Whether you’ve gone all out or you’re keeping it small and casual, your wedding is perhaps one of the most important days of your life. There’s a reason people pay big bucks for a top-notch wedding photographer – they want to document this momentous occasion in the best way possible.
Most photographers know how to do a wedding photoshoot to commemorate the event in a meaningful way, but a lot of it is still up to the couple. You can pick locations, poses, themes, etc., so don’t be afraid to speak up! We WANT to hear your thoughts, ideas, and desires. As a photographer, I know I would be sad to hear that one of my clients didn’t get some of the shots she wanted most.
Here are the 10 most popular wedding photo ideas real clients have suggested.
10 Wedding Photo Ideas to share with Your Photographer
As fun as it can be, planning a wedding can be stressful, and it’s easy to forget the little things, especially pictures of the little things. They may seem insignificant now, but you’ll want to remember every detail down the road. Consider telling your wedding photographer beforehand that you want these photos done to know they won’t be missed.
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1. Getting Ready
These photos usually feature the bride and her bridesmaids in more casual attire before the festivities begin. I absolutely LOVE these! There’s something so intimate about the jittery nerves and excitement that fizzles behind the scenes that I can’t get enough of.
Grab some matching robes or sweats and take your time getting dressed. These photos will be super cute and fun.
2. The Rings
Up-close, detailed shots of the rings together make a lovely, traditional addition to the wedding album. I know a lot of people who actually opt to use these as the cover image for their album. Shiny, intricate engagement rings, good lighting and an excellent background make for an extremely artistic photo.
3. The Bouquet
Like the rings, this shot is a great way to add a little variety to a wedding album full of people. Plus, the bouquet is often so carefully chosen, with vibrant colours to match everything else.
If you’ve chosen fresh flowers, they will also eventually die, so a clear, beautiful memory of them is crucial.
4. Walking Down the Aisle
This one is a two-parter. You want to get a shot of the bride coming down the aisle with her father (or whoever else) by her side. It’s also lovely to get a photo of the groom as he sees the bride for the first time – these reactions are often priceless.
5. The First Kiss
The first kiss as a married couple is a moment you’ll only experience once, and you’ll always appreciate having it captured memorably.
6. The Empty Reception Area
Between the decorations, centrepieces, and your chosen venue, the reception area always has its own charm, and there’s something peaceful about it sitting empty. A wide shot of the open room is a great reminder of all the thought and hard work you put into it.
7. The Cake
The wedding cake is always beautiful, and it’s another thing that won’t last forever. Get a nice picture of the whole thing before it’s eaten, so you don’t forget what a masterpiece it was.
8. Candid Wedding Photo Ideas
Between all the staged, posed, and artistic shots, you might want some that are more casual and candid. Things like dancing, laughing, hugging, cheering – anything that depicts the sheer joy and wonder of the day.
Here are some ideas:
- People dancing
- People talking
- Hugs & kisses
- Laughter (this one is my favourite!)
- Silly things that happen along the way
9. The Wedding Exit
Similar to the picture of the bride walking down the aisle, this picture shows an important transition moment. But, instead of nerves and anticipation, the atmosphere will be relaxed and celebratory. It’s another unique moment that will only happen once – get it on camera!
10. Portrait Wedding Photo Ideas
Lastly, don’t forget to include individual portraits of each person and group! Whether it’s beautiful dresses or classy suits, everyone always looks fabulous, and you want to remember it exactly.
Here are some of the big ones:
- Bride & Groom / Bride & Bride / Groom & Groom
- The entire wedding party
- Just the girls
- Just the guys
- Each side of the family
- Just the couple
Make the Most of Your Wedding Photo Shoot
Your wedding photographer will know what they’re doing, but consider these tips to help things go smoothly and get the best possible photos:
Planning a wedding is a big job, and it’s often stressful. Then, the day itself goes by in a flash. Hiring a wedding photography professional is your best chance at documenting every detail. The shots listed here are among the most traditional and will help you remember the whole day – but don’t be afraid to add your own, too! It’s your day – get the photos you want.
Here at GCP, we specialize in intimate wedding photos, just like those described above. We aim to capture more than just what you looked like on your special day – we aim to capture the magical, romantic love between you and your soulmate and all those emotional moments you share with the people around you.
Capture the magic of your special day.