Photographing your miniature garden or garden railroad.

I came across this trick out of frustration. It's a bit random, but very fun.

I came across this trick out of frustration. It’s a bit random, but very fun.

Tips and tricks for photographing your
miniature garden or garden railroad.

By Janit Calvo

I knelt down on one knee, while simultaneously crunching a miniature birdbath, trying to get a shot of my wee, in-ground garden.

I lay down beside it and still couldn’t get the angle that I wanted. Besides, my faded perennials were in the background. Yuck.

I squatted down on the miniature pathway, twisted ever so slightly and dislodged a bunch of the stonework. Dang!

I knelt down again, this time I was sure I got myself in the right spot. Uh. No. And, um, I couldn’t get out of the position either – I need to do more yoga.

There has to be a better way.

A mini garden focal point - a wee sign,

A mini garden focal point – a wee sign, “Myown State Park”


I love problems. I’m one of those people that never say die. At a young age, I don’t know exactly when, or how, I discovered there are ways around everything – everything – you just have to find it.

So, when I came across the problem of documenting my in-ground miniature garden, I kept trying different ways to photograph it and I really had to figure out something.


We are in the midst of house hunting and my beloved garden that is finally all together, and looking just lovely – has to be moved soon. Which is why I want to document the heck out of it.

But, at that moment, when I got stuck on one knee without a hand to help me up, I knew that the “thing” (me) holding the camera had to change. So, I got my monopod out. I thought, what have I got to loose accept a wealth of Kodak moments?

(A monopod is like a tripod except with one leg. It’s great for steadying the camera quickly and easily – especially if you zoom a lot or need to focus on the small stuff. Also makes a great walking stick. Lol!)


Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo

I screwed the camera into the monopod, put the camera on the timer, and held the camera upside down at the top of a miniature path, right in the garden. Hey, I can always turn it upside right in the computer, right? It should work…



No getting stuck, no squished accessories and no upset stones. Yay!


I found a couple more important tips to keep in mind with this upside-down/monopod trick….

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A popular miniature garden statuary figure: St. Francis, patron saint of the animals. 

This mini garden is 7' long by 5' wide.

This mini garden is 7′ long by 5′ wide.


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Redone, July 2015



  1. Martha said

    Wow Janit, these are such great shots of your in-ground mini garden. I absolutely love them!! They are so inspiring and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing these tips with all of us.


    • Donna said

      Thanks, Janit…….can’t wait to try this in WeeBalle! And your garden looks amazing! Donna


      • JanitC said

        I did think of you when I wrote this! I have yet to get over to Dave’s Garden Tiny Forums to tell everyone what I stumbled across. Have fun! Best, Janit


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