As you plan your big day, you will see thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of wedding photos. From the little details to the big group shots, they all seem so important. So how do you know what photos are most important for your wedding?
Most seasoned photographers will have a checklist that you can ask for to review and personalize for your specific groups and venue or you can create your own. Look through Pinterest, Google, and every wedding website out there to get ideas from images. Save or pin the poses that you like and that fit your personality. Share your own Pinterest boards with your photographer so they can get a feel of your personality and the kinds of details you like.
There are fun poses, like jumping in the air or the whole bridal party pulling the newlyweds, that everyone will get a good giggle from. But, what about the must-do classic shots? In my 9+ years of working with wedding photos, I have found that couples always want these poses and for good reason..
It often takes months or even years to find the right dress or perfectly tailored suit for your special day. A full length image that shows the fruits of your well-spent time is a must!
There are many ways to approach this photo. From a close up of the hands only, to a wide angle of walking and holding hands, this shot allows the connection felt between the couple to become visible for others to see as well..
Genuine laughter is the most beautiful of expressions. To get a photo of how happy you and your partner make each other, take turns whispering ‘sweet nothings’ in each other’s ears. This shot creates intimacy, romance, and is a must do for all couples!
If you have your photos taken in the late afternoon or evening, definitely get a silhouette shot. The merging of your shadows represents how your souls also connect, and is accentuated by the contrast of the lighter background.
The wedding ring has been used a symbol of marriage, love and commitment- dating back over 6,000 years. The circle is infinite, with no beginning and no end. The “hole” in the middle of the ring also bares significance, as it serves as a gateway between the known past and the unknown future. It signifies to the wearer and the world the love and commitment between you and your partner.
This does not have to be ‘the kiss’ from a ceremony. What I am referring to here, is a sweet moment shared, with a kiss on the hand, cheek, neck, or forehead. Think of what brought you together. How much you cherish each other. Close your eyes and enjoy a moment of romance on your happy day!
This is your chance to show something meaningful to both of you. Some people include their beloved pet; others might pose with a classic car. What speaks to your style and soul should be completely your own. This gives you an image in your collection that identifies who you are as a couple.
This does not have to be ‘the kiss’ from a ceremony. What I am referring to here, is a sweet moment shared, with a kiss on the hand, cheek, neck, or forehead. Think of what brought you together. How much you cherish each other. Close your eyes and enjoy a moment of romance on your happy day!?You will want a good shot showing your personal flavor and flair. Don’t forget to pick some socks with a pop of personality too!
During the reception, things can get a little crazy—from people walking through your dance floor to busy backgrounds. Take a moment for a posed shot, before things get crazy, and just spin (slowly), enjoying your day together.
The entire Wedding Party group shots are a must, but I am talking about something a little different. Get all of your guests up and into a photo. Get everyone up and make a great memory that everyone will want a copy of. Then, have your DJ drop your favorite song and dance the night away on a jam-packed dance floor! When the clock strikes midnight… or 2 o’clock a.m., the ball ends and life goes on; much as it always has. The music stops, the lights come on, the food has been devoured, the flowers die, and you have had your cake and eaten it too. But the memory of the day (and night) live on. The photos and video captured for you, on your special day- they keep those moments alive, forever.