Every wedding day is full of details, and taking your time photographing them will give you and the brides a variety of images to choose for the wedding album. As simple as it sounds, it is important that you, as a photographer, are prepped for this in advance.
A wedding is all about the couple, of course, but individual frames of wedding details are as important as the first portrait of the bride and the groom. So make sure you spare at least 30 minutes for this part of the photography. Beauty lies in the details. Capturing it is a delightful experience for any photographer. And it certainly will be less stressful and more enjoyable if you have a shot-list ready to be ticked off.
There are many blogs where the authors go through on how to photograph the wedding bands. Maybe I’ll do it too at some point. But in this blog post, I want to concentrate on the bridal headpieces – crown, veils and other jewellery. Firstly, find good lighting, a flat surface and play with reflections. Good lighting is important for the mood you want to portray.
I’d suggest you start with simple individual shots of every piece. Then see how far can you push your own creativity. Bear in mind that it is not about shooting the obvious but portraying the emotion attached to it. Focus on the main subject and try to keep it in the foreground. Make the object pop. Look around the room and if suitable to your style add other objects – a (small) picture, crystal glass or a book. Remember to move around and shoot from different angles so there is variety in your storytelling.
I often have a selection of styling items – a variety of ribbons, Mr and Mrs boxes, a couple of coloured flat boards, a small tray. I also often use flowers from the wedding day. They are the perfect accents if you can’t think of anything else.
Good luck and of course I’d love to see your own flat lays. In the images above are the products of the following amazing vendors without whom this storytelling wouldn’t be quite possible. Check their websites below:
Bridal hair pieces – PS With Love
Veil – Sash & Veil
Ribbons – Pom Pom Blossom
Calligraphy – Emerald Paper Design
Wax Seals – Heirloom Seals
Photography – Jasmine Photography
I look forward to seeing the results of your creativity.