Pretty Little Details

Details...........what makes them so special?  Years ago, when I got married, the photographers never even focused on any details.  That was the norm for then. Today, it is always about the pretty little details as I love to refer to them. I  am so excited that as a wedding photographer, I can really spend lots of time capturing the details of the wedding day for my couple.

When I started my wedding business,  I wanted to take beautiful images of the wedding dress, the rings, the shoes etc.  To allow enough time I decided to ask the brides for permission to arrange about an hour several days prior to their wedding day. During that time I would go to their homes to get the detail images that I love.  Of course, this is usually only when the bride lives fairly close to me. I knew if I could have that extra hour without distractions on the actual day,  I would be able to create several different scenarios for each item that I was photographing.  I just love to find an opportunity to be different when I can!  I also love the invitation part of the whole wedding.  I usually receive the invitation when they are sent out to guests. This insures that I can do some fun and creative things with them.

 

 This beautiful image was created from an arrangement of flowers I received from my daughter for Mother's Day.  Once the flowers were just about finished I crumpled them up and used them to frame Kasey and Jamie's lovely invitation. 

This beautiful image was created from an arrangement of flowers I received from my daughter for Mother's Day.  Once the flowers were just about finished I crumpled them up and used them to frame Kasey and Jamie's lovely invitation. 

My other favorite thing to do is the ring shot.  Here I like to use just things that I have collected from Michael's art supplies, such as sparkly paper, bracelets, little memo pads which is used in the photograph below. I also will use a mirror for some shots, laying the ring flat on the mirror and putting something colorful behind it to catch the colors of anything from a greeting card or to a print of one of my photographs of flowers etc. I love to use sparkly bracelets for this type of shot because of the beautiful bokeh you can create with a shallow depth of field. I place about two crystal bracelets directly behind the ring on the mirror. Just be creative and use your imagination.  Most of the time, I find things that just catch my eye in the case of these little memo pads.

 Here are some of my pretty little helpers when creating the image.  The ring is sitting on top of these little memo pads I found in Pier 1 imports!

Here are some of my pretty little helpers when creating the image.  The ring is sitting on top of these little memo pads I found in Pier 1 imports!

 Here I am using some beautiful natural light and setting up the ring shot, using my Nikon 105mm 2.8 macro lens. 

Here I am using some beautiful natural light and setting up the ring shot, using my Nikon 105mm 2.8 macro lens. 

 The finished product!!!!  The settings I used for this particular image was ISO 5000, 1/250, F9.0 with the macro lens of course! Natural window light used.   

The finished product!!!!  The settings I used for this particular image was ISO 5000, 1/250, F9.0 with the macro lens of course! Natural window light used.

 

So now we move on to the DRESS! My favorite I think.  For Kasey's dress, I knew exactly where I wanted to create her special image.  She loves the woods and the outdoors, so when I saw the spot I knew it was perfect. I actually had to leave a business card for  the homeowner and ask permission if I could shoot the dress there.  She gladly responded with a yes! A few days before the wedding, I took the dress with an assistant and very carefully hung the dress and captured this!!  So over time, I have come to be known for my dresses in trees if you will!  Whenever there is a tree close by, there I will be with ladder and hanger ready to hang it.  

 

 This is the finished product and I could not have been more pleased!   

This is the finished product and I could not have been more pleased!

 

So now I hope you can see why I love to go a little out of the way for a wedding!  I truly love to make every wedding unique and different from the others, because lets face it, we are all unique and different.  I want their wedding photographs to tell their story. It gives me great pleasure to know that my brides are completely thrilled when they open their gallery for the first time! 

I hope you enjoyed this little window into capturing all of the details!