The Plant that Started it ALL


Thousands of photos shot over days in my studio is what it took to crack the secret to photographing this little cannabis plant clone.  In the end Her pictures did not disappoint & ended up being a very pleasing series of photographs when put together.

I began with the model & vision, I just needed time with both. Ended up needing all of my equipment & years of experience to get the pictures to come out the way I had envisioned them.

I found photographing her to be not as easy as I thought.

I went in thinking I would simply pluck leafs off & shoot them separately. However leaves die only minutes after being removed & I needed these to look healthy for the photos. I realized I not only had to keep the leaves on the plant alive but also grow the plant to be a usable model for me to


Now I’m gardening & photographing at the same time in my studio.

It took me a while to figure out the right way to compose the images. Hard to make a plant not look…well…like just a plant in a photo. Plants absorb light as well as reflect light. I had to spend a long time finding the right angles to shine light on my little clone. It was tricky finding her good side.


After a few days in the studio & a couple weeks of bonsai style growing my girl's photos began to take shape. When lit the right way her leafs looked miraculous!

Vibrant, rich green colors with fine detailed leaf edges & veins structures all catching brilliant sleek highlights. I was very pleased.

Having projects turn out the way I envisioned always spring boards me to meet the next. This project has inspired me to continue with my new brand of cannabis photography.


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