Garden Photography Course

Looking to improve your garden and plant photography? Mark is pleased to announce he will be running his first one day creative garden photography course at the wonderful Waterperry Gardens on 17th May 2017. This course is now full but we will be holding further dates in 2017. Please ‘like’ our Facebook page to see the new dates when they are released!
Mark’s course is for anyone with a basic knowledge of photography looking to create beautiful garden vistas and plant portraits.
Mark has worked as a professional photographer since 1999 and has a wealth of knowledge to      help you improve your photographic skills. Mark is a member of the Professional Garden Photographers Association and has won a number of monthly awards for his images including first place with an image of the Rose Garden at Waterperry Gardens! Mark has photographed the gardens at Waterperry for the last 4 years and many of his images are used by Waterperry to promote the gardens.
Mark’s relaxed and friendly approach starts off in the classroom with examples of his work and how he achieved the results, help in you getting familiar with your camera settings and the afternoon will be spent in the garden taking photographs. Complimentary tea and coffee will also be included.
Students are required to bring the following;
A digital camera of some description that you will be happy to use.
Preferably a 35mm SLR style digital camera with a wide-angle lens to moderate telephoto lens. A macro lens or macro function is desirable if possible.
Bridge Camera with wide/telephoto/macro features
Compact Camera with wide/telephoto/macro features
Camera Phone – not ideal but better than nothing!
In order to see the result on the day a digital camera is recommended with either an SD card or CF card. (Please ensure your card is downloaded and re-formatted and ready to use before coming long to the course)
A fully charged battery and spare (fully charged battery)
A tripod and cable release if owned.
Outdoor footwear, clothing and waterproofs to wear if raining plus large umbrella!
Something suitable to lie on for low angle shots if ground is damp/wet
A notebook and pen
A suitable packed lunch or lunch is available to purchase at the Waterperry Tearoom.

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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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Beautiful Wisteria at Waterperry Gardens this Summer

I have been lucky to work at Waterperry Gardens for nearly 2 years and have photographed the gardens throughout the seasons for them, supplying images for promotional material and social media use. Here is the fabulous Wisteria tunnel in the formal garden. I was there together with several members of the public in awe of this spectacular sight. TW-Waterperry May 2015-ML015_003