Detail Spotlight: Rings

"IT'S SO SHINY I'M GONNA DIE!!!!!!"

— Me, every time I see a new wedding ring.

Seriously. I love shooting rings. You know what I also love? When my couples have their rings together in one location when I get there so I can shoot them and check the ring shot off my list. HINT HINT. Take note, future brides ;)

From vintage stunners and colored stones to bling-y beauties and classic sets, here are some of my favorite ring shots!

 

From the Archives: Brandy and Justin | East Canton, Ohio Golf Club Wedding

One thing I love about being a photographer is getting to reconnect with childhood friends and being part of some of their most happy moments. Seeing people I've known since we were 6 having babies and getting married and rocking awesome careers is something I'll never get used to. I mean, we just graduated high school like what... 2, 3 years ago?!


Brandy and I went to elementary school together and grew up right down the road from each other. And a couple years ago she tied the knot with Justin in a supremely beautiful, love-filled day. There were happy tears, raucous laughter, two rockin' dresses and an incredible sunset to top it all off. I'm really excited to take a trip down memory lane and share some images from their wedding.

Brandy and Justin — doesn't it feel like this was just yesterday and a lifetime ago all at once?!

 

Ceremony: Indian Run Christian Church
Reception: The Quarry
Ceremony Music: Family
DJ: Pro Disc DJ Entertainment
Florist: Printz Florist
Cake: Cloud Nine Cupcakes
Catering: The Quarry
Makeup And Hair: Headliners, now Shine Salon & Spa
Bride's Dresses: Abbott's Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: TOMS
Bridesmaid Dresses: Abbott's Bridal
Tuxes: Tuxedo Junction

Wedding Planning: Do I Need a Second Shooter? | Canton, Ohio Wedding Photographer

This is one question I get a lot. Do I need a second shooter? The answer isn't a simple yes or no. It's a depends.

Second shooters are awesome and I do prefer working with one on your wedding day. But I understand being on a budget (I certainly have one!) and exploring all of your options. If you decide not to include a second shooter in your coverage, I still bring a non-shooting assistant because I need the extra set of hands.

So, in no particular order, here are some things to consider when making the second shooter decision.

  1. Guest Count
    Expecting 50-100? That's totally manageable for one photographer. Are you looking at 250+? That's a lot of people. And while I've certainly shot weddings of that size myself, having a second shooter to help photograph everything that's going on and capture as many guests as possible is vastly preferred.
     
  2. Timeline
    Super tight or room to breathe? If it's super tight, a second shooter and I can be two places at once. If I'm the only shooter present, you might have to make some sacrifices on what gets covered. Often this ends up meaning I'm with the bride getting ready and the guys are on their own. If your timeline is a little more spread out, that gives me more time to spend time with everybody getting ready, and to spend more time setting up and photographing details. But, more often than not, timelines aren't ideal and having a second shooter makes capturing every single detail a whole lot easier.
     
  3. Another Perspective
    You know that shot of the groom in tears as his bride walks down the aisle? Chances are that was shot by a second shooter. Most primary photographers are focused on the bride at that moment in the processional. But if you have a second shooter, you get both points of view. Plus, my second shooters are incredible, creative photographers in their own right. And while they shoot in similar styles to me (and I always edit all of the images so they stay consistent and cohesive), they bring a unique perspective to your wedding day, resulting in a wider variety of shots and angles.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you and what works for your wedding day. I'll never pressure you to include a second shooter in your coverage and I'll be up front and honest about whether or not I think you HAVE to have one. I hope this helps! If you have more questions, I'm always happy to discuss second shooters further!

Here are some awesome images that my couples wouldn't have received if it wasn't for my equally awesome second shooters. 

 

Photo Taken by  LovelyInk Creative  for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by LovelyInk Creative for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by Lisa Lachmaier for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by Lisa Lachmaier for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by  Mindy Leeders Photography  for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by Mindy Leeders Photography for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by  Jeremy Gruszewski  for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

Photo Taken by Jeremy Gruszewski for Ashleigh Saylor Photography

 

 

 

Lauren and Brian | Canton, Ohio Hoover Hall Wedding

Last week I shared photos from Lauren and Brian's Sippo Lake engagement session. Today I'm sharing a handful (ok, like 20 handfuls) of favorites from their wedding day. 

Proof that high school sweethearts will always be a thing, Lauren and Brian's big day was a long time in the making. It might have been the day that it was made official, but these two families have blended seamlessly together from the beginning. I'm honored to have been part of the story and I can't wait to see what life has in store for two of my very favorite people. And to photograph it, too!

Lauren and Brian, I hope you're ready for some one-year anniversary photos later this year — because we're totally making that happen. 

 

Ceremony: Peace Lutheran Church
Reception: Hoover Hall
Florist: Perfect Petals By Michelle
Videographer: Photography By Kelly Ross
Cake: Litty's Cakes and Cookies
DJ: Russell Sound Lab
Makeup Artist: Gracie Cox at Scott Talbot Salonspa
Hair Stylist: Anne Saleh at Scott Talbot Salonspa
Bride's Dress: Elizabeth Renea's
Bridesmaid Dresses: Linde's Bridal