Photographed by Melli & Shayne

Story

One of the many wonderful things about being in a creative career is that you can learn and be inspired by things that may or may not even be a part of your genre of creativity. For example, reading up and learning about portraiture photography and taking those lessons and applying it to your bride & groom portraits can really up your game.

The same can be said for detail shots. When we first started out with photographing details of the wedding, we found
ourselves struggling to think of compositions, layouts and even backgrounds – until we started to look at wedding stylists and their portfolios. We saw what they were doing, and how they were doing it and made it our goal to improve our shots by thinking out of the box and trying out new things.

It’s a valuable lesson we learnt, and one we do encourage everyone to try out; don’t be afraid to try new things and even take what you know from one thing and apply it to your wedding work. Just make sure you have at least one safe shot in your bag ;)
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“Would you mind if we photographed the details while you placed something amongst them? We really want to include a hand here just to add a bit of human context.”
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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesWide

Composition is really important when it comes to setting up detail shots like this. Our goal here was to find a balance with the stationary, the ribbon details, the flowers and the hand. We laid out our details on a background that didn’t take too much attention away from our subject and took a few test shots to make sure it balanced. When it didn’t, we moved things around a bit until it felt just right.
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Really pay attention to how you lay out the details. Find inspiration on pinterest and instagram and even save those images on your phone so you can try and position the stationary in a similar pleasing manner.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Paper Single Shot Autofocus
Sometimes focusing on stationary can be tough, especially if there isn’t much contrast between the text and the paper. Our little solution is to focus on either the edges of the paper (where it meets the background) or even on another part of the layout details.
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightShade

We found a nice shaded area in the courtyard of the castle where our wedding took place. We wanted to work with the soft light since it meant that we could avoid blowing out our highlights or having too much contrast.
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Equipment & EXIF

1/500 f/1.8 ISO 125 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark IV

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic M&S The Roots Presets

Software used:

 

The edits are made to be warmer with a big focus on skin tones and light play with shadows and highlights. A few minor local adjustments were made (Gradient and Brush) as well as finishing off with a fine layer of grain. The whites are not blown out nor are the blacks 100% crunched.
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This image was edited with

M&S The Roots Presets

Challenges & Solutions
One challenge we faced was trying to figure out just how to lay things in a way that balanced. As we are not experts in this, nor did we have a bucket load of experience to know what little thing should go where, we just had to do our best and try.

Location

Castle Italy

Schloss Freudenstein

Castel Freudenstein Str. Masaccio, 39057 Appiano sulla strada del vino BZ, Italy

Final tips & Advice

If you ever feel stuck on what to learn to improve your photography game, try to explore other genres of photography. Learn about portraiture, about still life, fashion, street photography – all of those can benefit your wedding work :)

When setting up your stationary shots, take some elements from the wedding to add to your styling. Things like a few flowers and decorations can really add to your image and give it more context. If you’re feeling up for it and someone willing is nearby, maybe have them use their hand to interact a bit with the details. It can add a bit more interest to the final image.
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Melli & Shayne

Photographer Germany Canon 5D Mark IV Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
We are Melli & Shayne, a couple coming from vastly different worlds but have been inseparable ever since we met in Zanzibar. We have been passionately capturing love stories since 2014 and have loved every step of the way. We love to meet fellow photographers, to share our knowledge amongst a bottle (or two) of wine and support every one wherever we can.
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