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?
I buy my smoke bombs from a reputable paintballing company from a popular brand so I know they are legit and aren't made in someones garden! I always ensure that myself or my assistant lets off the smoke bombs before handing them over to you, now, you're not meant to handle them without gloves so it's totally down to the couple if they want to hold them for a few shots as they do get pretty hot! If you're wanting to hold them for some photos I will always talk you through the shot I'm wanting to get first, get you into the right location or position so that when it comes to setting them off you hold them for the first couple of seconds and then throw them a good 10 foot 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!
In terms of staining, I personally haven't had any trouble with this happening, but as I highlighted above, I will ensure they are a good 10ft behind you to avoid any stains.
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?
If i'm your photographer absofrickenlutely! I firstly will make you sign a retainer that says you are wanting to have smokebombs in your photos and it's your choice, basically to cover my ass should any colour staining accidents occur!
I usually have 1 or 2 to use per wedding, but should you wish to use multiple for group shots, or a few different portraits or colour ideas then you're more than welcome to buy them yourself and I can give you a link to where I get mine and the brand I recommend!
If i'm not your photographer and you're wanting them then speak to your photographer first, check through if they have a disclaimer etc to sign and if they have used smoke bombs before.
What do you think? Would you have smoke bomb wedding photos on your day?