Head Gardener & her Apprentice, Waterperry Gardens

Recently I visited my favourite gardens on a beautiful sunny morning to photograph the lovely Pat & her apprentice Ailsa. Ailsa has been working under Pat’s tutelage in the gardens & on the famous & very beautiful herbaceous border at Waterperry Gardens. Ailsa was moving on to the celebrated gardens at Kew for her 3 year diploma & I thought it would be nice to capture some images of the Head Gardener & her apprentice for posterity. Here are a few of my favourite images.

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Garden Photography Shoot with James Wong

Recently I was engaged to photograph the well-known gardener James Wong for his role as an ambassador for the garden tool company Fiskars. It was a beautiful late August morning as my assistant; Kiti & I made our way to a private garden in Buckinghamshire. We arrived & checked our locations for the days shoot; it was a lovely garden which offered us some great variety for the shots of James.

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James arrived & we spent the day on several different set ups to show the function & form of the individual tools. James is passionate about botany & horticulture so is a perfect choice for the face of Fiskars. He was fantastic & was a complete pro, very patient & always with a smile on his face.

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It was a beautiful day for garden photography, the day before had been grey with low cloud so it was a relief to wake up to a sunny morning. The clients were looking for sunny summer images so I also had a lighting set up & flash to achieve the summer glow. The images are to be used on their website & on large scale shows & events so keep your eyes peeled.

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I am available for commissions. If you are planning a shoot & would like to talk through some ideas we would love to hear from you.

 

Professional Garden Photographers Association – Image of the Month

More great news at Mark Lord Photography HQ today. I am thrilled to have been announced as winner of Image of the Month by the Professional Garden Photographers Association for this image taken early one morning in the gorgeous gardens at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manor aux Quat’Saisons. I have been entering the competition since mid 2015 & have won the following awards 1st place in July 2015 & August 2016, 2nd place in February 2016 & 3rd place in January & April 2016. You can view my Professional Garden Photographers Association profile here http://www.professionalgardenphotographers.com/po…/mark-lord

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Garden Photography Award

Pleased to be working with the gardeners at Le Manoir, in Oxfordshire for the next 12 month and shooting the changing gardens through the seasons. On my first visit I took this image of some cherry blossom which scooped 3rd place in the Professional Garden Photographers Association monthly competition last month.

Keep posted for some more images from Le Manoir throughout the year!

 

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Wisteria Hysteria

A client called me one afternoon to tell me the wisteria outside his workshop was looking its best. It took me just 15 minutes to get to his workshop and in that time someone had parked right outside the workshop infront of the wisteria. We tried a few addresses on the road to see if we could ask them to move their car for a few minutes but couldn’t track them down. We think they parked there and caught a bus into Oxford for the afternoon! Still on a positive note perhaps it adds to the image showing the length and sheer size of this wisteria! Allegedly this is the oldest wisteria in Oxfordshire.

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Orchids in the Chilterns

I am lucky to have a client with wildflower meadows, woodland and SSSI areas in the Chilterns. This sumer he asked me to record the wild orchids that grow on his land.

Here are a few of my favourite images. These are all tiny flower heads so a macro lens and tripod are essential for the job and the hope of as little wind as possible due to working with such slow shutter speeds!

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Bee Orchid in grasses – such beautiful detail!

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High quality floral greeting cards and limited edition fine art prints now available!

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Welcome to the ‘soft launch’ of Mark Lord Photography Greeting Cards and Fine Art Prints. We are selling these high quality greeting cards  and prints at Waterperry Gardens next weekend but they are also available online now. All cards are 148mm square or A5, printed on high quality 350gsm Tintoretto Gesso paper in the UK using sustainable materials.

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To see the range of cards and prints please go to the client area of our website where you will see the gallery or click here to go straight to the client area and the gallery is at the top. You cannot miss it!  http://www.marklordphotography-clientarea.com

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Look for this gallery album cover!

Please share with your family and friends whom you think would enjoy the images. Thank you.

 

Mark

Photography Project – Green & Gorgeous

I have long been a fan of Green & Gorgeous’ beautiful wedding flowers so it was with great excitement that I travelled to visit them at an uncharacteristically (for me!) early hour one Friday morning.

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Green & Gorgeous are well known for their delightful flowers & arrangements for weddings all grown at their garden at Little Stoke, Oxfordshire. They grow a diverse range of flowers throughout the Spring, Summer & Autumn. These are then arranged in a wonderful garden and hedgerow style by Rachel really showing off the natural beauty of the blooms.

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I got there just as dawn had risen when the dew was still on the grass. Being a Friday morning all the team were busy picking & prepping the flowers ready for a busy wedding weekend. Well, almost all the team…..!

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I spent a wonderful few hours wandering around the garden capturing shots of the team, the garden & individual blooms. I was amazed how much was still in bloom in September & the dahlias in particular were beautiful.

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I have grown to love garden photography & am working hard on developing this side of my work. I also love taking pictures of people in their environment so this little project was right up my street.
G&GSept2015-LORD2075_129Green & Gorgeous work with the seasons to grow a large variety of beautiful flowers from old English favourites through to the wild and unexpected. Growing with the seasons the flowers they offer change as the months go by. They start in Spring with anemones, tulips & ranunculus, move onto Summer with roses, sweet peas, poppies & scabious before heading into Autumn with an array of dahlia, eucalyptus, fruit & berries. You can choose either DIY where if you want to try your hand at arranging some of the flowers yourself, but are not keen on the stress of making your own bouquet. G&G offer a buckets & bouquet service & you can choose how much or how little you want to do. Brides quite often choose to do the flowers such as table displays & pew ends & then Rachel can give a professional look to the most important elements. Or you can choose the full works where Rachel & her team take care of everything for you from table displays, pew ends, buttonholes & bouquets.

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They also have a Saturday morning shop selling vegetables, fruit, eggs, seeds and plants, mail order service & they run a variety of courses.

I really enjoyed my time at Green & Gorgeous & hope to return next year to get some more shots throughout the season.

Green and Gorgeous, The Bothy, Little Stoke, Wallingford, OX10 6AX