Mick Hales started photographing gardens in England over 30 years ago and brought a portfolio to show Francois De La Renta and Denise Otis at House and Garden magazine in New York. From that interview Mick Hales relocated to New York from Devon, England and started garden photography for House and Garden. Those commissions took Mick Hales to some of the best gardens in the world and developed his eye and distinctive style of garden photography.
Mick Hales photographs gardens for magazines, books, garden designers, botanical gardens and serious amateur gardeners. He also has an extensive stock of photographs of plants and gardens from around the world.
Many of his clients for garden photography are keen garden owners who wish to capture this ephemeral art form through the different seasons.
Gardens are always changing and they rarely repeat themselves exactly from one year to the next mainly because of different weather conditions. Another reason is that gardens go through a life cycle from being planted, starting out, becoming mature and then past prime. So the different trees, shrubs and flowering plants which make up the garden are at different stages in their life cycle so plant combinations tend to change.
Many gardeners realise just as their gardens are maturing that they will have to downsize their living situations and consequently leave their gardens after many years of loving care.
In those cases Mick Hales recommends photographing the garden several times through the year to capture the different seasons and then creating a personalised book of your garden. It makes the perfect keepsake for generations to come.
Mick Is currently working on a book with Jane Garmey on public gardens of NYC, titled ‘City Green’ to be published by Monacelli Press.
Talk to Mick Hales before the gardening season gets started.