Need we say it? Flowers are beautiful! They are vibrant in color and diverse in shape and composition, which makes them the perfect subjects for photography.
In fact, flower photography is ideal for beginners as well as veteran photographers, since there are so many ways to capture the beauty of flowers in photos. This is both in how the flower presents itself as well as the way the flower is captured.
You may think that flower photography is simple, uninteresting, or limiting – but you’d be wrong!
So to help you to take more unique, creative, and eye-catching photos of flowers, here are 30 beautiful pictures of flowers for your inspiration.
1. Lotus Flowers
First up, this photo of lotus flowers demonstrates how lighter colored petals can perfectly contrast with the color of leaves. Note the subtle lighting that brings the petals to the foreground of the photo while the leaves are largely unlit.
This enhances the color contrast, making what would be a simple side photo of flowers much more visually appealing.
2. Hibiscus Flowers
Bokeh is a simple but powerful effect in flower photography that can make any ordinary flower stand out by using a shallow depth of field.
In this photo, the leaves and stem are softened into the backdrop, making the petals the main focal point. The bokeh effect is especially justified in this photo, since the petals are beautifully unique!
Flowers don’t always have to be photographed outdoors.
In this photo, a dark black background is utilized to make the flower and its colors the center of attention, almost creating a portrait-style photograph that can be mistaken for a painting.
This can be done for any flower, but is most effective for colorful flowers with intricate petals that should be highlighted.
4. White Bells
Symmetry is also your friend when photographing flowers. It can make a visually simple flower look more attractive when captured, like this photo of white bells where the leaves are presented almost symmetrically.
The use of bokeh brings the flower to the foreground, which is ideal in this case due to the plain green foliage in the background.
Sometimes flower silhouettes can be as beautiful as the colors and petals of the flowers themselves.
In this flower photo, the sunset in the backdrop turns an otherwise simple dandelion into an interesting subject where the shapes of the round seed head, stem, and leaves are put into focus – despite the colors not being present.
For that reason, try photographing flowers during sunset!
6. Garden Rose
Dew is another way to make flowers more interesting when captured for photography.
Dew drops bring an almost whimsical and sentimental mood to flower photos, and can also highlight certain colors of the flowers depending on how natural light is cast.
A macro lens would therefore be the best choice for this kind of flower picture, which will help you to capture the flower and dew in incredible detail.
Most flower photographers will opt for a head-on photo of flowers to capture the shape and colors of the petals.
But side photos of flowers can be just as interesting, especially in this photo example where the use of sunlight helps to accentuate the flower’s colors, as well as the folds in the petals, from a side-on angle.
8. Red Rose
When photographing flowers, it’s always worth experimenting with the backdrop.
Flowers don’t have to be photographed against natural backdrops or plain-colored backgrounds, as they can appear more appealing in photos where the backdrop is not something you’d usually expect.
In this photo, browned book pages are used to reflect the dying petals of the flower, making the photo more thought-provoking.
9. Pink Rose
Sometimes closer is better, especially when the flower has an elegant or intricate rosette with petal folds and wrinkles that are worth highlighting in the photograph.
This is worth thinking about, as a plain-colored flower can be more interesting than meets the eye upon closer inspection! The crisp detail captured in this photo highlights the details and improves visual appeal.
Even a head-on photo of a single flower, like this daisy, can be visually attractive – especially when the background features various shades that can be blurred and softened using depth of field.
This is an inspiring reminder to always be aware of the background as much as the flower itself – as it can help you to make an otherwise uninteresting flower stand out.
11. Pink Sunflower
Angles are an important aspect of flower photography. Flowers don’t have to be shot face-on, or even with the whole flower in frame.
In this photo, only one side of the flower is captured, resulting in a more appealing photograph that showcases the shades and fine details of the petals. Also note the soft blue background that complements the shades of light pink.
12. Dahlia Pinnata
Flowers with petals that have various shades of color almost beg to be captured in a photo. But what makes this flower photo interesting is the blurred purple flowers in the background, which help to accentuate the flower’s purple petal tips.
As a result, even flowers in the background can complement the main subject, helping to improve the composition of your photo.
13. Austrian Briar
Close-up photos of flowers can almost look abstract – especially in this example where the rosette is photographed with extreme detail.
Both the lit and shaded parts of the petals are captured, giving the photo an almost surreal-like visual appeal that can hold viewers’ attention longer than usual.
So even though it might not be common, getting closer than usual is well worth experimenting with.
14. Pink Roses
If the background isn’t interesting or attractive, nothing’s stopping you from getting creative with your own backdrop.
Even something as simple as hanging a patterned tapestry or, in this case, a white sheet, can bring a flower into focus while highlighting its colors and shape. For the most effectiveness, opt for colors that don’t clash with the flower.
15. Pink Roses In A White Vase
Even vases can make a flower photograph more interesting, or even be as interesting as the flower itself! Note the simple but unique vase in this flower photo, as well as the rustic background that helps to complement both the vase and flowers.
So if you’re struggling to capture a good photo of a flower, try experimenting with different vases.
