Humanising flower photography

It’s no secret that flower photography is often referred to as ”boring” along with cars, weddings and some other “unfortunate” genres falling into the same category because, at the end of the day, what's new about it?

Street photography, photojournalism, landscapes, and wildlife on the other hand are always changing – there are people, emotions, and movement involved that we all can relate to and is what makes those images dynamic and interesting.

It’s almost impossible to replicate those types of photos because the moment is gone, while a nice photo of a flower is something that everyone can take! True? Not quite… Changing perspective on nature and flower photography so as to break stereotypes can have a big impact on how you see things.

Flowers have their own personalities

Be creative and treat flowers as people – they have different personalities. Some of them are very shy and hide their beauty so it can easily be overlooked if you are just passing by or in a rush. Take the time to get up close and personal, move your relationship with the flowers to the next level and they will literally open their world to you!

Some flowers are attention-seekers! They are bright, they are unmissable and they are unforgettable. Try experimenting with abstract shots, different angles and close ups to capture these bright and bold beauties:

Do you think everything around looks like plain grass and weeds? Look again.

“What attracted me to weeds was not their beauty, but their resilience. I mean, despite being so widely despised, so unloved, killed with every chance we get, they are so pervasive, so seemingly invincible.” ― Carol Vorvain

Try to tell a story with your flower shots – if you imagine that flowers have a character, decide if they're young or old, are they relentless rebellions or they are the quietest on earth? If they had a voice, what would they say?

Have fun!

While waking up at ungodly hours to just capture that perfect sunrise or spending hours under the sun/rain/snow walking around the city capturing people or events may make some people feel uncomfortable, taking photos of flowers and getting closer to nature is a great option for stress-relief.

Unless you suffer from hay fever, capturing plants and flowers is a great joy – you are not just focusing on taking that great shot but most of the time you are surrounded by pleasant smells which also enhances all your senses and boosts creativity.

At the same time you are exposed to different colours - look around and start practising colour therapy - this practice is perfect for people suffering depression, stress, and seasonal affective disorder.

To take a better shot try focusing on the commonly-known complimentary colour combinations e.g. orange and green, red and green, yellow and blue and so on - See what you can capture and what does and doesn't work, you might be surprised.

Need some more inspiration?

Get inspired and boost your creativity by checking out our Excio flower collections, then become an Excio member and share your flower photos with the world!

All photographs in this post by Ana Lyubich

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