3 Things You The Client Can Do For
Beautiful Wedding Detail Shots
If you’re planning a wedding, chances are you’ve probably been working hard on gathering beautiful images for your Pinterest board and getting inspiration from all of the beautifully styled photos that are filling your feed! While I was in the midst of wedding planning myself, I spent countless hours perusing all things “garden wedding” and found myself absolutely in love with all of the beautiful photos of rings, invitations, and flowers and I was so excited to see what my detail photos were going to look like! I learned quickly, though, that getting those magazine-worthy shots of my carefully selected details relied heavily on how well I prepared them for my photographer so I made a list of everything needed for the day and then had it all gathered and sorted by the time they arrived! Not only did it result in some gorgeous images for my wedding album, but it also took a lot of stress off of me and my photographer the morning of the wedding – win/win!
As a wedding photographer, I provide my clients with mini guides and checklists that I have put together over the years so that they can be ready for me to shoot their details efficiently and today, I’m sharing three of my favorite tips with you here because at the end of the day, I want everyone to get the best photos possible for their wedding day!
Tip #1: Don’t Forget Your Invitation Suite!
The invitations and RSVPs are often such a great way to tie in all of your detail photos so I always make it a point to photograph them if they are there! They not only include all of the important information about the day itself like the date, location, and times, but they also tend to be the first glimpse into the feel and theme of the event for the guests which makes the invitation suite an ideal item for detail photos.
If you have special envelopes, be sure to include those as well! For an extra dose of flair, you could have a calligrapher address an envelope to a fake guest using your home address or the venue address to be photographed with the cards (or you could make this a fun DIY project with your wedding party!).
PRO TIP: If you are worried about forgetting your invitation suite, mail one to your photographer ahead of time to bring with them the day of the wedding so that it’s one less thing on your plate! Of course, if you are not using Brittany Lynn Imagery for your wedding photography, be sure to check with your photographer first to make sure they are okay with being responsible for this. If they aren’t, you can delegate this to a member of the wedding party if needed!
Tip #2: Keep the Accessories with the Flowers
Not every wedding couple wishes to have their invitations photographed but most couples do want photos of their rings, accessories, and flowers! I like to recommend placing the flowers in an area where they are out of the way and then gathering all of the accessories and other detail items together with the flowers so that they are easy to find when the photographer is ready to begin. You'd be surprised how much time can go into gathering everything needed for detail shots so by having everything in one place and ready to go, you are able to get the most out of your photographer’s time which can often be limited for details on the wedding day.
When gathering items for your detail photos, you may want to include things such as your rings, ring boxes, necklaces, earrings, ties/bowties, watches, shoes, hairpieces, photos, invitations, gifts, socks, garters, bouquets, vows, heirloom items, or anything else that is important to you!
PRO TIP: Make a running list of your details that you want photographed! You can start the list today and add to it as you think of things so that you don’t miss anything! Just be mindful that the longer your list is, the longer your photographer will need to capture these photos for you!
Tip #3: Bring Special Hangers for Your Wedding Attire!
Chances are, you and your partner put a lot of time and energy (and money!) into choosing your wedding attire so photographing it is important! If you are having your attire such as your wedding dress, suit, or tuxedo photographed before you put it on, I strongly recommend finding a special hanger for these photos! While I try to remember to pack a wooden hanger in my camera bag for wedding days, you may want to pick out your own so that they fit the aesthetic of your wedding day.
PRO TIP: This does not have to be expensive! You could start by asking close friends or family if they have a special hanger you can use (hello, ‘something borrowed’, is that you!?) or you can make your own by simply painting a wire hanger one of your wedding colors or writing your name on a wooden coat hanger in fancy lettering, to name a few ideas!
BONUS TIP: SCHEDULE IN THE TIME!
I couldn’t write about preparing for wedding detail photos without mentioning TIME! Wedding detail shots can be some of the most beautiful photos in your gallery (aside from YOU, of course!) but setting them up and executing them takes time. If your photographer is rushed, chances are they won’t be able to do their best work on these photos and YOU DESERVE AMAZING DETAIL SHOTS! If you are going to put energy into listing your details, gathering your items, and setting them together, do not forget to schedule time for these photos into your timeline. Your photographer can help you decide when the best time to capture these photos would be and can also give you an idea of how much time they will need to get photos of all of your items!
I know that planning out your wedding detail photos can feel daunting and overwhelming but hopefully these three tips will help you feel more prepared for your wedding day and ready to work with your photographer to get the best detail shots for your wedding collection! Couples often put a lot of thought into the details of the day so capturing them is just as important as the formal photos and I promise you, seeing these images in your wedding collection will make all of the fuss and work 100% worth it!
If you’re looking for a detail-oriented photographer to capture your wedding day, you can reach out to me at [email protected] to set up a free consultation to discuss your wedding day and to see if we would be a good fit! If you’re already a BLI Couple and you’re ready to start planning out your detail shots, I’m excited to help when you’re ready!
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