May I have the rings, please

The wedding rings are the most enduring symbol of marriage; it’s important to photograph them in a way that highlights their importance. I have a handful of ways I shoot the rings and this is one of my favorites. Using an aperture like f2.8 allows the rings to become the focal point while the newlyweds become an intriguing background.

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Shelby & Levi wedding. July 18th, 2015

Entering the Ceremony

Finding a good vantage point from which to photograph both the bride and the groom as they enter the ceremony site (if it’s not in a church), can be a challenge. At this wedding there was a hill just above the seating area that afforded me a view of both angles. The groom and his groomsmen all entered first, then the bride and her bridesmaids. I always love this moment, the one just before the couple sees each other.

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Bend wedding photographer

An emotional beginning

At this wedding, shot on the University of Oregon campus, I used a 16′ ladder to get the perspective I wanted. The couple wanted everyone to form a circle around them during the ceremony, leaving me with no angle with which to shoot. The night before the wedding I schlepped the ladder over to the site and U-locked it to a bike rack, knowing I’d need it the next day. Once the ceremony began I had an excellent vantage point. This image was taken with my 70-200mm lens, shot at 200mm at f2.8. I really like the emotions being expressed here. The couple wrote their own vows and they were heartfelt!

University of Oregon wedding