Ashley Morrison's Blog

September 1, 2014

The only constant is change.

After my last blog about A selfie – where I talked about how Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine had opened up doors of opportunity and one of those was when I meet Marie – who I have now been working with over the past 10 years – I thought it would be interesting to show how not only Marie’s style has changed over the years but also how the style of my own photography has changed too.

So looking at this image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was the last one we created of this bedroom in 2008 – and then going back to the first images we produced of it in 1999, which was this…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
..  which was part of a series of images which Marie use to launch her interior design business back then – and Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine use them too in the February 2000 issue…
The cover plus pages 86 to 96 in the February 2000 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Marie and Alan McMcMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on pages 86 to 96, plus her kitchen made it on the cover too smile

You can see the framing is actually very similar in both and both have clearly been very well styled too – but what a difference 10 years can make – so is it any wonder I don’t charge for my time anymore wink

Anyway, to show the transformation over those years, here is the series of images produced in between. This being the second image which we created in 2004…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was around the time when we both started working together – as part of a home feature, which was then used by a number of magazines, including House Beautiful magazine…
Pages 32 to 39 in the May 2005 issue of House Beautiful magazine featuring Marie and Alan Master's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. in their May 2005 issue on pages 32 to 39.

In 2006 we then produced this image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's five-bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as part of a Christmas home feature – which again was used by a number of magazines – both nationally as well as locally – including 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 12 to 17 in the December 2006 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan McMillen's home in Belfast.
.. as the lead home in their December 2006 issue on pages 12 to 17.

Also in 2006, we produce this image for Ulster Carpets
Lotus Scroll carpet by Ulster Carpets in the guest bedroom of Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. to show how their Delta Scroll carpet would look in this room – as well as in various other rooms of Marie’s house too – which they then use to help market their Anatolia Range …
Ulster Carpet product catalog showing two different designs of Anatolia carpet in the sitting room and bedroom of Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. in their product catalog – as well as on their website, etc, over the past 8 years.

In 2007 we produced this image…
Bedroom make-over by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. as part of a ‘make-over’ editorial feature which Real Homes magazine ran within their November 2008 issue…
Pages 136 to 139 in the November 2008 issue of Real Homes magazine featuring the bedroom in Claire & Paul McCann's (Marie & Alan McMillen) home in Lisburn (Belfast).
.. as well as this image…
Summer makeover of a bedroom by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which was one of my personal favourites – for this similar type of feature, which appeared  in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine…
Pages 69 to 72 in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle magazine featuring a bedroom make-over by Marie McMillen in her Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. on how to create a ‘Summertime’ look.

And at the end of 2007, we produced this one for a Christmas home feature…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. which appeared in Country Homes & Interiors magazine…
Pages 32 to 38 in the January 2009 issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine featuring Marie and Alan (Scott) McMillen's home in Belfast at Christmas.
.. in their January 2009 issue on pages 32 to 38.

So there you have it, the changes in both our styles over the years, as seen in this one room – which no doubt would look totally different again today, as this last image…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's Edwardian semi-detached house in Belfast.
.. was taken over 6 years ago – and now, of course, Marie is totally into white and bright…
Guest bedroom in Marie and Alan McMillen's new house in Belfast.
.. as opposed to ‘Yella’, as she would often call it – which was naturally partly due how I lit it back then too smile

Over 2000 years ago, Heraclitus of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, once said:

The only constant is change.

Boy was he right about that – from Marie & me at ampimage.com, who would appear to be constantly changing too smile

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August 30, 2014

A selfie

Email in from Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine to say:

Hi Ashley

I am sure you know we are approaching our 20th birthday and we are planning on dedicating a page to our contributors over the years, we would like to include you in this page, would you be able to supply me with a headshot of yourself and 50 words or so on working with the magazine. Could you also ask Marie to do the same? If you could send this in in the next couple of weeks that would be great.

So I replied by saying:

Time to call up David Bailey or Annie Leibovitz, and ask them for a wee favour then 🙂

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years, as it really doesn’t seem that long ago – as I do still remember those early days like it was only yesterday.

Anyway, no problems – I have plenty of shots of Marie – so I’ll let her pick.
Pictures of me – those are few and far between – but I’m sure I’ll find something that makes me look 20 years younger 🙂

A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera – and since David & Annie were both currently unavailable for obvious reasons, then I reckoned it was, therefore, ​going to be a selfie.

So out with the Canon, a 50mm lens attached and with the aid of a reflector, I started to snap.

Looking old…
Ashley Morrison
.. but they do say the camera never lies rolleyes

Ah well, so I guess is how I now look 20 years on – after having produce thousands of memorable images of people and their homes.

Included this one…
The sitting room in Marie & Alan McMillen's home in Belfast.
.. which was actually one of the last homes I shot on film, before buying my first digital system almost 15 years ago.

Remember thinking at the time, this girl has worked hard – and so wasn’t surprised that Ireland’s Homes Interiors & living magazine liked it too – and so ran with this home on the cover of their February 2000 issue…
The cover plus pages 86 to 96 in the February 2000 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine.
.. which was actually around the time they changed their name, to become an all Ireland magazine as well.

So what was so memorable about this one you ask !!

Well for one, we shot it again in 2004…
The sitting room in Marie & Alan McMillen's home in Belfast.
.. and then in it again in 2005 for some Ulster Carpet ads…
Carpet by Ulster Carpets.
.. which were a lot of fun and the begining of a whole new look…
Carpet by Ulster Carpets.
.. so we shot it again in 2006…
The sitting room in Marie & Alan McMillen's home in Belfast at Christmas time.
.. and again in 2007…
Marie McMillen in the sitting room of her home in Belfast at Christmas time.
.. this time with the homeowner in it – looking rather please with herself wink

And at the end of 2008, after may other shoots in it for various company’s ads etc, I shot it for the last time…
The sitting room in Marie & Alan McMillen's home in Belfast.
.. to help them sell it – and so this became by far the most photographed home in the country I reckon – and probably the most featured home in the ​UK too, as I think we managed to get this one featured in almost every publication there is.

But I guess the main reason for this one being so memorable – if you haven’t already guessed – is this is where I first met Marie, as this was her home.

So I’ve seen lots of changes over the years, including both the style of Marie’s work and my own, since we first met via this magazine – and then I take another look at that picture of myself and think “ah well, I guess I’ve changed too” Smile

Now just need to think of 50 words or so on working with the magazine, to sum all of this up and the doors of opportunity they opened, which really I guess has been the big thing, which I’d like to thank them for.

Cheers,
Ashley
www.ashleymorrison.com

December 1, 2013

Timeless…

.. is very often what we aim for when creating images for others to use – and so some of our other current published work this month can be seen on the April 2014 page of Country Homes & Interiors’ calendar…
Country Homes & Interiors
.. which is of this Anatolia Medallion carpet…
Ulster Carpets
.. which we shot almost 8 years ago for Ulster Carpets to use to help market & promote this style of elegant of carpet.

And in Bloom magazine a few of our images can be seen in this competition…
Bloom
.. for a this stunning wool throw…
Wool throw
.. from Natural Calico, which ended a few days ago.

Creating timeless images – just for you… as we say 🙂

From Marie & me.
www.ampimage.com

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