Ashley Morrison's Blog

January 3, 2017

The Folks on the Hill.

Is the title of our latest published work in the February 2017 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 74 to 85 in the February 2017 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Rosemary and Harold Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. on pages 74 to 85, as well as on the cover too – featuring Rosemary and Harold Bothwell’s cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.

“Rosemary had always loved the old cottage which overlooked the Fermanagh Lakelands so when she had the chance to buy it not even the challenges of restoring a listed building could stop her.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Wanting to be there – in the rain.

So just want to say a big Congratulations to Rosemary here…
Rosemary Bothwell in the kitchen of her cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. for not only making it to the top of the hill, but also for making it onto the cover of this top selling Irish magazine too – from Marie, Mandi, me and the rest of the team here @ ampimage.com
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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.

November 29, 2015

Wanting to be there.

Short winter days here in Ireland, means either having to work much quicker than usual or having to put 2 days aside rather than one, to get the job done.

Well one of the the job in question this week was at Rosemary’s cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone – which we decided to go to the day before we had planned to shoot it, to see if we could at least make a start.
And I’m very glad we did, because due to the weather it was very dark, even in the middle of the day – but like they say, the show must go on.

Anyway, we decided to kick-off in the sitting room – so after we had moved a few things to where we thought they would work best for the camera, I took my usual first shot…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. to see how it looked – before adding some directional light…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. which just didn’t seem right – or should I say, feel right, as it’s that feeling of ‘wanting to be there’ that we often try to create or capture when doing this type of work.

So while I played around with the lighting, Marie played around with what was in front of the camera – as we both watched it getting darker and darker outside…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. even though it was still only about 3:30 in the afternoon.

Anyway, leaving the shutter open for about 16 seconds after a blast of light – and this was the result…
The sitting room of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. which we were both very happy with in the end – as it now looked like something you’d see in a magazine – which was obviously our goal here smile

Anyway, that was it for the day – but at least we had made a start – which was good – and so it was time for a beer in front of the fire, as there was “No work in me” as Marie would often say smile

Next morning we were up bright & early of course; however, it wasn’t until after 8 before there are any real sign of some light – and so it wasn’t until about 9:30 before we really managed to make a start on the kitchen area…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. by which time help had arrived – as Claudio jointed us…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. and so we started to move more quickly as a result.

Anyway, 20 minutes later and it was time for Rosemary to smile for the camera
Rosemary Bothwell in the kitchen of her cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. as the rain poured down outside – on what can only described as a very missable winter’s day here in Ireland.

Still, “the show must go on” as they say – and so with Claudio helping on the lighting, it wasn’t long before we were heading upstair to shoot the bedrooms – which once again were rather dark on a day like this…
One of the first pictures taken in the guest bedroom at Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. until Claudio lit them up…
Guest bedroom in Rosemary Bothwell's cottage near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.
.. and Marie had styled to ‘within a inch of her life’ of course – which she has normally done long before I arrive.

Anyway, that was basically it – and the good news is, that it was all well worth it too, as we got a “yes please” the following day from the Editor of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine, who said they would love to run with it in one of their Spring issues next year smile

So a big thanks to Rosemary for inviting us in – and to my team, thank you for all your hard work too – as I know I simply couldn’t do any of this without you guys.

Cheers from me in sunny Ireland, where it only rains about 225 days a year Irish smile

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