May 30, 2017

Why do Bridal Detail Shots Even Matter?

I totally get it. You’re looking for ways to cut back on the wedding budget and you don’t want to pay for anything more than you really need to. So do you really need a photographer to come and take pictures of all the bridal details? I had a wedding party member once comment that “It’s not like they’re going to be printing those and hanging them on their wall.” No, not likely. So why do bridal details even matter?

I’ll tell you with a story! Because I LOVE stories!

Once there was a girl named Goldilocks. She got lost. Then she found a house and went in. Next she ate porridge. Later the bears came home, and Goldilocks was scared. She escaped and ran home.

Boring. What makes a good story? The details!

Not only did Goldilocks eat porridge, she ate porridge that was too hot, porridge that was too cold, and then finally she ate porridge that was just right. Not only was it just the right temperature, it was perfectly creamy, with just a little steam coming off as she took a bite in the cold house. It had the most decadent chocolate sauce drizzled over the top, dusted with perfectly toasted coconut flakes. It warmed her soul as she ate it and remembered visiting Grandma, who would make this exact same pudding.

See, isn’t that better?! What makes it better? The details!Now let’s apply this to weddings!

Wedding bouquet and invitation1. There will be people who desperately want to be at your wedding, but can’t for some reason. Perhaps their due date is that same week. Or perhaps they can’t fly down from Alaksa. Perhaps work just won’t give them the time off. They are going to be waiting for the photos to roll out to see how your day went because they will have been dying a little inside on your wedding day that they weren’t there. Being able to see more than just the bride and groom portraits lets them into the day. Your details are pieces of the big story of your wedding day, and those pieces are what grip the viewers! I’ve had family members who weren’t able to attend the wedding day tell me later that going through the photos I took made them feel like they were right there and that they were able to see each part of the story.

Wedding dress with saguaro cactus2. As much as we’d all love to say that we’ll remember every detail of our wedding day forever, the memories don’t always stay filed right where we want them to in our brains as the years go by. Years after your wedding, seeing a photo of your shoes can trigger the memory of you and your best friend out shopping together, getting lunch, and going to store after store to find the perfect shoe. You’re not just preserving the memory of what you wore, you’re preserving the memory of the entire planning process!

Yellow wedding shoes with pearl necklace, and earrings hanging in a leaf3. You have (or will!) put hours in combing the internet, visiting stores, and gathering supplies for your details. I spent all day with my friend looking just for a necklace and pair of shoes that were just right! You’ve put a lot of time and thought into each detail! The perfect necklace to compliment the neckline and details on your dress. The earrings that Grandma left to your mom. Or even the perfume you bought after sampling every bottle in the mall so that you’d have a signature wedding perfume. If you’ve put that much time and detail into something, I think it matters!

Wedding moccasins with nose gay small bouquet4. When I have the chance to photograph details, it helps me warm up creatively! Just like a choir needs to warm up before a concert and a runner needs to stretch before a marathon, photographers perform better if they have a chance to get their creative juices flowing! And this gives me a great chance to really internalize your details and the meaning behind them so that I can be on the lookout for the day for coordinating details and emotions!

Wedding invitation styled with oranges and blue ribbon

5. Because they are just pretty! If you decide to have an album made, your detail shots help to fill out the album and add so much artistry to the pages!

Wedding ring with earrings and pearl necklace

Wedding ring and other bridal details

So I don’t know about you…but I’m all for details! And so is Goldilocks. For years she’s been doomed to eating just regular porridge, waiting for someone to go into detail and give her story some porridge details worth reading about! Details matter!


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  1. Mindy

    May 30th, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Your story was so funny, I love the way you related it! Those images are beautiful too, earrings on a leaf? Who would’ve thought of that!

  2. Marquette LaRee

    May 30th, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I love when I get to bring fairy tales into photography, lol! And I totally stole the earrings on a leaf idea from Katelyn James! 😉

  3. Kayla Grey

    May 30th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    This was such a cute post! I love that you explained why details were important through a story. Beautiful work! I am ALL about the DETAILS too! Without details its like jumping into a dream without the beginning!

  4. Marquette LaRee

    May 30th, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you so much! I’m always one that sees things better when they are illustrated, so I figured the story would help! And I LOVE your last sentence there, it’s so perfect and so true!

  5. Misty C.

    May 31st, 2017 at 8:31 am

    YES!! Details make my little heart SIIIING! I love seeing everything my brides have put together over the months!

  6. Marquette LaRee

    May 31st, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Yes!!! I didn’t have a clue about this when we got married, and I kinda wish I’d put more thought in and had the photos done! But I don’t know that it was even a thing then 11 years ago!

  7. Jessica

    June 1st, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I love these tips! Details are so fun to shoot!

  8. Veronica

    June 15th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    yes to the photographing details warming us up creatively! So true!