I hope you had a lovely weekend. Today I’m delighted to feature a selection of beautiful photographs taken by the very talented Heather Edwards.
Heather is a freelance photographer specialising in garden and flower photography. Her work has appeared in Country Living, The English Garden and the RHS’s The Garden. She was also a finalist in one of the categories in the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2011 competition.
Heather very kindly answered a few questions for me:
Could you tell us a little bit about how you became interested in photography?
It was a move to an old Somerset farmhouse which sparked my interest in gardening, when I started to take before and after pictures of the neglected garden.
Working in an office at the time, I had no thoughts of photography as a career until a few years later, when I attended a workshop run by Clive Nichols at RHS Rosemoor in Devon, on ‘How to Improve your Garden Photography’.
How did you learn your photography skills?
After the workshop and with no other formal qualification in photography, I decided to start with a digital camera rather than film as this was the way the industry seemed to be going.
I practised as much as possible and developed my skills through trial and error, studying the data on the images and reading books for inspiration, such as ‘Photographing Flowers’ by Sue Bishop and ‘Photographing Plants & Gardens’ by Clive Nichols.
Could you tell us about any of your recent commissions where flowers have featured?
A recent commission was to photograph a garden designed by Piet Oudolf for a well-known gardening magazine.
I found this very enjoyable, having the garden to myself early one morning, particularly as I am a big fan of his planting and designs.
This is due to be published this summer, so I’m not in a position to say where it is – watch this space in August!
Do you have any tips for people taking photos of flowers?
One important tip I would give to people is to invest in a good tripod, not only to reduce camera shake but to also enable more time to be spent composing the picture and looking out for unwanted objects which you might otherwise miss.
What are your plans for 2012?
I’m hoping to visit and photograph more walled gardens, particularly the less well-known or private ones.
What is your favourite flower?
My favourite flower is the allium, but just recently I have been leaning towards the dahlia too!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Heather’s stunning images today. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with her news, she’s on Twitter.
(Images : Heather Edwards)