Wedding season is just around the corner and the six million couplesthat were expected to get engaged last Valentine’s Day are likely looking for ways to share the news of this special occasion. Translation: couples across the globe will be snapping photos of their new sparklers and sharing them for friends and family to see. For any PicsArtists who may fall into this wave of couples popping the question, we partnered with SnapKnot, a wedding photography resource, to ask professional photographers to share their best advice for capturing photos of that shiny new ring. Here is their advice:

 

  • Make sure to record the event, most folks love to keep memories! Take iPhone or Android pictures to instantly share with friends and family! Surprise is always a fun way to capture the event. Ladies love surprises! Make the surprise romantic, incorporate flowers, or dinner, or chocolates. Make it memorable!! – Michael Keyes, Photographic Dreams

 

  • There are many ways to do lighting for engagement rings and wedding bands. When available and appropriate, I use natural lighting for some shots. However, to get that gleam of sparkle, I tend to use one directional light source. It could be an off camera flash or video light, whichever you are more comfortable with, but I tend to find in those circumstances that using a video light for directional light at a 45 degree angle down on the rings lights them beautifully. One really good sparkle of the engagement ring is just right, and I focus more on adjusting the light angle to avoid glare. I also try to work hard to capture at least one ray of color in the spectrum if possible. – Jessica Chapman

 

 

Grab a couple lamps and put your new ring right under them. Secret tip: many high end restaurants use multiple small lights in the ceiling to make their food mouthwatering; they are perfect for rings and that is probably were you will be when he pops the question! – Adam Housley

 

 

  • Nothing is worse than an out of focused picture or one too soft from dim lighting. Use a bright source of light to catch highlights in the facets. You can use the sun or light from a lamp or a reflector and meter the light falling on the ring for good exposure. To avoid glare position the ring at an angle away for the light source just slightly – DorinePederzani

 

  • Silly Putty. I’ve just given away the pros’ most guarded trick. It seems like as soon as you’ve found the most creative location for your ring shot, the laws of physics foil your plans! Round things roll. But not with a little Silly Putty stuck to them! Voila! Your rings are now balancing on one another..on a ball.. on a horse. The possibilities are endless.   –Blume Photography

 

  • To best capture the ring’s sparkle without the glare… You can try using a homemade reflector made of foil to fill in shadows, and to add more light to the ring (which will make sparkle). If you’re using natural light (the sun) and have your ring set up with a neutral background you shouldn’t experience too much glare. Be sure to turn off the flash. Cover a small piece of cardboard with foil (shiny side up) and have your fiancé hold that cardboard out of your shot and about 20 degrees to the right of the camera. – Elizabeth Langford

 

  • Be connected. A gentle holding of hands is, not only a striking way to show off your ring, but also a way to include an intimate touch from your fiancé …(who is a huge part of this new and exciting journey).Try to avoid holding your hand out and snapping a picture. In the excitement of the proposal, (and of your perfect ring), everyone is tempted!  Instead, ask someone to assist with the photo. This allows for a bit more distance between you and the camera, as well as a more pleasant (and flattering) angle. – Lily Rose

 

  • Have your fiancé hold his hand palm up. Now put your left hand into his – we’ll get to see both your hands and the ring! Make sure to bend your fingers a little and turn your hand slightly on its side for dainty fingers and elegant, feminine hands.Also, try these fun poses:
    • The “Pinky Swear”
    • The “He Put a Ring on it”
    • The “Fist Bump the Camera”
    • The “Holding Hands”
    • The “Our Hands Each Make ½ a Heart” – Kristin Griffin

 

  • Simple backgrounds will draw the attention to the ring itself. Don’t try to stage some elaborate set up where your ring will get lost in the clutter. Hardwood floors or wood tabletops make great backdrops – simple, a little bit of texture, and a nice little reflection too. – Tara Graham