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8 Must-Capture Wedding Detail Shots

By Pye Jirsa on December 29th 2015

When it comes to wedding detail shots, it’s okay to make a big deal out of something so small. Getting great wedding detail shots of everything from the wedding rings to the wedding dress is truly a must on the wedding day. Here’s a handy list of our 8 Must-Capture Wedding Detail Shots and some tips on how to take your wedding detail shots to the next level.

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Wedding Detail 1 | Rings

  • Find Interesting Places to Place the Rings
  • Stack One Ring Upon the Other
  • Place Rings On Reflective Surfaces
  • Try different Lighting Setups for Unique Looks
  • Create Bokeh in the Background
  • Include Flowers in the Background


Wedding Detail 2 | Shoes

  • Place Shoes on Smooth, Reflective Surfaces
  • Find Interesting Positions to Lay the Shoes
  • Try Unique Angles You Haven’t Seen Before
  • Photograph the Details on the Shoes


Wedding Detail 3 | Dresses

  • Hang the Dress on Various Objects like a Tree
  • Use a Mirror to Provide a New Perspective
  • Dangle the Dress on Arches or Ledges
  • Get Close to the Dress Details
  • Attach the Dress Next to a Window For Soft Light


Wedding Detail 4 | Necklaces

  • Arrange the Necklaces into a Neat Order
  • Change the Background to Create Dramatic Looks
  • Hang or Place Necklaces on Various Surfaces
  • Reflect Light Through What’s Holding The Necklace


Wedding Detail 5 | Watches

  • Make the Watch the Focus
  • Position the Groom’s Arm to Hold His jacket
  • Get Close Ups of the Inner Works of the Watch
  • Pose The Groom as if Putting on the Watch
  • Lay the Watch on Top of or Next to a Tie


Wedding Detail 6 | Earrings

  • Have the Bride Highlight the Earrings
  • Place them on Interesting Surfaces to Highlight
  • Find Compelling Places to Hang the Earrings


Wedding Detail 7 | Bouquets

  • Have Bride Hold the Bouquet at Waist Height
  • Include Bridesmaid Bouquets Next to the Bride’s Bouquet
  • Place Bouquet on a Reflective Table


Wedding Detail 8 | Bracelets

  • Photograph the Bracelets on the Bride
  • Stack Them on Top of Each Other
  • Place A Row of Bracelets on Top of Each Other
  • Spread Them Apart in any Fashion

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  1. April Payton

    I love it! I wish I had clients that put this effort into their details..makes the photos so much nicer.

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  3. Armands Sprogis

    Love that fist ring shot. I love starting the wedding day with details. I get so excited to photograph rings, shoes, dress. Love it.

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  4. Fisnik Islami

    excellent pictures ,thanks for the tutorial

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  5. Richard Bremer

    Excellent list! I already do all of them, but the extra tips are really helpfull. Thx for sharing!

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  6. Lee G

    Nice checklist I’m wondering where did they shoot the shot of the heels?

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  7. john mariani

    While i believe these things should not go unnoticed , if that is their center of attention , their marriage probably won’t last . i capture these things but i do not set them aside to do so . I will definitely take this into consideration for my next wedding shoot .

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  8. Joseph Ford

    Fabulous check list, i especially like the different variations presented.

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