London flowers with Cut Flower Project | photo by Emily Quinton | west elm

Photograph your summer flowers like a pro this year, even if you don’t have a fancy camera!

To get us into the floral spirit, we asked photographer + blogger Emily Quinton to share her top 3  tips for taking great flower photographs!

And if you’re in the UK, west elm London is set to host a flower pop-up shop + floristry workshop with The Cut Flower Project, next week from 20-24th May. For more details + to RSVP click here.

Read on for Emily’s top tips for awesome flower photography!

Emily Quinton's Flower Photography Tips | west elm

1. Take all your flower shots in natural light. 

    Inside by a window or outdoors in the shade work brilliantly. Timing is everything – try and make use of the beautiful light of the early morning or late afternoon/early evening as the sun is setting.

Flower Photography tips from Emily Quinton | west elm

2. Experiment by shooting one flower in lots of different ways. 

    Don’t be afraid to take your flower out of the vase and lay it down on some pretty paper or a sweet plate. Shoot it from lots of different angles, so you get to know your flowers better. If you have a vase full of flowers, shoot through the flowers to find your favourite one. This will give a beautiful composition and sense of the flower being in a full vase.

Flower photography tips by Emily Quinton | west elm

3. Chop the stems off, so they sit flat on paper, wood, a plate or another favourite surface.

    This will give you more different looks and styles, and you can create some really beautiful images this way. Lay several flowers together. If you keep them in a cool place you may be able to use them the next day too. And then as they start to fade and the petals fall off, use that look for your final shots before heading down to the florist or flower market for a fresh bunch!

Flower photography tips by Emily Quinton | west elm

Flower photography tips by Emily Quinton | west elm

Join west elm London x The Cut Flower Project’s pop-up flower shop from 20th-24th May. To attend the floral workshop on the 24th, check the Facebook page for more details. 

Flower photography tips from Emily Quinton | photo by Lulu Locket | west elm

Emily Quinton is a photographer, maker + the blogger behind The Start Up Wife. She runs a weekly flower photography competition on Instagram (#floralfridaycompetition), where people share their flower images. Give her a friendly follow on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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May 15, 2014

Thanks for these tips! I actually hope to print a photograph of peonies and I’m working on ideas for styling so I can be prepared for the perfect blooms.

Emily Quinton

May 15, 2014

Oh I just love peonies Heidi! My favourite flowers. I hope the tips help! Enjoy x


May 15, 2014

Any tips for photographing all white flowers such as peonies. I like to paint my photographs but I want to see the different colour nuances in the white petals in my photographs. It alls seems to blur into one colour.

Conni J

May 15, 2014

Love these floral shots and beautiful suggestions!!

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May 15, 2014

I adore Emily’s blog and wish so much I could get to one of the workshops! Oh to not live so far away! xx


May 16, 2014

Yes, peonies! One of the best summer flowers. Excited to be joining your photography workshop at the end of May, Emily – my iPhone camera will finally be more useful than for selfies!

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