Valentine’s day, Pancake day and Ash Wednesday all fall so close together this year. I am spoilt for choice for an appropriate photo blog opportunity. Romance, recipe or fire? In the end I chose romance, as I think last week’s boozy gift guide blog post has really got me in the mood. I hope there will be lots of happy proposals and engagements on Valentine’s day, and perhaps some wedding anniversaries too. If you have a new ring this year, or perhaps have never taken a ring photo (think of your insurance!) then take a look at my creative ideas for shots.
I have written before about how I used to photograph weddings as a second shooter. During the wedding breakfast the main photographer and I would borrow the couple’s rings to try to get some interesting close-up shots. This was always a nerve-wracking moment as they are such tiny and valuable things, and they ROLL! We would balance them in all sorts of places. I particularly remember one time we nearly lost them in the bottom of a huge vase. This vase was nearly as tall as me, so it would not have been an easy rescue.
Cast a heart shadow with a ring
This ring shadow on a Bible is just my test shot, which is why it’s a bit blurry and poor quality. The final version of this ring photo was taken by the main photographer, not me. One person holds an off-camera flashgun behind the ring, opposite the camera and a little above. This casts a heart shadow across the page.
Flowers from a wedding
A slightly easier idea is to loop them onto the flowers from the bouquet or table decoration. I whipped the vase off a table onto the lawn to get this ring photo.
Ring photo with a chrome background
This last shot is my favourite and the rings are lying in the base of a chrome ice bucket. The caterers had brought these to chill the champagne but we got in there first and dropped the rings inside for a photo. I love the shimmer and metallic texture of the curving base.
Do you fancy trying out a shot like one of these? Let me know in the comments below.
Are you planning a wedding? Read the low down on how to pick your bridesmaids from Adventures of a Riot Grrrl.