There are so many elements to this incredibly fun industry and so many areas that inspire our photography. One of those is floristry. I adore flowers. They are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. I have always wanted to learn how to grow, forage and arrange flowers, and believe me I’ve attempted to do all three in the past, but with no luck. This summer, I was given the opportunity to participate in the Oh Flora Tuscan workshop held at Puscina Flower Farm, to which I obviously jumped at - excitedly!!
We spent four glorious days with this beautiful bunch of florists from all over the world. Some women were just starting out and others had years of floristry experience, all were keen to forever expand and grow their skill set. I was truely inspired by this gorgeous group of women, including Tanya from Oh Flora and the sisters from Puscina Flowers. Tanya’s talent and energy is infectious and you can’t help but want to be apart of what ever amazing creative thing she is up to.
Puscina Flower farm was another world. This beautiful family, originally from Sicily, had moved to Tuscany in the 50’s. Originally producing Pecorino cheese, the three sisters converted the space to a flower farm, now organically growing flowers for their own floristry business. With the entire family still residing on the property, each day felt like Christmas Day in Australia. The kids spent their days swimming in the lake whilst Mamma cooked the most delicious traditional Italian feasts for us to indulge in.
A special mention to our Tuscan house mate for the week, Olive Cooke. I adored every minute of photographing and getting to know this beautiful soul. She trusted my creative direction and added so much heart to every photographs.
I was nervous as hell to start with, worried by flowers would look an absolute mess as they had in the past… But, thanks to Tanya and the ladies I think I did ok! Look. I’ll be posting more of my own floral results very soon. Until then, here are some highlights from our precious week in Tuscan heaven.