still life: tips for photographing details

When I approach photographing any still life (often referred to as "details" by wedding photographers) the thing I like to keep at top of mind is cohesiveness. It's important to me that all the photos to flow together stylistically, and details really help set the scene of any wedding day story.

Before I even begin shooting, it's important for me have a solid understanding of the event, and to use what I learn to inform my approach. For example, whenever I photograph the details at a wedding, I make sure the couple has communicated to me about the theme and colour palette of their wedding.

I also ask them how they want their wedding to feel. Some couples want their wedding to feel laid-back and fun, others hope for an elegant cocktail party atmosphere, and others plan for a wild party. By understanding the feeling they want for their day, I can infuse this vibe into the photos I create for them. I also adjust my approach based on their personal style, the bride's dress, and what I understand of their shared tastes.

It's a lot of information to keep fresh in your mind, you might imagine. I find it's easy to remember if you can break it down and just focus on these three main things:

- Theme
- Palette
- Feeling

Today, I've created three examples to show you how to photograph details with a storytelling approach.

Each set of photos features a theme that I imagined based on objects I own. These photos represent the kind of detail shots I would take while the bride is getting ready. I absolutely love taking these photos, as it's a great way to warm up for the day, and it often helps me set the tone for the rest of the photos, too. I hope you find this helpful, and feel free to leave any questions in the comments!

Theme: Vintage European
Palette: lavender, pink, peach, and silver
Feeling: ultra romantic

Theme:  Emerald City
Palette:  emerald, silver, gold, white
Feeling: luxe celebration

Theme:  Rustic Eclectic
Palette:  brown, rust, copper, gold
Feeling: cozy, welcoming, old-fashioned