16. White Rose
Heading out to photograph flowers at different times of the day can also work to your advantage, especially when it comes to lighting.
This simple photo of a white rose is made much more visually appealing due to the sunlight casted on the leaves and petals, giving the photo a beautiful combination of light and shade, with an unconventional but interesting focus on shade.
Even beds of leaves can make flowers that would be otherwise uninteresting stand out. In this flower picture, the bed of leaves is also presented in shadow, helping to highlight the flowers and the whiteness of the petals.
For this reason, use beds of leaves to your advantage – especially when photographing small, single-colored flowers!
18. Cotton Flower
Similar to object and product photography (see also “Product Photography Techniques For Beginners“), shadows can help a single flower look much more interesting when photographed. This makes it well worth experimenting with sunlight, and even artificial light, as well as different photo angles and backdrops.
Where a simple flower might not make an interesting photograph on its own, the use of shadow can change that altogether.
19. Flowers At Sunset
You don’t always have to capture the colors and details of flowers to produce an eye-catching photo.
In fact, this flower photo is proof that even the natural shapes of the leaves, flowers, and stems can be interesting, especially where the colors are not present due to shadow and the use of sunlight.
Yet another reason to head out with your camera at sunset!
20. Sunflower Field
Flower fields can make stunning photos as much as photos of individual flowers.
This is especially true when the sky complements the flowers due to a contrast of colors, or even when the sky presents similar shades that match the color of the flowers – like this photo of sunflowers at sunset, where the orange sky and subtle cloud streaks perfectly reflect the shades of the petals.
21. Yellow Flower Field
The flower closest to your camera doesn’t always have to be the one in focus.
In fact, this photo perfectly showcases how a blurred foreground can highlight flowers that are further away, resulting in a photo that’s softer and not as in-your-face as most flower photos.
Note how the taller flowers are the subjects, contrasted by the white and blue shades of the sky.
22. Daisy Flower
A simple way to make a flower stand out is to capture it top-down with the stem removed from the picture.
In this photo, the background is also blurred and softened, creating an interesting effect that also makes the flower look much taller than what it really is. As a result, it’s another interesting angle that’s worth trying when photographing flowers.
While you might not like the idea of uprooting or cutting wild flowers, it can certainly make an eye-catching photograph when the flowers are held in front of more scenic backdrops.
This can help you to create more interesting flower photographs, especially if you enjoy landscape and nature photography as much as flower photography!
24. Scattered Flowers
Flower heads themselves can be as visually appealing as full photos of flowers, especially when arranged artistically (also with other flowers) to make colorful patterns or shapes.
This photo arranges the flowers with a minimalist approach, but you can also experiment with close-up photos of flower head arrangements to produce a more colorful, vibrant composition.
25. Dandelion Close-Up
It’s not often you see photos of flowers shot from underneath, but that’s exactly what makes this flower photograph more interesting and unique.
This is especially effective for this close-up photo of a dandelion, which highlights the flowers and seeds against a cloudy sky background. So don’t neglect the bottom-top angle – it can sometimes make a more creative photograph!
26. Mixed Flower Bouquet
A simple but effective way to create a more colorful, vibrant flower photograph is to create your own bouquet. This gives you the ability to experiment with colors and arrangements, as well as the use of lighting and depth.
Note the contrasting bed of leaves in this photo, as well as the bokeh effect that pulls the leaves into the foreground.
27. White Cherry Blossoms In An Open Book
Combining flowers and everyday objects can make the mundane more interesting when captured. This photo is a simple example that places flowers within an open book, creating a more intriguing photo that can also be interpreted in different ways.
For this reason, try experimenting with flower photography that involves everyday objects and items, such as books, chairs, shelves, mirrors, and more.
28. White Cherry Blossom
Flowers don’t have to be the main subject of the photo to be interesting. In fact, like this picture shows, flowers can be used to improve the aesthetic appeal of a photo or even help fill out or frame the photograph.
This is a great way to experiment with arranging objects for photography, especially for photos that lack detail or visual decoration.
29. Mixed Flowers In Colorful Vases
Even several flowers in vases can produce a stunning photo, especially when the vases are used to complement the colors of the flowers.
In this flower photo, the vases are just as interesting as the flowers themselves, with varying heights that spread the flowers spread out vertically within the frame.
So when taking photos of multiple flowers, think about how they fill the frame vertically as much as horizontally.
30. Dying Rose
Last but not least, photographing dying or dead flowers.
Flowers that are at the end of their life are just as beautiful and thought-provoking as flowers in full bloom, which can create moody, intriguing photos that can be experimented with in various ways, including backdrop, lighting and shadow, depth of field, and more.
So there you have it: beautiful flowers to inspire you creatively and aesthetically as a photographer – no matter whether you are new to photography or not!
There really is no end to how flowers can be captured in photos, which makes them fascinating photography subjects that can be beautiful both in how they present themselves as well as how they are captured.
To summarize, experiment with different colored flowers and various contrasting backgrounds, photograph flowers from various angles using different depths of field, and take photos of flowers at different times of the day to capture them with different uses of light and shadow, and include objects in your photos that complement the flowers.
Overall, don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative!