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We’re very pleased to announce that photographs from Carlo Balistrieri Photography were selected for the cover, and center spread of the American Public Garden Association’s magazine, Public Garden

The cover image, featuring macro-detail of Zinnia flower parts, was shot outdoors from a cut-flower bouquet purchased at a local farm stand.

The center spread is a photographed of fasciated Rudbeckia flowers taken in a meadow at the Royal Botanical Gardens-Canada in Hamilton, Ontario.

In all my years of gardening/botanizing, these are perhaps the most beautiful flowers affected by fasciation that I’ve seen.

And yes, this shot on the director’s page is mine as well:

featuring one of the fabulous Bulbophyllum…this one formerly a Cirrhopetalum. Ain’t nature grand?

If you have any image needs, I’d love to discuss them with you!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve (finally broken down and) started an Instagram account and added a link to the social media accounts featured on! It features iPhone photography and is one more way for us to communicate about fine art, editorial and commercial photography.
Check it out and let me know what you think!

(Paeonia tenuifolia ‘Plena’   (iPhone))

After weeks of unseasonably warm (yes, NJ hit the 80’s in April) we’ve settled into a cold, rainy pattern–well below numbers we expect this time of year. The GOOD news is that amazing opportunities for garden photography are out there.

Put down your coffee, pick up your Nikon, Canon, Sony, iPhone and GO OUTSIDE! There’s no need to spritz plants in weather like this (there’s a story there for another post!), and the cool temps are slowing things down.

Before you know it spring will give way to summer and we’ll be complaining (with our plants) about the heat and humidity. Enjoy this while you can, ladies and gentlemen!

There’s nothing quite like a tropical conservatory in the winter to chase away the photographic doldrums. And there’s no place quite like the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden. AND there’s nothing quite like NYBG’s orchid show to bring out photographs looking for a shot of cholorphyll.



February is not generally a very hospitable month in New York. Despite the beauty of Victorian architecture, even the conservatory has little to recommend it from the outside at this time of year. Banners flanking the door, however, give a hint of what’s inside.


It’s a lot warmer inside than out…even though this winter hasn’t been a bad one. On a cold day, it will take a half hour or longer for your camera and lenses to clear. Use the time to scope things out and create a shot list.


Just like shooting outdoors, look for long, establishing shots…


…medium detail and vignette opportunities…

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(and there will be plenty of these)



And more intimate portraits. Macro opportunities will abound but be limited by light conditions unless supplemental lighting is used.

It’s the season, so wherever you are there is sure to be an orchid show nearby. Be sure to check in ahead of time with the venue for times, ticketing information, and any special rules for photographers. These events are CROWDED (you think we’re the only ones who need a little color?) and tripods are often forbidden. Look for quiet times of day and/or special days or hours for photographers.

For more on Orchidelirium contact:


Cabin fever? I got out to try WordPress’s iOS app as a posting tool. I’m at 3 West drinking…a Cabin Fever. The place isn’t exactly hopping–but the beer is and the music is killin’ it!

If this goes well, remote posting will become just about my new favorite thing!



So this is what it used to be….