Wedding days are busy for us photographers. We have a lot of bridal details to photograph on the wedding day in a short amount of time and we want creativity to be the thing that our brides see in the images (and not stress). I want to remain relaxed and calm so that I can be as creative as possible and photograph the details and wedding day in an authentic way. One of the ways that I cut down stress on a wedding day is by having a routine for photographing the rings!
There are four ways that I like to shoot the rings: on the wedding dress or veil, in or around the bouquet, on a surrounding element, and on the invitation suite. The key? Act quickly and think calmly. All of the images in this post were shot at a recent wedding in under 7 minutes.
Set Up: I photographed the rings after I had already photographed the dress, bouquet, veil, and invitation suite. I pulled in a sled that had some sentimental value to the bride and was ready to shoot. Every ring shot was taken on the sled and I just quickly changed the backgrounds!
On the Lace of the Wedding Dress (Image Above): I pulled part of the train from the wedding dress onto the sled so that I could use the lace from the dress as the background. I really love illuminated ring shots because I think it is so flattering to the diamond and my brides love seeing that white sparkle! Her band was much smaller than his, so I just rested the diamond on his band.
Around the Bouquet (Image Above): Because her band was smaller than the inside of his band, I had to position her ring to the side of the inside of his band and add additional support from the greenery in her bouquet.
On the Bouquet (Image Above): I wedged her ring between two berries in the bouquet which provided some support to her ring and allowed me to include some of the bouquet with this ring shot!
On a Surrounding Element (Image Above): I actually used the sled as the background for this shot. I sat his ring on the wood and sat her ring on one of the support-beams so that her ring would stand up! This actually took just a little bit more time than the other shots because it required some balancing.
On a Surrounding Element (Image Above): This shot is similar to the previous shot! I just wanted some of the greenery from the bouquet to be included against the dark floor.
On the Invitation Suite (Image Above): I positioned the rings just like I did in the first photograph! The difference is that the background is the invitation suite.
On the Invitation Suite (Image Above): I love to take a ring shot with the rings laying down! I think it’s so elegant and it let’s me include another detail from the wedding day!
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