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If You Look Closely At These Rings, You'll See The Couples That Wear Them

There's more than meets the eye.

27/04/2016 7:53 AM AEST | Updated 27/04/2016 7:55 AM AEST

Within the world of wedding photography, professionals are constantly innovating -- think dronesGIFs and smoke bombs. Self-taught Australian photographer Peter Adams-Shawn is doing just that with wedding band reflection photos he calls "ringscapes."

"Ringscapes" consist of a wedding scene captured in the reflection of the bride or groom's wedding band.

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Peter Adams-Shawn is making waves with his "ringscapes," which are wedding photos reflected in a wedding band. 

"It wasn’t really a case of deciding to do them," Adams-Shawn told The Huffington Post. "It was a case of seeing a shot and taking it. Then seeing something similar again and shooting that, too."

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Adams-Shawn started taking "ringscape" photos by chance in 2012, when he noticed a reflection of the bride and groom in the pair's rings.

Adams-Shawn, of Memories Of Tomorrow Photography, first began capturing reflections of wedding moments in 2011, when he noticed a bride reflecting in a flower girl's eye. He calls those "eyescapes."

"The first 'eyescape' came as a result of taking a shot of a flower girl having her makeup done," Adams-Shawn said. "I saw a reflection of the bride in her eye and took the shot."

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Adams-Shawn took "eyescape" photos before he ever tried a "ringscape" shot.

The idea for ring reflections came just as organically. In 2012, Adams-Shawn had grabbed a bride and groom's rings to get a photo, when he noticed a reflection.

"I placed the rings on the railing in a gazebo whilst the bride and groom were cuddling to stay warm behind me," Adams-Shawn said. "When I set the rings down, I saw the reflection. I quickly grabbed a flash and took the shot. After that I was always on the lookout for opportunities with rings."

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"I don’t fully understand the intricacies or technicalities of what is going on, but quite frankly I don’t really care," Adams-Shawn said. "Wedding photography is about the pictures -- the memories." 

Getting a simple reflection shot isn't particularly complicated, Adams-Shawn said. 

"Getting a reflection is relatively easy. Getting a meaningful one that tells a story is for me, at least, where the real magic lies," he said.

But how does he do it?

"I see a reflection, I photograph it," Adams-Shawn said. "I don’t fully understand the intricacies or technicalities of what is going on, but quite frankly I don’t really care. Wedding photography is about the pictures -- the memories."

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