Ashley Morrison's Blog

September 1, 2014

The only constant is change.

After my last blog about A selfie – where I talked about how Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine had opened up doors of opportunity and one of those was when I meet Marie – who I have now been working with over the past 10 years – I thought it would be interesting to show how not only Marie’s style has changed over the years but also how the style of my own photography has changed too.

So looking at this image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was the last one we created of this bedroom in 2008 – and then going back to the first images we produced of it in 1999, which was this…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
..  which was part of a series of images which Marie use to launch her interior design business back then – and Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine use them too in the February 2000 issue…
The cover plus pages 86 to 96 in the February 2000 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Marie and Alan McMcMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 86 to 96, plus her kitchen made it on the cover too smile

You can see the framing is actually very similar in both and both have clearly been very well styled too – but what a difference 10 years can make – so is it any wonder I don’t charge for my time anymore wink

Anyway, to show the transformation over those years, here is the series of images produced in between. This being the second image which we created in 2004…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was around the time when we both started working together – as part of a home feature, which was then used by a number of magazines, including House Beautiful magazine…
Pages 32 to 39 in the May 2005 issue of House Beautiful magazine featuring Marie and Alan Master's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. in their May 2005 issue on pages 32 to 39.

In 2006 we then produced this image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as part of a Christmas home feature – which again was used by a number of magazines – both nationally as well as locally – including 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 12 to 17 in the December 2006 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan McMillen's home in Belfast.
.. as the lead home in their December 2006 issue on pages 12 to 17.

Also in 2006, we produce this image for Ulster Carpets
Lotus Scroll carpet by Ulster Carpets in the guest bedroom of Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. to show how their Delta Scroll carpet would look in this room – as well as in various other rooms of Marie’s house too – which they then use to help market their Anatolia Range …
Ulster Carpet product catalog showing two different designs of Anatolia carpet in the sitting room and bedroom of Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. in their product catalog – as well as on their website, etc, over the past 8 years.

In 2007 we produced this image…
Bedroom make-over by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as part of a ‘make-over’ editorial feature which Real Homes magazine ran within their November 2008 issue…
Pages 136 to 139 in the November 2008 issue of Real Homes magazine featuring the bedroom in Claire & Paul McCann's (Marie & Alan McMillen) home in Lisburn (Belfast).
.. as well as this image…
Summer makeover of a bedroom by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was one of my personal favourites – for this similar type of feature, which appeared  in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine…
Pages 69 to 72 in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring a bedroom make-over by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on how to create a ‘Summertime’ look.

And at the end of 2007, we produced this one for a Christmas home feature…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which appeared in Country Homes & Interiors magazine…
Pages 32 to 38 in the January 2009 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Marie and Alan (Scott) McMillen's home in Belfast at Christmas.
.. in their January 2009 issue on pages 32 to 38.

So there you have it, the changes in both our styles over the years, as seen in this one room – which no doubt would look totally different again today, as this last image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. was taken over 6 years ago – and now, of course, Marie is totally into white and bright…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's new house in Belfast.
.. as opposed to ‘Yella’, as she would often call it – which was naturally partly due how I lit it back then too smile

Over 2000 years ago, Heraclitus of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, once said:

The only constant is change.

Boy was he right about that – from Marie & me at ampimage.com, who would appear to be constantly changing too smile

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June 22, 2014

Move your mouse…

.. over the original picture that was taken to see the final image created.

Finally finished updating the Before & After section on our Interior website here…
Chalon style kitchen by Hayburn Wood Products.
.. so as to not only let people see what was done, but also to show that there are more than 100 different ways to shoot any subject…
Chalon style kitchen by Hayburn Wood Products.
.. and that all images are not the same or even close to being the same sometimes – even if they were taken by the same photographer.

Which is something we often need to point out to clients when they ask us for a price to take some pictures?

Because there is a big difference between giving someone a price to turn-up to take some pictures…
Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.
.. and being asked to giving someone a price to produce some images…
Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.
.. that they would want to use.
As one could just involve turning-up and taking some snapshots of whatever happens to be there like I do when we recce a place…
L'Arco villa at the Pianciano hamlet near Spoleto in Italy.
.. whereas the other could involve hours of work…
L'Arco villa at the Pianciano hamlet near Spoleto in Italy.
.. and a team of people, etc – especially if they are wanting some images created that they will actually want to use in various media for years to come.

