Ashley Morrison's Blog

July 2, 2014

Wow, Wow and triple Wow!

Seeing one’s work in print, even after nearly 30 years of seeing it printed, is still the thing I love most about what we do.

It’s like Wow! every time – and the bigger it’s printed or the better it’s printed, then the more Wow it often is – as we would often put a lot into each and every image, which I feel can only really be appreciated, when viewed up close a lot of the time.

So when I walked into the local SPAR supermarket yesterday and quickly looked that the magazine rack, I was totally over the moon – to not only see our work on the cover of the August 2014 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 72 to 83 of the August 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton's villa called 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.
.. but also to see it beautifully printed on pages 72 to 83 – featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton’s villa called ‘Jasmin’ near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.

The French Connection – Transforming a pretty but rather dated French villa, Janet and Ken from Northern Ireland have created their dream holiday home in a style that successfully blends old and new.

Which I talked about shooting here: Kicking off – back in 2010 – as this is were we stayed while shooting for Liz Gibney Interiors in the French Riviera near the village…
The French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. of Saint Paul-de-Vence.

Wow! smile

However, the Wow didn’t end there, as a home we shot in Italy back in 2006…
La Dolce Vita - Pages 58 to 71 of the August 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Tia and Bruce Weissman's Italian villa located near Amelia in Umbria.
.. lead on pages 58 to 71 – featuring Tia and Bruce Weissman’s Italian villa located near Amelia in Umbria.

La Dolce Vita – After a two year search, Bruce and Tia found their dream Italian home, a 300 year old villa complete with stunning gardens.

Which I talked about shooting here the other day: Living la Dolce Vita – while shooting a farmhouse for the BBC near the Italian town of Amelia, which sits on a hill…
The town of Amelia sitting on a hill in the south western corner of Umbria in Italy.
.. in the south western corner of Umbria.

So double Wow! smile smile

And Wow again when I saw this…
Mediterranean Charm - Pages 82 to 94 of the August 2014 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring John O'Callaghan's villa called 'Villa Thalia' at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.
.. on pages 82 to 94 – featuring John O’Callaghan’s villa called ‘Villa Thalia’ at Aphrodite Hills near Paphos in Cyprus.

Mediterranean Charm – After a number of holidays in Cyprus, John from Belfast wanted a little corner of the sunshine island to call his own and found it in a luxury holiday complex.

Which again I talked about shooting the other day here: The story behind the story – which we shot back in 2006 while shooting a few other villas at Aphrodite Hills, which is nestled in the hills…
The view from Tommy Payne's apartment at Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus.
.. above Paphos in Cyprus.

So that was like triple Wow! smile smile smile

Anyway, stunning repro 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 – and especially to Janet, Tia and John once again, for this time making it into this beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com – Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

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May 27, 2011

Déjà View…

.. is the title of our latest published work in the July 2011 issue of Period Living magazine…
Pages 74 to 82 in the July 2011 issue of Period Living magazine featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton's villa called 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.
.. on pages 74 to 80 – featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton’s villa called ‘Jasmin’ near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.

“When Janet and Ken Hamilton started looking for a French getaway to renovate they were delighted to find a villa they’d stayed in years before.”

And this lovely wee note from the magazine’s Features Editor…
Compliment slip
.. which really made my day smile

Plus we are also delighted to hear that the feature has already attracted a very nice enquiry – a reader who has just seen the villa in the magazine, wrote to say: “simply have to stay there”.
Having stayed there for the photoshoot, we can totally endorse the fact that it is stunning.
Janet & Ken did a superb job on it in every way – the ultimate “I want to be there” sort of place – overlooking the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.

So a big Merci to everyone involved – nous voulons être là aussi.

À la votre
Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

October 12, 2010

Jasmin

Woke up this morning to a beautiful day here in Saint Paul-de-Vence
The view from Janet's balcony.
.. and so we decided to make the most of the good weather and the amazing view…
The view from Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. from the balcony of Janet’s villa – which we were shooting today.

The storyline:

The setting is simply out of this world – you can clearly see the stunning medieval village of St Paul De Vence from the balcony – and the villa itself was built in traditional Provençal style. Every direction you turn, there are beautiful towns and places to see and visit – from sleepy little villages in the mountains to buzzy cosmopolitan towns on the coast – bliss!!

Janet and her husband Ken toyed with all sorts of ideas about furnishing and decorating their villa – which incidentally is called Jasmin Villa because Jasmin trails over the balcony – when you throw open the shutters, the scent fills the air and is something else !!

Anyway, it was then into the main bedroom, which Marie sorted out very quickly…
Setting up the bedroom shot in Janet's villa.
.. while I lit it up to complete the dream…
The main bedroom in Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. before finally heading down to courtyard area…
Setting up the courtyard shot at Janet's villa.
.. which Marie styled to perfection…
The courtyard at Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. as I put up netting to reduce the contrast, before we sat down to enjoy what we had just shot 🙂

So that was basically day 4 – which we would like to thank Coup de Foudre for the tablecloth and cushions – and Janet for giving us the opportunity to produce such lovely images – in what has got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

From Marie & me – in the French Riviera.
www.ampimage.com

October 11, 2010

Coup de Foudre

Saint Paul-de-Vence in the South of France.

We are currently working with Liz and Jim Gibney who provide a complete interior design and refurbishment service. Today’s shoot was in their very stylish shop/studio which is located in a beautiful historic building in the heart of the town.

As well as wanting great images for their new website and marketing campaign, Liz and Jim are keen to promote their business on an ongoing basis using the various forms of social networking. This certainly seems to be increasingly a major element of any current marketing campaign these days ……. the way of the future ?????

Great to work with such a pleasant and professional couple – good “craic” as well as hard work !!

When a few finishing tweaks were needed to enhance this image, Jim swung into action…
all hands on deck
.. to re-position a chandelier and fit curtain poles, etc, as photoshoots such as this…
The interior of 'Coup de Foudre' in the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
.. are often about ‘all hands to the deck’ !!

Anyway, a great day’s work – and very pleased with how it’s going…
The interior of 'Coup de Foudre' in the French Riviera village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
.. so looking forward to capturing more of their projects later in the week.

That was day 3 from Marie & me in Saint Paul-de-Vence.
www.ampimage.com

October 10, 2010

Heaven on earth.

Is how I would describe the area where we are currently shooting in, which looks towards the French Riviera hilltop village…
The view from Janet and Ken Hamilton's villa called 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. of Saint Paul-de-Vence.

Anyway, on day 2 we made a start at shooting Janet & Ken’s villa…
Janet Hamilton's villa 'Jasmin' near the French Riviera village of St Paul de Vence.
.. which they called Jasmin – because Jasmin trails over the balcony and so when you throw open the doors, the scent fills the air… and it really is wonderful 🙂

So started with the dining table area…
setting up the dining table shot.
.. which always a favorite shot of Marie’s…
The dining area in Janet's villa near Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. and then turned around to shoot the main living area…
Setting up the living room shot.
.. which was already pretty much lit – so all that was needed was a wee bit of styling…
Living room in Janet's villa near Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. which was basically the same when it came to some details shots…
Writing desk in Janet's villa near Saint Paul-de-Vence.
.. of this writing table area for example.

Lovely – so we shot the downstairs and then called it a day – before heading into Saint Paul-de-Vence, as it was time to eat some olives, French bread and drink that lovely wine… Oh la la style 🙂

From Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

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