A wedding is a major life event that most people experience at some point in their lives. As a result, taking as many photos as possible is essential so that you can fully capture every special moment before and during the wedding. However, many photographers make the mistake of not capturing important shots, either because they forgot to prioritize them or they weren’t prepared at that moment. So, it is important to have a wedding photography checklist and we will now look at the most important shots on that list.
Many photographers think that they should only photograph the actual wedding, but you should also aim to take photos of the bride and groom as they are getting ready. By doing so, these photos set the tone for the entire day and you can capture some priceless moments. It can also help both the bride and groom get accustomed to being photographed which will mean they’ll be more comfortable and at ease when you are taking photos of them later.
Next, on the checklist of important photography shots is the dress. You need to photograph every detail of the dress since the wedding dress is typically one of the focal points of any wedding. The best time to take these photos are while the bride is getting ready. You can even photograph the dress and shoes before the bride has put them on but be sure to choose a classy background.
Another important set of shots you will need to take is the bride with her bridesmaids as well as the groom with his groomsmen. These types of photos should be playful and full of fun and laughter. They should highlight the close friends of both the bride and groom. You can ask each group to choose a particular pose or you can ask them to laugh and joke around while you take pictures.
Next on the list are pictures of the bride walking down the isle. This shows the moment when the bride is walking towards her soon to be husband and it also shows the father handing his daughter to her new husband. This is a very emotional and sentimental moment and the photos should indicate that. The first kiss is also another important shot on the checklist that should not be forgotten.
In addition to photos of the bride and groom, you should also make sure to get shots of all the family members of each side. This includes the parents of both the bride and groom, their siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles etc. You should also aim to take group pictures of both sides of the family, both separately and then together to show the joining of families.
In closing, we have just looked at some of the most important shots that you should have on your wedding photography checklist. The magic is in the details and you should strive to take creative and imaginative photos that show the true essence of the couple and their union. Once you do, they will eternally cherish those photos that they will enjoy for their entire life.