Spring is finally here! It’s time to get your macro lens to photograph bees.

This is the perfect time to re-visit an episode of The reDefine Show: Animal Edition! See it here:>>>Backyard Bees <<<

It’s all about photographing bees using a macro lens. I have always been nervous/terrified of bees while some people are all, like, One With The Bees. As for me, I am pretty much the exact opposite of that. I feel the hairs on the back of my neck rise up anytime I see a bee or hear a buzz nearby, so, to put on a beekeeper’s suit and walk into the same space as 70,000 bees? Well, it was a full-on personal challenge.

This is where photography comes into play because every time I photograph something or someone I am struck by how beautiful they are, in so many ways. I love that my job is to look for that beauty, which is one of the coolest parts of the work, and yet, I was surprised I still felt the same way during this shoot. These little fuzzy bees are intricately beautiful and hard-working and expressive, looking directly at you with head tilts, butts out, wings splayed out & more! My job was to photograph them as well as possible while speaking to what I was doing and using a variety of means to do so, and I got lost in it almost immediately. This was not just a wonderful shoot, it was personally transformative for me. 

A Macro Lens to Face Your Fear

It’s amazing how spending time with that which you fear can change everything. Oh, and wearing a beekeeper’s outfit helps.

I’d LOVE to invite you to check out our first episode:

>>>Backyard Bees h<<<

Big gratitude to Miriam MJ Beckman & Rhesa Versola for the fantastic filming, Heather Guffee Burgiss for a beautiful edit and expert beekeeper Mark Powers for the excellent education.

All images shot with Nikon D850 & 105mm f2.8 macro and D500 and 24-70mm f2.8.

Using a macro lens to capture these busy female worker bees tend to their duties inside the hive.
Buzzing female worker bees tend to their duties inside the hive.
Beautiful macro close up of the delicate wings of a female worker bee
Cool macro shot of a worker bee prepares to fly from the hive to collect fresh pollen.
A worker bee prepares to fly from the hive to collect fresh pollen.
Close up of a female worker bee wags and dances to communicate with other bees.
This female worker bee wags and dances to communicate with other bees.