Beautiful Instagram Photo Tips

While DSLR cameras take beautiful photos, sometimes we just love capturing the moment with our mobile phones! Now, of course we’re a bit biased, but our favorite photography subjects are flowers.

Capturing that kind of beauty with a smartphone can be a bit tricky with lighting, focus, angles and other factors, so we’ve asked our top floral designer and our resident photographer for some quick and easy smartphone photo tips to help you achieve that perfect shot.

Prepping the Flowers for your Photo

Kate Law, ProFlowers Floral Designer

Prepping Your Flowers for Photos

  • When you receive flowers, days 2 and 3 after delivery are usually the best days. This gives them time to soak up water and food, adding vitality and vibrant color.
  • If you’re shooting roses, remove the outside guard petals. These rugged outer petals are usually left on to protect your roses during shipment.
  • Cut 1 inch off the flower stems at an angle and under running water. This opens up the flower’s pores to absorb water and makes it easier to arrange the stems.
  • Cut the extra stem leaves that will fall below the water level. This excess foliage can muddy up water, which doesn’t make for a pretty picture.
  • Fill your vase with room temperature water and mix it with 1 packet of flower food. Filling the vase almost to the top eliminates the water line from your photo.
  • If the water gets dirty while you’re arranging stems, feel free to dump it out and start over again. Clean water makes for a cleaner photo.
  • Try to arrange all flowers so they face towards the camera. Don’t worry about styling flowers in the back of the vase. What may look silly to the naked eye will look a lot different on camera.

Prepping Your Phone Camera
Heidi Adams, Product Photographer

Instagram Tips

  • Lighting Try to use natural light, but not direct sunlight. Look for windows where light is coming in to brighten the scene, but not creating harsh shadows.
  • Focus: Tap your screen to have your camera focus on where you want the most detail. You can lock the focus and create unique compositions by simply pressing down on the screen until the button blinks and locks.
  • Location: Make the flowers center stage. Clear distracting Texture: Complement the flower’s natural beauty by setting the vase on (or in front of) natural textures like reclaimed wood, burlap, or other light and muted backgrounds. The colors will pop
  • Angle: Shoot from a higher angle rather than straight on. You’ll see a fuller picture of beautiful flowers and fewer stems.

We’d love to see what you create! Share your photos with us on or via Instagram by adding the hashtag #ProFlowers to your Instagram post. We’ll share our favorites and give you photo credit. Have fun experimenting with these tips!