If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I love taking pictures of flowers. I’m not great at taking care of flowers, which is a bit unfortunate, but so it goes. My friends make jokes that I’ll end up doing the same thing with my future kid (using him or her as a photo prop). NOT FUNNY, guys.
Anyway, I really love fresh bouquets. They’ve always cheered me up, and it’s a perfect way to make any room of the house feel brighter and more welcoming. But once you’ve spent the money on a bouquet, you might as well use it for some photos, right?!
I am not a photography pro — just a gal who loves bouquets and pictures and often combines the two. But I am not a beauty pageant queen, and I don’t want to pose like I’ve just received a prestigious award. I first started using bouquets in my photos a long time ago — basically, anytime I got flowers from Vagner, I’d take a picture with them. The result was often boring.
See the above. It’s not a bad picture, but there’s nothing special about it. You can’t see all of the roses, and the picture honestly didn’t even do this beautiful bouquet justice. Compare that to this picture from 2016, which is around the time I started trying to improve the quality of my feed.
Same concept, but executed in a much cleaner and aesthetically pleasing way! It’s definitely been a work-in-progress, but I now use bouquets like a pro and take pictures with flowers with no trouble. Here are some tips.
1. Don’t Be Afraid To Look Silly
Taking pictures in public can be embarrassing, but only if you make it embarrassing. If I walk into a coffee shop with a bouquet in my hands, I may get some looks from confused strangers, but at the end of the day, I also get photos like this. Experiment and try different things!
2. Use The Same Bouquet For Different Shots
Good flowers are expensive, so if you want to use them to create content, you better get as much as you can out of it! This gorgeous bouquet was from my friends at Posies Flower Truck, and I knew I’d have to get creative to justify the cost (although the florals are worth every penny). I took three pictures around the flower truck, used the garden roses for a sponsored post and even used the petals once the flowers wilted! Get creative.
3. If All Else Fails, Stick ‘Em In The Front Seat
Emily Gemma is one of the most popular fashion bloggers on Instagram, and she uses the hashtag #FrontSeatSituation all the time. I think it’s such a cute idea, and it’s not surprising that other people have started to snap pictures of their front seats after seeing hers! I think this is probably the easiest way to incorporate flowers. You literally don’t even have to leave your house, and it ends up looking effortless. What are your tips + tricks for flowers? I’m all ears!
Ayana Lage is a fashion and lifestyle blogger based in Tampa, Florida with a background in digital media and content marketing. She’s worked for Bustle, the Tampa Bay Times, the Miami Herald, and numerous freelance clients. As a blogger, she’s worked with 50+ lifestyle, fashion, travel and food brands. When she’s not blogging, she’s focused on her day job in digital marketing, watching Queer Eye, or laughing aloud at tweets from @dril.