I do have a weakness for beautiful flowers. I just can’t get enough and am forever thinking that the Monet quote “I must have flowers, always and always” was written for me. On a wedding day, I love photographing the bouquet and arrangements as they are such great details for an album layout and is one element of the couples attire that will not last beyond the day. Today I thought I’d share a little of how I go about photographing a bouquet to capture all the dimensions and textures in the best way possible which I try to do during the preparation stages.
- First of all, find the best light. If this means taking the bouquet outside, take it outside. Use natural reflectors such as white bed linen, white curtains or a white wall to help bounce a little more light onto the bouquet.
- Choose your backdrop. I will try to track down a neutral coloured chair (or something with more personality if it fits with the wedding) or corner of the room but in a pinch, the wedding dress is always a beautiful backdrop to allow the bouquet to take centre stage.
- Position the bouquet and find the “front”. Typically any pins in the bouquet ribbon that tell you that is the back of the bouquet or there might be a bow or broach which tells you that is the front. The florist has chosen the best angle based on their expertise showcasing the best blooms and giving symmetry so go with it.
- Get shooting! Shooting wide open is great but I find that with a bouquet it can be difficult to find a focal point with so many depths so shooting around f/2.5-f/4.0 works best depending on the angle. I tend to shoot bouquets with either a 50mm or 85mm lens and shoot a vertical and horizontal of the bouquet first and then focus on some of the closer details and stand out flowers such as these orchids in this incredible bouquet by Katie Cooper Floral Design. I find my style lends to shooting slightly down on the bouquet or at eye level to the top of the bouquet.
Left Image – EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens (f/2.5, 1/400th, ISO400), Right Image – EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens (f/2.5, 1/320th, ISO400)