When they say your wedding goes by fast, they really aren’t kidding. After your wedding day has passed, all that will be left are the memories… And photos! Wedding photos are one of the most important parts of the wedding day. They are the thing that you will look back on and cherish forever. You want to make sure your photographer gets all of the shots you know you’ll want to look back on, so coming up with a must-have wedding photo list should be a high priority. But don’t worry, we have you covered with our must-have wedding photos right here!
Detail shots of tablescapes, invitations, vow books, accessories, shoes, cake, rings, and any other special detail you added to your day. Most photographers will already have the detail shots on their list, but if you have special details, make sure you tell them so they can grab that photo.
You spent the time picking out the perfect thing to wear on your wedding day, you want to make sure you get the shots of you getting zipped/buttoned up, and ready for the big day. It’s also a great way to start telling the story of the day.
You want to make sure you get photos of you and your partner posing by themselves. You both deserve to be in the spotlight, so capture those moments!
You chose these people to stand by you because you love them, so capture some moments with them. Get photos of you with each person individually as well as group photos. And don’t forget to include your partner's party as well. These are your people and you’ll want to remember them!
While some couples know for sure they want a first look, other’s want to wait for the aisle moment. It’s completely up to you! If you do decide to do a private first look before the ceremony, you will definitely want it captured. You’ll cherish this moment forever through your photographs.
The ceremony site
Ask for some landscape and detail shots of where you will say your “I dos”.
The walk down the aisle
Again, your photographer should have this down, but this is a moment you will want to relive, especially if it’s the first time seeing your partner on the day of, I promise.
The first kiss
I feel like this is another “duh”, but a pro-tip is to ask your officiant to step to the side so it’s just you and your partner in the moment, and the photo.
Whether you do a ceremony exit or reception exit (or both!) make sure you share your plans with your photographer so they can be ready! A pro-tip is to share another kiss in the middle of the aisle so you can get an extra stunning shot.
It’s your day, and you want some posed photos of you and your partner. The day goes by so fast, so make sure to take it in, and this is a good opportunity to do so.
All the candids
Candids are my personal favorite. Capturing the “un-posed”, natural moments of the day that hold all the emotion is so important. From the “I dos” to the first dance, candids are going to be everywhere!
If you are planning any special moments during your wedding day, make sure you loop your photographer in so they are captured. Whether it’s moments with a parent, friend, or a moment between you and your partner, you’ll want to make sure there’s a photo of it!
Remember, you are hiring a wedding photographer - a professional - who should know what they are doing. They should have a general knowledge of must-have wedding shots, but it’s nice for you to also be prepared. Trust your photographer to get the moments perfect and just try to relax, and be yourself in front of the camera. Most of all, enjoy your day and feel all the love!
Are you planning your wedding? Tell us your must-have photos in the comments!