While taking an isolated shot of a shoe ora bracelet is important and can look great if photographed properly, it is important to include a human touch to key moments of the day.
At Shari Photography we always take time to photograph the dress for example in many different setups- hanging on a pretty door, or draped on the bed. We focus on the intricate features of the dress as well with a macro lens. All these shots can look fantastic.
However, the image that always stands out, is the one when the dress is being handled- usually by the maid of honor or the mother of the bride. As a photographer, I anticipate this moment because the hands take on a gentle and respectful feel to them. The Dress is handled in a very gentle manner and it is this moment that makes it so special to photograph.
None of these moments need to be staged- we just let it unfold.
I always keep my background in mind for these shots- look for a light of window to provide a nice backlighting effect. I would avoid a dark background as you need to have a separation from the subject- in this case the dress.
Without the graceful hands gently putting the final touches of the dress together, then the image would not look the same.
50 mm L f1.8 1/200
Speedlight facing backward.
Lightroom 5 editing.