By Anna Kocharian

Published on March 7, 2016

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Photography by ashleywoodsonbailey.com

Self-taught photographer Ashley Woodson Bailey worked as a floral designer for nearly two decades before a life-altering accident prevented her from going after her usual, larger scale projects. With a BFA in Art History and Art, Bailey sought out to create a lasting arrangement of florals, through the lens of her camera. Her premier collection, entitled “Dark”, was inspired by the transformation of a flower from its blossomed form to a dying stem, with a focus on preserving the change as a moment in time.

Here, Bailey spills a few of her tried and true tips for photographing florals.

What inspires you?

 

Flowers, Dries Van Noten, art, travel, my children, and my dogs.

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Do you have a favorite backdrop for photographing florals?

My husband painted our bedroom (floor to ceiling) in Benjamin Moore’s Black Panther, so I could photograph my florals against it with the beautiful natural light that shines in through our bedroom window. I also love different shades of velvet – although to be honest, my mood drives the decision of what the image will look like.  

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What is your go-to trick for arranging flowers to be photographed?

 

I make the arrangements three-sided when photographing because no one will ever see the back of the flowers.

Any advice for the budding floral photographer?  

Don’t be afraid of the flowers – they won’t talk back to you.

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What’s your favorite floral palette for spring or summer?  

It always depends on what they have at the flower market. The last few times I’ve gone, I have been drawn to the most beautiful yellow garden roses and gorgeous pale blue hybrid delphinium.

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Follow Ashley Woodson Bailey along on Instagram, and keep an eye out for her upcoming Spring wallpaper and fabric collection!

Learn more about Ashley Woodson Bailey here!