For Photographers :: Must-have wedding day photos

After having fifteen weddings under my belt (isn’t that such a funny expression?!), I have come up with a list of photos that photographers should be capturing on the wedding day. I am hoping that for newer wedding photographers this can be of some help to you!


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  • Rings
  • Bridal bouquet & bridesmaids bouquets
  • Wedding dress hanging up
  • Wedding shoes
  • Bride getting ready
  • Bride getting into her dress
  • Bride by herself
  • Boutonnieres
  • Groom getting ready
  • Boutonniere being pinned on groom
  • Groom by himself
  • Ceremony decorations
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s reaction to seeing bride
  • Exchange of rings
  • First kiss
  • Couple walking down the aisle together
  • Formal wedding portraits (in italics below!)
  • Bride and groom with each set of parents
  • Bride with immediate family
  • Groom with immediate family
  • Large family photo
  • Bride and groom with wedding party
  • Bride with each of bridesmaids
  • Bride with all of bridesmaids
  • Groom with each of groomsmen
  • Groom with all of groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom with groomsmen
  • Newlywed portraits
  • Reception decor
  • Newlywed entrance to reception
  • Wedding cake
  • First dance
  • Dance with parents
  • Bouquet toss (focus on the people doing the catching)
  • Garter toss (focus on the people doing the catching)
  • Cutting the cake
  • Speeches at reception
  • Guests dancing
  • Potential exit of bride and groom

It’s very important to keep in mind that every wedding is different so these shots can vary depending on what is or is not happening at the wedding. Consulting with your couple will make sure that you have the perfect list for their wedding that incorporates all of the special events that make their wedding unique.

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