botanical photography

Student Images: Maine Media Garden Photography Workshop

We had a talented, enthusiastic and supportive group that gathered in Maine during July to explore botanical and garden photography. This was mostly a field workshop, with lots of time spent in lots of gardens--both public and private. Here are a few images highlighting the work of each student. Enjoy!

Student Images: May Studio Workshop

It's always a treat to share the work created by students in my workshops. This one took place in my studio in late May. We explored simple, creative ways to create a compact and affordable home studio for photographing nature with both natural light and continuous lighting. Though we all love photographing nature and gardens outdoors, shooting in the studio allows us to spend more time with our subjects, to work with them in more creative ways, and to do so in a controlled (okay, air-conditioned and bug-free) environment. It is also a great way to keep shooting in winter when it is difficult or impossible to work outside. Anyhow, I hope you will join me in celebrating the work of these avid and talented photographers!

Student Images: Advanced Explorations in Botanical Photography Workshop

In the Advanced Explorations in Botanical Photography Workshop this past fall at Maine Media Workshop, we spent a lot of time in the studio exploring natural light, studio lighting and still life photography. Of course, that didn't keep us from visiting a garden each day for fresh air, inspiration and just a few more images. Here are a few of the photographs taken by the students in that workshop. I hope you'll join me in applauding them for their work!

Student Work: Creative Explorations in Botanical Photography

Photo credits: Merrill Saltzman, Jonathan Harris, Scott Royer, Anne Blumberg, Bill Sargent, Suzie Mullally, Stu Schaffner, Sara Gray, Dianne Roberts, Bill Snyder, Judy Fletcher and Gary Biasucci.

I recently completed teaching the first of two photography workshops this year at Maine Media Workshops. The twelve students in Creative Explorations in Botanical Photography split their time between Maine gardens and the studio, taking a closer look at plants and exploring creative ways to capture their personality. Students came to the workshop with varying degrees of photographic experience. Some have photographed plants for many years; others were just exploring the subject in-depth for the first time. Most were color photographers, but a few shot in black-and-white. They all came wearing different hats: artist, journalist, street photographer, designer, documentarian, gardener and more. It was fascinating and inspiring seeing their work evolve throughout the week. The slideshow above showcases this work, with six images from each student in random order. And yes, the lupines were in bloom!

My second workshop at MMW is Advanced Explorations in Botanical Photography, which will run October 8-14 at what we hope will be peak leaf season (though these things are difficult to predict). It is a continuation of this initial workshop, and will delve more deeply into studio techniques and the development of a personal project. We will spend a bit more time in the studio and visit different gardens and nature preserves. The advanced class is open to anyone who has taken a previous botanical/garden workshop from me or by portfolio review.