I found the best little backdrop for photo sessions. My new favorite location is The Sunflower Garden, located at 2390 Manchester Road in Westminster, MD. It’s a bit of a distance from the studio, so there will be mileage added to the session fee, but it’s totally worth it, if you are looking for a beautiful garden setting for your photos. Here are my top 10 reasons why I think you should book a session here.
FYI Fellow Photographer’s – To request permission to shoot at The Sunflower Garden, Mr. Digg’s, the owner, requests that you message him via The Sunflower Garden’s Facebook page. There is a $20 Entrance fee to shoot there.
Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Book a Shoot at The Sunflower Garden
1o. The little stone wall – There is a little stonewall that the kids or family can sit/stand on with beautiful colored flowers behind it. This was the perfect spot to sit 4 siblings, for a fun huggy shot.
9. This Happens – 8. Chickens – There are chickens. They are fenced in. The kids loved watching them run around. They were all tucked into the hen house by the time we were finished shooting. It was just like the hen house in Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.
7. Take Home Flowers – The Photographers entrance fee includes a bouquet of pick your own flowers! Of course we let the kiddos choose the flowers for the grown ups to cut, and give them to mommy to take home.
6. Silhouettes– Although the farm is surrounded by tall fields and trees. There is a spot between the driveway and the main gardens where you can get a silhouette shot. It doesn’t face the sunset, but it will do. I couldn’t find a spot that faced the sunset. Please let me know if you figure one out.
5. A Little Extra Light – We started our shoot 90 min before sunset. Which is a little early for good light. There is field of flowers planted along a hill right next to some woods that is nice and shady at that time of day. The flowers are taller, but the hill allows you to shoot down a little and see your subjects peeking out. By the time we were finished there, the light was perfect for the other fields.
4. Rows – All the flowers, including the sunflowers are planted in rows. This means you don’t have to traipse through prickly weeds, snagging your clothes or skin. This is especially tough to do with children in toe. At The Sunflower Garden it’s easy to find a spot to pose a group, or get a shot of the kids running through them. With the right angle, you can make it look like they are standing in a field. 3. More Than Sunflowers – It’s not just sunflowers. The gardens are full of colorful flowers of varying heights. It’s so pretty there.
2. Sunflower Variety – There are both taller and shorter varieties of sunflowers, some rows are all tall, some are all shorter, and some are a combination. These options are everything to a photographer. Especially when your studio caters to little ones. Those tall flowers can be tough to work with when your subject is only 30″ tall.
1. Mr Diggs – Anyone who writes LOVE in sunflowers is my kind of guy. He made us feel so welcome. He gave us the run of the property and even took me on a quick tour of some secret spots before we started.