Ashley Morrison's Blog

May 25, 2017

Wanting to be close.

This was an interesting one and a first for me…
The Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. as they were wanting an image to show that they offered a Pull-Out Sofa too, in their Liffey Deluxe Rooms.

So having seen what the camera would record, if I where to shoot the room with a wide angle lens – it was agreed that a tighter shot may look more appealing.
And so this was our suggestion:

“Mum with her daughter – possibly about 3 or 4 years of age – reading a story in bed.
Lots of Teddies including a K Club one !!
Dressing robes for both.
Flowers for table.”

Having got a ‘yes’ to that idea – that meant it was now time to take a picture…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. to see if we could create the type of image that they would actually want to use.

Which started out looking like so…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. before the pillows were straighten…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and the curtains were fixed by Ivan here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. who’s talent for climbing and fixing things, I know far exceed something as simple as this – as he recently showed us all some pictures of him on top of some of the highest mountains in the world, which totally blew me away.

And so while Dianne sat in for a quick test shot…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. Ivan was climbing out the window…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. setting up this…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which then created this…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which both he and Claudio here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. were clearly very pleased about smile

And rightly so – because there is no way I could have done that, especially if I’d been on my own – nor would I have even tried too.

So a big thanks to both the guys for the beautiful light here…
One of the first pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. which one may get naturally in the early morning, as the sun rises on this side of the building.

Anyway, with that now done, it was time work on what we should ask our ‘Mother & daughter’ to do.

Claudio made a suggestion – which is what we were looking at here…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. just as Oral walked in with our ‘Mother & daughter’.

So I’m sure you can imagine the look on their faces, when I zoom in on this…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. and then tried to explain our thinking here smile

Anyway, once everyone stopped rolling around the floor – it was time for the Stars of the show to take-up their positions…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. as everyone watched…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the K Club in County Kildare
.. the two of them having fun talking to the bears…
One of the last pictures taken in the Liffey Deluxe bedroom to show the Pull-Out Sofa at the K Club in County Kildare.
.. who spoke back – due Dianne having hidden one of the walkie-talkies under the quilt wink

Team work at it best – much of which I know goes unnoticed – which is part of the reason behind me writing these blogs, because I don’t want to forget all these wonderful moments that lead up to us creating an image like this…
The Pull-Out Sofa in the Liffey Deluxe Bedroom at the K Club in County Kildare
.. which you can now see on their website…
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. as The K Club offers a range of family friendly accommodation including Interconnecting Family Rooms” – which was the next shot we did…
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. “Luxury Pull-Out Sofa beds”, as seen above – “and Two-Bedroom Suites”
Screen shot showing Family Accommodation on The K Club's website.
.. which I talked about us shooting here: The Presidential suite.

So an interesting one that’s for sure – which just leaves me to say a big thanks to everyone involved here – and especially to Ivan for all that he did, who I believe is still in therapy, as he never knew he had another big son smilesmilesmile

March 15, 2016

Like something you would see in a magazine.

About a month ago Marie visited a friend of Jillian’s, whose kitchen we where about shoot – which I talked about us shooting here: To tell a story – and she sent me an email to say:

“Welllll – I had a lovely morning meeting Emma – Jillian’s friend.
She is really good fun and totally up for a feature.
Couldn’t believe it – I have admired this house for years.”

The storyline:

The couple had always yearned for a period home – and as they had some experience renovating/extending their previous homes, they weren’t afraid to tackle one that needed a lot of work. And this one needed a vast amount of work as it had been badly converted to flats. Emma sourced period salvage items wherever possible to bring the house back to its former glory. She even built a little guest annex in the back garden using lovely old architectural salvage.

Anyway, Marie attached a few pictures to let me see it – this being one of them…
The sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. and so last week it was time to see what we (as a team) could do.

The weather forecast said it would be cloudy for most of the day but didn’t predict there would be any rain; however, as we set-up for the first shot of the sitting room here…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. it started to rain – or drizzle as we would call it, as that is what it usually is here in Ireland.

