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How I photograph diamond rings and pretty things

I love photographing details and one of the most important details of the day is the engagement ring. I would love to share some of my tips on how I photograph the ring and brides jewelry.

In the beginning of my career I thought that shooting wide open on everything was the best idea but, when it comes to jewelry the littlest movement can cause motion blur. Now I shoot all of my jewelry and smaller details at a 5.6 or greater aperture. Once you get this method down it makes it so much easier and you get crisp beautiful ring and jewelry shots all the time!

I use a 100mm 2.8 macro L series lens from Canon. I typically shoot my rings at a 5.6 or greater aperture.  I use all natural light because this is my favorite look for my images to look cohesive. I also shoot all rings and small details in the live view mode on my camera, this way I have a bit more control on where the focus is going to be and I zoom it in times 5 so I can see the exact focus point. I focus on the prong closest to me and the diamond, this way I get the entire diamond in focus.  I usually take a deep breath in then exhale and push the shutter, this helps lessen the movement in camera.  I do a little sharpening in post on the diamond and the prongs only and sometime bring down any yellow highlights just to give the diamond a bit more clarity.

 I like to incorporate things from the wedding to tie into the ring shot, for example the wedding invitation, brides shoes, flowers or the bridesmaids dress as a subtle backdrop. This is always a great addition to the album and who wouldn’t want to see their ring larger than life? A few more tips…We always tell our brides to make sure their ring is cleaned before the wedding so it will be as sparkly as it can be. Also, I bring dental wax with me, this helps me stand up a ring if needed for a little bit of a different shot and it leaves no residue on the ring. 

Best of luck and please feel free to ask any questions!

XO~Amalie

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She said yes to the dress… A styled bridal luncheon 

I had such a fun time with the gals from The Busy Bee Events on a shoot that they coordinated, designed & styled for a “say yes to the dress” luncheon. A shoot that Jenna and Shannon described as a styled shoot inspired by the joyous occasion of deciding on THE dress for your special day. Ummm how awesome is that I am all about a reason to celebrate! Check out this fun shoot jam packed with a rad creative team… heck yes for creativity! 

XO~Amalie

Planning and design: The Busy Bee Brides dress and accessories: Calvet Couture Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography Cinematography: Ivory and Iron Hair and Makeup: About Face Design  Cake and goodies: P is for Pie Cupcakes: Small Cakes Winter Park Painted glassware: Sarah Hearts Bridesmaids/ mother of the bride dresses and accessories: Susie Q Boutique Floral design and fashion styling: Andi Mans Beverages: Onli beverages Farm table: A Chair Affair

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Glamorous wedding details

Check out these super glam black and champagne details from Caroline and Karim’s wedding.

Venue: Alfond Inn | Dress: CC’s bridal of Tampa, Designer : Madison James | Rings: Tiffany & Co.| Floral design : Raining Roses | Paper goods: Elena Grace Design | Bridesmaids dress: Nieman Marcus
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Caroline & Karim are married at the Alfond Inn!

Caroline & Karim were married at the gorgeous Alfond Inn in Winter Park this past Saturday. They are the sweetest couple and welcomed us like family. We cannot wait to share more images of these two soon!!

XO~Amalie

 

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