Last year, I was lucky enough to win a day’s photoshoot with a very talented photographer named Emma Davies. I first met Emma at the wonderful flower farm in Surrey run by Claire Brown of Plantpassion (plantpassion.co.uk). Emma was photographing some of the bountiful harvest that Claire had produced and recording forever the fleeting moments of these flowers blooming in their open field prior to cutting. Emma specialises in flower and garden photography and she works with many local florists to capture their creations (emmadaviesphotography.com).
The shoot took place in January this year and Emma and I decided to feature a series of arrangements specifically concentrating on winter and spring flowers. I like to use seasonal flowers in my floral design as – with my training and experience as a garden designer – I find working with flowers out of their natural season of growth quite difficult and confusing. Nature (when unusual weather hasn’t intervened) likes to bring like-minded companions together and the result is comfortable, natural and fitting. Wherever possible, I grow my own flowers, buy from local British producers or buy seasonal flowers from market … so this is where my natural inclination and inspiration lies.
Our venue for the shoot was The Long Barn in Newton Valence. This is in the village where I live and where my husband and I had our wedding reception, so it has great memories and affection in my world! I am one of the preferred wedding florists for the venue and have decorated it in many styles and with many different flowers over the past couple of years. Its wonderful timber frame and stone walls offer a multitude of contrasting photo opportunities and mixed with the amazing winter light that we had on the day of the shoot – it was perfect for capturing the beauty of these particular blooms!
This is only a selection of the photographs from the shoot. I’ll feature the others in following Journal entries and let you see the full extent Emma’s beautiful images.
I’ll let the flowers and the photographs do the talking for the rest of this Post. A huge thank you to Emma for producing such amazing images and I look forward to our late Spring and early Summer shoot that is in the planning stage!