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September 3, 2016

A huge project didn’t faze me.

Is the title of our latest published work in the October 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 16 to 26 in the October 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Jillian Espey's former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. on pages 16 to 26 – which features Jillian Espey’s former Fisherman’s Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.

“Jillian, 36, saw beyond her old property’s disrepair and transformed it into a stylish seaside cottage.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Everyone sees things differently and sees different things – at the start of this year.

So just want to say a Congratulations to Jillian here…
Jillian Espey at the dining table in the kitchen of her former Fisherman's Cottage in the County Down village of Groomsport.
.. for making it into this national magazine which is full of stylish homes and ideas – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

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July 9, 2016

Freestanding units keep it casual.

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Is the title of our latest published work in the August 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 100 to 103 in the August 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring the kitchen in Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 100 to 103 – which features the kitchen in Jillian and Jim Donaldson’s 1950’s detached house in Belfast.

“Stylist at Home Jillian, 46, extended her kitchen and gave it a laid-back country look with standalone cabinets and painted furnishings.”

Which I talked about shooting here: To tell a story – in March of this year.

So just want to say a big Congratulations to both Jim and Jillian here…
Jillian Donaldson in the kitchen of her 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. for making it into this national magazine – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

March 5, 2016

To tell a story.

Filed under: Photography,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 10:36 am
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Because that is basically what we do, i.e. We try to create some images to tell a story, which we are hoping that others will want to read – and of course want to read badly enough, that they would be willing to pay us some money for the Rights to use our work – because this is what we do for a living.

So I’m basically a writer who uses light and a camera to tell a bunch of stories – and Marie checks my spelling and grammar smile

Anyway, the story line in this case was: A friend of Marie’s called Jillian and her husband Jim, recently purchased a beautiful 50’s detached house in their ideal location in Belfast; however, they found that the kitchen was to small and they really wanted a multi functional family space instead – so after lots of hard work to make their dream come true, while trying to stay within their budget, Jillian invited us along to photograph the final result.

Could have picked a better day to shoot it, was my thinking when the first images appeared on screen…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. as it was ‘black as a boot’ outside, due to the fact that it was raining – but then this is Ireland, so nothing new about that smile

Anyway, with the camera in position, Marie set about doing her thing…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. while I tried to figure out how I was going to light this – because it just didn’t seem to look as good on screen here, as it did to the eye.

Of course it didn’t help that I had forgot to bring my lighting stands with me – which was a first, as I had never don’t that before in all the years I have been doing this cry

Anyway, after a 2 hour drive back to the studio to get the stands, I was then good to go…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. and about 30 minutes after that, it was time for Jillian to strike the pose – which as you can see she did to perfection…
Jillian Donaldson in the kitchen of her 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. after we had made a few small changes to suit the camera.

So after a very slow start, which was all my fault, we then rattled of a number of other images to show the rest of this room, as well as details like this…
Shelves in the kitchen of Jillian and Jim Donaldson's 1950's detached house in Belfast.
.. to show the attention to detail – to complete the story.

A story, which I’m delighted to say, you will be able to see and read more about in the August issue of Style at Home magazine later on this year.

Which just leave me to say a big thanks to Jillian and her husband Jim for inviting us in to tell their story – as that’s what we do smile

From Mare & me, the story tellers, @ ampimage.com

February 11, 2016

Our home is now Bright & Airy.

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Is the title of our most recent published work in the March 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 28 to 33 in the March 2016 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Michelle and Johnny Blair's 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. on pages 28 to 33 – featuring Michelle and Johnny Blair’s 1940’s semi house in the south of Belfast.

‘Stylist at Home Michelle, 30, was happy to roll up her sleeves to create a timeless home on a strict budget’.

So a good call to both Marie and Stuart here…
Stuart feeding the guinea pig in the dining room area of Michelle and Jonny Blair's 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. as I see they actually ran with this image…
Michelle Blair in the dining area of her 1940's semi house in the south of Belfast.
.. of Michelle without her guinea pig instead – which was one of the many things we debated when we shot his house back in July of last year smile

Anyway, that makes it a nice bright & airy 4 this month – so would just like to say congratulations to both Michelle and Jonny here – and also a big thanks everyone else who was involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi, Stuart & me @ ampimage.com.

October 23, 2015

The kitchen is now the heart of our home.

