A recent survey showed that gardeners and florists topped the list of happiest workers.
Having travelled the world as a travel and landscape photographer, a few years back I was commissioned to illustrate the medicinal plants that featured in the Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby.
I already had a keen interest in horticulture as I have an organic allotment and love tending to my garden whilst also letting swathes of it run free. This particular book commission changed my direction, I fell in love with photographing plants and gardens.
Travel and landscape photography can be quite a solitary profession, this all changed when I was asked to photograph at the RHS Malvern Show. I met the most amazing friendly passionate people involved in so many different areas of horticulture. I was hooked and from that point I now divide time between garden and travel photography.
My personal reasons why I love garden and plant photography is because the photos can be taken in all seasons, whatever the weather, and I get to meet amazing people who are involved in all aspects of horticulture.
Enough said cut to the photos:
For the florists;
Gardens can regenerate abandoned spaces
Recycle and reuse materials
Gardening involves community;
A big thanks to all those who have welcomed me into the wonderful world of plants and to those who I am yet to meet and to all those that have become friends along this path. Wishing everyone an amazing 2013 and years ahead of happiness in the horticultural field.
Special thanks to Rachel Corby for The Medicine Garden book commission.
More pretty pictures at http://www.stephenstuddphotography.com
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I can be contacted for photography commissions on 00447706119609
I am a member of the Garden Media Guild and secretary of the Professional Garden Photographers Association