Anyway, while Stuart set-up the lights, Emma – whose beautiful house this was – was all go and totally focused as you can see here…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which is the sort of image I would often joke about, and say “Well that’s the homeowner shot done” when I capture something like this smile

Seriously though, Emma did work hard throughout the day here – and was clearly very pleased with what she had achieved – and so besides keeping a close eye on what was appearing on my screen, she recorded all her hard work too, on her iPad…
One of the first pictures taken in the sitting room of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which put me to shame, as she made taking pictures look so easy wink

Anyway, after about 40 minutes of great team-work and a quick change of trousers too, it was time for Emma to strike her pose…
Emma Cooper in the sitting room of her Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. which she naturally did to perfection – as one would expect from a former cover girl, who clearly hadn’t lost her touch.

And the comments from the team the following day, when I sent them this image:
Stuart: “Absolutely beautiful!!!”
Mandi: “oooh lovely!!”
Marie: “Love it 🙂 “

I love it too – but like I said above, I’m very aware that the reason why people say things like that, when they look at my images, is because a lot of work will have gone into making them look like that – which sometimes I capture…
Emma Cooper cleaning the door handle during the shoot in her Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. just for the fun of it – as well as to complete the story here in my dairy – as this is what one doesn’t see when you are looking at the pictures in a glossy magazine.

Because this really was all about teamwork…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. followed by attention to detail…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. lots of fine tuning…
One of the first pictures taken in the kitchen of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. and then finally – it was time to strike that perfect pose once again…
Emma Cooper in the kitchen of their Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. as you naturally would do, especially when there is a crowd of people standing behind the camera all looking at you, saying: “That’s like something you would see in a magazine” smile

Before starting all over again…
One of the first pictures taken in the bedroom of Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. to make it look like I did nothing at all, bar take some quick snaps with a very good camera, of whatever happened to be there…
Daughter's bedroom in Emma and Graham Cooper's Victorian semi in Belfast.
.. on a very nice day too.

Which in this case it was – as we all had a lot fun here, creating what I have no doubt will be, what you will see in one of the biggest selling glossy magazines very shortly.

And so on that note I’d just like to end by saying a big thanks to Emma and her husband Graham here – from Marie, Stuart & me – for inviting us in to tell your story – which is not only like something that you would see in a magazine, it will be something that you will see in a magazine… and hopefully very soon too smile

January 3, 2014

Lets talk cushions.

As the girls debated the merits of cushions…
Victoria and Marie talking shop.
.. and which ones worked best – so it was all about “keeping with the neutral scheme but adding interest and depth with unusual cushions with writing and numbers” or some such thing – as I set-up the camera and lights to produce a number of images…
Victoria and Neil Robertson's converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. of this beautifully converted old farmhouse…
Victoria and Neil Robertson's converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. near Portglenone in County Antrim – the home of Victoria & Neil Robertson.

The story-line:

Victoria is from Northern Ireland but studied and worked in London for several years where she met Neil who is from Cornwall.
Moving back to Northern Ireland was very much a lifestyle decision for the couple – slower pace of life, starting a family, being closer to Victoria’s parents, etc – and also the fact that their budget stretched so much further when it came to buying a house in Northern Ireland compared to the South of England.

And so as these first captures show…
Victoria and Marie talking shop.
.. the talk was all about how a tiny little splash of pale blue here…
Victoria Robertson in the sitting room of her converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. could make all the difference – and so naturally Victoria had to sit on the edge of the sofa, so as not to disturb them smile

Even in the master bedroom…
Shooting the master bedroom.
.. the talk was all about cushions & throws…
The master bedroom in Victoria and Neil Robertson's converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. and how adding a wee splash of colour…
Setting up the sofa shot.
.. could make a big difference – right through to the last image…
Sofa in the master bedroom of Victoria and Neil Robertson's converted farmhouse near Portglenone in County Antrim.
.. of the day.

So forget about what camera I used or what lights I used, etc – lets talk about cushions instead smile

Seriously thought, as I would often say to Marie – when we talk about all of this stuff – one is only as good as the weakest link – so what’s in front of the camera, is every bit as important as what’s behind it – which is where she as a Stylist comes into play – because those cushions did make a big difference here… which I know little about.

Not surprising then, that Marie recently set-up a new company called Natural Calico – which is all about cushions such as this Carte Postale Cushion
Carte Postale cushion available from Natural Calico.
.. and those finishing touches, that can greatly help turn your house into a beautiful home.

So way to go girls – great team work – which at the end of the day, as far as I’m concerned, is what this type of photography is all about.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com

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