I’m on a wedding details kick this week I tell ya! If you missed my post on Tuesday, you can see how to make your own Styling Board which is a great segway into today’s post! Over the years I have collected all sorts of items to help me out when it comes to my wedding details styling kit. I have gone through phases of different styling items, but I think I have really honed in what items you really need to make the best wedding detail shots that you can get. If you’re a wedding photographer, chances are, you either are or WANT to be getting featured on blogs and magazines and one of the easiest ways to do that is to up your details game!
Wedding details are all those important pieces that your bride has chosen to help complete her look for the wedding day and her wedding day as a whole, including but not limited to: her dress, the veil, jewelry, invitation suite, shoes, special hankies, you name it. I want to make sure I’m documenting those little, but so important pieces to her wedding day that she may not remember in the years to come. It won’t be until she pulls out her wedding item that she remembers the sweet note she got from her dad, or the little frog one of her friends gave her for good luck. THOSE are the reasons I love shooting my bride’s wedding details.
All that said, I wanted to give you a great list of items that you can add to your wedding details styling kit to boost your details shots. I KNOW what you’re thinking….
“Misty, what do I do when my bride doesn’t have a lot of details.” Girl, I’ve got you. Don’t fret.
One of the biggest items that I think stepped my wedding details game up was my styling boards. I got mine from Heirloom Bindery, and they two sided. I have a grey, black, white, and off-white and they have YET to let me down. They give me a clean beautiful, wrinkle-free background that I can use for any wedding detail. There are also companies like Simple Rooted Surfaces (that I just invested in) that are rolled up styling mats. Kiss Books also makes some styling mats as well, and The Styling Mat also. If you don’t feel like you can splurge just yet on some of those options, check out my tutorial from Tuesday to see how to make your own!
If none of those options intrigue you, feel free to think outside the box for your clean backgrounds. You can use a bridesmaids dress, furniture, a plain white foam board (I always bring one as a reflector!), just keep in mind if you use something colored, you may get a color cast onto some of the items you’re photographing.
This is another item to invest in. Sometimes all it takes is one little ring box to make your details shots go from okay to real good. My favorite are The Mrs. Boxes. Again, another investment, but my favorite color is the Margaery. She’s like a unicorn and manages to shift color JUST enough that she goes with anything. If that’s still a little too rich for your wallet, you can search Etsy for all sorts of vintage ring boxes!
Ok, ok- bear with me. There’s a ton of times my brides don’t have a full invitation suite…
In fact… I’d probably say, more often than not, i have one piece of paper, sometimes not even an envelope for the invite.
It’s time like these that you get to be a bit more creative. Use more of the items that your bride has for her bridal look. Her earrings, jewelry, or veil make a great start to putting in more items to help elevate the look of those invitations! I love bringing a box of staples, but not for the reason you think. I use staples on my board to help elevate (literally) the invitation to make it higher than the other items on the board. Something I just figured out was using acrylic blocks works just as well. You can find those HERE! They help bring that invitation up a little higher than the rest of the items to bring more attention to it. EASY!
Stamps are also an awesome little extra to have in your kit. I like having a blank envelope with the invitation and then either placing the stamps ON the envelope like it was getting sent off, or even just off to the side.
Lastly, ribbon- it can add so much to an image just to add a little ribbon to it. Whether it’s under the invitation, or just off to the side, it can just help tie everything together. Pun unintended. HA!
Just a few more items I have in my wedding details styling kit:
- 3M hook – for the wedding dress. Sometimes you just can’t find somewhere to put the dress. This fixes that problem.
- Embroidery Scissors- just one more little fun extra you can add to your images. Find the ones I have HERE!
- Pinch bowls- there are so many cute pinch bowls that you can find on Etsy. I love to use them for stamps on the side, or even to put rings in for the photo.
- Ribbon- You can get all sorts of ribbon anywhere. There’s velvet, silk, muslin, you name it. My favorite it this styling kit from Honey Silk Co. It has a few different neutral colors and there hasn’t been a wedding the colors clashed with.