If having epic wedding detail photos is important to you, then you are going to want to save this wedding detail checklist.
In it I include all of the things you want to make sure you have set aside for you photographer before they show up as well as some extra accessories that help us take those beautiful shots.
The extra accessories are definitely optional (you don’t NEED a ring box to get beautiful ring photos) but having a few of them will absolutely uplevel your wedding detail photos.
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Side note, this article is about what I would call “still life wedding detail photography.” But honestly, my favorite way to capture details is in context. I love photographing shoes on you. Or the details of your dress on your body. Or your veil while it’s being held by your mother before she puts it on you. For me, object shots are beautiful, but they start to tell a story in the context of the person who is using them. So I try and get both still life and context details whenever possible.
In other words, know that when you work with me, I will make sure all of the pieces you put so much time and effort into gathering are documented beautifully!
Generally when I’m doing wedding detail shots for a couple, I take:
I also make sure I get room shots of the reception space and details of the tables like place settings, table decor, and floral arrangements.
For the ceremony, I try to grab a shot of the ceremony setup before it’s disturbed by guests, details of flowers or decor if present and any special signage.
Whatever is there, I photograph. But if you want that “luxury flatlay” look or really want to uplevel your detail shots here are a few extra accessories that help do that.
Think about the theme of your wedding when choosing which accessories to bring with you. Having a garden wedding? Include tiny pots and fairy garden tools. Having a travel themed wedding? Bring a map for a backdrop, a decorative compass and vintage camera. Having a forest themed wedding? Bring greenery you’ve gathered or acorns from your favorite oak tree or bring a beautiful handmade cutting board as backdrop for your flatlay.
Optional wedding detail checklist:
This list includes all of the things you should have on hand for your photographer before they get there.
Pro tip: Gather everything you want photographed in a plastic storage bin. That way you aren’t leaving hair and makeup trying to figure out where your shoes got to. You can just hand your photographer the bin and they can start working on your details!
On a traditional wedding day I try to allocate an hour for details. I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s kind of like Tetris in that we show up and are handed a bunch of objects that we then need to organize in an aesthetically pleasing way. Doing this takes time and some trial and error! Ideally I usually set up 2-3 versions of a flat lay before moving on to photographing the more important details individually like the dress and shoes and bouquet. If we don’t have an hour then of course I’ll do the best I can, but like anything, I find the more time I have, the better the end result.
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