An array of colours, textures, and fragrances
In my life, on occasion, “I’ve been told to “wake up and smell the roses.” Though in the past it was often due to a momentary lack of judgment or rationale, the context and result of hearing this for a recent photo-shoot was actually quite pleasant.
Two months ago, Keith was approached by Natasha Manji to photograph a Spring/Summer magazine spread in Lavish Dulhan (Bridal Publication). My job was to shoot a short film about her floral and decor company, Berries and Blooms, as well as a behind-the-scenes for the photo-shoot itself.
Suffice to say, on the day of the shoot I found myself waking up and going to work slightly happier, excited, and more relaxed. This was most likely because the shoot was at the incredibly beautiful and tranquil Toronto Botanical Garden.
It had been some time since I last visited a garden, let alone smelled fresh flowers. Typically, the only flowers I enjoy in my day-to-day are my car air freshener and the Febreze at the office. However on that morning as I offloaded the equipment out of the car, I instantly smelled the wonderful aromas found in the numerous vegetation, herbs, and flowers surrounding the park. Definitely a pleasant change from the occasional odors found at a tight knit media production studio consisting of 8 people.
In the end we decided to shoot the spread in a simple, yet elegant room within one of the main buildings at the Botanical Garden. And although I was initially disappointed that I would not be surrounded by one of the 17 award winning gardens at the park, I was instantly put back at ease and in awe as Natasha began creating a beautiful garden of her own.
With an area the size of two standard dining tables Natasha worked her magic. Using her floral design and an array of colours, textures, and fragrances, she created an extremely organic and captivating wedding table set. The final film required precise focus and strong attention to detail. By picking the right elements to showcase, I discovered how minute details can truly speak volumes.