Rings and Things
One of my favorite shots I take on a person's wedding day is the ring shot. There's just something powerful and meaningful about a wedding ring; it's a symbol of eternal vows that two people make to each other, in front of God, their family and friends. Heavy stuff. Obviously, the most important photos you take during a wedding are not going to be of the "things", but of the people present during this special time. Still, the devil's in the details!
Rings, flowers, shoes, ties, watches, and all the other small things that people pay attention to when planning a wedding aren't very significant in the grand scheme of things. However, as a photographer, these shots can help you set the tone of your gallery or album, and you can bet your, er....butt, that the bride and groom paid good money because they wanted these things noticed.
One of my favorite things about detail shots is that it shows off the bride and groom's personalities and challenges you, as a photographer, to connect the items to their specific day. So, in addition to the rings, I like to include a bouquet, the veil, or some other piece from their personal touches. You can think outside the box as well; putting rings on the pool balls that are laid out with their wedding date, or using items from the venue- like circling the word "love" in a dictionary if they're getting married in a library. The picture tells more of a story when you can personalize it and makes that image much more valuable.