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This shot was taken with a Sigma 105mm with my Nikon D3. I took this on a cake plate in front of the window with my step stool so I could shoot from above. The f-stop was a 2.8 :) I actually focused on the center of the ring and it turned out well! (normally I'd focus on the closest prong to me....) This is edited in LR with my VSCO Film Preset! 

This shot was taken with a Sigma 105mm with my Nikon D3. I took this on a cake plate in front of the window with my step stool so I could shoot from above. The f-stop was a 2.8 :) I actually focused on the center of the ring and it turned out well! (normally I'd focus on the closest prong to me....) This is edited in LR with my VSCO Film Preset! 

Choosing elements to tell the story of your couple can be challenging sometimes. I like to shoot elements of the day along with the details to help write the whole story....but sometimes those details, aren't readily available. 

This particular shot was taken again with my Sigma 105 2.8, the first one on the left was taken in Full-Portrait mode while the second was done in Macro mode. Both edited with VSCO Film Presets. 

This particular shot was taken again with my Sigma 105 2.8, the first one on the left was taken in Full-Portrait mode while the second was done in Macro mode. Both edited with VSCO Film Presets. 

SO I bring "back-ups" with me. What this means is- I bring along with me a little bag of things that will help those "detail shots" pop! I've purchased one of "The Mrs Box" and a spool of silk from Silk & Willow. I've also collected tons of vintage items-veils, hankies, trays....all of these I use in my weddings somehow.  Plus it takes the stress out of-"ok there's no elements to help make the shot...now what"-situation. The above detail shot was taken with a silk and willow spool & lilacs from my garden! The veil is one of my favorite antique veils. 

I do this with engagement ring-shots too ;) I bring elements that tie in with my couple jusssst in case there's nothing available for that awesome ring shot! like this one below...it's a fake flower I tuck in my bag for that "just in case I'm stuck in an urban area" moment.


I'll be covering more in depth with detail shots and all that jazz in my last workshop (for a while!) on 8/8/15...interested in joining? there are only TWO seats left! email me at: hello@shoustonphotography.com