8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces

8 contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers


Every once in a while we are fortunate enough to have someone else take the photographs – be it for a book, a magazine or a general library. It is flattering but also useful to see the work through the eyes, and lens, of a different artist. While some of the photographers are from an architectural discipline, others take pure garden photographs and this gives interesting results. To organise a photo shoot in a garden is not an easy prospect. The weather has to be right, so is the light, the condition of the garden – furniture might have to be organised and props. While we have more time and a perfectly finished garden on completion to take photos, the photographers featured here would have had very short windows to execute the perfect frame. For one, they would not have known the spaces before hand and so they improvise – and rely on their instincts and experience.




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  1. SHOREDITCH | ROOF TERRACE.

This roof terrace in St Luke’s on the Shoreditch borders had been an ongoing project. Initially the front roof terrace outside the living room and kitchen was tackled. A couple of years later more planters were added. Helmut Reinelt was in London to photograph the Chelsea Flower Show as well as roof garden projects for a new German publication. With Helmut’s art background some exciting shots of the exterior flowing in to the interior were taken.


8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers Helmut Reinelt

Shoreditch roof terrace  | Photo by Helmut Reinelt


  2. LONDON BRIDGE | ROOF TERRACE.

Steve was photographing a few roof terraces for a new book and this small London bridge terrace was one of them. Mr Gorton has an eye for detail and took the time to set up some interesting shots on a few locations. Steve has the knack to bring out the human element in the lifestyle shots whether when introducing people in the frame, props and a certain dignity and honesty.


8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers Steve Gorton

London Bridge roof terrace | Photo by Steve Gorton


  3. HAMPSTEAD | GARDEN.

Jerry got right under this Japanese maple to take the shot, with the striking results taken at dusk as the garden lighting was switched on. Mr Harpur enjoyed the session and also worked with the clients to take some charming portraits. When we realised that shots from above can be taken from the neighbouring building, he returned to add more frames to this wonderful collection.


8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers Jerry Harpur

Hampstead garden  | Photo by Jerry Harpur


  4. HAMPSTEAD | GARDEN.

Helen produces colourful architectural garden portraits that are detailed and opulent. Here, a simple composition is closely framed with the foliage of black bamboo and Iris meeting over slate stone around this architectural waterfall. We first worked together on a Conran Octopus book by David Stevens when she photographed 3 of our early gardens.


8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers Helen Fickling

Hampstead garden  | Photo by Helen Fickling


  5. SANDBANKS | COURTYARD.

Carole travelled to Dorset to recap on a courtyard garden design. This was a library shoot and so we received the images in return for the library’s right to sell the photos. The weather was somewhat murky and the long travelling time means not a great deal left to shoot. Ms Drake documented the space well with a few flawless photos illustrating the essence of the design, the stone and feel of the courtyard.


8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers Carole Drake

Sandbanks courtyard garden  | Photo by Carole Drake


  6. WANDSWORTH | GARDEN.

Clive took this picture of a Wandsworth Common garden we had designed a while back. Mr Nichols is one of the easiest photographers people to work with. When we examine Clive’s photographers and look at what he is looking, we increase our understanding of our own design and what other people see in it.


8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers Clive Nichlos

Wandsworth garden  | Photo by Clive Nichols


  7. ST GEORGE WHARF | ROOF GARDEN.

When work had finished on this large roof garden in St George Wharf, we had the opportunity to work with the architectural photographer Tim Soar. It was a fine autumnal afternoon with a nice sunset and generous access to other nearby buildings in the development. Working our way through the spaces, from early afternoon until dark, Tim was able to capture the essence of the project. While the client had moved on and the photographs sold to a few European publications, the roof still features in the odd broadcast or film.


8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers Tim Soar

St George Wharf roof gardens  | Photo by Tim Soar


  8. BOROUGH | ROOF TERRACE.

We had enormous fun watching Lucy document 5 of our projects. With a background in fashion, journalism and music she brought something different to the sessions. The projects photographed were primarily city roof terraces with very architectural content both within the spaces and around us. Shooting in the evening is tricky and making the most of ‘The Golden Hour’ could be nerve wrecking at worst yet utterly rewarding at best. It was a successful tour as the clients were available to work with us and the terraces all just had a maintenance visit.


8 of our best contemporary gardens and roof terraces by 8 notable photographers Lucy Fitter

Borough roof terrace  | Photo by Lucy Fitter


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Primrose Hill patio garden  | Photo by Steve Gorton



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