Photography is one of the one lasting elements of your wedding day. After the dress has been worn, the vows exchanged, the champagnes drunk, it will be those precious images that you will look back on and remember all those amazing moments. It will be the photos that will bring back the tears and help you to re-live that special day. So your photographer needs to get this right when documenting one of the biggest occasions you will go through in life.
2. Family and bridal party at the house prior to the ceremony. These are your absolute nearest and dearest. Your Mum or Dad, siblings and closest friends there with you in the hours prior to the wedding day. Sharing a drink and having a laugh. You could have a “first look” with Dad (make sure the tissues are handy) or your bridesmaids. Reactions a plenty!
3. The venue and set up. The photographer should ensure they arrive at the venue before you walk down the aisle. A lot of time and effort goes into the stying and decorating so it’s nice to have that documented.
4. Walking down the aisle. This is it! No turning back now, all those butterflies are about to erupt and you can’t wait to meet the man of your dreams down the end of that long aisle. The groom’s reaction is a must too!
5. Groom’s reaction. This is such a special time for the groom, the time where nothing else matters. Seeing his future wife for the first time will bring on emotion, maybe even some tears!
6. Guests! The human reaction is so important to the story of the day. Tears of joy, laughter, hugs and happy dances. A good photographer will be a ninja and have an eagle eye and be able to capture these moments instinctively.
6. First Kiss! You did it!! You’re married, now give each other one giant pash to show the world how happy you are to be a married couple!
7. Exiting the ceremony. Make sure everyone has those rose petals handy! It’s best when you can walk down the aisle uninterrupted so get all those gorgeous images of your guests congratulating you.
8. Family Photos. This might seem like a tedious part of the day but it’s a necessity. Your parents and grandparents will thank you for it! Take time to jot down a shot list so all the family combinations are covered and no-one is forgotten. Ask a bossy aunt or family friend to help order everyone into line!
9. The bridal party. It’s important to capture the bridal party as a whole. These can be fun, quirky, raucous or silly! Then the girls together and the boys together.
10. Just the two of you! Let your personalities shine! It’s important to capture the uniqueness. I love a variety of romantic, fun, and active images. I also love to schedule a small amount of time during the golden hour (right before sunset for those beautiful images with soft light). But most importantly, the images need to reflect you both.
11. The grand entrance. It’s time to celebrate – woo hoo! It’s now time to immerse yourself with all your guests and party and dance the night away.
12. All the fun at the reception. A lot goes on during this part. You might have minimal formalities, or you may have many. From speeches, first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, games and bouquet toss, it’s important these are captured in an unobtrusive and photojournalstic way.
13. The parting shot. I love to get a night shot of the two of you before everything wraps up. This works best if there’s some ambient light around and off camera flash is my friend!
This is not a comprehensive list and may not be applicable to you but covers what I believe are those must have shots on your wedding day. Perhaps you’re having an intimate or very low key wedding and require only a short coverage or perhaps you’re not having a bridal party so your needs will be different. It’s important to chat to your photographer about what’s REALLY important to you so you get the most out of your photos and treasure them for generations to come.
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Photography is a celebration of love, life, laughter and family. It is capturing the joy, the tears, the raw emotions and the connections with our loved ones. I love to photograph people and places, photography is not just my job, it’s my passion.