This feature appeared in Gardens Illustrated in December 2010. I have already posted something about this shoot earlier in my blog as it is a particularly good example of a plant profile for a magazine. For these profiles to work successfully it usually takes several visits and a very good relationship between photographer and nursery. I think I must have visited New Leaf Plants about 6 times over the period of 3-4 months, sometimes only shooting one variety. Everytime a new variety was ready to be shot I would be given a call and off down the motorway to capture it. All these pictures have been taken in polytunnels with the aid of clamps, twine, diffusers and reflectors, so when the article is finally published and I can look at the pictures again, I actually forget the work that has gone into producing them and can enjoy the photographs for what they are, beautiful winter flowers !
This shows both the behind the scenes of all the clamps and gadgets I needed to photograph these Winter flowering clematis along with a few finished shots. These flowers are so tiny they often need a bit of a helping hand. This forms part of a commission I am working on for Gardens Illustrated due to be published in February 2011.
Many thanks to the team at New Leaf Plants for allowing me to work in their polytunnels.