Via the wonderful world of blogging, I came across the stunning work of Georgianna Lane, a photographer based near Seattle in the US. And I’m delighted to be showing you a selection of her gorgeous images today, together with a Q&A.
Georgianna specialises in floral and garden photography. She and her husband own and operate their own stock photography company, Garden Photo World, supplying garden, flower and plant images to horticultural publications worldwide.
Georgianna very kindly answered a few questions for me:
What was the trigger for you to start your photography business?
I’ve been a passionate photographer since I was very young and in my work had always been involved with photography in one form or another, whether as an art director, photographer or designer.
Along the way, I got as much photographic training as I could to get to a professional level. When I left corporate marketing almost eight years ago, I began doing a lot of freelance photography jobs in addition to graphic design work. In a short time, photography became my main activity.
When did you decide to specialise in floral and garden photography?
When I began freelancing, I realized it would be best to specialize in a specific field. I went through all the photographs I’d taken, of many varied subjects, and realized that what I shot most often and enjoyed most was gardens, flowers and plants.
I decided at that point to focus on those subjects. It may seem like a narrow field but it is actually quite vast and I’ve expanded into botanical and horticultural subjects as well as just beautiful flowers.
Our garden image library has many thousands of photographs now, each one keyworded and captioned with the common and Latin names. It helps that my husband and I have both studied Latin!
What type of camera do you use?
I use all Nikon equipment, various bodies and a collection of excellent lenses. I began using digital when the first Nikon digital cameras came out in 2002 and have been shooting exclusively digital for some years now. Although I still have my film cameras and intend to use them at some point again!
What are your tips for people taking photos of their gardens?
Be aware of the lighting. Most people wait for a sunny day to take photographs. That works for many subjects but for gardens and plants, the ideal lighting is very soft and even. Bright sun creates harsh shadows, so, an overcast but bright day for shooting is a garden photographer’s dream. But even on a sunny day, you can get lovely photos either early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
Try different angles and perspectives. Get higher, or lower, or even way down on the ground looking up through a garden bed. Experiment with very soft focus (changing depth of field via aperture) which can result in very magical images.
Be aware of framing and eliminate clutter from the shot. It’s easy to overlook a hose, or some weeds or another distraction that will reduce the overall impact of your photograph.
Do you have a favourite flower?
Yes, roses and narcissus. I love them both and have as many as possible in my own garden.
I love the beautiful, dreamy look which Georgianna captures in her images. I hope her hints and tips inspire you to get out in your garden this weekend and capture images of your flowers before the autumn sets in, in earnest.
Well, I hope today’s post has rounded up your week nicely. It’s been a pretty hectic one for me and I’m looking forward to a bit of chill time on Saturday with the start of Strictly Come Dancing, before visiting the trade show, Top Drawer, on Sunday.
Hope you have a restful weekend and see you on Monday…
(Images : Georgianna Lane)