55 Beautiful Flower Pictures for Your Inspiration

Flowers hold such magic for most people. Maybe it’s the delicate beauty people are most drawn to, or it could be that they signify life renewed as many of the best times to shoot flowers is in the spring. Regardless, they make great photography subjects and provide incredible foregrounds for landscape shots, intriguing macro images, and beautiful portraits at almost every angle with the right light.

Flower Pictures

Here are a few quick tips for taking great flower images as well as 55 beautiful pictures for your inspiration.

Find the best light. This can be said about pretty much any photo that you’re trying to improve on. You might even find that flowers change during different times of the day and with different lighting conditions, making for more interesting compositions and opportunities to get a unique shot. If you find a great field of flowers, visit it often at different times to see what might work best for the image you’re trying to make.

Turn off the autofocus on your camera. What’s great about digital cameras is that you can take thousands of shots and not have to develop all of them; just choose the best image off the card. That means there is plenty of time to be patient and get the right shot. Turning off the autofocus gives the photographer the ability to focus exactly on the point in the flower composition that they are trying to capture. Getting the perfect shot isn’t always about running around the field and snapping as many photos as you can with your camera on full auto. Sit down with the flower of your choice and take your time setting up the camera in manual mode, testing out different compositions and settings, and really focusing on creating a sharp image.

Find out the name of the flower you’re shooting. Maybe this isn’t exactly photography related, but there is nothing like stumbling over your words trying to explain to someone what type of flower is in that beautiful picture that you made. Getting into flower photography gives you the opportunity to increase your botany knowledge and understand a lot more about the subjects you’re shooting.

Two of the best resources we’ve found on improving your wildflower photography are by PhotoNaturalist; Free eBook on Wildflower Photography and The Complete Guide to Photographing Wildflowers ($12).

Susanne Nilsson – Flower
Susanne Nilsson - Flower

Daniel Krieg – Flower
Daniel Krieg - Flower

Kari Bluff – Flowering dogwood
Kari Bluff - Flowering dogwood

Kuster & Wildhaber Photography – flower
Kuster & Wildhaber Photography - flower

solarisgirl – Flower
solarisgirl - Flower

llee_wu – Flowers
llee_wu - Flowers

Marufish – Tropical Flower
Marufish - Tropical Flower

Aurimas – Flowers
Aurimas - Flowers

Marcelo César Augusto Romeo – Flowers Dream
Marcelo César Augusto Romeo - Flowers Dream

Andrew Malone – Flower
Andrew Malone - Flower

Kamel Lebtahi – Flowers
Kamel Lebtahi - Flowers

aotaro – Flower
aotaro - Flower

Jason Hunter – Flower
Jason Hunter - Flower

Lennart Tange – Flower
Lennart Tange - Flower

Francis Martin Hain – White Flower
Francis Martin Hain - White Flower

Chris – FlowerTop
Chris - FlowerTop

Budiman Salleh – Flowers at Dome
Budiman Salleh - Flowers at Dome

Acid Pix – flower shadow
Acid Pix - flower shadow

Alberto Abouganem Stephens – Flower
Alberto Abouganem Stephens - Flower

Kenny Murray – Flower n' grub
Kenny Murray - Flower n' grub

Dennis Hill – flower
Dennis Hill - flower

Christian Reusch – Flowers
Christian Reusch - Flowers

Jdmoar – Flower
Jdmoar - Flower

walmarc04 – Flower
walmarc04 - Flower

m01229 – Flowers – Lake Harriet
m01229 - Flowers - Lake Harriet

Scott Parker – flower
Scott Parker - flower

Pedro – Flowers
Pedro - Flowers

JB Kilpatrick – Flower Close-up
JB Kilpatrick - Flower Close-up

oatsy40 – Three White Flowers
oatsy40 - Three White Flowers

kev-shine – flower
kev-shine - flower

Francis Martin Hain – White Flower
Francis Martin Hain - White Flower

Rodrigue ROMON – Flower
Rodrigue ROMON - Flower

Chris – Wild Flower
Chris - Wild Flower

Yuri Levchenko – Purple and red flower
Yuri Levchenko - Purple and red flower

amzongrl1 – Flower
amzongrl1 - Flower

walmarc04 – Flowers in the garden, wild flowers
walmarc04 - Flowers in the garden, wild flowers

Alessio Villardita – Flowers
Alessio Villardita - Flowers

Paul Stein – Flower at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn, New York
Paul Stein - Flower at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn, New York

Paul Hudson – Flowers growing in the car park at work
Paul Hudson - Flowers growing in the car park at work

Ken – Flowers in the rain
Ken - Flowers in the rain

llee_wu – Flowers
llee_wu - Flowers

TomGough – Flower Macro
TomGough - Flower Macro

Shawn Lyte – Flower of the Day
Shawn Lyte - Flower of the Day

Jeff Kubina – Flowers
Jeff Kubina - Flowers

Norlando Pobre – Flower Power
Norlando Pobre - Flower Power

Vince – Flower
Vince - Flower

Kim Siever – Flowers
Kim Siever - Flowers

Karsten Wentink – Flowers & Bees
Karsten Wentink - Flowers & Bees

jans canon – Flowers
jans canon - Flowers

Adam Greig – flowers
Adam Greig - flowers

Ky Dally – Purple Flower, water
Ky Dally - Purple Flower, water

Adrian Scottow – Flowers at twilight with a bug
Adrian Scottow - Flowers at twilight with a bug

Alejandro Mallea – Spring flower
Alejandro Mallea - Spring flower

Aaron Warren – Flowers
Aaron Warren - Flowers

Yuri Levchenko – St Johns Wort
Yuri Levchenko - St Johns Wort

More Flower Photography Inspiration

TPA – 55 Beautiful Macro Flower Pictures
A blog post from our archives, this stunning gallery takes flower photography to the next level with macro shots.

Contrastly – Floral Photography: Ways to Improve Your Craft
Simple techniques to help bring the best light into your flower pics.

noupe – 50 Beautiful Examples of Flower Photography
A wonderful collection of flower photos featuring lots of bright colors.

DPS – 41 Delicious Flower Photographs
Digital Photography School has some of the best inspirational photo galleries out there. These flower pictures will definitely inspire you to get out and shoot some close ups. DPS also offers many great tutorials and tips for those looking to make their flower photos even better.

Abduzeedo – Breathtaking Flower Fields Photography
Rather than focus on the close up, this blog post features fields of flowers which will give you some great landscape composition ideas.

500px – 31 Incredibly Captivating Flower Photos by Wei-San Ooi
Wow. This post features some of of the most beautiful flower photos I’ve ever seen. My favorites are the macros with water droplets.