Alright, Im going to make this quick. I know what you're thinking
"Ha! Yeah right!"
And you know you what? You're right for doubting, but I really want to keep this short and sweet.
So, you just got married or your friend, family member or BFF just got married and the photographer snags your rings real quick to get some great macro shots. Because, you know, just in case you forget what the ring that you will have on your finger for forever will look like.
I kid, it's a nice shot to have. But does it have to be the same shot we always see? You know what I'm talking about. The shot of the ring on a mirror (maybe with some water drops around it), on the announcements, in a flower/bouquet. The usual beautiful ring shot. Like from these amazing photographers below.
Though, does it have to be that way?
Don't get me wrong, there's some beautiful ring shots out there. Very clever ring shots as well (think a kissing couple at sunset in the rings reflection. That's impressive). And the examples above are fantastic.
But it's too...how do I put it?
Which isn't a bad thing at all and granted, I've done my fair share of typical ring shots as well (a few examples below). However, I do it more out of the expectation from the client. And they look good. But nothing I would really want to add to my portfolio since it looks a lot like the ring shot Photographer A and B did as well.
"Ok Jeff, how do you like to showcase the rings then?"
I love it when you guys ask me great questions! Personally, I like to take the shots, even macro, while the couple wear them. It seems more realistic to me. Now, I try to change up the hand "poses" if you will so it's not the same from couple to couple. And I have to say that can be a nice little challenge.
"How do I place the couple's hands in a way that's not really awkward and that would make for an interesting image?"
I ask myself that when it's time to shoot the rings.
Here's my approach.
I first try to get the couple in a position that suits them naturally. I asses how they place themselves then I make adjustments as necessary. From there I try to shoot them in different positions. One could be both of them holding hands or holding the bouquet. Another could be the groom embracing the bride from behind or possibly the side. It really depends on the couple and how they are.
That's most important to me. Conforming to my couples and not the other way around (Ill more than likely do a blog post on how I work with clients during sessions. Stay tuned for that). Putting them in the most comfortable position helps them relax and be the most natural they possibly can which in turn allows for the best photos I can get.
Now, this is what works for me and the style I want to create. Not reinventing the wheel but enhancing it a bit.
Of course, you do what you're good at and based on what look you want to achieve.
See, I told you this would be a short and sweet little post.
If you have any thoughts, opinions, suggestions, questions, etc. Throw them in the comments below. Getting other people's perspective is key, in my opinion, to learning and growing.
Check out a few more examples below.
Until next time..