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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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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Welcome to my new garden photography blog!

During 2014 and 2015 I have been doing more and more garden and plant based photography for local private gardens, nurseries as well as our own garden.  The work is not only enjoyable but highly rewarding as you watch a garden develop throughout the seasons. Here is an allium flower head about to bust into flower. I shot this whilst having lunch on our decking and I really like the image, it has been well received and will soon be available as a fine art greeting card. Keep a look out for my range of horticultural quality greeting cards!  A5_LANDSCAPE