Ashley Morrison's Blog

January 1, 2015

Everything’s Rosy.

Is the title of our latest published work to kick off this New Year, in the February 2015 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 66 to 79 in the February 2015 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton's traditional Irish cottage in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. pages 66 to 79, plus on the cover too – featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton’s traditional Irish cottage in the County Down village of Greyabbey.

“Ken and Janet loved their holiday home in Greyabbey, County Down, so much that they decided to move there permanently.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Something old, something new.

Anyway, making the cover is great way to start the New Year, so over the moon at having achieved this too – and so would just like to say congratulations to Ken and Janet here…
Janet Hamilton in the living room of her traditional Irish cottage in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. once again, for this time making it onto the cover of this absolutely beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine – and a big thank you everyone else involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com – wishing you all, a vey Happy & Prosperous New Year smile

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September 15, 2013

Something old, something new.

One of the reasons we enjoy shooting homes is the fact that we get to meet great people – and also to work on a wide variety of homes.

This week we shot a stunning Irish cottage…
Janet and Ken Hamilton's traditional Irish cottage called 'Rose Cottage' in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. where the owners Janet and Ken initially bought the cottage as a holiday home – but loved it so much, they decided to move in permanently. They did some fairly major work to the cottage – the big things were removing the kitchen ceiling and taking it up to the rafters along with a new bathroom and creating an ensuite. Style-wise Janet went for an eclectic mix of vintage, original artwork, and a few more modern things.

Marie is the interior expert and she assures me, that that can be a tricky “look” to pull off – but that Janet did it to perfection:

She has done a superb job mixing wonderful old vintage items, with original artwork alongside a few modern touches.

So Marie & I had little to do here…
setting-up in the Living room
.. besides, re-arrange a few small things and then ask Janet to smile…
Janet Hamilton in the living room of her traditional Irish cottage in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. at the camera.

And it was the same throughout…
setting up in the kitchen
.. as they had also managed to create an almost naturally lit interior too.
So on my side, it was pretty much a case of pointing & shooting
The kitchen in Janet and Ken Hamilton's traditional Irish cottage called 'Rose Cottage' in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. with usually no more than one light being needed to add some sparkle.

Which was something new in something so old for me, as cottages like this can often be quite dark and therefore hard to light.

Anyway, just like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Janet and Ken for inviting us in – and we will keep you both posted in regards to which magazines it will be appearing in, over the years to come.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

November 25, 2010

The northern tip.

Just back from shooting a fabulous little Irish cottage…
Sarah and Geoff Mitchell's cottage called Paddy Mors near Fanad Head in County Donegal.
.. owed by Sarah & Geoff Mitchell, near Fanad Head at the northern tip of Donegal – famous for its stunning scenery and magnificent lighthouse.

So needless to say, we couldn’t go all that way and not photograph the lighthouse…
Fanad Head lighthouse in County Donegal.
.. despite freezing weather and high winds…
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.. and also take some shots of Sarah and her little twin boys, Rupert and Archie, too…
Sarah Mitchell walking with her twins near Fanad Head in County Donegal.
.. walking along the winding lighthouse road – before enjoying a pint of Guinness in front of a roaring fire in the local pub to warm us up 🙂

Anyway, the storyline:

Geoff is a builder and Sarah previously worked in the media but is now a full-time Mum.

Both Sarah and Geoff spent many childhood holidays in Northern Donegal and always dreamt of one day buying a holiday home there.
After several years of looking, they finally found this little place.
It is located in Fanad Head which is virtually the most Northernly tip of Ireland and consists of a stunning lighthouse, approx 8 traditional houses and a pub !! The cottage was very dilapidated and run down but the couple have completely re-furbished it.

So started in the living room…
Setting up the living room shot Sarah and Geoff Mitchell's cottage.
.. which Marie quickly styled while I lit it up…
Living room in Sarah and Geoff Mitchell's cottage.
.. before going into the kitchen, which clearly required a few Red Bulls…
Setting up the kitchen shot Sarah and Geoff Mitchell's cottage.
.. and some major tiding too …
The kitchen in Sarah and Geoff Mitchell's cottage.
.. as we had been using this room as our base – before heading up to the bedrooms…
Setting up the bedroom shot Sarah and Geoff Mitchell's cottage.
.. which I just loved…
Master bedroom in Sarah and Geoff Mitchell's cottage.
.. everything about.

Anyway, just like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Sarah & Geoff, who own Paddy Mors cottage here, for making us feel so welcome.

They sure have done a fantastic job – as it’s the perfect hideaway to enjoy a complete break & just relax.
So we hope the Editors will like it too – and look forward to seeing the full set images in print real soon.

From Marie & me in beautiful county of Donegal.
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