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3 Easy Ways to Photograph Wedding Rings | Photography Tips

I love listening to proposal stories! Choosing where and when, the anticipation of waiting for the perfect moment and choosing the ring are all elements of the story that I love to hear.

Today, I’m excited to share my three easy ways to photograph wedding rings. This is my go-to system for photographing the rings that I use for every wedding. Having this system in place allows me space for creativity and consistency.

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What lens will you use?

Let’s start with lens choice. When I first began my photography journey, I purchased the 60 mm macro lens. This lens is sharp and great for close up macro shots, but it didn’t give me the compression that I needed when photographing the rings. One of the benefits of lens compression is being able to bring the background closer to the subject.

In my opinion, the 60mm was best suited for my Nikon d7000, a cropped sensor camera, that made the focal length of a 60mm a great option for that camera.

I ended up doing a trade upgrade to the 105mm, and it was a game changer for my ring shots.

I typically photograph the rings during the getting ready portion of the day. I always start with the details in the bride’s getting ready room and then move onto focusing on candids and stories that are unfolding.

Timing is everything on a wedding day.

I give myself anywhere from 30-45 minutes to photograph the details which include all of the somethings. The something new, old, borrowed, blue, and special. That’s the dress, veil, flowers, shoes, rings, invitation suite, jewelry, and anything that is special for my bride’s day.

It seems like 30-45 minutes is a long time, but it’s not. It goes by incredibly fast.

Because timing is crucial on a wedding day, having systems in place is especially helpful.

I think I realized that I had a system last year and I’m happy to share that with you today. Here are my three easy ways to photograph wedding rings.

3 Easy Ways to Photograph Wedding Rings

  1. Lay them down….The first set up is to lay them down in a horizontal line and make sure that they are all on the same focal plane. This is important to make sure that they will be in focus. Speaking of focus, choosing the best aperture for the look you’re wanting to achieve for each set up is also important. I typically start at an aperture of 7.1.  Shooting at an aperture of 7.1  means that I will need to push my ISO up on the higher end depending on how much window light is available. No window light, no problem. (Tip: I have used video lights, light from an iPhone, off camera speedlight, and now that I have a Profoto A1, the modeling light might be an option if needed.)3 easy ways to photograph wedding rings to create consistent and creative ring shots on the blog here: https://bit.ly/2VcZy2X
  2. Stack them up…I will usually have the engagement ring placed on top of the bands. (Tip: Look for engravings inside the rings)3 easy ways to photograph wedding rings to create consistent and creative ring shots on the blog here: https://bit.ly/2VcZy2X
  3. Stand them up…I keep a small piece of sticky putty on the lens cap of my 105mm just in case I need some assistance in keeping the rings standing in place. To stand them up, I will center the engagement ring and the bride’s band inside of the groom’s band. Because my hands can get shaky, the sticky putty can come in handy if I need some assistance with the engagement ring standing. I simply take a small piece of putty and place it as unnoticeable as possible, underneath the engagement ring. (Tip: a little putty goes a long way. Extra tip: pack hand wipes or makeup wipes in your camera bag.)3 easy ways to photograph wedding rings to create consistent and creative ring shots on the blog here: https://bit.ly/2VcZy2X

That’s it, those are my three easy ways to photograph wedding rings.

Lay them down, stack them up, stand them up.

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With each setup, you can shoot the rings from different angles, add in other details, and be as creative as you’d like and have time for. Having these three go to setups allows me to have space to ensure that I have consistent photos of the ring, and it frees my mind to creative opportunities.

I hope these tips are helpful!

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Alpine Country Club Wedding | Tara + Rob

If you love all things winter wonderland, and love, and seeing the sweetest couple getting married then you’re gonna love Tara and Rob’s Alpine Country Club wedding.

This weekend, a new wedding season of magical moments began, and I’m so excited to share some favorites from Tara and Rob’s magical day.

