When it comes to your wedding, you want to ensure everything is perfect. This includes the photos that will capture the special moments of your big day. To guarantee that all the most important memories are captured, it’s important to have a list of your “must-have wedding shots” for your photographer. Here are 10 suggested must-have shots we think you should consider adding to your wedding photography list.
Getting Ready – Documenting the morning of your wedding is an absolute must! It’s a chance to capture the beautiful details like your wedding dress, the bridal accessories, and your makeup. It’s also an opportunity to capture the excitement of the bridesmaids and groomsmen as they get ready for the big day. Wedding shots of getting ready often catch candid moments of laughter, advice, and support amongst family and friends. From the classic shots of you putting on your dress or a candid photo of the bridesmaids having some fun, these photos will help create a lasting memory of your wedding day. So, if possible, plan on asking your wedding photographer about coming to your hotel room or bridal suite to capture these moments.
Bride & Groom Before the Ceremony – If you plan on seeing each other before your wedding, you and your future spouse should take a few moments to appreciate your last moments of single life, before you each start the whirlwind process of getting ready for the big day. This special shot is often a very intimate one that will be cherished forever.
Bride & Groom’s First Look – Becoming more and more popular, these wedding shots can be some of the most meaningful photos from your wedding day. These photos capture the first moments of him seeing you in your wedding dress and you seeing him in his suit or tuxedo. Your wedding photographer will be able to capture the joy and pure emotion that you’ll experience at this very special moment.
Ceremony Shots – Most seasoned wedding photographers are experts at capturing the key moments throughout the ceremony. But it never hurts to over communicate these with your photographer, especially if a certain shot or angle is really important to you. Vital shots like you walking down the aisle, exchanging vows, your first kiss, and walking out hand in hand are generally always on the photographer’s punch list. However, other shots we think are key are candid shots of the parents, grandparents, and other loved ones looking on, as two very special people in their lives unite. These special photos are ones that will bring you joy every time you look back at them.
Wedding Party Post Ceremony – Capturing photos of you and your wedding party having fun after the ceremony is a great way to remember the joy of the day. Pictures of everyone laughing, hugging, and dancing are the perfect way to highlight the camaraderie and joy you shared with your closest friends and family.
Family Post Ceremony – While your photographer will certainly do the formal wedding photos of you before and after the wedding, candid shots of you with your family is a great way to ensure that you have lasting memories of your special day. Candid photos are often more meaningful than posed shots as they capture the true emotion and spirit of the event. These photos will illustrate the importance of family and the joy of the day in a way that posed photos simply cannot do.
First Dance – These classic shots are a vital part of documenting your wedding reception. Not only will these help you relive the memories of your first dance as a married couple, but also of the entire wedding atmosphere. And have your photographer also get lots of shots of the first dances with the mother and groom – and father and bride. These photos are sure to bring a tear to the eye and are destined to become cherished keepsakes.
Reception Details – With as much time, energy and thought you put into your wedding, every detail is important and should be captured in pictures. Make sure to remind your wedding photographer to take pictures of all the details of your wedding reception, such as the bar, food, cake, centerpieces, decorations, and any other special touches that you have added to make the reception unique.
Bride & Groom Alone – When it comes to your wedding day, once it starts, it seems to move at light speed. There are many things you need to do, and many guests and loved ones pulling you in different directions. Try to take just 5 to 10 minutes to dip out, and have your photographer get some romantic shots of just you and your spouse looking into each other’s eyes as you take a couple of minutes to savor the significance of the day.
Bride & Groom Departure – If you have your photographer booked for the entire event, a great shot for them to get, is when the bride and groom depart. Often lined with guests on each side, and merriment in the air, these wonderful images complete the story of your special day.
These 10 must-have shots will ensure you have an album full of photos that you can look back on with fond memories of your wedding. Make sure you discuss these shots with your photographer ahead of time so that you can be sure all of your important moments are captured forever.