I photograph a lot of flowers. Sounds simple enough. See a flower take a picture. Over and done for the day.
There is actually a lot more to it than that. So today we're going to have lunch with my flowers and see how I approach this. First, you will need some lunch. Quick to the kitchen and I will meet you back here in five.
When I bring flowers home I first cut off a couple inches of stem and put them into a vase with water. I don't arrange them to be a centerpiece. I want to just view them as they are. I generally wait a day to photograph them so they have some time to refresh and look their best.
While I eat lunch I study the flowers. I turn the vase, move it into the sunlight, turn the individual flowers so I can see all sides. I take note of how the stems curve and bend. Are there any quirky or oddly shaped petals? Are there any buds that might be opening soon? These are all things I am looking for and making mental notes about. When we look at that bouquets of flowers in the picture above they don't look like much. Basically they're daisies and one hydrangea thrown into the mix. But I have never shot daisies before so I am excited to see what can be done here. Plus there is some foliage in this bouquet that I like. It has possibilities, too.
Now that I've looked at the flowers and studied their uniqueness I will spend the rest of the day thinking about how I will photograph each one. Since I am currently using only natural light I will also consider the weather for the next day (no, it is not always sunny in LA), and plan the time of day.
Flowers are like people to me. Each is different with a personality to go with it. I can move them, position them, but unlike people, they don't talk back. Of course they don't always cooperate and bend the way I want. We all have our problems I guess.
Well, lunch is over. Tomorrow I will start photographing these beauties. Be sure and come back as over this week I will show you the photographic results of this lunch.
Thank you for joining me I enjoyed your company. You can leave the dishes, I will do them.