Smoke bomb wedding photography: everything you want to know for your wedding.
And a collection of our favourite smoke bomb wedding photos taken here at Tower Hill Barns.
Smoke bomb photography is on-trend as far as wedding photos go this season, and it’s easy to see why! Adding colour to your photoshoot setup can make for a powerful image, and the eye-catching photos will be stunning additions to your wedding photo album.
So we thought we’d share some of our favourite smoke bomb shots taken here during weddings at Tower Hill.
photo credit: Stacey Oliver Photography
A question that comes up quite frequently when couples are on a viewing and in the process of choosing their wedding venue is: ‘do we allow fireworks?’. The answer is, unfortunately, no. Don’t get us wrong; we love a good firework display! But as we’re quite rural and share our gorgeous setting with a bunch of cows, sheep and horses (not forgetting the local wildlife and our own loveable dogs), we find it’s best not to disturb them.
Btw – when the cows are in the field out past our terrace, they make for a beautiful photo backdrop during your after ceremony drinks.
photo credit: Stacey Oliver Photography
Smoke bombs on the other hand (although still in the pyrotechnic category) are totally ok. Which is a good thing, seeing as otherwise, we wouldn’t have this amazing collection of smoke bomb photos!
Thinking about getting in on the trend and using smoke bombs in your wedding day photos? Here are a few of our faves to fill you with inspiration. Plus some tips on how to use smoke bombs safely, and how they work. With so many different options, like dual burning ends and smoke density, you’ll probably find the hardest thing will be sticking to colours that will match your colour palette.
First things first, we’ll answer the most pressing question straight up. Because we know, it’s what you really came for.
photo credit: Damian Brandon Photography
Will smoke bombs stain your dress?
No. If used properly, smoke bombs shouldn’t stain your clothes. Just be sure to keep the smoke end pointed away, holding the canister up high and away from your body. And if you happen to notice some colour stain on your hands (although it shouldn’t) whatever you do, don’t wipe your hands on your dress!
photo credit: Photography by Joe Bickerton
OK, so now that we’ve got that settled. Here’s the rest of the info you’ll want to make a note of.
So how do smoke bombs work?
When ignited smoke bombs (also known as smoke grenades, smoke cans, and coloured smoke sticks) release coloured smoke.
photo credit: Capture My Big Day
How to buy smoke bombs + how to use them
Many of our couples tell us they had their photographer purchase them. For ease of mind, this is probably the way to go. Although you can find smoke bombs online through various retailers. If you’re purchasing them yourself, consider the burn duration, ease of use, smoke density, and the cost. Make sure you opt for “cool burning” smoke bombs. Look for specification on the label that says it’s safe to hold when burning. Otherwise, much like bridezilla when it all goes wrong, they’ll literally get too hot to handle! Also weigh up whether you would prefer a wire-pull system to ignite the smoke bomb or one that you’ll need to ignite with a lighter.
photo credit: Richard Miller Photography
How to get the most out of using smoke bombs for your wedding photos
We’d recommend you speak directly with your photographer before purchasing your smoke bombs. Make sure your wedding photographer is comfortable using them to inject a blast of colour into the photos and ask to see previous examples of their work.
It’s also a good idea to discuss the plan for your wedding day photoshoot, to determine how you might use these colourful props. For example, you could use the coloured smoke to create an interesting background, to add atmosphere to a posed group shot, or achieve a certain mood by using smoke to highlight movement.