I’ve been dying to do a portrait session with a Field of Flowers. I am not the inventor of this concept and I have seen it executed very well by other photographers which served as my inspiration for this past weekend’s portrait shoot. I had imagined different colors for my Field of flowers but Hobby Lobby was running a 40% off sale on fall colored silk flowers so that’s what I went with.
I picked 5 very large bunches of flowers they ranged in price from $20-$25 each before the sale discounts and bought some traditional white roses to lighten up the burgundies, oranges and yellows. I also bought this swatch of fabric to lay underneath so that if I had an gaps in my flowers you wouldn’t see the floor underneath the model. Overall I spent about $80 on the flowers and about $10 on the fabric.
I set to work cutting apart all of the flowers which was not an easy task since each flower had a wire running through them. The wire did come in handy later when it came time to bend all the heads to a 90 degree angle so they were face up. I had my helper Stitch there, who enjoyed hiding and playing among the cut flowers.
I had our model Vanessa lay down on the fabric and I began to surround her with flowers, trying to be random with the color placement for visual interest. I made sure I had enough flowers surrounding her body with about a 6″ – 12″ buffer zone and then started clicking away. I had to do some creative work in Photoshop to fill in the areas which did not have flowers to create the look I was going for but as you can see in the image below she is now fully engulfed in flowers with a little finessing.
Each posing change we had to go back in and rearrange the flowers again filling in the gaps that were made by the previous pose. Vanessa was quite a trooper because this required long periods of laying in the same position and getting tickled by the flower petals. Already this is a gorgeous picture and I haven’t even put the finishing touches on it yet.
Already this is a gorgeous picture and I haven’t even put the finishing touches on it yet.
After a few quick edits this one is finished. I love it when my subjects make my job easy.
This shot was taken in our studio in Phoenix AZ
This was a natural light portrait taken in studio.
Sigma 24-70 @ 35mm
F2.8; ISO 1250; 1/160th
Deciding the best photo from this series was no easy task. Vanessa has a great connection to the camera and the posing really accentuates her beautiful shape. Natural light is so flattering ladies and makes them look full of life. The expression on her face almost makes me think she’s hiding a secret.
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