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February 28, 2016

“WOW, I take my hat off to you Ashley! Just wonderful”

Was the lovely reply from Amanda, after I sent her the web link to let her see the final results, as we had been shooting her Victorian townhouse a few days before.

Amanda loves renovating old period properties – so this was actually the fourth renovation of her’s that we were shooting here, as we find the Editors of the various magazines that we would submit to, just love what she does.

So an easy one for Marie, as it was pretty much sitting up camera ready, which therefore gave her plenty of time to take some pictures of Stuart here…
Stuart & me.
.. and me at work.

Where we produced a load of images like this…
The kitchen in Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian townhouse in Belfast.
.. of the overall kitchen – before swapping over the camera system…
Stuart & me.
.. to zoom in on detail areas like this…
Clocks in the kitchen of Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. of the clocks on the wall.

Marie refer to Amanda’s style as being “shabby chic feminine decor” – so after a nice cup of tea with little finger in the air…
Me drinking Tea.
.. it was time to shoot the dog house…
Dog house in the kitchen of Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. and then into the sitting room…
Stuart & Amanda.
.. which when light, was where I shot Amanda with her two boys, Bailie and Oliver…
Amanda with her two sons Bailie & Oliver in the sitting room of their renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. before shooting lots of details areas like this…
Picture in the sitting room of Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. which was like a work of art within a work of art smile

There was so much to shoot here – so we called it a day early and then came back the following morning, to shot the up-stair areas – which again Amanda worked very hard on…
Amanda.
.. while I stood around…
Me.
.. and Marie took some pictures of…
Me.
.. of me with my two arms folded – “There is no work in me” Marie wink

Anyway, this was one of the many results…
The bathroom in Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian townhouse in Belfast.
.. which Amanda here…
Amanda at work
.. should be rightly proud of – as even this landing area…
The Landing area in Amanda and Keith's renovated Victorian townhouse​ in Belfast.
.. looked Picture Perfect to me.

So a big thanks to you Amanda, because “WOW, I take my hat off to you” – as this was just wonderful to shoot too smile

From Marie, Stuart & me, who had little to do, so this is just to say: “Thank you”.

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February 19, 2014

Industrial Chic & Shabby Chic.

Shooting a Victorian terrace in Belfast this week, which belongs to Kelly Ann and Dominic – along with their two young children Evie, aged 2, and Rory, who is only 7 months old.

The Storyline:

The major work had been done when the couple bought the home but they have spent the last couple of years putting their own stamp on it – Dominic loves a little bit of Industrial Chic – whereas Kelly Ann loves a little bit of Shabby Chic – so they have had fun finding a balance between the two !!

The weather at this time of year isn’t ideal, so even in a house like this, that has made full use of the natural daylight…
First picture taken in the living room of Kelly Ann and Dominic Preston's Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.
.. on a grey old rainy day, it still needed a lot to light it.

So we started in the main downstairs living area – which was at the back of the house – and that’s where we took the shot of Kelly Ann…
Kelly Ann Preston in the living room of her Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.
.. before her daughter Evie stood-in to copy her mother’s pose…
Evie Preston in the living room of her parent's Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.
.. and then informed her father it was his turn – which made us all laugh Smile

As Marie later commented when I sent her this image:

That’s the most adorable and bright wee one we’ve ever met I reckon – sure she even had you playing on her xylophone – the “big scary man” was no bother to her 🙂

Anyway, we slowly worked our way through to the front of the house, which is where the kitchen was…
The kitchen in Kelly Ann & Dominic Preston's Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.
.. which was a bit unusual – as that is where one would normally expect the living room to be – but as you can see that worked very well…
The kitchen in Kelly Ann and Dominic Preston's Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.
.. and in fact, made a lot of sense.

Lots of stairs up to the bedrooms – but with high ceiling and double windows…
Master bedroom in Kelly Ann & Dominic Preston's Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.
.. they were very easy to light…
Master bedroom in Kelly Ann & Dominic Preston's Victorian mid terrace townhouse in Belfast.
.. and so we rattled thought this one in record time, after a bit of a slow start.

Shattered – but very pleased with this one – as we both felt Kelly Ann & Dominic had got the balance just right here, between Industrial Chic & Shabby Chic.

So just want to say big thanks to both of them for making us feel so welcome – and to Evie as well, for letting me play with her xylophone Smile

From Marie & Me @ ampimage.com in Belfast this week.

November 29, 2011

Shabby Chic Christmas

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As we near the end of November, we finished our second Christmas home shoot for the 2012 publications – well ahead of schedule.

The nice thing about the current trend for Christmas styling is that basically anything goes – be it cozy traditional, ultra-modern or as in this case…
Christmas at Amanda and Keith McGuile's Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down.
.. shabby chic in pastel colours.
A huge amount of work always goes into getting a home ready for any magazine shoot; however, Christmas shoots always require that wee bit more… or in some cases, a lot more, especially if it’s being specifically set-up for just that one day.

So hats off to Amanda & Keith for all their hard work here – because they sure did a superb job. And even throughout the day, it was all hands-on board…
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.. which was great – because as they say: many hands make light work – and with the days being short, it was much appreciated. However, I think their little boy, Bailie, enjoyed the day the most – as it was like ‘Christmas had come early’ for him.
So he helped his mum decorate the tree…
Amanda McGuile with her son Bailey in their Victorian terrace which overlooks Bangor Marina in County Down at Christmas time.
.. and even helped Marie with the props…
eating the props
.. by eating a few of them 🙂

Seriously though, it was a lovely shoot – so would just like to say a big thanks – we will keep you posted – and in the meantime, a very Merry Christmas from Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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