Ashley Morrison's Blog

November 24, 2017

Black Friday.

“No room lights on” is one of the things that a lot of editors insist on these days, which actually became like ‘a rule’ 12 years ago. So when shooting a home which we are hoping a national or international magazine will run with, that is something that we would obviously keep in mind.

Which for the most part isn’t a problem, as many homes are quite bright to start with, as most of their walls and ceilings will often be painted white or a light colour.

But that wasn’t the case here as you can see…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. in the sitting room of this townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay – which did look good with all the room lights and lamps turned on – however, when turned off, well as you can see here…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. even with two 3K’s blasting through the windows on this rather dull day, it was still looking pretty dark in there.

And so yes, this one required some serious lighting – and that look on Dianne’s face here…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. kind of summed up how I was feeling too when trying to shoot this up-stairs sitting room area wink.

Should definitely have hired an assistant for this, as I reckon I actually had to pump about 3 times as much light into this room than I normally would; however, I must say I was very pleased with the final result here…
“Peggy
.. as Peggy posed to perfection.

A house which as you can see here…
“The
.. I had actually shot before – and talked about here: House of fun.

Couldn’t be more different – but yet in some ways it was the same, as it was all about the details…
“The
.. as every area was like picture perfect.

Still, it was black…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. and the weather didn’t help – however, I have to say that it did look good in the end…
“The
.. and definitely a little bit different to the norm.

Which is something that we would always be on the lookout for, as would the editors too.

A challenge…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. especially when I need to turn the room lights off…
One of the first images taken in Peggy Bell's townhouse in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. but then I guess if it were easy, everyone’s images would look like this…
“The
.. and then it really would be a Black Friday for me wink.

Anyway, just want to say a big thanks to Peggy and Phil for inviting us into your amazing home and to Sean too, from Dianne & me on this Black Friday.

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March 16, 2015

House of fun.

Overlooking the Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor, was where we shot this townhouse…
Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which belongs to Paul and Keri Johnson, who is both an occupational therapist and a vintage home stylist.

The Storyline:

Keri is from Northern Ireland but met her husband (who is English) when she lived and worked in Bath. When the opportunity arose to return to Northern Ireland, they took it – and bought their present home. She had picked up the vintage bug when in Bath and has filled their home with favorite vintage purchases. Until recently she jointly owned a vintage shop. They did a huge renovation to the home – in particular, they reconfigured downstairs putting the kitchen at the front to enjoy sea views.

Anyway, having already looked at some pictures like this on the Property News website…
 Page on Property News' website showing the living room area in 4 Ballyholme Esplanade.
.. we knew that this room would actually photograph very well – so after deciding this would be the main angle…
First image taken in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. then it was simply a case of moving a few things around to suit the camera…
One of the first images taken in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. while Stuart set-up the light outside – and then Marie and Keri kicked-in to add the finishing touches…
The sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which I must say looked pretty Wow to me.

And so it was throughout the day, as we moved a few things around…
 Marie & me in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. to suit the camera, while Keri kept a close eye on the laptop screen…
 Marie & me in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. as we produce a series of images like this…
The dining area in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. as well as some detail shots like this…
 Display of mirrors and Lounge sign in the sitting room of Keri Johnston'stownhouse.
.. of the mirrors and signage.

All of course under the watchful eye of Keri…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. who really did study each image as they appeared on screen…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. which we laughed about – as she was even more eagled-eyed than us…
Keri Johnson and me in her townhouse.
.. which I can assure you is saying something, as we often spend ages on even a simple detail shot like this…
Corner unit in the sitting room of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. to ensure it just looks right.

And so when it came to the bedrooms, even though Stuart and I thought we had done a good job here…
Setting up the bedroom image in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. it was all changed once, Marie…
Marie setting up the bedroom image in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. and Keri arrived – but yes, as usual, they were right to create a lot more layers here…
One of the bedrooms in Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse which overlooks Ballyholme Bay in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.
.. which is like one of those things I would say, that obviously needed to be done, after I had seen it done by the experts  Smile

Which I guess is what they mean when they say: Hindsight is 20/20.

Anyway, we finished off in the kitchen…
first picture in the kitchen of Keri and Paul Johnson's townhouse.
.. and I think this smile of on Keri’s face really summed up the day she had had…

.. as it was indeed a lot of fun.

Anyway, just like to say ​big thanks to Stuart for helping us out here – as this was indeed a big house to shoot on a day when the weather conditions were far from perfect – and of course to Keri as well, for making us feel so welcome in her magnificent house of fun.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com in the County Down seaside town of Bangor.

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.

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