Photograph your summer flowers like a pro this year, even if you don’t have a fancy camera!
To get us into the floral spirit, we asked photographer + blogger Emily Quinton to share her top 3 tips for taking great flower photographs!
And if you’re in the UK, west elm London is set to host a flower pop-up shop + floristry workshop with The Cut Flower Project, next week from 20-24th May.
Read on for Emily’s top tips for awesome flower photography!
1. Take all your flower shots in natural light. Inside by a window or outdoors in the shade work brilliantly. Timing is everything – try and make use of the beautiful light of the early morning or late afternoon/early evening as the sun is setting.
2. Experiment by shooting one flower in lots of different ways. Don’t be afraid to take your flower out of the vase and lay it down on some pretty paper or a sweet plate. Shoot it from lots of different angles, so you get to know your flowers better. If you have a vase full of flowers, shoot through the flowers to find your favourite one. This will give a beautiful composition and sense of the flower being in a full vase.
3. Chop the stems off, so they sit flat on paper, wood, a plate or another favourite surface. This will give you more different looks and styles, and you can create some really beautiful images this way. Lay several flowers together. If you keep them in a cool place you may be able to use them the next day too. And then as they start to fade and the petals fall off, use that look for your final shots before heading down to the florist or flower market for a fresh bunch!