I was recently commissioned to photograph a very special magnolia in a very special, private garden. The resulting photo was to be a surprise gift, but with a limited budget, I only had access to the garden during a single afternoon when the owner was away.
It is the job of the professional to make something happen, even in difficult circumstances; and in garden photography any time you go into a new garden for one visit, it will difficult. When I travel to photograph gardens I will try to allow three days for a shoot – to get acquainted with the garden, to allow for bad weather, and learn how to use the morning and afternoon light.
Here, not only did I have to get in and out of a garden I had never seen with-in four hours, it was a bright day and I could not stay until the soft light of dusk. And when I arrived I found the Magnolia was backed up and pruned to fit around a garage. Continue Reading →