5 ring photo tips | columbus wedding


Hey snowflake! As I type this I’m sitting with a blanket on covering my legs and warm coffee on the desk next to me while actual snowflakes twirl to the ground. Charlie, my almost 16 year old cat, is on my lap snoozing and Pandora plays my favorite radio station. It’s incredibly peaceful and I’m excited to dive in to ring tips.

If you’ve followed me at all, you may have picked up on the fact that I love detail photos….specifically ring photos. In fact when I’m a second shooter, I’m honored to have my friends leave the ring and detail shots to me. They get that it’s my happy place.

So here we are. Let’s talk about ways you can get the most of me and your rings on your wedding day!! 5 ring photo tips:

  1. Have your rings cleaned. This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s also one of those things that can easily slip your mind as you are focused on the many details that go in to making your wedding day all that you want it to be. Take your rings to your jeweler and after they have been cleaned, leave them in the boxes. I know it’s tempting to take them out and admire them or even put them on/back on for engagement rings. I understand that temptation, but stray hairs and little marks that you may not see with the naked eye will show up with my macro lens.
  2. Keep all the rings together. The most common detail missing when I arrive are the rings! Moms, officiants, and planners will tell you to hand over your wedding band to the best man before the day begins. However, it’s actually better to hand it over during the bridal party portraits so that I can shoot some great ring shots in the morning while I’m shooting all the other details! If you forget, no worries, I can always shoot the ring shot at the reception if there is extra time!
  3. Ask your florist for any extra florals or greenery. Two things here. Have your bouquets arrive early in the day so that they can be used as much as possible. If it is a hot day, we will be sure to put them back in water whenever they are not in use. Sometimes I’ll use your bouquet for details/ring, but we also might be able to get in other photos, so having the bouquets is a major plus. Secondly, a few extra pieces from your florist that they may have tossed in the trash can look beautiful in your photos. They can be added not only to the ring photos, but can be used for the other detail photographs.
  4. Extra elements. Sometimes, depending on the theme or look of the wedding day, there may be some extra elements that you want included. For example, a piece of ribbon, lace, or burlap, or even a piece of wood for me to use. Also, make sure that your detail bag is filled with special stamps you used to mail the invitations, the stationary sets, etc. If you wonder whether or not I might use it when I’m shooting your rings and jewelry, just bring it. I would rather have extra details! This REALLY makes for beautiful, consistent album spread.
  5. Be prepared for me to ask for them back during the reception. I know, I know!  You’ve given your rings to me earlier in the day and  I’ve had my turn to play with them and now that you are officially married you want to keep them on.  I hear ya!  But something has peeked my creative side and I need your  rings to make some type of magic happen. I promise I’ll give them back as soon as I get that photograph. I will personally hand them back to you and make sure they are safe. 🙂

Taken in the morning prior to the ceremony.

Same rings taken at the end of the night during the reception.

Wood was a big part of this wedding. The groom made all the tables for the reception.

Same rings as on the wood, but with the bridal bouquet.

Same rings as the last two collages, but with something special the bride had on the table.

Lastly one of my favorite engagement rings taken at the very end of the reception on a sprinkle donut. The lights were turned way down for the party, but you’d never know from this photo. love the ring and the colors!

What do you think? Are these tips doable? Do you have any to add or do you have a question? Drop me a message or write a comment! I would love to hear from you!



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