Detail Shots: For Weddings... and Branding!

August 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

One of the highlights of photographing weddings is celebrating in pictures all the details you’ve selected to share with your guests. Most brides have put a great deal of thought into their selections of their accessories, flowers, paper suite, and so on. Photographs of these will help tell your wedding story when the time comes to put your album together.

Details are also quite useful to tell business brand stories! Showcase items in your brand colors, tools you use to do your job and serve your customers, your space, your products, etc. These detail pix can stop the scroll of someone looking for more information about you and your business.

There are several angles that photographers use to capture these images, and I try to use all of them, because one might work better than another in your design (whether that be for a wedding album or marketing plan). Some of pictures can’t be re-created, so let’s try to get it right the first time.

  • angle: flatlay – this is what they call those “overhead” shots.
  • angle: 45 degrees – close to your usual viewpoint.
  • angle: straight on – eye-level shots that can offer a unique perspective.

flatlay wedding paper suite details branding for calligrapher and plannerWedding DetailsFlatlay detail shots can work for branding, not just weddings. All your details will be shot on their own, but many of them may be photographed to include a human element, too. What does that mean? Some part or whole of a person will be in the image with the item. The most common example of this is your hands (human element) showing something off (detail), like a bouquet... or your favorite coffee cup, your wedding veil... or your pen taking notes.

What detail items help tell your story? Let’s talk about them!

Important note: the techniques may be the same, but the thought process behind them differs. While a wedding photographer can beautifully style and capture details for your business, they are generally working with what you’ve given them and a few pieces of their own. A branding photographer who has taken the time to learn about your business can help you select what those details might be. For example, does the current trend of an old-fashioned wood spool of frayed-edge silk ribbon in a muted tone really portray your business story? Or does your collection of turquoise office supplies help paint a more accurate picture?


Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at [email protected] or (434) 226-0365, and let me know when and where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?


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