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December 19, 2013

Pianciano Holiday Rentals

Received a request this week from an old client in Italy, who emailed me to say:

A new agency, Holiday Rentals, wants to see your authorization before publishing your photos.

Which I found very interesting – but was actually very pleased to read – as all to often these days, people don’t ask or double check this sort of thing, before going ahead and publishing images, especially on the internet or Worldwide web.

Anyway, this document…
Licence to use
.. is what Claudia was asking for – which I talked about here: Licence to use – and why I highly recommend all photographers use it, to avoid misunderstandings down the road.

So I was very pleased to hear that this Holiday Rentals company was asking for such a thing, rather than just assuming that the person who owned the property, had actually obtained the Rights to use the images from the photographer first.

Anyway, besides this, it was also lovely to have another look at those images again and remember those amazing roads trips across Europe and how we stumbled across this place which Claudia & Francesco call Pianciano – which is a stunning haven in the heart of Umbria.
Comprising of a number villas and this beautiful swimming pool…
swimming pool
.. and relaxation area…
relaxation area
.. on the side of a mountain.

La Roccia villa was the first one we shot, when we first met Francesco 8 years ago, as seen here…
Francesco Bachetoni outside La Roccia villa
.. sitting outside enjoying the view.
This was one of the smallest of the villas, but nevertheless, we just loved what they had done inside…
The living room in La Roccia villa.
.. which included a lovely country kitchen…
The kitchen in La Roccia villa.
.. and three very nice rustic bedrooms like this…
Main bedroom in La Roccia villa.
.. all of which we captured before heading north to shoot 3 other properties, before returning a few days later to shoot L’Arco…
L'Arco villa in the Pianciano hamlet near Spoleto.
.. which was amazing…
The living room in L'Arco villa.
.. from every angle…
The living room in L'Arco villa.
.. as it appeared to be built out of the side of the mountain, so the doorways…
leading into the dining room in L'Arco villa.
.. and rooms themselves, like this dining room…
The dining room in L'Arco villa.
.. just blew us away.

And the view…
The view from L'Arco villa.
.. well needless to say, we both just loved this place.

So when they asked us back a few years later – to shoot IL Cipresso…
IL Cipresso villa in the Pianciano hamlet.
.. with it’s beautiful courtyard area…
Courtyard area at IL Cipresso villa.
.. country kitchen…
The kitchen area in IL Cipresso villa.
.. and bedrooms like this…
Master bedroom in IL Cipresso villa.
.. and this…
Bedroom in IL Cipresso villa.
.. we jumped at it.

And of course, while we were there with all the gear, we shoot their own personal villa…
Claudia & Francesco Bachetoni's villa near Spoleto in Italy.
.. which later appeared in the July issue of Period Living magazine…
Pages 82 to 86 of the July 2010 issue of Period Living magazine.
.. on pages 82 to 86.

Oh, I want to be there right now…
Pianciano
.. but in the meantime, I’d just like to thank the Holiday Rentals company for not assuming here – and of course thank Claudia for this wee trip down memory lane – which I thought I’d share with you all, as this all happened before I started Blogging – which is a bit of a same, as those road trips across Europe to shoot places like this where truly amazing.

Anyway – here is Pianciano should you fancy something a wee bit different – which I can highly recommend, as I truly loved everything about this place.

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ashleymorrison.com

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April 7, 2011

The roof rack trip…

.. which is what I think I will remember this one most for.

This was the first really long trip in the old Land Rover – and it sure was a trip to remember – as we covered a lot of miles over the last 10 days.
Other than the rear suspension acting up a few times on the first day, it was wonderful.
Left with a box on top and came home with a roof rack too – after placing a bid on eBay a few days beforehand, which I never thought I’d win.
Land Rover Discovery II

So we picked that up on the route; however, it took me a few days to figure out how to get both home, as the box was slightly longer than the rack – plus I still needed the bars, to hold the box in place. But as you can see it all worked out great in the end – so I now have a full width rack, should I need to throw more gear up top – and the big box too, which usually contains a full backup lighting system, as well as other bits & bobs, which we occasionally need when shooting on location.

Anyway, what a great trip – and I can’t wait now for the next one.

October 18, 2010

La Petite Maison.

Shooting today at Pierre Emmanuel & Amy de Leusse’s stone-built​ 18th-century cottage called La Petite Maison
Pierre Emmanuel and Amy de Leusse's Villa La Petite Maison which is nestled in the heart of the Gers countryside on the edge of the charming village Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.
.. which is nestled in the heart of the Gers countryside, on the edge of the charming village Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.

The storyline:

Amy (20’s) is English (from London) but moved to Paris a few years ago where she works as an Art PR.
She and Pierre Emanuelle, who is French, only got married last week !!

Amy knew about the little house before it came on the market – it was a huge financial step for her to buy it !!
She had to present a business plan to the Bank to secure the mortgage – but she loved the little place so much she was determined to make it her own.

Anyway, the weather has changed so a lot more lighting was required…
Setting up the living room
.. to create that ‘sunny’ look…
The living room in Pierre Emmanuel and Amy de Leusse's Villa La Petite Maison which is nestled in the heart of the Gers countryside on the edge of the charming village Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.
.. that one would expect to see…
Setting up the bedroom
.. both inside…
The guest bedroom in Pierre Emmanuel and Amy de Leusse's villa called 'La Petite Maison' which is nestled in the heart of the Gers countryside on the edge of the charming village Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.
.. and out…
Amy de Leusse and Pierre Emmanuel outside their villa La Petite Maison which is nestled in the heart of the Gers countryside on the edge of the charming village Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit near Condom.
.. as this is France we are talking about here – not Ireland 🙂

So we both had to work surprisingly hard on this one, even though it was, in theory, sitting up perfect.
Still, very pleased with the end results – which is all that anyone will really ever see or even remember – and so fingers crossed for a good result on the editorial front – and hopefully we will all see it in print next year.

Anyway, that was day 10 for Marie & me, on this amazing road trip.
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October 15, 2010

Spot the difference.

On Day 7 – our last day’s shooting in the South of France – we shot another project for Liz Gibney…
Setting up the shot
.. this time, a very elegant and stylish villa near the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence…
The living room in Liz and Jim Gibney's villa near the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
.. which they had worked on.

It was for the most part, sitting up perfect…
The master bedroom before it was lit
.. so really just needed to be lit…
The master bedroom in Liz and Jim Gibney's villa near the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
.. after Marie & Liz had tweaked a few things to suit the camera.

So it was like ‘spot the difference’ on day 7 – and then on day 8 we packed-up and heading North, to the beautiful rural Armagnac region of France.

Which means more to follow – so watch this space !!

From Marie & me on our road trip across France.
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September 15, 2010

The Italian Job

Five homes in Italy – from our trip across Europe in 2006.

1. Tia and Bruce Weissman’s Italian villa called ‘Casa Lara’ which is located near the town of Amelia in Umbria.
Tia Weissman outside her Italian villa called 'Casa Lara' which is located near the town of Amelia in Umbria.

2. Dizzi Alfons’ 18th-century former farmhouse near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region.
Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.

3. David Law’s converted mill in the Marches region.
David Law's converted mill in the Marches region of Italy

4. Helen and Peter Hannick’s 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.

5. Claudia and Francesco Bachetoni’s villa called L’Arco in the Pianciano hamlet near Spoleto.
Claudia and Francesco Bachetoni's villa called L'Arco in the Pianciano hamlet near Spoleto in Italy.

Enjoy:

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