It is officially wedding engagement season!! So what better time to look back at some of my recent wedding and engagement ring photos.
I’m not sure I knew before I became a wedding photographer that there was such a thing (I got engaged in August), but it begins around Thanksgiving and kicks into high gear between Christmas and New Year’s and then gets another bump at Valentine’s Day.
The way I approach wedding rings has changed over the years. When I first started in business in 2007, I considered it a success if I placed the rings into or next to some flowers. The shots were pretty and sometimes the flowers still make for a beautiful ring setting. But over the years I’ve tried to increase the degree of difficulty and make the photos more interesting and reflective of the wedding. English teachers who’s centerpieces are their favorite books means a ring photo between the pages of a novel. Alex and Mike’s rubber duckies dressed as bride and groom floating on the little stream that runs through Meadowlark Gardens were a natural prop for the rings. Another favorite at Meadowlark Gardens was Kim and Sandra’s matching wedding bands placed on Day of the Dead decorations incorporating their travel themed celebration.
I usually take the ring photos during the reception once the couple has been seated for dinner. That gives me time to play and to take advantage of some of the design elements of the wedding. I’ll look for interesting textures or highly reflective surfaces or even cool architectural elements. The trick is often getting the rings to balance upright or to make sure they’re perfectly aligned. A small video light and some makeshift reflectors (often white napkins) help to make the photos really pop.
I love photographing all the details of the wedding day. Every decision made about the wedding tells me something about the couple and what’s important. So while I love all the moments, some good detail shots can also really help capture the day!