Smoke Bomb Wedding Photo Ideas // Alternative Wedding Photography
I get a lot of compliments, questions and "what the eff" when people see my smoke bomb photos so it only seemed right to dedicate a whole blog post to some!
Why do I love smoke bombs?
Well, firstly I LOVE colour, all of the colours of the rainbow make me super happy so I find smoke bombs a fun way to inject a little bit more colour into a photograph. If you're having an outside wedding in a field, you're surrounded by a lot of green, pop an orange and yellow smoke bomb behind you and it really makes you stand out in your photo more!
It's something a bit different! I love to try new techniques and encourage some added fun and creativeness to a photo and they definitely do just that! I particularly love the photograph of Bryan & Jess surrounded by festoon lights and engulfed in a magical cloud of smoke, I really think it's a cool way to have some more quirky wedding photographs.
Are they safe? Will they stain my dress/suit?
They are safe but they CAN stain! So I always recommend making sure they are a good 6 foot behind you when you use them in photos. As you can see from some of the photos in this post some couples chose to hold them. this is your decision, but if you do I only suggest doing so for a few seconds after you have set them off and then throwing them behind you.
If it's super windy the effect may not be quite so good but I'll make sure that you are in a suitable position so that the smoke isn't going to be blowing directly into your faces, from personal experience they can smell pretty gross!
How long do the smokebombs last? Are they expensive?
On average they can last between 30 seconds to 90 seconds, depending on the weather conditions, so it's important that you're ready to have photos taken and don't look in the opposite direction to your photographer because you're so engrossed in them! (you'd be surprised how often this happens!)
They are surprisingly inexpensive, around £3ish per grenade.
Can we use them for our photographs?
Of course! But if you’re wanting them then it is your responsibility to provide them, much the same as sparklers.
You will need to ensure you have spoken to your venue first to make sure they are willing to let you use them on their property and if theres a specific area to use them in (as they will stain the floor where they are put down)
I also won’t photography anyone that is too drunk with them. If you’re wanting friends & bridal party involved in the shots it’s your responsibility to ensure that they are aware of what is happening and that the should be safe when using them.
What do you think? Would you have smoke bomb wedding photos on your day?