Whether you’re new to the wedding world or a veteran enthusiast, there’s not doubt you’ve stumbled on the smoke bomb trend at some point. While it may seem a little ‘been there done that’, Pinterest has actually estimated smoke bombs to be a 2019 trend, revealing ‘smoke bomb photography’ searches are up by a massive 436%!
From a warehouse wedding to a mountain elopement, smoke bombs can add colour, depth and drama to your photography, resulting in some seriously powerful and vibrant snaps. We gathered a handful of weddings that we think nailed the trend, and spoke to photographer Damien Milan about his thoughts and tips on getting it right.
Damien, who captured one of our favourite smoke bomb images (above), says the moments that matter the most are often the real and simple ones. “My first advice would be not to overdo them and don’t let them distract you from the rest of the day,” he says.
As for the best background to bomb, Damien says using them in city settings creates a nice contrast, but when it comes to an outdoor setting he likes to leave the scenery to nature. “I personally find smoke bombs too distracting [in an outdoor setting] and prefer to make the most of the natural elements that are already available”.
Although Damien assures us that coloured smoke doesn’t seem to have any affect on your wedding outfit, he does recommend keeping them at least an arm’s length away from your threads, and advises staying away from busy places or traffic. “Smoke bombs are a lot of fun when used in the right conditions…the last thing you want on your wedding day is to create a car accident,” he jokes.
If smoke bombs are looking enticing for your day, Damien suggests opting for smoke grenades rather than ones requiring a lighter. “Smoke grenades are much easier to trigger by pulling a wire and can be held safely while moving or walking. They also produce a thicker, richer smoke for a longer period.”
There’s no doubt 2019 will deliver even more epic smoke bomb photography, but for now you can find our top 12 smoke bomb weddings below.
Header Image Damien Milan | Other images various, as captioned |