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Your big day is just around the corner! And while you’re undoubtedly busy planning and confirming every last detail, we hope you’re saving time to build up plenty of excitement, too.
Your wedding day is filled with magical moments, from the first time you see your soon-to-be-spouse to your first dance, cake cutting, and time with special guests, and you’ll want to capture every one.
Your carefully selected photographer is bound to have a shot list of their own, but you should also build your own to capture some that are unique and special-to-you. Need some ideas? Here are 10 fun wedding photo ideas to include:
1. Your first look
We’ve all heard it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding—but that’s such a tough shot to capture! One of the best moments of the entire wedding is the look on the groom’s face as he sees his bride for the first time.
However, to get that shot, the photographer misses the photo of the beautiful bride stepping out to walk down the aisle. If you have two photographers, they may be able to simultaneously capture both looks, but staging a first-look moment between just the two of you is a modern take that captures amazing reaction photos. Consider putting your own spin on it before the ceremony.
2. Wedding photo ideas that show off your venue
Your venue is likely one of the most-expensive items of your wedding, so let it shine! For example, if you have a multi-story lobby with an iconic tile floor, take photos that leverage it, capturing its height and scale.
Beachfront? Get photos with plenty of landscape. Rural land? Have some fun with hay bales or hills. Your venue will show off the couple and wedding party no matter what, so have some fun with the presentation and don’t forget about using negative space to make that venue shine.
3. Play peek-a-boo
Many venues have fun arches, arbors, or greenery that can make for great shots. Take pictures under greenery, peeking through it, or with the camera strategically poised to get just the edges of leaves or an arch as the frame. These artistic shots are fun for the photographer and can add some dimension to your collection.
4. Get the speeches
Speeches are filled with emotion—from the one giving the speech as well as the listening couple and crowd. Make sure your photographer is at the ready to capture plenty of photos during these special moments. Give them a heads-up if you have someone in the wedding party who is likely to make a splash; preparedness is everything.
5. Every detail
Most photographers will have wedding details on their shot lists but having a list of what matters to you is always helpful and important. Get shoes, veil, and gown details, the bouquets, and rings.
Also let the photographer know about all the little details that went into your day; for example, the antique hair comb from your great great grandmother or the table cards that were carefully crafted and hold special meaning.
These details make the day, and when it comes time to create your wedding album, make fantastic standalone images or backdrops for other elements.
6. A photo of just you two
You’d be shocked at how often a couple gets their wedding photos back to realize they have pictures with them and their bridal party and parents and special guests…but none of just the two of them after the ceremony.
While you’ll likely head out with the photographer for some carefully posed shots before the reception, make sure to pause right after the ceremony to get that iconic shot with just the two of you.
7. Plenty of candids
You’ll work with your wedding photographer plenty, getting photos with your parents, bridal party, and the two of you in a myriad of scenes and poses. And these are wonderful, beautiful, and important. However, true magic comes in the moments that are unplanned. Communicate with your photographer, and make sure they’re comfortable and well-versed in capturing plenty of candid shots too. Don’t worry—they won’t use the one of you chewing dinner; only the great ones make the final cut.
8. A time-lapse of the reception
There’s so much happening during the reception. After-dinner dancing, animated conversations, and a whole lot of party. A small time-lapse photo is one of our favorite wedding photo ideas; it’s a great way to texturize your collection of images. The photographer can either set a camera to get an actual time-lapse or even add in some motion blur in post-production. Either way, it makes for a fun image that is unique.
9. The basics
Before your big day arrives, meet with your photographer to go over the main wedding components. Make sure the shot list includes a healthy supply of the “basics”—you know, the walk down the aisle, the first kiss, the adorable flower girl sprinkling petals—these classic moments are classic for a reason: because they’re amazing every time.
10. Something unique
You’ve put your personal touch on every element of your wedding, and sometimes, in that level of detail, it’s hard to appreciate all that makes your day unique. But there are plenty of them!
Communicate to your photographer so they know what to look for and capture. You may have a big moment—think the bridal party entrance at Jim and Pam’s “The Office” wedding—or it may be a smaller one, like your grandparents having a special dance-off during the reception. It could be a candle lighting ceremony component or a tree-planting element. These personal touches help make your day yours and yours alone: Make sure they’re properly captured.
11. Relational photos
Weddings are all about love and relationships, so make sure the photos capture those dynamics. Get shots of people holding hands, dancing, and talking. Capture the way your guests relate and interact. Weddings have a great way of bringing people together—your photos can help that magic live on forever with a Motif photo book.