Here at Perfect Pair Events we have done a lot of weddings and our portfolio includes a lot of different photography styles. When I get the photos back from a wedding, one of the first things I look for are detail shots! Details shots are those photos of the smaller details from your wedding such as invitations, jewelry, wedding rings, wedding favors, etc.
So why are these photos important? They don’t include your family, friends, or even you! Does it really matter that you get those shots? I say yes! And here’s why:
You aren’t going to forget your new bride or groom, but you might forget what favor you chose even after you spent weeks deciding what to go with. You might forget the shade of blue of your invitations or the flowers you paid extra to ship in. I’m not going to argue that detail shots are more important than the photos of you and your new spouse. However, I do think we spend a lot of time planning the details and they can get easily overlooked.
Also, the details are what makes your wedding unique! Typically the details are what show off your personality. We see a lot of weddings each year, my favorite part of every one of our weddings is seeing the different ways couples bring their personalities into their weddings. A friend of mine recently had a peach themed wedding. For as long as I have known her she has affectionately called the people in her life “peaches.” When I saw peaches on her centerpieces, peach butter as her wedding favors, and peach jam and biscuits served at dinner, I couldn’t help but be impressed and excited. I saw her throughout the entire reception and immediately felt the event was personal and thought out. She had obviously put a lot of thought into the details, and details like that perfect deserve to be documented!
Finally, I think detail shots are important because our culture has entered a digital age. Photos can live forever on our laptops and cell phones. Unfortunately the peach jam will spoil, the invitations will decay, the flowers will (so sadly) die, but you can relive those details in your photos forever! Years from now when you and your spouse have moved 4 times to 3 different states and long since cleaned out your basements, when the wedding details you saved in a chest or box have gone missing, you’ll always have those digital photos to remember all those special details!
So do yourself a favor and tell your photographer you want all the detail shots!