Photographing the wedding details

To continue with this weeks wedding theme here is a excerpt from an eBook app that I created for the iPhone and iPad awhile back.

Photographing the wedding details, don’t forget the small stuff

Some of the details brides have spent thousands of dollars on and months planning. Get to know your clients beforehand and on the day. Find out what’s important to them and look for all of the details no matter how small they might seem. Sometimes you need to ask questions to find out whats really important. Once I had a client who hid a little broach in her bouquet that had a photo of her grandmother in it.  You wouldn’t normally see it but after chatting with her and asking her about her grandparents she told me about it.  All of these little details are so important to your clients.

During the hustle and bustle of the wedding you can sometimes forget to slow down and look for details. I make it a point at least during two parts of the day to slow down and take a few minutes to capture details. The first time is right when I get into the room where the bride is getting ready. After chatting with her for a few minutes and making sure the day is going great, I take a few minutes to capture images of her details. I get shots of her dress, shoes, flowers, rings, jewelry, etc… Anything that I can find in her room that I know has meaning and tells part of the story of her day. You might not have a lot of time to be creative here but think of ways to shoot these items a little bit different. You might have shot the brides shoes the last 6 weeks straight but try and find a new angle to photograph her shoes, or someplace unique to hang her shoes from. Try and think a little different every wedding and have detail shots that really stand out.

I also focus on the reception room before people are allowed in. Try and spend at least 5 minutes in the reception room before any guests are allowed in. Capture wide room shots that show the overall look and feel of the room. Get in close and capture images of the favors on the table, the table settings and centerpieces. Again try and get creative with these shots. Instead of getting just a wide shot of the centerpieces try and get in tight and use a shallow depth of field to focus on just one flower in the centerpiece. Use a different type of lens like a macro lens or a fisheye lens to give you a unique look at the details.

This image was a quick shot of the bride and grooms rings taken in the bridal room. The desk in the bridal room had a really cool and shiny surface so I shot a few close up shots of the rings reflecting on the desk. The shot was alright but still felt a little bare. Then I remembered her shoes had a lot of sparkles on them and thought that would look really good as a extra background element. I framed the rings around the shoes and it gave the final image an extra visual pop.

Tech Info
Canon 5d
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro
1/60 @ f/2.8
ISO 1000

This is part of an eBook style app that was created for the iPhone and iPad titled “Wedding Photography 101: A Guide to Taking Better Wedding Photos”. This app gives you 10 real world tutorials on way to get more creative wedding photos. Also since it’s an app more lessons are being created and additional features that will be added for free down the line!.
Get Wedding Photography 101 now in the App Store for your iPhone or iPad.

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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