Quote of the Day: “Open up for the Power of the Flower.” ~ Praga Khan
I have spent the last five days with the “flower children”. This is how I refer to my friends and artists who thrive, in some capacity, in the world of horticulture. Some are publishers of fine garden and horticulture magazines, some are garden designers, garden writers and garden photographers. Their common denominator, they are all true gardeners.
The sun was shining on me a year ago when my favorite flower child, Patty Craft, Managing Editor and Publisher of Horticulture Magazine (also, my sister), invited me to join her at San Francisco Flower and Garden Show media pre-view event. While I was not asked to “officially” shoot ” for her magazine, they ended up using some of my photos for their article on the show. It was the blossoming of a new and lovely relationship.
Also on that day, I met my second favorite flower child, Rebecca Sweet. Rebecca, is a landscape designer, author, freelance writer, garden blogger; and, unbeknownst to her, the complete force behind my leap into the blogging world. Several months after our meeting, Rebecca invited me to a luncheon at her home with renowned garden photographer, Saxon Holt. Sitting in Rebecca’s garden with these two revered artists, I gained a wealth of information and inspiration. It was after that meeting that I turned the corner with Woodside Images . From these two masters, I learned that I needed to create a unique niche for my style of photography, promote myself shamelessly; and, most importantly, start blogging about it.
Patty and Rebecca at Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto, CA.
I am a Gemini and my personality is true to its sign. Gemini world is one of duality. This can also possibly explain and help describe my style of photography; or, if you will, the unique niche I’ve created. Some days it’s all about horses and other days it’s a walk in the garden. It’s been whispered, that in order for me to be successful as an artist, it would be wise to choose between the two. Flowers and horses have been good to me for a very long time. Both are an inspiration to my art and to my soul. In staying true to myself as an artist and a Gemini, I choose both! Enjoy!