Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lovely Lilacs

There is a small window of time where lilacs are available where I live. I find the best ones at our natural foods store the first week or two of April. It doesn't matter what I have going on, if they are in the store, I buy them and head to the studio, putting everything else on hold.

Once I have my backdrop set up, I arrange, prune and experiment with different props as I try to create a composition that if I am lucky, will convey the luscious scents and the feeling of hope that all spring blooms create.

The original version of this video was made to post on my membership site - Photo Artistry Workshop. We have been discussing floral photography the last few weeks with posts on backdrops, depth of field and other items that come in handy when shooting flowers in a studio setting. I stress the importance of paying attention to detail rather than relying on Photoshop's healing brush to remove debris and other distracting elements that may appear in the image.

I use only natural light and reflectors. I am big believer in "keeping it simple" and find it easier to be creative if I am not messing with a lot of equipment.

This was shot in my old studio, but I was thrilled to discover last week that the window light in my new space is just as good, if not better, than what I was working with before. Stay tuned....I plan to share the images from that first photo shoot in a couple of weeks.

So enjoy the video, turn up the music and be grateful that I am getting better at editing these videos. The raw footage from this day is over two hours long! I didn't think anyone wanted to watch me obsess over every detail of the arrangement for that long.....imagine the last minute of this video times 120!

If you can't see the video, click here: YouTube


  1. Hi Dianne. It was fascinating watching you trim and adjust the lilacs. I am always intrigued at how other artists work. Thank you for sharing. Your production is wonderful!!!! Best of luck in your new space.

  2. Thanks Beth! I too enjoy seeing how other artists work and I love that video can now transport us into each other's studio. Thanks again for your comment!

  3. Wow, that was a lot of effort. I enjoyed watching and listening to the music.

  4. Thank you Sandy! Glad you enjoyed it!