Saxon Holt

Flowers for the Bride

Annie's wedding flowers

Weddings and old fashioned flowers seem to go hand in hand.  So it is a wonderful new trend in the floral industry that local flower farmers are now being sought out as an alternative to commercial greenhouse and imported flowers. Even more cool, my daughter Annie found a local farmer in Virginia for her own[...]

The Flower Silhouette

drruppel11

Recently an editor asked me if I had any bold flowers on black background.  Rather than going through my files looking for something to transform with Photoshop I decided to shoot a new photo.  It’s the height of the season after all.

Photographing the Light

holt_287_6898.CR2

I love the morning light when photographing gardens.  Gardens are fresh, the air clean, and the light is sweet. It is nearly impossible to work in the hot sunny light when the brightest colors take on a contrasted, metallic look and the shady areas become black holes.  In California where there is little humidity in the[...]

Photographer at Spring Trials

holt_1099_374.CR2

When the international flower industry gets together in California to show off what’s new, I’m there. The gardener in me revolts.  The Gardening Gone Wild side chokes.  In any practical realm, this does not compute.  How does this massive display apply to any reality in the gardening world?  Ahh, but the whole thing provokes.  Acres[...]

Dogwood – Finding the Photo

holt_2014_0548.CR2

It’s Spring !  At least here in California.  Since many friends across the country are still thawing out, how about we go looking for a photo in my garden?  My pink dogwood tree, Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’, is putting on quite a show. ‘Finding the Photo’ is a classic lesson from my Workshop series.  I[...]