Create The Space
I see decorating like a big Ikebana. Size, shape texture and colour to be balanced. Arrangements tell are story or are harmonious.
I’m going to show you how I decorate and photograph flowers and plants.
Since I started taking more more photos of flowers, I have discovered the true value of having them around the house. Not only bringing beauty inside, but colour and scent too.
Pot plants, succulents in jars, bonsais, a few flowers picked, from the garden or a bunch from the markets. Everything comes in.
Our house is very neutral-toned, so it’s a perfect canvas for the explosion of colour a vase of pink lilies or poppies bring. Even just foliage brings warmth and charm to the house.
It’s so nice to bring nature indoors, especially in winter, when you don’t get to sit in the garden. I’ll just drag plants indoors for a week and rotate them around the house. Instead of planting, I’m moving towards more potted plants just for the convenience of bringing them inside.
As an added bonus is, when plants are in pots, my dog can’t dig them up. Bruce!
I love collecting old bottles and props (although I have to move something out of the house if something comes in– it’s our minimalist rule!) so I put everything in old pots and bottles now. If something is just in a plastic pot, I stick the whole pot in a old paper bag, or wrap Japanese newspaper around the pot and tie it with some string. Super simple and effective.
Photographing Plants Indoors
- All photos here were taken in natural light. Find the best part of the day to shoot in each room of your house. For me, it is morning in the lounge room, lunchtime in the kitchen and late afternoon for the bathroom.
- Take your time to arrange all your items, pots and vases
- By deciding on the time of day, you can then know if you are going to shoot dark and moody or bright and fresh.
- Use a slower shutter speed or just ramp up the ISO. Most cameras will not introduce noticeable noise until you get to ISO 8000.
- Use a cable release and a longer shutter speed. It is also handy when you are arranging items and don’t have to move behind the camera for every shot.
- Think like an home/ lifestyle magazine photographer or a set decorator.
I hope you have enjoyed having a look at our cute home and given you some ideas for decorating and photographing flowers and plants.
Get those plants inside!
Thanks for joining me and best wishes until next time.