This isn’t pretty! Unusually for a wedding blog I suppose… I was having a bit of an email chat with the lovely Wendy Bell from WBD Designer Wedding Stationery this week, and she asked if I photographed my wedding calligraphy myself, and how / where I did it.
I try and make sure all the photography I show on my calligraphy website and blog is up to a decent standard: for a wedding product which is all about looks, photography is really important. I’ve seen plenty of wedding supplier websites and facebook pages where the product photography lets the site down.
I don’t have any special equipment for photographing my work, so I thought I’d share a very honest view of my usual setup! Scuse the paws… they’re banished from the room when I’m photographing orders; only allowed in for samples!
Wedding product photography DIY: 5 tips
- Always photograph your wedding products in sunlight, either outside or in a patch of sunshine by a big window
- Use a decent camera. I have a Nikon SLR – the cheapest one I could get, but it’s miles better than a compact camera
- Edit your images before you upload them. Even when I share quick snaps from my iPhone on my calligraphy facebook page, I lighten them a bit before I share them. Photos for my website and blog are edited in Photoshop – just to make my calligraphy look as good on screen as it does in real life
- Cull any poor images. Only share photos which look good. If you’ve taken 10 photos of a wedding cake and they’re all dark, fuzzy or have an ashtray in the background you didn’t see at the time – sharing the pictures online could do your business more harm than good.
- Accessorise your product pictures: flowers always lift an image, as do pretty backgrounds which don’t distract from the product you’re sharing.
Do you have a similar setup for your wedding product photography? I’d love to hear your tips as well – clearly I don’t know it all but I think I do ok… the more tips we can share here though, the better!