Wedding photos are arguably the most important take away from your Wedding Day – often being the only visual thing you get after the day itself.
The photographs captured will trigger happy memories, being passed, shown, and shared, with friends and family for years to come. And whilst technology changes, wedding images are timeless, so getting the perfect collection of images from your day is crucial.
A proficient wedding photographer will know what to capture from the day, but it’s always worth knowing what you, as the happy couple, should consider and pen when it comes to shots and moments you want capturing.
With so little time throughout the day (in-between actually getting married and enjoying it), you really want to make sure your wedding photographer and your time is being used wisely.
So, we’ve created a list of wedding photos that should be the top priority on your wedding day to create the ultimate wedding album.
Solo shots of The Bride / Groom
Being the most popular people of the day, there won’t be much time that doesn’t include being fussed over or pre-occupied with guests. So, grabbing a solo shot that captures the dress, the suit and the moment makes a gorgeous keepsake and gives you a breather. These shots tend to be the ones that are gifted to parents and even each other.
The perfect time to grab this shot is just before the Groom enters the Church / Venue and after The Bride is ready / enters the Church / Venue.
It’s a shot that’s often missed – The Bride with her parents, The Groom with his. These shots make gorgeous mementoes as the last family picture before being wed.
The perfect time to grab these shots are just before the Groom enters the Church / Venue and after The Bride is ready / enters the Church / Venue.
You’ve chosen your best friends to support and guide you through the day, so you want to make sure you have photos that capture them too. Having shots with your bridesmaids and groomsman before the ceremony is a popular choice, with larger group shots of the entire bridal party makes great images following the ceremony.
A group shot
This is a perfect all in one shot, especially If you’re not wanting to spend a lot of time posing multiple times with family, friends, distant relatives etc.
You can get creative with this one, by using drones, wide-angle lenses or just a ladder. Adding height will make sure everyone’s seen.
The perfect time to grab this shot is just before the wedding breakfast – so no one’s too sloshed to look good.
Is it even a Wedding without THE KISS? Getting this shot is all about timing and when done right, it’s definitely the most prominent image in your wedding album.
There’s no denying when this is the best shot, but in some churches and with some vicars, there may be restrictions on imagery during the service. Chat to your photographer about capturing a moment for the purposes of photos if you have restrictions during your ceremony.
Whether it’s real petals, or bubbles, getting a series of images capturing the confetti moments create beautifully natural shots and often become the couples favourite from the day. Plus, they make great action shots for your guests too.
Whether it’s a tower of cheese or multi-tiered macaroon adorned sponge, cutting your wedding cake still is a celebrated part of the day. Getting some action shots is a must-have for your wedding album.
It’s typically the start of the party, so it’s only right the first dance as a married couple is truly documented, including with your photographer. Consider lighting and how dark shadows could be used to create a dramatic feel.
Catching a breather and capturing those intimate moments with each other is a special part of the day, and can make gorgeous imagery too. These sometimes posed, but natural shots often become many favourites from the day. Be sure to shoehorn in some time alone for posed and natural style shots to include in your wedding album.
Some of the most popular images selected by Brides and Grooms are the shots where surrounding scenery, the venue or the view are most prominent. When you’ve paid a fair few pounds to have a stunning venue, it would be silly not to embrace it in a photo or two.
Be sure to send your photographer a few images of the venue beforehand, especially if they haven’t worked there before. Brainstorm some ideas on how you can use the scenery to create some stunning and standout images from your day.
The perfect time to grab these shots is just after the Wedding Breakfast and before evenings guests arrive and the cake cutting.
These shots are an ever-popular collection and tend to include details of the Dress, Wedding Shoes, rings, Invitations, Bouquets, Button Holes and so much more. Whilst you may not think it’s needed; these snapshots of the finer details make perfect keepsakes to look back on in years to come.
A good photographer will grab these detailed shots whilst you’re busy getting ready.
There are lots of other shots that should be considered too, but to create a photo album bursting with the most memorable moments, these shots are a must-have.
To chat with me about your wedding photography, get in touch today. With full-day and smaller options, as well as second shooters to capture every moment and more, there is no reason why you can’t have the perfect wedding photography collection.
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