that the bride and groom will share about their wedding day! So I haven’t decided if this post is going to be more helpful for BRIDES or PHOTOGRAPHERS. I’m going to share a way to shoot DETAILS and make them flow seamlessly into the wedding day theme. I’ve realized recently that there is a way a bride can REALLY help her photographer out with the details and that is by gathering her details and including some fabric/stationary/extra crafty stuff along with the details pile. Some of my brides have done this on accident and it’s made a WORLD of difference in their detail shots. Ok, you’re probably lost right now…. thinking “Katelyn.. this doesn’t make sense”. I’m so bad at explaining things that I get excited about!! So let me explain with pictures!
So here are some shots from David and Courtney’s wedding (That you can see featured on the wedding channel tomorrow!!) Courtney and David had a green and black themed winter wedding and they also ordered an album. So I knew that as I was shooting their details, all of these shots HAD to flow together or else the album would look HORRENDOUS! So, instead of finding some AWESOME antique chair or placing the details on the carpet… I intentionally used the envelope of their invitation to add a pop of GREEN to the detail shots!
And this is what the album spread looks like:
Another example would be from Bev and Craig’s wedding this past fall! Bev included an extra piece of scrap GOLD fabric that matched their wedding colors in her details pile. YES!!! I shot her details on this fabric and it made for the most beautiful details spread!
Here’s the album spread from these images!
Are you starting to see what I mean? By just having a consistent background, you can have amazing detail shots! So brides… gather some of your extra crafty stuff and let your photographer go to town! And photographers… when you’re shooting details, be creative and don’t just look for “good light” …. look for ways to make these details match the THEME. Here’s another example: Molly and John’s wedding was a southern cowboy theme. It was adorable. However, like most weddings, the bride got ready in a modern hotel suite. This hotel didn’t match her theme at ALL. So I had to MAKE it match. I found an extra roll of burlap that was left over from decorating the reception and I put it to use! I found good light and instead of just propping the details up against the wall, I made a backdrop out of burlap! It looks like these details were shot in a BARN… not a Marriott!
Besides using invitations and fabric… you can get creative and use BRIDESMAIDS dresses to carry out the theme and the color of the wedding day!
Hope this helped both the BRIDES out there AND the photographers! These are super simple ways to totally transform your details!!!