They had been planning their special day for some time, and the thoughtfulness and love poured into every single detail was beautiful. Tara made all of the gorgeous bouquets,boutonnieres, and centerpieces. All intricately designed with brooches, and sparkling jewelry throughout. Some of the pieces from as far as Europe from travels by her mom. I know, I’m getting ahead of myself, but they were commented on all day long because they were just that beautiful.

We started their day at a nearby hotel with the entire bridal party in full preparation for an amazing day.

Both Tara and Rob had some nerves going on in the inside, but on the outside, they were both smiling with happiness and excitement.

Speaking of excitement, Tara was especially excited to finally step into her gorgeous gown that fit her like a glove. When she put it on, it was almost as if she exhaled and welled up with emotions simultaneously.

You could feel the joy in the room as she stood getting all buttoned up.

Her something borrowed was a gorgeous ring that belonged to her grandmother. She was happy to wear it, and her mom was even happier to place it on her finger.

Before meeting Rob for their first look, Tara shared a special first look with her brother. They’ve had a strong bond all of their life, and joyful tears fell as she shared this special moment with him on her wedding day.

After wiping tears away and lots of hugs, she was ready for her first look with Rob.

Seeing each other for the first time was a beautiful, magical moment.

They were both beaming with happiness. LOVE!!

We left the getting ready location and headed over to Alpine Country Club where both their ceremony and reception were held. Upon my arrival, I scouted out the perfect location with some snow-draped trees that would be the perfect setting for their bride and groom, bridal party and family photos. The light was perfect, as it was behind us and bouncing off the snow on the ground.

And speaking of snow…by the time we went outside for photos…the snow stopped!

I’m so thankful that the snow was pretty, their family and friends arrived safely, and their grandparents, Grammie, Grampie, and Momma were all there too. Their grandparents are the SWEETEST!!!!

After photos, the bride and groom were tucked away before their guest began to arrive.

Their Alpine Country Club wedding ceremony was classically decorated. A wall of flowing curtains with twinkle lights would be the backdrop of where they’d stand to say I do’s. Beautiful chandeliers filled the room and gave a nice glow of light.

The bridal party processed in, and the moment had arrived for the beautiful bride to walk down the aisle.

Tara and her brother would share another magical moment together, as he walked her down the aisle to Rob. There were few dry eyes in the room as Tara was absolutely stunning, and Rob stood handsomely waiting for her.

So many joyful tears filled the room throughout the ceremony and there was a celebration as they walked back down the aisle as a happily married couple!

While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the ceremony space was seamlessly transitioned for the reception. Shawna and the entire staff at Alpine Country Club were amazing. It was a pleasure to work with everyone there. DJ Corey Young got the room moving, and also brought a warm ambiance to the room with beautiful uplighting.

Tara and Rob brought even more warmth to the room as everyone cheered them on and they would sway back and forth with them as they shared their first dance.

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you
-Elvis Presley

Tara and Rob, it was an honor to be with you on your magical day! You both are incredibly kind, easy going, fun (Rob, thank you for sharing the official wrestling hand signals with me-lol) and Tara you are incredibly talented and give the best hugs, the best of which was hugging your gown-loved that! Enjoy your honeymoon with lots of basking in the sunshine and having the sand between your toes. Big hugs to you both!! xo, Shawon

Alpine Country Club Wedding Photos

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Shawon is a Massachusetts-based Wedding Photographer and available for travel.  She is currently booking 2020 weddings for couples who believe in holding on tight to what matters most.  Contact her here.

Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Alpine Country Club Cranston, RI

Cake:Bride’s Aunt

Flowers: All by the lovely bride:)

Hair and Makeup: Robin Bruno

Gown: Alexandria’s Boutique

DJ: Corey Young

Photobooth: Magic Mirror RI

 

 

 

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Five Tools I’m Using in my Photography Business

Today, I’m sharing five tools that I’m using in my photography business this year that I love! Each of these tools has many bells and whistles, but I choose the parts of each of them that work the best for my business.

