The small, seemingly inappreciable things in life. Those we sometime notice, but often don’t. These are the things a photographer pays particular attention to, and the wedding photographer is no exception. Weddings are full of people and that is what the wedding photographer is there to capture. Yet there are other things that must be considered for a more rounded record of the day: the setting, the atmosphere, and of course the details.
At each wedding, my 70-200mm lens is used for more than flattering portraits (though it is particularly adept at this), it is also used to zoom in on the smaller elements that complete the whole picture. Whether it’s a fork, a shoe, or a box of chocolates it is the wedding photographer’s job to make sure that these little items are all included in the final piece. Some of these pieces make it to the finished album and some do not, yet having them in your image selection (even if they are not used) will make you stand above photographers who ignore them entirely.
I go around at every opportunity getting close-up shots of various elements from table decorations to earrings, keeping my eyes peeled for any little object that will make a good photograph.
The trick, I think, is to not let this search detract from your main mission but rather to augment it. These are filler pictures, if you will, but to me (and to many brides) they are an integral element and a necessary narrative tool in telling the full wedding story.