For the Bride: How to Ensure You Get Great Detail Shots

Shooting details is one of my favorite parts of the day – after the first look, ceremony, bride and groom portraits and first dance of course. Okay…..I have a LOT of favorite parts of a wedding day 🙂

Photographing your details however is the very first thing I’ll do when I arrive on your wedding day and it sets the tone  for everything that’s to follow. It allows me to ‘warm up’ and get my creative juices flowing. On top of that, it sets the stage for the rest of the day. I usually tie in your wedding colors of theme to the detail shots and if you choose to order an album these are the photos that will likely fill the first few pages and tie in the colors in the rest of the album.

Shooting details may seem trivial but this is the perfect opportunity for me to record anything of sentimental value – your grandmother’s handkerchief, the necklace your soon to be husband gave you on your first anniversary, the earrings you borrowed from your mom….

I need just a few things to ensure you’ll get great detail shots on your wedding day! Here’s a checklist you can run through to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

  • A window in the room you’re getting ready in (or permission to take your details outside into natural light)
  • All three rings (make sure you’re keeping all of them in one spot so when I arrive I can get the rings shots right away)
  • Invitation suite/stationery
  • Shoes
  • Important jewelry
  • Veil
  • Garter (if you have one)
  • Hairpiece
  • The dress!
  • Family heirlooms
  • Borrowed & Blue items
  • Perfume
  • Bouquet(s)
  • Boutonnieres
  • Anything else that’s important to you
  • For guys I usually photograph things like: the tie/bowtie, socks, shoes, cufflinks and pocket squares

I recommend gathering all of these items several days before the wedding (so you’re not scrambling last minute) and putting them in a ziploc bag (or tote) so that everything is in one place for me when I arrive! Most weddings the rings get separated (i.e. the bride has her engagement ring but the bands are with the groom) so make sure to keep those together as a set as well.

I also bring a little styling kit for me but if there are any accessories, fabrics or ribbons that you’re using elsewhere in your wedding (i.e. in the ceremony or on the tables at the reception) feel free to bring that along too so I can incorporate it. It will help me style your details so that they have an even more cohesive feel!

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