For soon-to-be-married couples, their wedding rings are a beautiful symbol of their love, trust and respect as well as their commitment to each other. You, as the photographer, have the responsibility to put such a potent symbol in a beautiful light and, in the process, contribute to the beauty of the couple’s marriage.
Here are possible ideas that can achieve this purpose. Be sure to consult with the couple about the theme for the photo so that it can be related to the weeding theme itself, as well as the couple’s personal preferences. You may also present them with initial prints from Office Depot Photo before proceeding with the final prints, if so desired, especially as the appearance on screen will be different on print.
Using Water and Lights
With the right placement of lights, the sparkle of the gemstones and the luster of the metal can be captured, perhaps even amplified so that the wedding rings take on an ethereal quality. You have to experiment with the right types, number, and position of lights until you have the desired effect, a process that may seem such a chore but the results should be worth it.
You may also use these tips in getting better results:
- Place the rings on an interesting surface, such as granite, wood, and even sand, for as long as it will provide a complementary background to the attractive rings. You may even be able to find it in the reception site, such as the table with its themed setting.
- Add the various lights to highlight the rings’ interesting aspects. You may, for example, use a speedlight for a rim light behind the subjects and a flash disc to light it from the front.
You may also use gels in various colors, Magmod grid, and even sprays of water to create the perfect background. Now all you have to do is take photos from several angles until you have the desired shots.
Using Natural Forms
If you are photographing the rings at the wedding reception, you will have plenty of choices for the background. One of the most available options are the flowers, which come in several colors so you can take pictures of the wedding rings against several colored backgrounds as well as textures and shapes. For example, a pair of diamond-studded wedding rings will look different when placed inside or on top of a ruby red rose as against a violet hydrangea.
You can experiment with your camera’s lens and settings until you can fully capture both the beauty of the flowers and the rings. Plus, you are showcasing items that the couple spent time and effort, as well as money, on for the wedding.