It's all in the details my dear.

Isn’t it though? Well at least, it is for me! I am obsessed with details! Not just in weddings but everything! I can’t even go on a diet without a detailed menu, calendar, and shopping list. My clients would know too, because when I’m prepping for their wedding I have them fill out a very detailed questionnaire and I send over an extremely detailed timeline. Maybe I’m a control freak. I prefer being prepared. I know my clients spend hours upon days upon months planning for their wedding so that every little detail is taken care of. So that every little part of their wedding tells a little bit about them. That’s why detail photos are my favorite. Couples spend so much time planning for their wedding, I want to document those efforts in detail photos.

As some of you may have seen, I did a social media release of my Top 5 Images of the Year. Each one of those images was taken from a specific category: details, engagements, moments, portraits, and couple portraits. In each category I selected 10 photos that are my favorite, totally to 50 of my favorite photos of the year. Each day this week I will release a different blog post showcasing these photos. As I described before the selection of these photos are based off of times when I felt I exhibited great technical skill or creativity. I’m really excited to share these images with everyone. So let’s start off with detail photos and get this party rollin’!

#10:
Groom details have always been hard for me. First, grooms don’t typically have as many details. Brides have shoes, dress, jewelry, hair combs, veils, and the list goes on. Grooms typically only have a few details: shoes, tie, socks, cufflinks, and maybe a cool new watch. So when I nail a grooms detail shot or come up with a new creative way to display groom details, I feel really proud of it. This shot was no exception. Plus the bride got all of these cool custom cufflinks for all of the male attendants in the wedding. So I love that he had his own cool cufflinks too.

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Jenny + John: Historical Union Station: 10.30.2015

 

#9:
Union Station is a difficult venue to photograph in. It’s DARK. Which is weird because the Grand Hall has two GIGANTIC windows in it. And when you walk in, it doesn’t feel dark. But trust me, it photographs dark. I had photographed in Union Station twice before so I was really excited that before this wedding I was able to utilize off camera flash to achieve this super awesome room shot. Everyone was so kind to clear the whole room for me so I could really show off the glory that is the Historic Union Station.

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Jenny + John: Historical Union Station: 10.30.2015

 

#8
Styled shoots are a great opportunity for me to really let me creative juices work! As I mentioned, detail photos are some of my favorite. A styled shoot is pretty much 2-3 hours where I get to just photograph details. Ahh, a photographer’s dream! I loved this styled shoot I participated in styled by Ooh La La Events at The Mavris last year. It had a ballet theme and was wonderful. I loved the lighting on this bouquet shot and the way the designers placed the bouquet in the ballet slipper as a bouquet handle! It was so cool! This photo wins in my book.

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Ballet Inspired Indianapolis Mavris Arts + Events Styled Shoot

 

#7
Ring shots are so much fun! I love this photo because it bends the rules a bit. Obviously, I took a standard ring photo where you can see the beautiful diamond in all of it’s glory. But sometimes, it’s fun to surround a champagne glass with candles and plop that sparkly baby in. So yeah, this cool guy is number 7.

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Lindsey + Dave: Region’s Tower: 10.03.2015

 

#6
Being from Indiana it’s not too often I get to photograph a wedding on top of a mountain. Literally. This gorgeous wedding was set on top of Lookout Mountain in Georgia. It was absolutely stunning. With gorgeous champagne satin linens, beautiful flowers and greenery, café lights strung around the porch all set with a mountain top backdrop. This is definitely one of the best venues this Midwestern girl has seen yet!

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Rashel + Michael: The Grandview: 10.10.2015

 

#5
If I haven’t mentioned it before, I will just tell you now... I’m a big ol’ sucker for twinkle lights. Love em. The more the better! I love the way they look like little orbs of light when I photograph them. It’s just the best. Normally when I photograph details I photograph them as early in the day as possible. But while I was taking toast photos I noticed how lovely the cake looked with all of the twinkle lights behind it. So as soon as the toasts were over, I asked if I could get one quick shot before the cutting started. I did, and it’s one of my favorite cake photos of the year! I just love this!

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Lindsey + Dave: Region’s Tower: 10.03.2015

 

#4
Ring shots are so fun because I love trying to find new and different ways to show off a ring. In this case my couple had hand folded over 2,000 paper cranes to make an awesome rainbow paper crane backdrop for their ceremony. I knew I had to find a way to incorporate those awesome cranes into more of their photos. So as soon as I thought of the rings this came to me! And let me tell you, trying to stabilize a string of paper cranes from spinning around in circles so you can take a photo of them (without an assistant!) is not easy! But I managed and I just love this photo!

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Stephanie + Alan: Indiana Historical Society: 05.17.2015

 

#3
As Marilyn Monroe said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” I’m gonna go with Marilyn on this one. I love shoes. And I love finding new and creative ways to photograph bridal shoes. In this case I wanted to show off her awesome shoes and the beautiful belt she wore with her dress. It was nice to do something other than, “Look at these shoes from the front!”

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Rashel + Michael: The Grandview: 10.10.2015

 

#2
Alright, I know I’ve shared a lot of photos from this wedding’s details in particular. But due to a bus getting stuck in the mud and other things I ended up with a lot of time for detail photos! Because of this, I was really able to exercise my creativity! I love this ring shot on the bride’s belt because I love how the belt sparkles in the background. Plus that ring’s on point! Either way, this ring shot makes me happy!

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Rashel + Michael: The Grandview: 10.10.2015

 

#1
Da de na na!!!! Numba one! If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook chances are you’ve already seen this photo. I love this photo. It’s not very often I have bridesmaids all wearing the same thing down to the jewelry and the shoes. I loved being able to photograph these details for this bride and really documenting her whole vision for her day! This photo is one of the reasons I’m obsessed with the Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 lens. And for those of you who don’t speak in camera lenses, it’s a lens that I love because it gives me great bokeh (intentional blur). I just love how the necklace is perfectly in focus in the middle and everything else just sort of melts away after that. Ahhh dreamy!

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Rashel + Michael: The Grandview: 10.10.2015

That’s it everyone for the Top 10 Favorite Detail Images of the Year! Check back tomorrow for the Top 10 Favorite Engagement Images of the Year! I can’t wait to share all of these with you! And as soon as all of the Top 10’s are shared I will start back blogging because I haven’t blogged a wedding since July!! Eek!! And I have so many cool weddings to share with you guys! Until then y’all!

VENDORS + CREDIT

#10
Bow Tie :: Ike Behar: Louie’s Tux Shop
Cufflinks :: Amazon

#9
Venue + Catering :: Historic Union Station
Florals :: Bokay Florists: Colleen Sanders
Colored Linens :: A Classic Party Rental

#8
Planners + Designers :: Ooh La La Events
Venue :: The Mavris Arts + Events Center
Florals :: Ooh La La Events

#7
Ring :: Leo Diamond from Kay Jewelers

#6
Venue :: The Grandview: Lookout Mountain, GA
Linens + Chairs :: Showtime Rental
Florals :: May Flowers

#5
Cake :: Vanilla Bean Bakery

#4
Ring :: Distinctive Diamonds

#3
Shoes :: Badgley Mischka
Belt :: Vera Wang

#2
Ring :: Distinctive Diamonds

#1
Shoes :: Kelly & Kate
Jewelry :: Stella + Dot