Saxon Holt

Photographing in a Garden

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When you want to photograph a garden get inside it. By this I don't mean walk off the street and step inside the fence, or move from the backyard patio onto the lawn or path.  Immerse yourself in the garden, get under a tree, look through a gate, get behind a bench. By doing this you will give your [...]

Flowers for the Bride

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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

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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. Clematis 'Dr. Ruppel' has just coming into full spring glory, twining up into [...]

Photographing the Light

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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

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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 [...]