I spend my early mornings checking in with several blogs: ranches and animals first and then on to flower and flower farm blogs. Most of them post beautiful photos of their animals and flowers - really good photos.
I'm a bad photographer. I own a good Nikon dslr that I bought last year. Even as I just point and shoot I sometimes luck out because of the camera quality, not my skill. But I know I need to hunker down and learn some stuff. I'm also a poor self teacher.
During the past week I've been taking new photos for the website. Aside from my lack of skill, gettting a good picture of a flower arrangement is a huge challenge. If you're a florist and you want to see what your arrangement REALLY looks like, take a pic.
The process can take hours if I'm also answering the phone, taking orders and waiting on customers. Even if I'm not busy, editing an arrangement is like editing an essay - the old cut and paste method.
Here's an arrangement that Lizzie made before revision:
It's pretty and before we saw the photo it looked like it had movement.
We expanded the reach almost beyond our comfort zone but in the photo it looks more interesting and has more movement. Learn and learn some more about how best to use materials.
I took twenty photos of this arrangement, adjusting angles, even replacing some of the flowers, then putting them back in where Marisa had originally placed them, and I never saw that leaf blocking the peony in the middle of the arrangement. Taking photos is so much about 'seeing.'
I worried over the high contrast in this arrangement and fussed with placement of the burgundy and blue, filled in small gaps that yawned as big holes in the photo. I turned it every which way before I settled on an angle. Is that phone ringing again?
I made this arrangement three times and took a dozen photos.
I'm hoping to be finished by next week. I have beautiful professional photos of some of our weddings - the challenge there is choosing which ones I like best.
I think a photo class is in my future.