I photographed a wedding in North Carolina in a hurricane. The bride gave up worrying about her beach side ceremony and switched into a go with the flow outlook. It was a fantastic wedding!
Wedding rings are a symbol of eternity with no beginning or end. They represent the continual bond of when two people fall in love. The circle of the rings are also symbolize the sun, earth and universe and represent holiness, perfection and peace. The reason the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger is it was believed that it is the closest to the vein that runs to the wearers heart - also known as "the vein of love."
As a wedding photographer, I always view the wedding rings as art and place them in or around the bride's bouquet, wedding invitation and sometimes with the bride's shoes or jewelry. I usually photograph these shots as the bride finishes getting dressed and before the ceremony. I want them to look like sculpture or a painting.
I prefer not to shoot the rings on the hands as the fingers can be distracting. I use a special macro lens and selective focus to highlight the design of the rings.
Shooting a pre bridal or engagement session is a great moment for me and for the newly engaged couple. I get a chance to get to know the future bride and groom and explore whats meaningful to them. Our clients also have fun, and have an opportunity to relax in the session and celebrate the fact they are soon going to be married. Couples tell me how much they like looking back at their photos after the wedding. Its a completely different experience than the wedding as we generally encourage couples to dress casually, and shoot in a setting that has a personal connection for them as people. I shoot a lot of these on the beach as the Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble beach have so many choices for a great beach.
We have also had some great sessions in some of the vineyards and country settings that are in Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel Valley.
With Lucy and Kyle they wanted to go to a spot on the beach near her parents home, and basically they played….every session is different an unique to the people I am shooting. The images from the engagement wedding photo sessions are generally used in a save the date announcement and we include an enlargement with a signing matte…we also have created and designed beautiful wedding guest signing albums using these shots, and guest enjoy seeing the bride and groom in a more informal setting.
Maia and Peter and very specific ideas bout their session and we use a variety of natural backdrops for theirs….just like a wedding no two engagement sessions are the same…I love my job.