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Friday Fives | Favorite Ring Shots

This post was HARD to do!! I’m sure I missed a couple of all-time favorite ring shots, but when I have hundreds of weddings to recollect, it’s easy to miss a few!! A couple of easy favorites came to mind first, and if you’ve followed me for very long, you know that color is my jam! So most of these images are boosted by loads of deep toned hues to really make the rings POP!

In my opinion, the key to a killer ring photo is GOOD LIGHT! Direct sunlight does not work as the flat top part of the diamond or gemstone will reflect and just look solid white. It’s better to have diffused natural light like through a window, doorway, or overhang. In fact, 4 of these 5 (if I’m remembering correctly), were all taken in one of those 3 scenarios. I also like to pull in key colors or elements of the wedding using the flowers, a bridesmaid’s dress, reception decor, or something along those lines. In the last photo you’ll see colorful fall leaves which I just grabbed from outside the church door. The extra little touch lent itself perfectly to that couple’s October wedding.

It’s also fun when the couple brings something specific for me to use for their ring photos, as was the case for the cover photo for this post — Casey and David got married at the courthouse and brought this special turtle sculpture that they had picked up on one of their travels. Colorful + meaningful = the perfect combo!!

1) Purple wedding flowers with baby’s breath creates depth in the image itself and especially the diamond! (window light)

purple baby's breath ring photo

2) The venue had these amazing logo plates that was just the right size to pair with the rings. (window light)

Odyssey Country Club wedding ring with monogrammed china

3) This couple had Lemondheads on each table for the guests and for a pop of color. I knew the vivid yellow would be an interesting background with the rings! (overhang light)

Lemonheads yellow ring photo in Mason jar

4) The bridesmaids wore this nice coral color, and one of them happened to be carrying a purse of the same color. I asked to borrow it, and propped the rings up on it out in the open on top of a concrete post. (overcast open light)

coral background standing ring photo

5) This fall wedding definitely called for some fall color so these fallen leaves were just the ticket. (overcast light near a slight overhang)

Ring photo with colorful fall leaves

Friday Fives | Favorite Color Images

I went back and forth a bit about how to structure this post and then decided Friday Fives is a free-for-all and I should just dive in! You may remember the color project I did a couple of summers ago. I did a model call for couples and got 2 couples that were willing to be dragged all over town to a bunch of spots I had scouted over the previous months. There’s also one in this set of 5 from a friend’s headshot, which was inspired by my Color Project.

My main goal was to have a rainbow grid on my Instagram following the sessions, and I was absolutely thrilled with how it turned out! So today for Friday Fives, I’m showing you my 5 favorite colored wall images!

Keep an eye out soon for a reprisal of the color project! We’re using some new walls for this one — can’t wait!

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My wedding photography style

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It took me years before I was able to efficiently articulate what my photography style was. I knew that I always gravitated toward bright & clean colors and editing and that I preferred a classic style of both shooting and post-processing. My hope is that my wedding photos will stand the test of time, and I think by having vivid, true-to-life colors, my craft fully embraces that.

One day a couple years ago it dawned on me that color was my signature “thing.” So I started using the hashtags #thecolorfulphotographer and #mybrandiscolor. I started crafting my Instagram feed in a way that showcased the color spectrum, and began purposefully selecting my social media posts based on color usage.

colorful wedding party photography

Another MAJOR thing that has always been super important to me is proper skin tones. I think with many of the current photo trends, there is a tendency to have underexposed, overexposed, or orange-y/reddish skin tones. I prefer my subjects to look like themselves, and look to future generations as they actually did on their wedding day. A huge part of getting skin tones right is properly exposing the image in the first place. I have trained myself to shoot with proper exposure most of the time, and that is in part due to my same-day slideshows that I set up at most of my weddings. If the images aren’t correct in camera, it’s nearly impossible to do a slideshow since there is basically no editing done to the slideshow images.

colorful wedding photographer with accurate skin tones

The last major component of my photography style is my use of flash. It is true that most of the wedding day is photographed with natural light, but for most receptions and family formal photos, artificial light is an absolute necessity. I firmly believe that a wedding photographer should thoroughly understand and know how to use their flash and preferably also use off-camera flash. There are so many components to a wedding and action happening in so many places (often not right in front of the photographer), that I think it is best to have your bases covered with 2-3 flashes (if not more). I take comfort in knowing that whatever is happening, I am sure to get a good photo of it because of my use of flashes.

off-camera flash wedding photography

Typically my set up at the beginning of the reception is to set up a two flashes on stands and start with one of them pointed at the doors where the bride and groom will be introduced, and then another one nearer the head table so that I can capture the action as they walk across the length of the room. Then for the toasts, I will point them about 60º from each other toward the head table and adjust slightly as each person speaks. I use a similar setup for the rest of the evening — cake cutting, first dances, dance floor photos. During the open dancing for the guests, I will move my flashes to either side of the band or DJ and then mostly take photos from the other side of the dance floor, using my on-camera flash as fill light. Without getting too technical, off-camera flash is great way to maintain the ambiance of your reception space in your photos while still being able to see the people in the photos thanks to the flashes.

using flash for proper lighting skin tones and color






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