Which is why we would often ask about their usage requirements – and then take that information into account when quoting a fee for the use of our work after we have created it.

Because 9 times out of 10, even when it looks to be sitting perfect to the eye…
black gloss and walnut kitchen in Wendy Taylor's home in Comber by Robinson Interiors.
.. the sort of image that they will want to use…
black gloss and walnut kitchen in Wendy Taylor's home in Comber by Robinson Interiors.
.. may still need to be lit and styled, etc, etc – and so that is what this section on our website shows, i.e. I can take some pictures or we can create some images.

So enjoy this newly updated section by moving your mouse over the original picture taken to see the final image created – which includes many images that were produced a number of years ago in various countries, which the clients are still using to this very day to promote and advertise their business – as well as some of our most recent work.

March 9, 2014

Mix and Match

.. is the title of our latest published work, in the April 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 80 to 91 of the April 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Kathryn and Ben Callaghan's detached bungalow near Killyleagh in County Down.
.. pages 80 to 91 – featuring Kathryn and Ben Callaghan’s detached bungalow near Killyleagh in County Down.

“Kathryn and Ben have transformed a Killyleagh country style, architect designed home into the perfect setting for their classic contemporary look.”

Which we talked about here: Spring is in the air – at the time when we shot it.

Stunningly reproduced 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 in this feature and congratulations to Kathryn & Ben once again – as well as their daughter Elizabeth too – for making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

March 9, 2013

More effort than one might have thought.

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This week took us up to one of our favorite places – County Donegal.

Where we shot this great contemporary house…
Lin and Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. owned by the delightful Lin & Bobby Crossle, who made us both feel so welcome.

In theory, architectural contemporary homes should be easier to shoot than more traditional homes – due mainly to their white walls & larger windows. However, in true Irish fashion, the weather wasn’t on our side, so the lighting required much more effort than one might have thought…
The first picture taken in The kitchen in Lin and Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. but we got there in the end…
Lin Crossle in the kitchen of her contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. all be it slowly – as both Lin & Marie worked their magic…
The dining room in Lin and Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. in front of the camera throughout the day.

Both very passionate about their dogs, as you can see…
Bobby and Lin Crossle with their dogs on the staircase in their contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. so needless to say, capturing one of them ‘At Home’…
The living room in Lin and Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. was a must too.

Anyway, it was an amazing house – and Lin & Bobby looked after us so well, we’d just like to say a big Thank you – and we will keep you posted.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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

February 1, 2012

You love a challenge!

We were back down last week to create some new images for our long-standing client Doonbeg Golf Resort. It has been fascinating to see how they keep adding to their guest experience – and each time they bring something new to the table, needless to say, they want it captured for all to see.

Their latest offering is a very stylish beauty salon which is ideally located beside their luxury White Horse Spa.

With no natural light and lots of mirrors…
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.. Ray (Marketing manager) simply said: You love a challenge!

Anyway, as always, it was a pleasure to work with them…
Hair & Beauty Salon at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.
..on the various images…
Hair & Beauty Salon at Doonbeg Golf & Spa Resort.
.. so we wish them every success with this latest venture.

We have shot lots Irish style bars over the years – the key is to convey a sense of warmth and atmosphere – a cold empty looking bar is never going to make potential clients say “I want to be there”.

So when we were down last week, we also shot their bar and restaurant in the golf club, which they call Darby’s bar.

The black wooden ceiling look great to the eye…

.. however, it sure didn’t make my life easy from a lighting perspective…

.. so a serious number of lights had to be used for this one – which needless to say was a challenge…
Trump's Bar and Restaurant - formly known as Darby's bar - at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. as we pieced the image together…

.. while their guests looked on

Still, I think in the end we managed to capture the warmth of this very appealing bar…
Trump's Bar and Restaurant - formerly known as Darby's bar - at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in County Clare.
.. without disrupting too many people, which is always a factor when doing this type of shot !!

Anyway, big thanks to Ray and all the staff at Doonbeg here, who worked alongside us to create these wonderful & challenging images

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

August 21, 2011

It felt like a building site for ages.

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Is the title of our most recent published work in the September 2011 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 86 to 94 in the September 2011 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Tanya and Graham Leech's cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. on pages 86 to 94 – featuring Tanya and Graham Leech’s cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.

