Your ”Must Have” Wedding Photography Shots

You picked the perfect photographer, the perfect date, and of course the perfect dress! You are already thinking about all of the beautiful photos you will get to look back on. 

Besides the typical ceremony and reception photos, if you’re a little unsure of the types of photos that you want your photographer to capture, we’re going to be sharing a few of our favorite shots you won’t want to miss on your wedding day. 

The detail shots

We’re not saying you need a ton, but it’s worth grabbing a few! This is usually a flat lay of your rings, shoes, jewelry, and invitation suite, but this could also be close-ups of the centerpieces and plateware on the table. These detailed shots are great for you to look back on after the wedding day, as most likely the hustle and bustle of walking down the aisle won’t allow you to fully appreciate the details that made your day what it was. 

Getting ready shots

You may think you only want to start snapping photos when your hair and makeup is fully done, but if you don’t capture those raw moments leading up to the ceremony and reception, you’ll look back and wish you did. 

Shots like you and your bridal party getting the finishing touches on their hair and makeup, your mom or girls helping you into your gown, and the groomsmen getting ready are some of our favorites!

Up close with your gown

You said yes to the perfect dress so you want to capture those beautiful details that make it so perfect! If you purchased your gown from a bridal shop, don’t forget to send some of these shots (or your wedding album) over to your bridal shop as they love sharing photos of their brides on their blog or social media pages!

Want to take your gown shots to the next level? Order a hanger with your new last name to hang your wedding dress on!

The letter exchange

If you and your partner have decided to write a letter to one another, you’ll want your photographer to capture these emotions as you’re reading it, as well as a photo of the letter on its own.

The quiet moments

Ask anyone who’s gotten married and they’ll tell you how fast their day went by! Plan to set aside some time (even five minutes) after the ceremony to just sit with one another to reminisce on the day or sign your marriage license.

The candids

While the perfectly posed portraits are the ones you’ve dreamt about, the candid shots are the photos that no one plans but everyone loves! Not only can your photographer take these photos, but your guests can as well! For some fun, in the moment candid photos, leave a disposable camera at each table and develop the photos after the wedding!

With these shots in mind, you can now feel armed and ready when you sit down with your photographer to create the perfect wedding photo shot list for your wedding day!