Wedding Photos To Make Sure You Get
In a previous post we looked at How Not To Annoy Your Photographer, this week we’re looking at the wedding photos you need to get. Gone are the days where each shot was posed and formal. I’ve just been looking back through my wedding photos album from 1992 – how much younger did we look?! The photos were gorgeous but totally posed. Even the ‘candid’ pic of the best man adjusting my groom’s tie looks posed.
That’s not to say that the formal posed shots don’t have their place. They do. It’s just that some more relaxed wedding photos will help to catch the essence of the day more effectively.
Wedding Photos Checklist
In the post How To Stay Organised When Planning Your Wedding I shared a link to the Photography Checklist. Please feel free to download it to use. Simply click on the link, once it’s opened in your browser click File, Download As, Microsoft Excel. It will then show in your Downloads folder, then you can rename it and move it to your Wedding folder. You can add or delete ideas but please don’t amend it without first downloading! Your downloaded copy will be the one to amend.
Wedding Photos Ideas
These may or may not be on the wedding photos checklist but they will hopefully give you some ideas.
Wedding photos – the details
What better time to have your gorgeous wedding jewellery photographed professionally than when there’s a professional photographer on hand!
The rings. Nice and bright and shiny and artfully displayed.
Your accessories. If you’re wearing a floor length wedding gown your shoes may not be visible in any shots. It’s lovely to remember all the accessories that you had. It’s also a nice touch to have the perfume bottle included to remind you of the fragrance your wore.
Whether you’re having a vintage Rolls Royce or a friend/relative is driving you in their own car it’s nice to have a record of it.
Your bouquet will fade after the wedding if it’s made with fresh flowers. Even if you have it preserved it won’t look the same as it did fresh on your wedding day. Or perhaps you’re having a different kind of bouquet such as the brooch bouquet above by Debbie Carlisle. It’s not going to fade but it deserves a special shot of it’s own against the backdrop of your dress!
Your wedding cake won’t cost you peanuts. Make sure your wedding photos list includes shots of it before it’s cut and eaten.
Ask your photographer if possible to get a photo of the church and/or reception venue before the guests fill it up. If you’ve paid for stunning floral arrangements and put a good deal of thought into the styling, capture it!
Wedding photos – the people
Ok, so both of these are clearly posed but they show all the boys and all the girls together.
Individual portraits of the bride and groom shots.
Your wedding day is full of emotion, how fabulous to get a tiny bit of it on record for your wedding photos album.
Your first kiss as a married couple has to be captured!
In my 1992 wedding photos album there’s an aerial shot of all the guests. I remember the photographer having to go up into the bedroom and hang out of the window to take it rather precariously! These days the arrival of drones makes this a much safer idea.
It’s a good idea to check with your church or venue if confetti is allowed and if so what sort. You can then pass this information on to your guests in the guest info insert with your wedding invitations. Some confetti contains metallic card/paper which doesn’t degrade and so is not suitable for outdoor use.
Having a harpist, string quartet or special band? Don’t forget to include them in the wedding photos checklist.
Don’t forget to get photos of pets if they’re at the wedding. Monty is looking very dapper in his custom made bowtie that matched my dress. And Hardy & Clouseau (or Hardly & Clueless as they were affectionately known by my husband!) queuing hopefully for sausages!
Wedding photos – other shot ideas
- Your stationery suite
- The favours
- A shot of all your Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence In Her Shoe together
- Bridesmaids hanging out together
- Groomsmen hanging out together
- Walking down the aisle shots of the BMs and GMs
- Flower girl(s)/pageboy(s)/ring bearer
- Crowd reaction shot(s)
- Signature cocktails/drinks with a sign if you’re having them
- The send off
Is anything missing from this list or the wedding photos checklist? Leave a comment below if you have an idea for something different!