Flowers are such an important part of the wedding day! There are some best practices for how to shoot wedding day flowers to ensure your clients have the most beautiful representation of their beautiful blooms.
First, let’s talk about the bouquet. Some people may not realize that bouquets are designed to have a face (or front), an area that should be presented forward. Even though it’s a three dimensional object, and likely beautiful from any angle, it was most likely designed to be presented in a certain way & for the bride to hold it a certain way. Your best bouquet photographs will be photographed from that angle and in the arms of the bride.
However, definitely spend a few moments capturing the details of the bouquet itself. Your florist (and your bride!) will love having these photographs.
If you are a florist trying to capture your bouquet, lay it out beautifully on a neutral backdrop. Be sure to lift behind the bouquet (a small object that will life the arrangement, but be hidden in the photo) so it doesn’t fall flat and you can photograph the face. If you don’t have a professional camera nearby, you can absolutely capture a great shot on your iPhone using portrait mode. It creates some depth in your image and helps it look more professional.
It’s important to get some great shots of the boutonnieres as well.
As photographers, when we shoot the boutonnieres, we are often tempted to use a very shallow depth of field (down to 1.2 if you’re using digital or 2.0 if you’re shooting film). While this is lovely and beautiful, many florists will prefer shots that have a longer depth of field (4.0 or higher) to be able to see more of the specific details in these little flowers they so carefully crafted and designed.
I also recommend for florists and photographers to shoot one single boutonniere by itself in addition to artfully displaying several altogether in one image. When I lay them out together I try to be sure it feels casual and whimsical, not too formal or forced.
Reception florals. When you think about the way that you shoot wedding day flowers, I recommend keeping in mind the visual heights as you move throughout the space. Remember that your job is to capture it beautifully, not just from one perspective. More often than not, you should be capturing it at a normal eye level height, not down low or super high or up close as you may be tempted to do.
One of my favorite ways ways to bring a little extra beauty into the way that I capture detail shots is to add in a few extra blooms. This can be done with a simple request with the florist or the bride made prior to the wedding day. By asking for a few extra blooms, I always have some additional resources to play and get creative with… especially when I am shooting invitations. I actually wrote an entire blog post on How To Style Flat Lays Like A Pro.
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