Michael Cartwright Photography

Floral Macro Photography at Gisborough Priory Gardens with James Rowe

I'm excited to have been offered access to James Rowes wonderful gardens at Gisborough Priory for a macro photography workshop. Join myself and floral expert James for an evening of colourful image making, set to the backdrop of Gisborough Priory. 

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02nd - 02nd Sep, 2022

£40.00 / £40.00 Deposit

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Join myself and floral expert James Rowe for an evening of colourful image making, set to the beautiful backdrop of Gisborough Priory. 

James Rowe is a third generation gardener, working the land nestled around the magnificent 12th century Gisborough Priory. Established in 1962 as a market garden, James' family have been growing an amazing array of exotic flowers here for over 60 years. They’ve bloomed and evolved into so much more, providing floristry services for everything from gift bouquets to weddings to trade events while also running workshops in their bell tent. This will be their first photography workshop, and I'm excited to be tasked with creating a range of high quality images.  

While i'll be taking care of the photography side of things, James will be on hand to provide information on the wealth of flowers that we'll be shooting, including Dahlias, Scabious, Chrysanthemums, Sunflowers, Zinnia, Amaranthus and Cosmos. 


Your highest resolution camera body, twined with a macro lens will be perfect. I'll be using a 100mm macro. Don't worry if you do not have a macro lens, you'll still be able to create great images with your kit. 

A wide angle lens will be useful if we encounter a decent sunset, as will your ND fiters. 

Tripod and remote release are recommended.  I have some tripods that you can use if required. 

We'll be bringing along a lighting rig too. You are welcome to bring your own lighting/flash/modifiers if you wish. This is a creative evening and we'll be encouraging you to experiment and explore. 

Walking boots or wellys will be useful too, it can be fairly muddy in places. 

DATE/LOCATION - SEPTEMBER 2nd 2022 - 6pm - 8pm Priory Gardens Guisborough, TS14 6PR


Access to, Rowes at Priory Gardens, is via the Bow Street Centre car park, off Whitby road, where there is free parking. 

See the image gallery below or google maps for directions.


*All images below copyright James Rowe


I have just returned from a trip to the Arctic Circle arranged by Michael. The best I can say is that this was a trip of a life time! The tour was friendly with lots of laughs. Michael, Scott & Joe passed on their knowledge freely. Nobody was left out, there was something for everyone to do and along with the photo opportunities we had great fun on snowmobiles at midnight on a frozen river going from Finland to Sweden, a dog sled ride through a frozen forest , reindeer sled ride and so much more.
Would I recommend Michael Cartwright Photography?? Hell yes!! A trip I will never forget & many new friends made.

Mike Cook

Over the last 18 months I have been on a number of courses, workshops and photography holidays with Michael Cartwright and his team Scott Bonner and Joe Fletcher. Over that time my photography skills have really improved with their generous and friendly help and support. I have learned so much and met some great people along the way. The latest holiday in Arctic Finland / Sweden has been the icing on the cake. Well organised from start to finish with a range of activities and challenges. It was the most wonderful experience and I have some photographs that I really like. Huge thank you to the team and I can wholly recommend Michael Cartwright Photography!

Gill Davidson

Michael has a unique ability to take complicated subject matter and deliver it in a simple, passionate and infectious manner. He has taken me on a journey with his workshops from ‘extreme novice’ that was absolutely clueless to a confident enthusiast. I will be eternally grateful for all of Michael’s efforts in going the extra mile throughout my learning journey. He is a credit to his profession and he sets the standards for the rest of his industry to follow. Oh, and he is a thoroughly likeable chap too!

Stephen Smith

Great weekend away and I’m really pleased with my photographs! Thanks for a fantastic workshop, everything was first class, including the hotel, the food and the weather! I really enjoyed learning about different ways to compose my photos for a more professional feel. The workshop was well planned and was extremely informative and interesting. The fact that Michael kept a close eye on everybody's progress was an extra bonus. Thanks Michael

Uma Mannan

Both myself and my husband have been friends of Michael's for many years now during which time we have been on numerous photography trips with him! 

We have thoroughly enjoyed every single trip from the Lake District, Paris, Budapest but my absolute favourite was the trip to Finland, we may not have been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights but what a fantastic adventure it turned out to be!! Each trip has been made extra special with the fabulous group of people that we have had the pleasure of making friends with, aside from that there is of course the excellent opportunity to take some amazing photographs of simply stunning scenery and architecture. The trips are always well organised and thoroughly thought through from beginning to end, as well as coming away with some truly amazing photos you will for sure meet some lovely people and make fantastic memories......

Jayne Stephenson

I  attended my first camera course as a complete beginner, I didn’t even know how to turn the camera on! The initial course was perfect for me, very well explained throughout and left me wanting to know more. Michael and the team are brilliant teachers, they are all very patient and we have a lot of laughs along the way. Since learning how to use my camera I have progressed on to landscape workshops and now class myself as being very confident with my kit. I’ve joined Michael on many occassions and would definitely recommend these workshops! 

John Conlin