I hope you had a lovely weekend. Recently, I was contacted by the very talented London-based floral photographer, Alice Hall.
And today, I’m delighted to feature a selection of her beautiful photos, plus a Q&A.
Alice very kindly answered a few questions for me:
Could you tell us a little bit about how you became interested in photographing flowers?
I have always been attracted to flowers and gardens, and grew up with a love of all things horticultural.
I adore going for walks in the countryside, parks and woods and it was a natural progression for me to photograph the beautiful things I saw.
As my photography has developed, this has become even more of a love and almost an obsession of trying to capture the beauty of the flowers in an image that I could put on my wall and look at every day.
That’s the main thing I consider when taking images – to create beautiful images that I and hopefully other people would love to look at to remind them of the beauty of nature and inspire them.
What type of camera and lenses do you use?
Gosh, I have so many cameras. I prefer my film cameras and my favourite is my Pentax 35mm.
I used to have a Minolta which I loved until it finally kicked the bucket after many years of use.
I also have a Mamiya medium format, 2 polaroid cameras and lomography cameras to name a few.
I always carry at least one disposable camera with me at all times and take many when I travel. I use these for taking snapshots of the beautiful things I see.
My digital camera is a Canon 5D Mkii and I predominantly use that with a 100mm macro lens as you can really get amazing details of the flowers with it.
What are your tips for people taking photos of their gardens?
Enjoy it. Enjoy taking time over the photographs and really enjoy the process and the chance to be up close amidst the flowers.
There’s no particular way to photograph a flower, just find the parts of it that you find beautiful and focus on these.
I always use a shallow depth of field to highlight small areas and leave the rest in a blur. Don’t rush the images and just try and spend a lot of time creating images that you yourself find beautiful and love to look at.
What is your favourite flower?
My favourite is the rose, I just adore it! Particularly the full bloomed old English garden varieties that have such an incredible scent and softness to them.
My other favourites are peonies, sweet peas and hydrangeas. Hydrangeas look especially beautiful at this time of the year when the change in the season means they change colour to absolutely beautiful shades of purple and burgundy.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2011/2012?
I have been doing some floristry training and am absolutely loving every minute of it, so I’m going to continue with that.
Over Christmas, I’m doing some work experience at Wild at Heart which I know has been featured on your blog and which I can’t wait for!
I will be continuing to take photographs and trying to build up my portfolio and I would like to look into selling some of my prints and possibly producing gift-cards and other items with my images on.
I would love to have an exhibition of my images. That would be really amazing, so that’s something I really hope to achieve next year. It’s going to be a busy year but I’m loving every day and can’t wait to see what happens.
(Images : Alice Hall)