How to use smoke bombs like a pro in your wedding portraits #Advice#Wedding trends#colorful#DIY#engagement photos#photography#steal-this-idea#tutorial Updated Mar 15 2021 (Posted Apr 14 2017) Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photos by: Ashley Sheridan Photos by Ashley Sheridan Related Post Cotton candy, smoke bombs, and LED outfits shine at this wonderfully weird Austin wedding Can you even handle LED outfits, costumed guests, Voodoo Doughnuts, a multicolored reception dress, jackalope riding, a 50 beer flight reception, and a Pac-Man suit?... Read more Y'all probably remember Jane and Matt's amazing wedding, right? Their colorful smoke bomb portraits are still whizzing around our dulcet dreams. I needed to know: how easy are these smoke bombs/smoke fountains to use and are there some best practices to make them rock? The answer is totally YES. Here's how to use smoke bombs in your wedding or engagement photos… What you need for smoke bombs: Smoke bombs or smoke fountains (buy lots of extras, according to Jane and Matt!) Lighter A big, open area (don't try this indoors without a pro) A photographer Water to extinguish it all Gloves to protect your hands from staining Smoke safety and precautions: Being outdoors will help with inhalation issues (it can irritate your eyes and throat). If the day is very windy, use caution and maybe pick a different day. Cool burning smoke bombs are recommended, if you can find them. This will make explosions and burns far less likely. The smoke can stain, so be careful if you're rocking a light-colored dress/outfit! Keep the smoke further away to prevent stains. Avoid dry fields, nearby paper or garbage, or anything else that can catch on fire. Keep water handy to extinguish any rogue sparks. Get permission from any nearby buildings/venues so you aren't getting smoke near them or damaging any property. Ways to showcase smoke bombs: Smoke billowing behind you (allows for lots of atmosphere and you can be fairly far away). Holding or moving around with hand-held smoke bombs (be very careful and use ones intended for holding!). Use a big hand-held fan (or an assistant) to gently move the smoke in one direction are swirled around. Match the colors to your theme and mix and match them in shots. Contrast the smoke color to the background so it stands out. Have your photographer take a few sample shots to get the aperture and shutter speed right (smoke bombs only last between 45-90 seconds, so you'll want to have everything right first!). Big caveat straight from Jane and Matt: We learned that smoke bomb photography is a challenge for certain cameras and you should buy a ton of extras if you plan on trying it. Are YOU going to try out smoke bombs in your photo session? Related Post 10 amazing wedding trends for 2017 that are changing the face of weddings Weddings have changed quite a bit since I started out as a wedding photographer in 2006. Photographing offbeat, LGBT, and tattooed weddings I’ve seen about every imaginable theme, trend, ceremony,… Read More Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. PREVIOUS We have big red heart emoji eyes for these red heart boots from Dr. Martens NEXT When books meet RPGs: a book nerds wedding to tickle your dice Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] The brand of smoke bombs used for this shoot was Enola Gaye. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.