This year is quite different than most. The rules are constantly changing and couples have been planning up to the last minute to make sure their events are compliant. I have been so touched by my sweet couples this year who have been so flexible and gone above and beyond to create a safe environment.
The challenge this year, is to beautifully document petite weddings while social distancing, not touching anyone/anything, and keeping the day mostly outside.
One of the things that posed a particular challenge for planning was photographing bridal details. They involve so much manipulation, I wasn't sure I would feel comfortable. But, after a lot of brainstorming, we figured out a way to make it as safe as possible and still get those shots to complete the story.
Here's the method I've been using.
Step 1: The couple cleans their details and puts them in a box that is quarantined for a few days.
Step 2: I show up, use hand sanitizer and take the box outside. Last time, I didn't need to take the box because it was waiting for me on the front steps!
Step 3: I set up my outdoor studio and shoot details as normal, using plenty of hand sanitizer! :)
Step 4: I wet wipe the details, put them back in the box and give them back to the bride (who can clean them again if she wants!)
I also brainstormed how to make the detail images look as if I had taken them indoors as I normally would. I love using neutral backdrops and didn't want to photograph them in a way that wouldn't match my style. I grabbed a few things from my office and created a mini studio that is super easy to set up (images taken with my iPhone.) In this example, I set up on the back porch using materials I brought along with a small plastic table that I found on the porch. The day was overcast which helped me keep the details bright but not TOO bright. The sun peeked out toward the end of my detail session, and I simply moved the table so that an umbrella that was already on the porch blocked the light. PERFECT! :) If there hadn't been an umbrella available, I would have set up a light stand and used my white shoot through umbrella or a reflector as a scrim to keep the sun off the details.
The final result of the detail shots are below.
I made sure to shoot with a shallow depth of field and from a low angle to maintain the ambiguous location feel. I made sure to crop so that all evidence of the porch railing/back yard was out of the frame. I ended up loving this setup because the natural light was beautiful to work with. I especiall love how the ring shot came out!
Both my styling Mat (draped as a backdrop) and my styling board (acting as "a table") are from thestylingmat.com
The silk ribbon was purchased on etsy.
Have any questions? Feel free to send me an email and I'll be happy to answer them!
Stay safe and be well!