One of the parts of a wedding day that brings me joy, is the opportunity to photograph all the little details. There are obvious details like the invitation, rings and flowers, but there are many other details that shouldn’t be overlooked as well.
As photographers, its our job to make sure we pay attention to the big moments but also to the small details as well. I thought I’d share a couple of tips to be mindful of when you approach any wedding day.
- Lighting the Details – most of the time you will show up to a getting ready spot and will find that you have many great lighting spots. Other times you may find out that you are limited. All you need is a clean background and some good window light. The space doesn’t have to be huge. Utilize the wedding dress as a neutral background. Don’t be afraid to move to the best light, even if that ends up being outside.
- Angles – Look for create perspectives that may help tell the story in a unique way. Photographing details doesn’t have to be boring. Be creative and have fun.
- Details can be Moments – remember that details doesn’t just mean photographing stationary objects. Details are found in moments too. Be aware of what is happening around you- focus on close family members and friends. Early on at one of my first second shooting gigs, the photographer shared with me that he always focuses on the bride and groom after they’ve signed the register because that’s when he finds the best moments- and since then I’ve always been mindful of that- and he’s right!
- Lenses – Your gear can make or break a good detail shot. Invest in a good Macro Lens. I bought a 90mm Tamron lens off a Kijiji over five years ago (for only $300!) and its still my go to for getting an up and close shot of all those pretty diamonds! My go to lenses for telling a wide detail story is a 35mm and a more close stand alone I will predominately use my Tamron 90 or my Nikon 85.
I hope these quick tips will help you in your approach at your next wedding day coverage! Always remember its our job as photographers to tell the big story but also the little ones.
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