For the past year, our photography business has been THRIVING. It's been such a wonderful learning experience! We can't wait to see what 2016 holds for us!
To be honest, starting an education segment of our blog is a huge jump for me because I've never felt good enough as a photographer, and definitely not "professional enough" to share anything geared toward other photographers! But regardless of where I am personally, I've decided to look past my insecurities and just DO IT. So here we go!!
One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is capturing all of the gorgeous details that my brides put together! I always stop and just stare at ring shots on other photographers' blogs. But actually photographing rings was (and honestly sometimes still is!) a struggle for me. I could never quite get "the look" that I was going for, or it seemed like all of my shots were out of focus.
My goal for KDP Education is to equip photographers with confidence to KEEP ON trying, keep on shooting, keep on loving your clients, and to keep on learning. Growth and progression takes time, lots and LOTS of time!
So here's our first installment of KDP Education, and I couldn't be more excited that you are reading along! I'm sharing five tips that I put into practice at every wedding or engagement session. Feel free to leave a comment with what you've found works for you with ring shots! Remember, we're all in this together! #CommunityOverCompetition :) :)
1. Use props to create dimension.
KDP brides have the most beautiful details! Ahh!! I absolutely love capturing the little things that make their wedding day unique! I also use all of these items as props for ring shots! During an engagement shoot, I always use the bride's necklace for a shot. I usually incorporate nature in some way too! On the day of the wedding, I use the following items:
Invitations, flowers, shoes, the veil, ribbon spools ( that I bring), fine papers, jewelry, leaves, bridesmaids dresses, the bride's dress, gifts, and anything else that's beautiful and unique!
A prop can add extra color that correlates to the wedding colors or can create a beautiful backdrop! For the first image below, I used the bride's shoes to add a silver backdrop and to add a bit of bling for the rings to rest on.
2. Try different angles for more shots.
There are so many beautiful angles of wedding rings! Be sure to take the time to get various angles to show off just how gorgeous they really are! Don't be afraid to not shoot the diamond straight on. Try positioning it away from you so you can get a clear shot of the band, or flip the ring on its side so you can see all the detail around the main stone!
3. Focus on various prongs.
When I first started shooting weddings, I remember feeling frustrated when it came to ring shots because I couldn't seem to be the diamond completely in focus! While this takes time and practice, I recommend three tips:
4. Don't forget about the ring box!
This one speaks for itself! A lot of our couples have custom made ring boxes that they want to cherish and remember forever! Whether you position the rings in the box or on top of it, you can be sure that they will love those images :)
5. Be adventurous, but be smart!
The shots below show the progression of my vision! Do these purple flowers remind anyone else of Horton Hears a Who?! :)
When you have a bride watching your every move as you take her beloved engagement ring away from her for some shots, show her how much you care by being proactive. For the image below, I had the groom to be place his hands underneath the ring just in case the wind decided to get aggressive! We were in a small field with extremely overgrown grass, so the hopes of finding her ring if it had fallen would've been pretty slim. So I took every possible action to keep it SAFE!
I used Photoshop to clone out his hands and replace that area with grass! It worked perfectly and I LOVE this ring shot! Such a unique view!
I would LOVE to hear what works for YOU when shooting ring shots! Feel free to leave a comment below!!