Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling and Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling and Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

 Out takes from the shoot, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Out takes from the shoot, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

For the May issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Marcus was asked to pair up once again with the wonderful Photographer Kat Teutsch to work on a series of color trend related stories. You can see more to follow in the comings months. This time the subject matter was Peony Pinks.

Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. Scientists differ on the number of species that can be distinguished ranging from 25 to 40, They have compound deeply lobed leaves and large, often fragrant flowers, in colors ranging from purple red, pink to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer. The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture, In 1903, the Qing dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.

We don't know anyone who does not love this flower and they are always such a pleasure to work with although they can be unpredictable, they can go from tightly bunched like small balls to overflowing and petals dropping within a few hours, Actually in this shoot it was the lighter Peonies that decided to open earlier than the darker ones as you ca see in the picture.

 

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