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Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

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.

Click here to see more of the Family/Maternity session I did at The Sunflower Garden

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.

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

From another angle it can look like a whole field of flowers behind you.

9. This Happens Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden 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.

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

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.

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

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.

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

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.

maternity photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

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. Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden3. More Than Sunflowers – It’s not just sunflowers. The gardens are full of colorful flowers of varying heights. It’s so pretty there.

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

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.

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

The taller variety

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

The shorter variety with a few tall ones mixed in.

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.

Photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

When I saw this, I knew it was going to be a good shoot.

 

    I thoroughly enjoy watching the B family grow.  It’s hard to believe that mom is carrying baby number five, who the children fondly refer to as bubble.  I love these kiddos. They are all so sweet to each other and actually pretty easy to work with.  Big sister B could be my assistant.  We didn’t even have to tell her to do anything. She just intuitively knew what needed to be done and did everything in her power to help her little brothers. Mom saw the Sunflower Garden in Westminster, on my website and decided to do the shoot there. They usually drive an hour from VA to the studio, but today they drove 2 hours.  I’m pretty sure it was worth it. I love these pictures. I couldn’t decide which ones to use, so there are a lot.

    **I took a few more shots of the beautiful grounds while I was there. I will do another blog post on the Sunflower Garden soon. In the meantime if you are a photographer and would like to shoot there, I have the booking details here.   maternity photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden maternity photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden maternity photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

    maternity photographer Frederick MD - Sunflower Garden

    …and there are chickens!