The ring is obviously one of the most important wedding details. It doesn't have to be big. It doesn't have to wow anyone. But, it has to shine. It has to glimmer. And, it always does. It also helps to have the right equipment. I shot this with a Canon 100 Macro 2.8. This is my favorite lens for detail shots. It allows me to capture every single detail of the ring. But, it also creates depth. Notice how the diamond comes to the forefront of the image while the ring itself fades into the background. The same is true for the bracelet and the necklace in the shots below. The marble table provides a little bit of texture and then I just let the Macro go to work. This lens is perfect for wedding details and all kinds of close up shots.
Images of wedding details have to include the flowers. With these shots, I always try to play with texture. The image captures texture in a way not even the human eye can. Near the bottom of this image, you catch a subtle glimpse of the bride's hands. They are less than a foot from the bouquet, but somehow they distant and uninvolved. That's the key to a great detailed shot...texture and depth. Once again, I have to give credit to the Macro lens. It's my favorite tool for wedding details!
Some would call wedding china overrated and unnecessary. I could not disagree more. You may never use it again and it may sit in your attic for the next 50 years. But, it is one of those wedding details that makes the day special. For this image, I focused on the intricate detail of the plate and let everything else fade into the background.
This day provided so many great opportunities for beautiful shots of wedding details. Shannon and Ryan are an absolutely beautiful couple. If you want to see their entire wedding gallery, click here.