Photographing in the Canopy at the Festival of Plants for the Cambridge University Botanic Garden
After a successful photography commission for the Cambridge University Botanic Garden I was recommended to the Marketing team at SAPS based at the Botanic Garden in Cambridge to take photographs for some of their new marketing collateral. The photography undertaken was very similar to the previous shoot for the CUBG except that all the children were 15 -16 and were visiting the garden as part of a week long tour of Cambridge University. Obviously this meant that I was capturing reportage style images with very little intervention or posing of the subjects. The brief was to capture the students looking interested and engaged in there activities.
Results from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden commission, to photograph children enjoying the Botanic Gardens surroundings and activities. Before undertaking this project I spent some time scouting locations with the marketing manager to find suitable places for children to enjoy and interact with the garden. There were so many beautiful and interesting options I new it would probably be best to stick to just a few places rather than tackling a long list of locations. Otherwise tiring the children and loosing their attention span.
There were in total about 12 children on the day, all were very enthusiastic and full of energy. My approach was to allow the children freedom to interact and enjoy themselves but to also set up and pose situations where the children might interact or find fun. Such as looking into fish ponds, hiding under tree branches or creeping through bamboo. Always keeping a mindful eye on the unexpected. I beleive the results are very natural and capture the fun atmosphere of the mornings shoot.
All images were shot available light with some fill from reflectors. The gardens are very interesting and diverse, with some wonderful views and trails throughout. More than enough for any photographer to get their teeth into, if you enjoy photographing nature and landscapes.
Scouting Locations for a photo shoot at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens for new leaflets and image library updates. The garden is a fascinating place with exploding cucumber buds and carniverous plants! It also has endless possibilities for photographs and so I used the iphone camera to quickly take photo sketches of interesting locations so that I would have a reference on the day of the shoot as a reminder. Rather than having models and client hanging around waiting for me to find the best location and angles.
Example iphone images from the recce below. I will post comparisons to these images on completion of the job in a few weeks time!