Over the past seven years of running a business, I have learned the power of having great systems in place and having the best tools both in my camera bag and tools that I use every day in the studio, to make things run smoothly and efficiently.

#1 Calendly

Calendly is a scheduling tool that I don’t know how I’ve lived without. I’m able to create events for initial consultations, wardrobe consultations, scheduling session dates and reveal sessions. Prior to using Calendly, I would send out a few dates to clients to choose from for various meeting needs, and they’d either choose or date or we might need to go back and forth via email to figure out a date and time.

So instead of sending an email with dates to choose from, and sometimes having to reschedule those dates, I can simply send out a Calendly link for specific events (consultations, studio meetings, etc) and my clients can choose the date and time that works best for them.

5 Must Have Tools for your Photography Business by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2ElyCrQ

Once my client schedules their date, I receive an email and simply add it to my calendar. You can sync Calendly with your Google calendar, but I’m a paper and pen kind of #girlboss.

Another great feature is having a reminder email sent to my client. There are so many wonderful features to Calendly, and I’ve only scratched the surface. It is such a timesaver.

#2 Zoom

I was introduced to Zoom over a year ago, and I finally decided to take the leap. Zoom is a video conferencing call app. My go to video call apps have been Google Hangouts or Facetime, and early on Skype. While all three of these are great, I was also asking clients to choose what platform we could connect on.

Imagine juggling various platforms, and having each system on my laptop, desktop at the studio and desktop at home.

Zoom allows me to have one platform to use to meet with all of my clients. I simply send out the app to download, and a link to meet in my personal meeting room. No more sending out individual links, and having multiple conferencing apps. I use Zoom for timeline planning meetings, wardrobe consultations, coffee connects and business meetings with a professional women’s organization that I lead.

#3 Iconosquare

5 Must Have Tools for your Photography Business by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2ElyCrQ

This is a brand new tool that I’m using to help me spend my time wisely with using Instagram in my business. Iconosqaure is an analytics tool for Instagram. Knowing when to post, what my audience likes and dislikes, and the things that they want to see more of is extremely helpful.

I’m able to create a folder of the images that I want to use, write out captions and insert hashtags, and schedule post automatically or I can receive an alert on my phone when it’s time to post and I can do that manually with a simple copy and paste.

Right now, I’m only using it for my weddings Instagram account because I don’t have a separate portrait Facebook Business Page which has to be linked.

And that is a good segway into why I also use Plann.

#4 Plann

Plann is another Instagram analytics tool (not as robust as Iconosquare) but sufficient to run my portraits Instagram account.

There is a free version, that I used initially, but now I use the paid version which is a reasonable cost. I’m able to view my grid prior to posting with an image, I’m able to write captions, schedule posts with Plann, and receive an alert on my phone when it’s time to post. Both Plann and Iconosquare are helping me to spend my time wisely and strategically on Instagram.

#5 Grammarly

I’ve been using Grammarly for some time now to help me when it comes to blogging. It doesn’t magically blog for me, although I wish that it did, but it does help me to write coherent sentences free of spelling errors and makes sure that I’m using the correct homophone of words like right or write.

Those are five tools that I’m using in my photography business this year and loving. As I mentioned before, they each have many bells and whistles, but I choose the bells and whistles that work well in my business.

Disclosure: These reviews are all from my own experience using these apps. I was not paid to say wonderful things about any of these products.

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Prospect Hill Park Engagement Photos | Monica & Paul

Today, I’m excited to share a sneak peek from Monica and Paul’s laughter-filled Prospect Park engagement photos from this past weekend. Read more about their story and enjoy a few favorites from their engagement session.

Because their engagement session began with their adorable Frenchie, Bruce, I have to start with him first.

They were surprised that Bruce was on his best behavior and had photos taken with ease.

I always have at least one attention-getting trick up my sleeve whenever we had pups to the mix, and I’m not sure if it was my trick or if Bruce came to the session that day pose ready.

