I was delighted to be contacted by Julie Davies to collaborate on a blog. Julie lives up to her name of being The Florist that teaches, providing online tips for you to do exactly the same in the comfort of your own home, or face to face in workshops.
It felt very natural for me to write this blog as a way of my skills sharing series, with top tips to enable you to take photos of your floral creations at home. There are a variety of other scenarios in which to take photographs, for example out in landscape with wild flowers, in workshops, sheds, markets etc, perhaps this is room for another blog!
Although the photos you see here have been taken using a Canon 6D, the following will give you some pointers for ‘point and shoot‘ cameras, or using a smart phone, both of which can work just as well, particularly if you are uploading small versions of your photos onto websites or social media.
- Position your flowers next to a large window; this will help maximum natural light which is better than using the orange tinge of household lights, (there is always the option to shoot outside).
- If you have a macro / flower symbol setting on your camera, use it! It will let you bring out the finer details of those gorgeous blooms.
- Don’t forget to ‘set the scene‘ if you are wanting to show how you work on your flowers through your photos, pop some scissors, oasis, ribbon etc on a wooden block (a kitchen chopping board will do just fine if you have one), everyone loves a story.
- Keep the background to your photos simple, after all you want to highlight how beautiful your floral creations are, white (or black) card can work and help with bouncing the light into those harsh shadows.
- Take the photos using interesting angles, the rule of thirds can be helpful, however, be creative and use a variety of angles in your shots to show off those blooms.
- Using your macro setting on your camera, shoot ‘through‘ a bouquet to focus on one particular flower that takes your interest.
- Similarly as above; take one flower out of the bunch and make it the star of your show!
- A little post production may help bring out the best in your photos, so if you have photoshop, or other editing software, don’t be afraid to use it. Photoshop express on the i-phone is fab.
I hope these tips have been useful and if so I would love to hear from you, so why not drop me a line through my contact me page.
I have been so proud to have been the photographer for the cast of Medway Little Theatres production of ‘Calendar Girls’. In the true spirit of the story, the ladies wanted to produce a calendar in aid of charity, many of their lives (as I am sure many of us) have been touched by Cancer.
The first shoot took place at my home studio, with the ladies very enthusiastic about the props they would be using for their scene, a wonderful mixture of knitting, Jam, Tea pots, cakes, and buns. There was indeed some liquid refreshment to overcome and initial nerves, but the ladies soon settled into the shoot, with one letting me know that if they couldn’t do the nude shots for the calendar, then they wouldn’t have been able to get on stage and do it! I felt very privileged to have undertaken the shots making the ladies feel at ease.
The Second (and final) shoot took place in the Theatre -wonderful to work with the Theatre lights. The mixture this time was a piano, broccoli, some fabulous little black dresses and Christmas decorations.
I was in awe of the ladies enthusiasm for producing a Calendar to support charities close to their hearts, I have enjoyed every stage of this shoot, and ecstatic about the outcome, all the ladies look amazing.
The cast were also very keen to have me included on the Calendar, which I was happy to oblige:
“the last phase of the flower is the most glorious”
The Calendars were sold throughout the production (which I also went to see cried and laughed!) which ended on 19th May 2013, and they still can be purchased for £7.50, collection only from Nikki Price Photography HQ (please use my contact me page if you wish to purchase one).
To date the Calendars have raised over £1,500 for Marie Curie, Cancer Research, and Macmillan Nurses, well on the way to the Casts target of £3,000.
The Calendar has received some wonderful feedback from visitors to the Theatre, as well as having a fantastic write up in the Local Kent Messenger.