First up, congratulations are in order! You have decided to take the plunge and get married. Your engagement is the period when you make plans and bring family and friends together. During this time, your engagement ring symbolizes your commitment to your relationship and future. To capture the feeling and magnitude of this moment, take the perfect picture to share with the world.
Why Take the Picture?
Before you snap a photo of your engagement ring, it is important to understand why it's important. Engagement rings have symbolized the commitment to become a unified pair throughout history. The ancient Greeks used gold to show the value of this commitment. While love may not have a dollar value, the price of the ring has a direct relationship to the importance of the love. It shows that you chose to place as much worth into the ring as a declaration to the world that this marriage will happen.
Let this history lend context to your engagement ring photographs. You should find a way to communicate that you are pledging your love and that it has value to your new family.
The Informal Shoot
New technology gives you photography options that you couldn't have dreamed of before. For example, the iPhone 7 Plus has a high-definition camera with auto stabilization and 10x zoom. In the past, you could only find this in professional-grade cameras.
Take these informal pictures right after you get engaged so you can share the moment with your family and friends. Place the ring on your hand and use the macro function to get as tight of a shot as possible. Make sure you have enough light so the diamond really sparkles and the picture doesn't come out blurry. Also remember that there's no such thing as too many photos. Take as many as you need to get the best shot. Your iPhone has plenty of storage, so go to town.
Take Pictures Like a Professional
For wedding announcements, you may want to create more formal, staged photographs. While you may still be able to use your iPhone, you might want to use a professional camera instead. More importantly, you should invest in lighting. You should take the time to find good reflections for the ring so it shows off all the detail, clarity and shine. The echo on a pool of water will give the image extra depth. Throw in a touch of creativity and you have a professional-grade photograph.
Hire a Professional
If you do not have the time, skill or creativity to create the perfect engagement ring photograph, hire a professional photographer to do it for you. You can do this right after you get engaged to announce it to your friends and family or you can wait and include it in your wedding picture package. Take a look at some of our tips on how to choose the right photographer for you big day.