Peonies, Garden Roses, Iris, Ranunculus, Allium, Clematis, Scabiosa, Freesia, Sweet William, oh the list goes on and on... It's a dangerous time for a florist. One moment, I can walk in needing only a small list of flowers to grab and drive away with a carload full of beautiful blooms thinking, "What did I just do!?!" Yes, it is a slippery slope for sure.
That's why when Leslie of Pretty Petals requested a bouquet of soft summer blooms for a photo shoot last Friday, it was super easy... and so much fun! Leslie is the perfect example of someone who surrounds herself with flowers every day. Follow her blog and you'll soon discover she always has flowers. Here's what she had to say when I asked about flowers in her life.
"A single bloom in a vase changes the feeling in a room. Bringing the outside in... year round is important to me. If my favorite flowers are out of season, I'll pick up greens. Eucalyptus is my favorite! I load up a big bunch in a white pitcher and it smells so good and brings life into my kitchen! Flowers can also be used to add pops of color to a room. My kitchen is all white, and I love to play with seasonal floral colors and styles. "
Leslie took the words right out of my mouth! I have personally been in Leslie's kitchen and her clean white palette welcomes any color and every variety of flower or foliage nature has to offer. This is right in line with her philosophy of incorporating all natural health and beauty products as well as everyday cleaning supplies and good, wholesome homemade foods.
Quickly the decision was made to move to the back of the depot on the shady side. Of course, I'm just following along with the flowers thinking, how is this shady spot going to look bright? As the camera started snapping and Leslie worked just the right angles, Missy shared with me what photos she was taking. I was shocked. Not only did it look like Leslie was standing on a wooden boardwalk at the train depot, indeed the background was white and bright. It totally made the subjects in the photos pop!
I learned something very important that day. I always knew Missy was excellent at her job, but I realized she looks at light and shadows completely different than I do. This is why having a professionally trained photographer by your side is so absolutely important.