Ashley Morrison's Blog

February 29, 2016

High Fives all around.

As we are all delighted to see 5 of our features in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine this month smile smile smile smile smile

“Special Blend” is the title of the first one…
Pages 50 to 53 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Lin & Bobby Crossle's contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.
.. on pages 50 to 53 – which features Lin & Bobby Crossle’s contemporary home near Ramelton in County Donegal.

“Lin and Bobby Crossle weren’t afraid to inject some traditional style into their ultra-modern home.”

Which I talked about shooting here: More effort than one might have thought – some time ago – so it was really great to see this one finally in print smile

“Room for all” is the title of the second one…
Pages 68 to 71 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Siobhan and Barrie McQuillan's semi detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 68 to 71 – which features Siobhan & Barrie McQuillan’s semi detached house in Belfast.

“Siobhan and Barrie McQuillan took an existing design and made it their own, creating a contemporary home featuring plenty of family-friendly spaces.”

Which Claudio helped us with…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Siobhan and Barrie McQuillan's semi detached house in Belfast.
.. at the end of last year – so great to see that too smile

“Time for a change” is the title of the third one…
Pages 121 to 124 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Rosemary and Harold Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. on pages 121 to 124 – which features Rosemary & Harold Bothwell’s cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.

“For Rosemary and Harold Bothwell the restoration of their period cottage was clearly overdue, but it had its challenges.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Wanting to be there – last November in the rain smile

“Trick of the eye” is the title of the fourth one…
Pages 126 to 128 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Janet Shearer's converted barn near Bodmin in Cornwall.
.. on pages 126 to 128 – which features Janet Shearer’s converted barn near Bodmin in Cornwall.

“Artist Janet Shearer downsized from a farmhouse to a converted barn next door and used trompe l’oeil to make the most of the compact space.”

Which I talked about shooting here: The Art of Trompe L’Oeil – with her son James back in 2011, who helped us this one as well as a few others that week – so this one I was very pleased to finally see in print smile

And finally, “Smart Move” is the title of the fifth one…
Pages 130 to 132 in the April 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Jill & David Crawford's thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.
.. on pages 130 to 132 – which features Jill & David Crawford’s thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.

“Jill and David Crawford let their hearts rule their heads when they left the city behind and bought a picture-perfect country cottage.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Working hard or hardly working ! – back in August of last year – which they snapped up right away, as it was picture-perfect like they said smile

So just want to say a big Congratulations to everyone here, for making it into this top selling National magazine – because it’s High Fives all around from Marie, Mandi, me and the rest of the team here @ ampimage.com – as we are all smile smile smile smile smile at this result.

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August 6, 2015

Working hard or hardly working !

Near the seaside town of Portaferry in County Down, is where you will find this thatched cottage…
Jill and David Crawford's thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.
.. which belongs to Jill & David Crawford.

“Picture perfect” as they would say – but nevertheless Marie here…
Marie in the sitting room of Jill and David Crawford's thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.
.. still had to work on the finishing touches, as there is often a difference between something looking good to the eye and looking good for the camera.

So while I worked on the lighting, Marie kept a close eye on what was in front of the camera…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Jill and David Crawford's thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.
.. and between us, this was the result…
The sitting room in Jill and David Crawford's thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.
.. which when done well, we believe shouldn’t look as if we did anything at all.

Which in itself, can sometimes causes problems, especially when it comes to quoting – because people often feel that I should be able to produce lots of images like this in a day – whereas if the truth be told, each shot sometimes takes hours to produce and then there is the pre-planing part too, especially at Marie’s end – as things like flowers, throws, and cushions, etc, just don’t happen to appear out of thin air on the day wink

Anyway, I guess that is why I often like to show our ‘starting point’ or the first image captured – like here…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Jill and David Crawford's thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.
.. because then that kind-off lets people see what all was done – which in this case, was probably a lot more than anyone would think – but anyway, here is the final result…
 the kitchen in Jill and David Crawford's thatched cottage near the town of Portaferry in County Down.
.. which is all ‘The World’ will see when it’s featured in the various magazines over the next few years.

As that’s our goal: to produce a set of images that either someone will want to use a lot or that a lot of people will want to use or even both if we can manage it – because the more our work is used, the more we will earn – or at least that’s the theory  Smile​

Anyway, delighted with this one so ​big thanks to Jill & David for inviting us in and we will keep you posted on when it will appear next year.

From Marie, Mandi & me – who actually do work very​ hard, to make it look like we didn’t do any work at all wink

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