Photographing flora is no easy task. What appears to be a simple shoot of a few houseplants for the winter issue of Modern In Denver was actually an 8+ hour job that required an emergency trip to the fly shop for fishing line to help style the leaves. “I think we usually had more light stands holding line than we had holding strobes,” said photographer James Florio, who shot the plants with Kyler Deutmeyer. We caught up with them to learn more about the process of still life photography. Read on to see how a simple houseplant turned into a gorgeous, moody photo essay.
MID: What are the challenges of still life photography and getting the tone right?
MID: What was unique about the process for this particular shoot?
MID: How did you achieve the dramatic chiaroscuro effect?
Check out the final photo essay and other work from James Florio and Kyler Deutmeyer.