Here's another personal project/self assignment. This is for honing our skills in the aspect of details shots at weddings. Specifically using our macro lens and getting very close up, detailed images of the wedding rings. How can we, as wedding photographers, stylize and make some like the standard wedding ring details shot, stand out? What if, on the day and at the location of the ceremony, there isn't a viable or attractive place to shot the wedding ring details? What if Laura and I, as a stand out photographers want to give our couple something more than just the usual "rings on a birdhouse" or "rings on a fountain" or "rings on the forehead of uncle Merle sleeping"? What if we really wanted to show the dazzle and detail of those rings that the couple spent effort, time, and money on choosing? We were able to get some pretty neat images through inspiration from mentor photographers and looking at other work, and through utilization and practice of skills. These results below were done with a mobile set-up, meaning we could do this whether it was in the corner of a church, outside of the barn at the winery, or in a utility closet of the Embassy Suites where the reception is taking place. It was also time efficient, meaning each shot was produced (pre-Photoshop processing) within 5 minutes of each other.
The goal was to create images and make the best wedding photos that gave as much wow and style in the shortest amount of time with the greatest amount of efficiency while taking the least amount of space. Or, to create a result that tells the story of the couple in imagery, like with the rings set with the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower behind them because the couple are going to Paris for their honeymoon. Or the one with the hundreds of paper lanterns lighting up the night sky because it was at a lighting ceremony just like that when they were on vacation where our groom proposed to his bride. They're not going to get a shot of their rings of that quality while there, or at least maybe not think to do it. Or, they didn't get one on the of his proposal. However, we knew that about them because we find those things out about our couples. And then later, after their wedding is over and when they get back from their honeymoon, and we show them their photo gallery, they'll see that we did for them. Not only will it showcase the symbols of devotion and love on their fingers as part of their Wedding Day, it will hopefully remind them of their honeymoon and the awesome memories that they have. A great wedding photographer not only gets the photos of the couple that they want, or just fulfills the wedding photo shot list. Usually, on their wedding day, a bride and groom are a little preoccupied. They may not see all the moments happening and memories being created all around them. They may not be able to devote the time or focus to fully enjoy the symbols or accruements they meticulously spent so much time choosing and planning. The gauge of a great wedding photographer is that when the couple look at their photos, they are able to enjoy and savor the images of moments, or of their own fruits of their labor, that they may not have seen or had time to truly appreciate at their wedding. And, then they are invoked with emotion because of seeing those photos.
Capturing the most of their story, in each image we take, even in the symbols of the physically small thing like wedding rings, is one of the little things we strive to accomplish to have as a quality crafted skill in our photographic tool kit. That way, we're able to creatively and skillfully craft a visual chronicle of our couple, their story, and the events of their Big Day. Laura and I strongly believe that in order to be the best wedding photographers here in San Luis Obispo County, is to capture not just the moments of our couple's Big Day, but more than that. We capture their spirit, their love, their personalities, and their story that transcends just that one day, just that one place. Our couple won't have those rings just be placed on each respective ring finger to be remembered being at that one place at that one time. Our couple will walk the earth hand in hand for years to come, with those rings connected to each other for all that time.
You friendly neighborhood photo duo,
Jason & Laura