‘Turning two dilapidated cottages into one beautiful home was no mean feat for Tanya Leech from Cornwall, particularly as she added a few modern twists along the way’.

So Congratulations to Graham and Tanya here…
Tanya Leech in her cottage near Wadebridge in Cornwall.
.. and also a big thanks to James Ram, for his help throughout the day – which you can read about here, on our post about Camelot cottage.

Marie & me @ ampimage.com

July 8, 2011

Old House New Beginnings.

Is the title of our latest published work in the August 2011 issue of Period Ideas magazine…
Pages 30 to 36 in the August 2011 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Mairead Anderson's thatched cottage located near Portaferry in County Down.
.. on pages 30 to 36 – featuring Mairead Anderson’s thatched cottage located near Portaferry in County Down.

“At a crossroads in life, Mairead decided to head for the hills and an idyllic rural cottage with a lifestyle to match.”

Plus ‘Passport to Perfection’ is the other one in this issue…
Pages 38 to 45 in the August 2011 issue of Period Ideas magazine featuring Melissa Thompson and Rod Moore's first floor apartment in a Victorian house on the coast near Bangor Marina in Country Down.
.. on pages 38 to 45 – featuring Melissa Thompson and Rod Moore’s first floor apartment in a Victorian house on the coast near Bangor Marina in Country Down.

“Melissa Thompson transformed her home with influences from around the glode.”

So a big thank you to everyone involved – especially to Steve at Chilli Media, who once again made it 2 in a row.

Marie, Mandi and me @ ampimage.com

April 16, 2011

New life.

No sooner were we home and it was straight back on the boat again.
This time to shoot for an old client, Richmond – in and around the greater London area.

Richmond are a refurbishment company who specialise in injecting new life into disused and old buildings – turning old Cinemas, for example, into modern day Churches.

So it was great to see how they had transformed these places – like this one in Camberwell…
The auditorium at the House of Praise in Camberwell.
.. or this one in Wood Green…
The auditorium at the Dominion Centre, formerly known as Edmonton Temple, a multi-cultural church in the Wood Green area of London.
.. where shooting the entrance was actually the biggest challenge…
One of the pictures taken of the entrance to the Ruach Ministries Gaumont State Theatre in London.
.. as a lot of additional light was needed for this one…
One of the pictures taken of the entrance to the Ruach Ministries Gaumont State Theatre in London.
.. but we very pleased with the result in the end…
The entrance to the Ruach Ministries Gaumont State Theatre in London.
.. as was Richmond too.

The Gaumont State Theatre in Kilburn…
The auditorium at the Ruach Ministries Gaumont State Theatre in London.
.. with the it’s amazing Wurlitzer organ…
The Wurlitzer organ in the auditorium at the Ruach Ministries Gaumont State Theatre in London.
.. was also very impressive.

Then there were some smaller ones, like this one in Haringey…
Christ Apostolic Church (Kingswell) in London.
.. to this huge one in Barking:
The stage at Victorious Pentecostal Assembly in Barking.

From the pulpit at the front…
The pulpit at Victory House
.. to the toilets at the rear…
The toilets at the Dominion Centre
.. Richmond do it all.

So James and I had the pleasure this week, of recording this company’s amazing talent, of injecting new life into these old places around London – which was really great to see.

Copyright © 2011 Ashley Morrison, all rights reserved.

April 9, 2011

Into the light.

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 30 to 35 in the May 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan (Scott) McMillen's 1920's semi in the Cherryvalley area of Belfast.
.. on pages 30 to 35 – featuring Marie and Alan’s 1920’s semi in the Cherryvalley area of Belfast.

“Serial renovators Marie and Alan dusted away the decay to create a bright, airy home.”

Which we talked about shooting here: The French Connection.

The lead feature this month too – so a HUGE congratulations to Marie & Alan once again – because that’s some achievement in a magazine of this standard.

25 Beautiful Homes is one of the most successful magazines in the homes market. Its enduring popularity is thanks to the fact that it provides readers with 25 stunning homes to browse through in every issue. With page after page of wonderful photography and fascinating stories, the magazine is full of ideas that readers can transfer to their own homes, making it both an entertaining read and a useful sourcebook.

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