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November 6, 2017

We’re having a white Christmas.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 4:23 pm
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Is the title of our latest published work in the December 2017 issue of Your Home magazine…
Pages 88 to 91 of the December 2017 issue of Your Home magazine featuring Amanda and Keith Holly's renovated double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. on pages 88 to 91 – which features Amanda and Keith Holly’s Victorian townhouse in Belfast.

“Amanda and Keith Holly stripped a Victorian townhouse to the brick to create their romantic, shabby chic home from scratch.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Belated Christmas.

So congratulations to both Keith and Amanda here…
Amanda with her children in their Victorian townhouse in Belfast at Christmas.
.. as well as to her sons Bailey and Oliver too, for making it into this top selling national magazine – which is filled with great ideas to make this Christmas year your best ever.

So from Marie, Mandi & me – we wish you all a very merry white Christmas smile.

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July 3, 2016

Pure Delight.

Is the title of our latest published work in the August 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine…
Pages 39 to 43 in the August 2016 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine featuring Amanda and Keith Holly's renovated Victorian townhouse in Belfast.
.. on pages 39 to 43 – Amanda and Keith Holly’s renovated grade B1 listed Victorian townhouse in Belfast.

“Amanda and Keith Holly made major changes to their new house to create a bright shabby-chic look that the whole family clearly love.”

Which I talked about shooting here: “WOW, I take my hat off to you Ashley! Just wonderful” – a few months ago.

So just want to say Congratulations to them all here…
Amanda Holly with her two sons Bailie & Oliver in the sitting room of their renovated Victorian town house in Belfast.
.. for this Pure Delight – and for once again making it into this beautifully printed top selling National magazine – from Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com

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 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 were 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 a 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.

January 2, 2014

Victorian townhouse for sale.

At the time we shooting Laura & David’s Victorian townhouse in Holywood, it was actually up for sale…
For sale.
.. but as that was not what we where there to talk about, then let’s forget about that…
Laura and David Menary's Victorian townhouse in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. and let’s see what was behind the door instead wink

The Story-line:

David is an Estate Agent and Laura is a Solicitor.
Laura has taken time out to look after Lily but has set up a little business sourcing vintage tea sets and converting the cups to candles.

Basically a complete refurbishment along with a kitchen extension.

So it was all about creating a set of images to tell that story – and so we first set-up a shot…
Getting ready.
.. to show Laura and her daughter Lily…
Laura Menary and her daughter Lily.
.. sitting in front of a large framed ‘Come to Ulster’ print, of Belfast lough – so now you know this is Holywood not Hollywood we are talking about here smile

Anyway, we then turned around to shoot the kitchen extension…
Setting up the kitchen shot.
.. which when lit and styled…
The dining table in the kitchen of Laura and David Menary's Victorian townhouse in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. looked amazing, as did their ground floor sitting room, which was very striking…
Setting up the sitting room shot.
.. and so after lighting that up…
The sitting room in Laura and David Menary's Victorian townhouse in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. it was time to zoom-in on some of Laura’s vintage tea set candles…
Vintage tea set that have been converted into candle holders in Laura and David Menary's Victorian townhouse in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. before heading upstairs with Marie…
Setting up the bedroom shot.
.. to shoot the bedrooms…
The master bedroom in Laura and David Menary's Victorian townhouse in the County Down town of Holywood.
.. and complete the story that we wanted to tell – about this Victorian townhouse in Holywood and the people who live their – which is for sale – as we are now hoping that this set of images and story behind them, will be of great interest to a number of different magazines over the coming years smile

Producing images to tell a story, by Marie & me @ ampimage.com.

August 30, 2013

Never work with children or animals.

Filed under: Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 1:10 pm
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Is what they say – however, they are very often a big part of what a family home is all about.

And so was the case this week, as we were invited in to shoot Keith & Amanda’s newly renovated Victorian townhouse in Belfast.

The house had been used for offices for many years and had been badly neglected it seems; however, the couple fell in love with the period features & proportions and so bought it a few years ago to be their future family home. They carried out much of the work themselves – so to say the least, it’s been a massive project for them – which for now is completed.

Amanda is unashamedly a fan of shabby chic – and so it’s seems she picked up much of their furniture & accessories in auctions, eBay and salvage yards… to stay within her budget.

Anyway, while the girls worked on the finishing touches…
The girls at work in the dining room in Keith and Amanda Cunningham's renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. I set about doing my thing – and this was the result…
The dining room in Keith and Amanda Cunningham's renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. of everyones hard work.

Seldom have I worked with such a young baby…
Amanda Cunningham with her baby Oliver in the kitchen of their renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. a little boy called Oliver in this case – two dogs and a cat…
The cay in the kitchen of Keith and Amanda Cunningham's renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
.. all in a single home shoot.

Because from my perspective, people shots do add a lot of time a shoot – but since the Editors feel that a home feature is more interesting and appealing with the home owner in some of the shots…
Amanda Cunningham in the living room of her renovated double fronted mid terrace home in Belfast.
..then that’s a given – and that is therefore what we would normally provide them with.

But in this case, I really wanted to capture not only the homeowner & her young family but also their pets too – as they were very much apart of this home and what family life here was all about… in this stunning home, which has to be one of the best examples of a shabby chic home we’ve shot.

So broke all the rules on this one and pushed the boat out – but I think it was worth it – since Amanda and her husband Keith have done such an amazing job here.

Anyway, just like to say thank you to them both for inviting us in and giving us this opportunity – because all in all, it was a really nice shoot – and from their perspective, it’s a moment in time that is now captured for posterity smile

July 18, 2011

Labour of love…

.. in Cushendall – and so capturing that was our latest project.

Briege Conway with her daughter Cerys in the kitchen of their Victorian townhouse in the County Antrim coastal town of Cushendall.

When Briege & Stephen decided to buy this house, 9 years ago, on their wish list was: a small traditional town in which to raise a family, plus a period house with character. Despite having no connections with the town, they spotted this house and fell for it, even though it needed a massive amount of work. The fact that Cushendall is on the coast and is also close to beautiful glens and forestry nailed it! Basically it was a complete gut job – which meant making one room habitable and living there throughout the renovation, while bring up their young family.
So it was a true labour of love for all.

And I think that showed in our images, as it was all hands on board throughout the day, to capture this stylish…
The dining area in Briege and Stephen Conway's Victorian townhouse in the County Antrim coastal town of Cushendall.
.. urban home.

So we would just like to say a big thanks to Briege, Stephen, John and especially to Clerys here…
Briege and Stephen Conway's daughter Clerys on the stairs in their Victorian townhouse in the County Antrim coastal town of Cushendall.
.. who was the Star throughout the day – for making us feel so welcome and letting us capture your beautiful home.

From Marie & me @ampimage.com

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