I love listening to proposal stories! Choosing where and when, the anticipation of waiting for the perfect moment and choosing the ring are all elements of the story that I love to hear.
Today, I’m excited to share my three easy ways to photograph wedding rings. This is my go-to system for photographing the rings that I use for every wedding. Having this system in place allows me space for creativity and consistency.
Let’s start with lens choice. When I first began my photography journey, I purchased the 60 mm macro lens. This lens is sharp and great for close up macro shots, but it didn’t give me the compression that I needed when photographing the rings. One of the benefits of lens compression is being able to bring the background closer to the subject.
In my opinion, the 60mm was best suited for my Nikon d7000, a cropped sensor camera, that made the focal length of a 60mm a great option for that camera.
I ended up doing a trade upgrade to the 105mm, and it was a game changer for my ring shots.
I typically photograph the rings during the getting ready portion of the day. I always start with the details in the bride’s getting ready room and then move onto focusing on candids and stories that are unfolding.
I give myself anywhere from 30-45 minutes to photograph the details which include all of the somethings. The something new, old, borrowed, blue, and special. That’s the dress, veil, flowers, shoes, rings, invitation suite, jewelry, and anything that is special for my bride’s day.
It seems like 30-45 minutes is a long time, but it’s not. It goes by incredibly fast.
Because timing is crucial on a wedding day, having systems in place is especially helpful.
I think I realized that I had a system last year and I’m happy to share that with you today. Here are my three easy ways to photograph wedding rings.
That’s it, those are my three easy ways to photograph wedding rings.
Lay them down, stack them up, stand them up.
With each setup, you can shoot the rings from different angles, add in other details, and be as creative as you’d like and have time for. Having these three go to setups allows me to have space to ensure that I have consistent photos of the ring, and it frees my mind to creative opportunities.
I hope these tips are helpful!