title of our latest published work July 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 76 to 85 of the July 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Tony Day and Darren Baird's Edwardian terrace in east Belfast.
.. on pages 76 to 85 – featuring Tony Day and Darren Baird’s Edwardian terrace in east Belfast.

“Tony and Darren have turned a functional bachelor pad in Belfast into a funky family home.”

Which we talked about here: Kicking off – at the start of 2012.

Anyway, stunning repro as always – which is what I love so much about this magazine – so this is just a quick note to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and congratulations to Tony & Darren once again, for this time making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

May 4, 2014

Natural direction of light.

Back at Marie’s once again to finish of the series of images that we plan to submit to various magazines over the next few years – so while Marie added the finishing touches to the kitchen…
Marie setting up in the kitchen shot of her renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. I set about lighting it up…
The kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. which actually didn’t take that long, as those windows are perfectly placed.

As are the windows in her sitting room – which I at first tried lighting from the left…
The first picture taken in the sitting room in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. but then decided it would be more natural looking, if I lit it from the ones on the right…
The sitting room in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. as that was where the natural direction of light was coming from in the first place.

The master bedroom was for me a doddle to light – but due to a some new bedding arriving the day before – it was like a complete make-over job for Marie here…
Marie setting up in the bedroom shot of her renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. which I must say looked very well when she was all done…
Master bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. and I stopped walking on her little striped rug wink

About 20 images in the end produced, which should be more than enough for any Editor – so now it time to submit and keep our fingers crossed.

From Marie & me @ ampimage, producing images just for you, as we would say.

April 8, 2014

Old & New.

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Is the title of our latest work in the May 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 130 to 133 in the May 2014 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Carolyn and Stewart Moore's Georgian house near Portstewart in Country Antrim.
.. on pages 130 to 133 – featuring Carolyn and Stewart Moore’s Georgian house near Portstewart in Country Antrim.

“Carolyn and Stewart Moore blended the best period features of their historic Georgian villa with modern comforts to create a stunning, sun-filled home.”

Which we talked about shooting here: The Ming Dynasty – Irish style !

So you can now read all about how Carolyn & Stewart mixed old & new throughout their home in this top selling national magazine, which is currently on the bookshelves.

From Marie, Mandy & me @ ampimage.com

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