One does not 'take' a garden's picture so much as enter into a conversation with it.
Visitors at my back door.
No matter the time of year, visitors to my garden will invariably find a fresh cut bouquet gracing the back door, a deliberate nod to observe and honor whatever magic is unfolding ...or fading in the garden at the time.
Andrea's Sanctuary Garden
I arose well before first light to make my way to Andrea's exquisite garden, nearly an hour to the north & east of here, hoping to begin shooting well before sunrise. Secretly I had hoped for an overcast morning that would give me more time before the sun climbed high enough to start casting harsh shadows, but the day dawned without a single cloud. Happily I had scouted this garden in first light a few weeks prior, needing to get a sense of its energy and how the light moved through its landscape before shooting in earnest, so I already had worked out a rough shot list and shooting order in my mind. Instead of presenting a problem, the sunrise became a nearly perfect accent to the morning. Here are a handful of glimpses that give a sense of the carefully thought out and executed rooms Andrea has created as a sanctuary for songbirds, butterflies and for her own carefully attuned soul. I love her sense of texture and color drama.
Wild Places & Things
Some gardens make their own way in the world.
Anne Belovich: The American Grande Dame of Ramblers
American Rose magazine cover feature story on rosarian, Anne Belovich and her collection of more than one thousand roses in northwest Washington state.
iPhone Rose Photography
Opening the Door to New Possibilities; Exploring the Magic of iPhone Photography. A cover feature written and photographed for American Rose magazine, exploring the abundant possibilities that modern smart phones now make available for garden photography enthusiasts... (Obviously, all photography included here was shot with my iPhone, which was, at the time, an iPhone 6s
The hope of any portrait is to capture some telling essence of a subject's nature and soul.
imagery pared down to its simplest possibility...