Essential Wedding Photography Shot List for Brides-to-Be
By Eivan’s Photo & Video Editors
Shots to take Before the Wedding Day
- Shots of the wedding invitation cards
- Shots of the wedding dress
- Shots of the wedding planning process
Shots to take on the Wedding Day
Next on the photo checklist of what photos to take are the ones on your wedding day. The number of items to shoot on this list will certainly be more than the pre-wedding ones. Because this is your wedding day, this is the most important list to plan ahead of time.
That way, your photographer can be ready to not miss out on any important moments. In fact, this is precisely why it’s vital that you hire a professional to fulfill the photography responsibilities. Having an expert by your side will definitely bring you comfort and reassurance that all will go smoothly on your big day.
- Shots of getting ready for the wedding ceremony
When you plan with your photographer, make sure that they come very early in the morning of your wedding day. That way, they can take beautiful candid shots of you and your bridesmaids getting ready for the ceremony.
You can have shots with everyone, including the maid of honor and mother of the bride, in your robes or have some cute angled shots while getting your makeups done. There are many photos to take leading up to your wedding ceremony, so you won’t regret having plenty of photos for your bride photo gallery.
- Shots of the trip to the wedding venue
Now that everyone is dressed and looking fabulous for the ceremony, it’s time to take some amazing shots of the brides. Bridal portraits are commonly done during this stage if not done in advance.
But you can do a lot of things when everyone is dressed, so talk with your photographer about where to take the shots. For example, you can have shots of all your bridesmaids together on a lobby sofa or you can have solo bride pictures with your wedding gown while making grand entrances.
To make the most of this moment before the wedding ceremony begins, you and your photographer should know the ceremony site well, such as good sights on the way or nice spots at the site that will look good in photos.
- Shots of the wedding ceremony
The final main scene that you want your photographer to take is your very special ceremony. For this stage, you need to plan ahead of time because the photographer will have to do all the work without your direction.
It’s important that you let them know exactly what you want so that they can come prepared and be ready for those moments.
Some examples of these moments could be a shot of the groom, ring bearer, the flower girl, and the rest of your family and friends entering the chapel, the precious ring giving and sealing kiss, and, of course, you walking down the aisle.
Shots to take after the Wedding Ceremony
- Shots of leaving the wedding venue
- Shots at the reception venue
- Shots of all your guests
Last but not least, you surely want to include photos of your esteemed guest in your wedding album. After all, they make half of your wedding event, literally speaking.
This might be the time that your photographer is free to roam the reception room and halls taking photos of the guest book, everyone eating meals, conversing with one another, reaction shots, or even kids playing with each other.
Amidst all the joys and laughter, remember to have your photographer capture detail shots of those special traditional wedding reception moments, such as cutting the wedding cake, the prepared speakers, the father-daughter dance, and the newlywed romantic dance.
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