Wedding Details for Beginners

Wedding Details for Beginners

A few weeks ago I wrote about the ins and outs to capture gorgeous wedding details shots of rings and jewellery. We discussed the elements of clarity, depth of field, environment and background, light, and composition and how each can influence the success of a detail shot.


When it comes to the other details – the dress, the shoes, the flowers – those factors are all still true. However there are a few others to consider as well:

Doorways, Windows, and Dresses

There is nothing more perfect than a doorway for the creation of a dress shot. You can typically hang the dress from the lip of the doorway, allowing the train to fall gently and create dimension from the light. The best part about doorways for these kind of shots is that you can use the light from either the inside or the outside, completely changing the feel of each shot.





Doorways and Shoes

Best kept secret about using doorways for detail shots: use doorway light for creating shoe shots. The light is more direct, and spread out further than what you get from a window. This gives you a little bit larger of a space to create with.


Window Light and Flowers

The light from a window can create the most stunning soft and subdued images – and this is no secret in the wedding industry. One of my favorite reasons for using a window is the fact that you can use the window for composition, and you often have curtains or shades to control the specific amount of light that you want to use.



Chairs and Beds

Yes, there is a chance that chairs and beds are slightly overused in wedding detail pictures. But truth be told its for good reason. Beds and chairs provide excellent texture and a simplicity for backgrounds. Change your angles and perspectives to create a more unique shot.




Who said that the dress shot needs to always be hanging? It may take more time, but I do love the shots that I was detailed enough to create a dress photo using a settee or couch. You have complete control over how you arrange the material, forming luscious folds and texture.


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Christina N Dickson is a visionary artist and philanthropist in Portland Oregon. Her work includes wedding photography and leadership with

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  • Dewan Demmer July 10, 2012 12:11 am

    I do enjoy the smal depth of field used and daylight on the Wedding dress is a real winner, when you have it available.

    I have been toying with shallow DOF recentyly amongst othe things.
    Pop onto the site and have a look

  • Tara@ Glassbusters Az July 7, 2012 11:51 pm

    Very great suggestions! I am planning to get a NIkon D3100 soon. Thanks.

  • ccting July 6, 2012 11:42 am

    I took a snapshot of the wedding dress during my friend's wedding. It was placed on a dark war drop, and i made the war drop totally dark in-camera. What you all think about it?

  • ccting July 6, 2012 09:25 am

    How about hanging the shoes on window :D

  • ccting July 6, 2012 09:22 am

    Wow excellent... hoping to see more.. ;D

  • Ethel J. Magee July 5, 2012 10:41 pm

    I love the concept and the simplicity. Wedding is not just all about having fancy dress and jewel, it about two people that are in-love each other.

    Two people that will become one.

  • Jim July 5, 2012 02:29 pm

    Love these ideas, and they came at just the right time for me as I have wedding to shoot next weekend. Particularly like the shoes on the chocolate colored couch. Hope you have more tips for us in the future.

  • Mei Teng July 5, 2012 10:18 am

    Beautiful set of photos. Love the wedding dress on the couch.

  • Melka July 5, 2012 06:16 am


    Thank you for those advices.
    Pretty nice photos, but i think you should consider a more discrete way to add your watermark to your photos.
    Especially on the pictures 1,3,4 and 6 where the watermark is kind of ruining the thing.

  • Mridula July 5, 2012 02:39 am

    This wedding setting is a bit alien for me as I come from India but I did enjoy looking at the pictures.

  • Erik Kerstenbeck July 5, 2012 02:01 am


    I love all the suggestions - not to forget other details, how about some nice cold champagne? This was natural light on the beach during a Trash The Dress session in California.