These are the moments you'll want to capture.
All brides know that photos are one of the most important parts of the wedding day. These are the memories you'll cherish forever and even look back on the very next day ("It goes by in a flash," they all say). That's why you want to make sure your photographer nails every photo op, starting with the getting ready photos all the way through to your (sparkler) exit!
Step one to checking off this to-do list is to hire a photographer you're excited about—and put your trust in the professional! You are hiring just that—a professional—who should know what they're doing, after all. But even so, it's nice to have some general knowledge of wedding photography yourself.
Of course, you don't have to get all of these images in order to create the perfect photo album, but it's nice to think about them. (They'll put you in the detail mindset at least as you buy those special bridal shoes and design your custom invitation site.) Once you make a mental checklist of your own, make sure to chat about these photo op moments with your photographer—or better yet, send a link to this article!—but once you do that, leave it to your photographer. From there, all you can do is put your trust in them, have fun, and be present in your big day. After all, the prettiest brides are the happiest ones, right?!
The first look
Traditional couples may want to save this for the walk down the aisle, but if you're not one of them then this is a must-have photo. Set up a moment where it's just the two of you and have your photographer document the first time you see each other the morning of your wedding. It's guaranteed to bring out tears and smiles at the same time and document a moment you both won't want to forget.
The action shot
If you’ve spent weeks agonising over your wedding transport, then this is the one for you. Posing next to your vintage Rolls-Royce on the driveway may tick the ‘check-out-our-flash-wheels’ box, but ask your photographer to snap you speeding away from the venue for something a little more exhilarating.
The romantic shot
These pictures work best as a spontaneous moment – not posed – and any wedding photographer worth their salt should be looking out for them. Don’t forget to ask for some black-and-white options, if you fancy adding a timeless touch.
The emotional shot
It often hits during the ceremony or the speeches, so make sure your photographer is ready to capture that candid emotional moment that's going to make everyone go 'awwww!'
The private moment shot
Your couple shots will most likely be your only chance during the day when you can have a quiet moment together away from your wedding party and just breathe. Make the most of this by taking a stroll together and hiring a photographer who is happy to stand well back and respect your privacy while grabbing some pictures at the same time.
The arty shot
Instagram has been buzzing with smoke-bomb shots for a while now. Admittedly, this fairytale effect used to be a bit hit and miss – think bride and groom completely obscured in a cloud of spluttering smoke – but some more adventurous photographers are now perfecting this art. However, if you do want to add a pop of pink or a splash of yellow to your day, warn them in advance as this shot takes some preparation.
The unexpected shot
Don’t panic if the heavens open on your big day. Yes, your Manolos may get soggy, but a bit of rain can do wonders for pushing your snapper to think outside the box. Raindrops on the window at this wedding created a beautiful soft-filter effect. Here's some tips for if it does rain on your wedding day from our previous blog post.
The venue shot
You’ve booked your dream wedding venue, so why not allow it a starring role in at least a few of your portraits? This picture requires a seriously wide-angle lens to get in every detail!
The getting ready moments
After all that searching, you're going to want to document the big dress reveal. Snap a quick photo of your mum or Maid of Honour zipping you in.
The joyful shot
You've walked down the aisle, said your 'I dos,' toasted the speeches and now it's time to party! Whether on the dance floor or frolicking around the reception, ask your photographer to keep an eye out for those Instagram-able moments that are full of joy.
There are many more wedding photos every couple should have but we'd be listing for days if shared them all! First dance, wedding cake, the cake, the confetti... the list goes on but don't worry your photographer will know what he is doing and if you want to add some extra shots to your list for them, check out Brides US. They have a long list of fab shots you should take on the big day. The link is here.
Lots of love
Claire & Christine xx