All About: The Ring Shot!

Rings aren't the first thing most people think of when they hear "wedding", but I'm also not most people. Rings are my absolute favorite part of the wedding day to photograph because like the couple, the rings they choose are quite unique to them. Taking those rings and incorporating various elements from their wedding day I get to create completely unique and personal pieces of artwork for the couple. No two ring shots are ever the same, just like no two weddings are the same.

paint brush ring shots


The ring photos always take me back to that wedding day. These rings are from a downtown San Antonio wedding, a wedding I was second shooting for the amazing May Carlson. She is a local film wedding photographer, and this was my first wedding shooting film at! She's basically my hero. Okay, so anyway, back to the wedding. The couple hired Keely Carnahan of Nobel Art to paint (yes, paint) a painting of their wedding reception, and as soon as I saw this gorgeous engagement ring I knew I needed to do something special. Keely was kind enough to allow me to borrow one of her brushes, we set the rings carefully on top and proceed to make magic. While we took two or three other set-ups of ring shots before these brush ones this set is my favorite.


metal airplane wing ring shots


This set of ring shots included a small metal airplane, and they show exactly why I'm obsessed with using macro lenses when photographing rings. The metal really reflects light well, and using a macro lens helps separate the rings from the background, creating such an interesting background for these beautiful rings. The groom is a pilot, and the couple included a lot of airplane themed decor at their wedding, so it only made sense to include these objects in creating ring photographs! There is one more ring shots from this wedding I really loved, it involved a new technique - and water! It's the first image in this blog post!


lime & linen ring shots


Not all weddings have such personal, unique decor I can use in the ring shots. These two images are from two different sets of ring shots at a recent wedding of mine. In San Antonio we love our tequila, and you can't have tequila without limes. Each table at this wedding reception had a plate of limes, and lucky for me there were a few extra limes I was able to use for this one photograph I've been wanting to try out! Just a simple ring shots with limes in the background, but by adding extra light to the limes I really got a good pop of color out of them! For the image below I just used the rings as a napkin ring, pulling a bit of the blue cloth through the rings. While there aren't any objects that are specifically personal to the couple, I included their wedding color with the linens and a little San Antonio with the limes.


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