How to Take Instagram-Worthy Pictures of Your Garden
Your garden is finished—now what? It's time to share beautiful pictures with your followers, of course! We asked the experts for tips on how to make your Instagram feeds look amazing.
You've worked through blood, sweat, and tears (OK, maybe just a whole lot of sweat) at your garden all season long. Now what? Thanks to today's technology, you can share the beauty with others who enjoy looking at your blooms. Post your garden story for your followers using these Instagram photography tips from the pros.
Get the Lighting Right
Full daylight will wash out the color and texture of your plants, so Janet from Shabbyfufu recommends shooting either first thing in the morning or at dusk. And don't be afraid to add in other light sources, too—we love the soft ambience that string lights and candles make in her twilight outdoor table setting. See more at Shabbyfufu.
It's OK to Ditch the Vase
Everyone loves a good floral flat lay. Steve and Debra at Bear Creek Farm grow more than 80 varieties of dahlias at their sustainable flower farm, and they take some awesome pictures to accompany their work. They suggest that after you cut flowers, arrange them in unconventional ways. Show your creativity and snap pictures! See more at Bear Creek Farm.
Big Bunches Are Better
Erin at Floret Flowers, a family-run flower farm, says that the most engagement on her Instagram feed seems to be accompany images that depict armloads of flowers of a single variety. These images are all about beauty, abundance, and scale. In other words, hold as many flowers as your hands allow you! See more at Floret Flowers.
Mornings Are Your Friend
Janice at Figs and Twigs swears that it's worth getting up early, grabbing a cup of coffee, and heading outside to enjoy your garden for several reasons. The morning light is ideal for your prettiest garden photos as mentioned, and breezes are the weakest in the early hours. This photo was taken on a still Saturday morning around 7:30. See more at Fig and Twigs.
Make It Personal
Behind every feed of beautiful gardens is a real person. Sam at Fairview Farm and Flowers takes the time to add character to her business's Instagram account. Each morning before breakfast, she scrolls through other accounts and writes meaningful comments. Not only that, but she's not afraid to get in front of the camera. Getting a glimpse into an account "author's" real life is always interesting to viewers. See more at Fairview Farm and Flowers.
Add in Nature's Texture
Another tip that Debra and Steve at Bear Creek Farm gave us is to add diversity to your arrangements by using miscellaneous greens from around your garden. Some bouquet fillers we like include ferns, eucalyptus, ivy, and bells of Ireland. See more at Bear Creek Farm.
Choose Eye Level
Alicia at Flirty Fleurs rarely shoots top down looking at the flower she's trying to capture. Instead she almost always kneels down to shoot straight on. This method lets flowers have their own space in the photograph, making them the ultimate focus. Alicia says she sometimes even gets slightly below the flower, taking the picture upward to get more sky in the image. See more at Flirty Fleurs.