Is the title of our most recent published work in the November 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 90 to 92 in the November 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring the kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson's period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. on pages 90 to 92 – featuring the kitchen in Nicola and Ray Anderson’s period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.

‘Stylist at Home Nicola, 44, put together a contemporary open-plan kitchen with a vintage twist to match her 1920s home’.

Which we talked about shooting here: Free-standing.

So congratulations to Ray and Nicola here…
Nicola Anderson in the kitchen of her period house in the County Down town of Donaghadee.
.. your kitchen is now in the heart of many Style at Home readers too smile

From Marie, Mandi & me.

January 7, 2015

I reclaimed the space.

Is the title of our most recent published work in the February 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 74 to 76 in the February 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. on pages 74 to 76 – featuring Donna Wilson’s guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.

‘A disused den is now a guest room and snug for Stylist at Home Donna, 50, from Belfast’.

Which we talked about shooting here: Back in action.

And even our Stuart, who often assistants us on various shoots, also got a wee plug…

‘My brother Stuart McNamara is an artist and I love these circus-theme pictures’.

.. in the captain beside this image…
Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim
.. which was also great to see – as I do love his style as well.

Anyway, another great start to the New Year – and so would just like to say congratulations to Donna here…
Donna Wilson in the guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. once again and a big thanks everyone else who was involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com – wishing you all, a very Happy & Prosperous New Year.

January 10, 2014

It has plenty of character.

Is the title of our latest published work in the February 2014 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 74 to 76 in the February 2014 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring the office in Jillian Donaldson's 1950's detached house near Holywood in County Down.
.. on pages 74 to 76 – featuring the office in Jillian Donaldson’s 1950’s detached house near Holywood in County Down.

Stylist at Home Jillian, 43, from County Down, has created a stylish home office that’s also perfect for a spot of rest and relaxation.

Shot a few months ago…
Jillian Donaldson in the office of her 1950's detached house near Holywood in County Down.
.. which included some quirky pieces, such as this vintage mannequin…
Vintage mannequin in Jillian's home office.
.. and this sign…
Sign in Jillian's home office.
.. which reads:

Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, other make it happen.

Well it looks like we made it happen smile
So way to to Jillian and thanks once again for giving us this opportunity to show the world you have plenty of character.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.

June 6, 2013

My parents’ help was invaluable.

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Is the title of our recently published work June 2013 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 86 to 96 in the June 2013 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Natalie Abusow's first floor apartment near Lisburn in County Down.
.. on pages 86 to 96 – featuring Natalie Abusow’s first floor apartment near Lisburn in County Down.

‘After saving hard and, with the support from her parents, moving into her apartment – now a chic and stylish home – was a dream for Stylist at Home Natalie, 27, from County Down’.

So a big thanks & congratulations to Natalie here…
Natalie Abusow in her first floor apartment outside Lisburn in County Down. 
.. it took us a while to get this result; however, we got there in the end – and clearly so did you.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

March 16, 2013

Laundry is no longer a chore.

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Is the title of our most recent published work in the April 2013 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 48 to 51 in the April 2013 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring an old coal store transformed into a pretty practical utility room by Marie McMillen.
.. on pages 48 to 51 – featuring an old coal store transformed into a pretty practical utility room by Marie McMillen.

‘Moving to a new home gave Stylist at Home Marie , 56, from County Down, the chance to transform an old coal store into a pretty yet practical utility room’.

No way… fifty six !!
I thought you were only 21 Marie, same as me smile.

Style at Home Magazine iPad Edition.

Anyway, way to go you – it looks great…
The Laundry room in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's home near Belfast.
.. so I drop my laundry around tomorrow, since it’s no longer a chore anymore.

me smile.

October 30, 2012

It may be cream, but never plain!

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 10:55 am
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Is the title of our most recent published work in in the November 2012 issue of Style at Home magazine …
Pages 80 to 90 in the November 2012 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Ciara Nelson's three storey semi-detached villa in Belfast.
.. on pages 80 to 90 – featuring Ciara Nelson’s three storey semi-detached villa in Belfast.

‘After relocating for her job, Stylist at Home Ciara, 39, from County Down, chanced upon her dream house – a recently revamped period property that she couldn’t wait to put her stamp on’.

Which we talked about here: It’s all in the detail – at the time when we shot it.

So a big thanks & congratulations to Ciara here…
Ciara Nelson in the sitting room of her three storey semi-detached villa in Belfast.
.. from Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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