July 12, 2016

Portraits in the Garden

My talented friend Amber has conducted several portrait sessions in my garden, and this spring she offered to take a few photos of me.  My husband wandered out to say hello as we got started, so Amber told him he could be in a few shots if he'd put on his suit and trademark bow tie.  A few minutes later he came out in his bow tie . . . and his swimming suit (you can see the mischievous smile on his face above).  After we all had a good laugh he changed into a real suit and posed for some pictures.  He definitely belongs in these photos since he's the one who digs the big holes, helps with garden cleanup in the fall, and hauls countless wheelbarrow loads of compost and bark.


These smiles required seventeen years of marriage to create, but the bouquet was quick and easy.  First I laid a stem of peony foliage on the table, then spread spikes of 'May Night' sage (Salvia), 'Venice Blue' speedwell (Veronica) and 'Walker's Low' catmint (Nepeta) on top.  Next came a few stems of 'Caesar's Brother Siberian iris.  Then I added stems with rounded flowers from 'Totally Tangerine' geum and 'Moulin Rouge' astrantia, plus some fluffy lady's mantle (Alchimella mollis).  Finally I set a couple of 'Morning Lilac' intersectional peony blooms on top and tied the stems with raffia.  It was easy to adjust the flowers as they lay on the table, and the bouquet photographed well because it was flat and one-sided.


Reality check:  while gardening I usually look awful in a sweaty t-shirt with dirt smudges on my face, a few scratches from rose thorns on my arms or legs (I'm such a clutz), grime under my fingernails even when I remember gloves, and twigs sticking in my hair while it's falling out of a ponytail.  No makeup, no hairspray, no pretty dress.  But this photo accurately captures the joy I feel in my garden, so thanks Amber for nudging me to do this project!
Generally I don't mind if you use my photos for wholesome and appropriate purposes, but please do not download or use these photos as they are copyrighted by Amber McArthur.

3 comments:

  1. So lovely. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  2. Wonderful photos! I have a former student who is now a photographer frequently using our gardens for her portraits, especially senior pictures.... I so look forward to seeing what she's come up with and seeing the gardens through someone else's eyes! Love the bow tie!! Larry

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  3. Love the one of you and your hubby laughing/smiling! I'm a portrait photographer and I love intimate images like this one. Beautiful. Congrats on 17 years. Hubby and I celebrated 20 this year. :)

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