3 Tips for Floral Photography

Member Spotlight: This is a guest blog with GrowIt! member Gabrielle Davis . Gabrielle is a photographer and gardener in Chicago. Check out a few of her photos below and connect with Gabrielle (tap from mobile) on GrowIt!.
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Floral Photography is one of my favorite things to do. As a person who has anxiety, taking pictures of flowers has helped me tremendously! To sit back and bask in mother nature’s greatness makes me feel hopeful in this chaotic world.


Here are a few simple tips that I use when taking floral photos:

1. Keep an Open Mind

As I like to say “the universe is the limit!” You will come across so many different types of flowers, and the simplest ones will begin to stand out. You may like how the sun hits a Sunflower or the Colors of a marigold bunch. Keeping an open mind about what you photograph will help you in the long run.

2. Lighting

This is important. As a photographer, lighting is your best friend. Now being from Chicago, our weather can get a little odd, so some days the lighting may not be so great, and other days it will be perfect. When you do have good lighting, it’s good to have the sun behind you because you don’t want your photograph to be over exposed [too bright]. If you can’t get the sun behind you, change your angle. Taking the photo from above or from the side should help the picture come out better.

3. Practice

The saying practice makes perfect is a true statement, but in the world of photography no one is ever perfect; instead you build more knowledge, confidence, and style. You may take hundreds of photos in one day, but only one may come out the best; be proud of that and use it as motivation and inspiration to get better.

There are no right or wrong ways to photograph flowers. The most important key is to have Fun! Happy Shooting!


If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at gabrielledavisphoto@gmail.com and visit my floral photography website: www.thegoddessflora.tumblr.com.