Oh my goodness! Just wait until you see his adorable tuxedo and bowtie.

Everyone who knows Monica and Paul, know that Bruce is an important part of their lives, and it was only fitting that he have a photo on their save-the-dates.

I mentioned that their session was laughter-filled, and it was just that, from start to finish.

When we met a few weeks ago at the studio, I knew that they were hands down a fun couple as they shared many, many moments of laughter together.

They can’t pinpoint exactly when they first met. Monica knew Paul as just the older brother of one of her friends that she’s known since she was little.

While attending the 25th birthday party of a friend, Paul was there, and he thought Monica was cute. He convinced that friend to have another party and to invite that cute girl, Monica.

They have been inseparable since they started dating, and in 2017, just before she started Graduate School, Paul proposed to Monica and she said yes!

This past weekend was cold, but they had smiles on their faces the entire time for their Prospect Hill park engagement photos.

They danced and laughed, came up with a secret hand-shake and laughed, and they nailed a fun pose several times and laughed. I can not wait to see if that fun pose lands on their save-the-dates.

Monica and Paul, you two have the best sense of humor, and are an absolute joy together! I look forward to photographing all of the fun and beautiful moments on your wedding day in October!

Prospect Hill Park Engagement Photos

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Snowy Boston Public Gardens Engagement Session | Alyssa & Dave

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending a snowy afternoon with Alyssa and Dave for their snowy Boston Public Gardens engagement session. You’d never know that it was freezing out because their warm smiles never left their faces. I’m so excited to share a few favorites from their session and more about their story.

Alyssa and Dave met two years ago for dinner at what has now become their favorite restaurant hands-down.

That dinner date lasted five and a half hours with never an awkward silence between them. They both left knowing that they were meant to be.

Alyssa said she told her mom, yup, I’m marrying him!

I think we can call that love at first sight, but for them, it would have been married at first sight, but they didn’t want to scare their families.

When I asked them how did they both leave their first date knowing that they’d found the one, Dave described it has inexplicable and that is what makes their love story even more special!

Their snowy Boston Public Gardens Engagement session photos will forever be special because they also chose the location where Dave proposed and Alyssa said yes!

On the afternoon of their engagement session, ice skaters and hockey players enjoyed the frozen pond, visitors shuffled in and out throughout the gardens, snow flurries fell and they had
the best smiles on their faces the entire time.

We ended their engagement session just before a mix of rain and snow began to fall amongst the beautiful lights that line Commonwealth Ave. with leading lines that made for a great composition. I think that photo might be the favorite for their Save-the-Dates.

Alyssa and Dave, I had the best time with you two and I can’t wait to celebrate with you in August-YAY! The weather will be a bit different, but I know those warm smiles on your faces will be present all day! I’m so happy for you two!! xo, Shawon

Here are a few favorites from their snowy Boston Public Gardens engagement photos!

Boston Public Gardens engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2CMy7VM
Boston Public Gardens engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2CMy7VM
Boston Public Gardens engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2CMy7VM
Boston Public Gardens engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2CMy7VM
Boston Public Gardens engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2CMy7VM
Boston Public Gardens engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2CMy7VM
Boston Public Gardens engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2CMy7VM
Boston Public Gardens engagement photos photographed by Shawon Davis. To see more click here: https://bit.ly/2CMy7VM

Shawon Davis is a Massachusetts Wedding and Portrait Photographer. Her cozy, feels like home studio is located in Medway, MA. She’s currently booking weddings for 2020. See more of her work here: www.shawondavis.com

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I thought I would be a history teacher. That was my dream. I got married, became a mom, homeschooled my kids for 10 years, and realized memories were slipping away from me too quickly. I picked up a camera and started documenting my loved ones like crazy. I watched my life change-these photos were a gift to others. They grew our family roots deeper. I ended up making history myself.

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