Somerset Flower Farm • dream photography job
After discovering the Somerset Flower Farm last year I have popped back regularly for a bunch of their beautiful home grown flowers which I love photographing and sharing with you.
So can you imagine my giddiness when yesterday I went to help style and photograph their new website imagery?!
There is something so precious and delicate about knowing where the flowers actually come from. To see them being cut and wrapped for you to take home feels even more of a special treat. I loved how the boys were fascinated with the farm - you can read about our visit here.
Flowers are my luxury item! I fill the house with little jars, vases and bowls with fresh flowers and make one bunch work really hard!
Not only does the flower farm sell stems you can buy there and then, to take home and make your house pretty, Mandy will make up bespoke bouquets whilst you browse her vintage china, glassware, crockery and more, you can also order your wedding flowers straight from the farm.
I can't wait for Mandy to start her workshops too. As soon as I know more I will share it with you!
I was in heaven. A hot sunny day, a shady spot to set up our photo shoots and hazy sunshine across the fields.
The flower farm is a rustic paradise. It's not a perfectly staged shop, it's organic, in every way. And each time I visit, it's character and charm has evolved. Mandy's talented creative eye means that the barn shop is bursting with wonderful displays, little vessels bursting with colour and texture.
But despite it's rustic charm you get an overwhelming feeling of opulence. Flower varieties you will never see in a supermarket and buckets teaming with stems so long you need to look twice to appreciate their raw state. Not the perfectly packaged, tied with an elastic band varieties, just bucket after bucket teaming with buds, it's like the best pic and mix in the world!
Here are some of my favourites! Apart from a little sharpening here and there, this is how they are. The colours are so vivid and needed no editing at all! The giant rose was the star of the show!
The photo shoot was intense and exhausting but wonderful at the same time! Mandy and I bounced off each other and established a friendship yesterday. The most important thing for me from a product shoot is to be able to give the talented client as much material as possible, to share in different ways and at different times of the year.
The flower farm photos need to work for all types of social media (think cropped square for Instagram, portrait for Pinterest, nice banners for Facebook cover photos etc), for their new website and that represent different seasons or celebrations. Of course, with flowers they are a seasonal entity! But Mandy and I tried to capture different atmospheres so she has lots of content to share all year round. Real photos in the actual setting, not perfectly light studio shots. I hope I captured the essence of Mandy and Ken's beautiful business and can't wait to see the new website live.
Make sure you follow @SomersetFlowerFarm so you can be spoilt with lots of lovely floral photos and news!