Aside from the obvious, shooting portraits of flowers is not all that dissimilar from shooting portraits of people, of animals or portraits of literally any subject matter of your choosing.
Firstly, you need a subject you’re comfortable or contented with and, honestly, ANY subject will simply not do. The same approach you take when scouting for a human model is pretty much, theoretically, the same process when scouting for a good looking flower subject.
Just like your human portrait model, the appearance of your flower subject has to look a certain way also. Your flower subject should look healthy and alive and without any imperfections of any kind on any part of the flower that would take away from the end results.
Now that you have identified your flower subject, how do you want to place it so as to get the best possible image result? Or, to put it another way, what kind of environment are you working with? If you’re out in the field, for example, more than likely your flower subject will be stationary. Meaning, you have to work around it taking into account, time of day, the wind factor, position of the main light source (if you’re not using a portable flash), and background clutter just to name a few technical fixings that goes into the photo pot.
Now comes the exciting part: Equipment. Frankly any single lens reflex camera (SLR) will do with the exception, of course, of those consumers’ digital types that grandma carries around in her purse.
That said, you absolutely will need two very important accessories: a Tripod and a Cable Release because (1) to get a razor sharp image of your subject flower you will need to limit ANY camera motion as much as possible, and (2) since you are likely to be shooting at very slow shutter speeds, a Cable Release then becomes an essential piece of your collective equipment gear.
Finally, what Lens should you use? That’s entirely up to you but, truthfully, your options are really not all that extensive. Remember that you will need to get up-close literally filling your camera’s viewfinder with most of your subject because, after all, you’re shooting a Portrait of a flower not a Landscape of flowers.
The author, however, recommends a macro Lens (with a corresponding filter) in the range of 80mm – 200mm. All of the images in the slide show accompanying this article were taken with Lens within this given range. Also too, ALL of the flower images on THIS WEBPAGE were also taken with Lens (again) within the given range above.
Finally, take lots of time when shooting flower portraits. Flower subjects don’t move (unless there’s a little wind) and they certainly don’t get tired or give you any lip. So Enjoy!