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How to Create Expressive Flower Photographs

12 Apr 2017

How to Create Expressive Flower Photographs

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To create expressive flower images you need more passion and inspiration. You need to express original thoughts, exploring the subconscious and stirring the imagination. If you want to capture interesting photographs of flowers you cannot just rely on your familiarity with them.

To help you identify the main interest in your flower begin with a series of photographs, using whatever technique or method that seems appropriate to you. Just have fun – and experiment. After a number of images a certain aspect of the flower may emerge as the star quality. Then explore this in more depth. Use colours and shapes to excite the viewer and draw them to the point of interest that attracts you as an artist.


Good shapes are the foundation of a successful flower image. How do you learn to turn random shapes into a well designed image? First, look at the individual flowers in front of you, as well as the background. Think only in terms of shapes, not things or objects. Flowers have seven distinctive shapes: bell, funnel, trumpet, bowl, saucer, and spherical. Next, look at all of the shapes as a whole. Think about elements of flowers in abstract terms such as “curved edge” or “straight line”. When your brain thinks like this it helps to release you from the desire to be accurate. You begin to interpret shapes in an expressive and individual way. You want to make sure you have a variety of sizes in your composition.
When flowers are viewed from all angles it is surprising what variety of forms they produce. Try to create varied and dynamic images. Use your creativity to make the design of your image more interesting.


Flowers are available in all colours, so at any time you should be able to choose one particular colour that inspires and moves you. Each one has its own story to tell. So, with every image you take you should consider colour. Although colour is highly subjective, it’s anything but random. By making colour studies you learn how to be intentional with the use of colour. As photographers w e naturally “borrow” the colour relationships we find in nature, but we should also think about colour strategies. For example, you may use an analogous harmony or a complementary relationship to express certain moods and tell stories.
I encourage you to be more adventurous with your photography. This will add more character and personality to your images. It is with your imagination that you turn the mundane into the extraordinary. Remember, your job is to show your viewers your creativity. Let them enjoy your images and escape from the real world for a moment through your photographs. Use your imagination to guide you and see where the study of flowers, in all their wonders, takes you.
How to Create Expressive Flower Photographs

2 Responses

  1. Thank you once again Eva, I have never really considered this kind of photography before but the more I see and view yours the more Id like to take my nature photography forward.