30+ Stunning Examples of Symmetry in Photography
October 4, 2023
Standing beneath an archway or between twin arches can frame the couple perfectly, celebrating their union. (Scroll through to see more inspiring examples of symmetry in photography.)
The natural arcs and chambers of caves can offer a stunning background. A couple standing under a symmetrical cave entrance seems symbolic of starting their new life under nature’s protective embrace.
The grandeur of mountains can provide a perfect symmetrical backdrop for wedding and engagement photoshoots.
Wedding photographers have a variety of creative techniques to use in any situation to bring out their vision and create unique artistry. One such technique is symmetry in photography, which includes concepts like reflective symmetry, vertical and horizontal symmetry, and even near symmetry, when the two reflective elements have slight variations. The inherent balance and proportion in symmetrical images evoke a sense of harmony and perfection.
In this article, we’ll delve into some tips for using symmetry in wedding and portrait photography that can make your photos stand out. All images are provided by the photographers at Wedding Maps and used with their permission.
Find Symmetry with Art and Murals as Backgrounds
Posing against intricate artworks or murals that display symmetry can add a dash of color, interest and culture to wedding photographs. Incorporating art within art and combining that with an interesting symmetrical composition can lead to unique and expressive imagery.
Find Symmetry with a Top-Down View
Shooting from above with the subject lying on symmetrical tiles, circles or amidst identical patterns, provides a fresh perspective.
Create Symmetry Using Reflective Objects such as a Prism
A prism or other reflective objects can cast symmetrical light rays or reflections, encapsulating the couple in mesmerizing patterns.
Find Symmetry with Lights
Positioning the couple in the center of symmetrical lights or light patterns can create a dramatic and balanced visual appeal.
Reflections on Water
The reflection of a couple standing in or behind a body of water like a tranquil lake, calm river or swimming pool creates an almost magical twin image.
The grandeur of mountains can provide a perfect symmetrical backdrop for your wedding or engagement photoshoot. The mountains can also create highlights and shadows that let you frame the subject in the brightest area in the frame.
A dramatic shot with the couple framed between two identical rocky terrains provides not only a symmetrical view but also a sense of adventure in their journey ahead.
A path laden with trees and greenery on either side, with the couple in the middle, can be a beautiful and natural setting for a symmetrical shot.
Churches and other grand architecture provide beautiful opportunities for capturing symmetrical imagery. The grand altars, identical aisles, and twin stained glass windows can all be perfect symmetrical backdrops for the wedding couple.
From grand ballrooms to identical archways, building interiors offer various symmetrical possibilities. A couple perfectly framed in a historical window or embracing between striking columns are beautiful concepts of symmetry in indoor scenes.
Arches in Architecture
Standing beneath an archway or between twin arches can frame the couple perfectly, celebrating their union. On both sides of the arch, you can typically find symmetrical balance.
Use Doors and Windows
Two identical doors or windows, with the couple framed right in the middle, symbolizes new opportunities and pathways opening for them.
A central shot of a couple ascending or descending a staircase, with identical railings and patterns on either side, creates a powerful symmetrical image. Two staircases on both sides can also create a symmetrical frame, as you see in the image below.
Symmetry in Building Exteriors
Positioning the couple in the center and using a large symmetrical building to frame the couple can give a sense of balance and grandeur to the photograph. Here are some examples of using the exterior of buildings for symmetrical compositions.
Even candid shots can capture symmetry. Whether it’s the couple reacting similarly to a spontaneous moment or surrounded by the bridal party in a symmetrical formation, such moments are priceless.
Incorporating symmetry in wedding photographs doesn’t just enhance their visual appeal; it serves as a metaphor for balance, unity, and harmony. As you flip through a wedding album with such symmetrical compositions, you’re reminded of the equilibrium and perfection that every couple seeks in their journey together.