Wedding Photography Tips: Simply stunning Ways to Photograph the Rings
You’re a talented wedding photographer, and you’re bound to have some unique and artistic ideas of your own when it comes to adding interesting flair to your photos. However, if you’re looking to hone your craft and explore new perspectives, tones, and compositions, this Weddingful post provides a look at 14 engagement ring photos to inspire your creativity! You’ll leave your clients with smiles on their faces when they see these simple, creative, and tasteful shots for the first time!
Rings & Blossoms
Here’s a tried and true solution – and you can interpret this common theme in hundreds of ways. The soft lines and natural tones of the floral decor provides a high-contrast backdrop for a polished metal ring, making this setup an easy way to make the ring stand out. This is an especially fitting choice for a romantic or classic-themed wedding where a soft flowery image will make an appropriately romantic statement in the picture album later on. Loop the rings around the central bud, or turn a flower upside down and slide the ring onto the stem. Tuck the ring into the folds of the petals, or simply allow the rings to rest on the bed of seeds in the flower’s center.
Ask for Invitations, Props, Menus, and Ring Boxes
Plan this one in advance. During your engagement shoot or your venue walk-through, ask the bride to bring any stationary, meaningful trinkets, small props, ring boxes, food menus, or any other wedding-centric item that you can use to create a small collage. Opening up this topic might prompt your clients to get creative themselves, digging out their first love letter or a piece of family heirloom jewelry to include in the wedding ring photo. Much more than a picture of a ring on a finger, these little montages convey a sense of the event’s theme and couple’s personal story.
L’Atelier Chouette by Demet Aziz
Think in Circles
Pushing beyond the the ring box? Focus your attention on finding a single, circular shaped prop whose materials and origins speak to the character of the event. Beach weddings can provide a host of shells for cradling the rings. Forest weddings may have a tree trunk to place them on (or the bride and groom may have taken the time to prepare a prop, like the image below). Ornate ballrooms are littered with chandeliers and candelabras that make excellent backdrops for getting creative with your ring shoots. In these two examples, the photographers have opted for simple, round shapes that harmonize with the circular shape of the rings, furthering the sense of unity and wholeness that they are meant to convey.
Photography by Dasha Caffrey
Play with Texture and Light
For a deeper focus on the ring itself, get up close and personal, and leave props behind. These examples make stunning statements with simple themes – a background that’s entirely glittery, and a background that’s entirely dark. Both create a scene where the beauty and meaning of the ring is allowed to shine in and of itself – if you’re looking for simple ways to create amazing photos, this is a great technique.
Use the Shoes
If you have a little more time on your hands, try figuring out different ways to capture the ring alongside the bride’s shoes! These accessory-themed shoots offer a hint of glamour and fun, and their artistic and creative edge is undeniable. Plan in advance – during the bride’s “getting ready” shoot, the shoes will still be available for your artistic use. After that, don’t count on it!
Find Ways to Stack the Rings
Some rings are designed to stack – play up this design feature and photograph the rings in a stacked set up. This photographer has used a piece of fabric to provide stability for the rings as it pulls through their centers.
Photography by Melanie Rebane Photography
Experiment with Unlikely Forms
A deer antler? The possibilities are endless. Weddings are full of decorations and props – push beyond the ordinary and see what you come up with. The rings don’t have to be resting on something – they can be arranged to hang as well, like in the example image. Depending on their style, you can balance the rings on their edge, too. This composition features a variety of angles and textures, from smooth polished ivory to glittering crystals to a sleek and streamlined metallic band. Find objects with strong lines and textural characteristics, and the result is bound to be stunning.
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