Must-have pics for people who don't really care about pics..

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

With our photographer, the only must haves we have given him so far is his face and mine as I’m walking down the aisle, and our first kiss as husband and wife. Given, I’d like pictures of us with my family, but if I had to choose just 2. It would be those 2. Everything else, we told him to go wherever the inspiration takes him.

Post # 4
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You sound just like me!  I told my photographer I only want pics of what I would actually put up in my house.  Don’t bother wasting time on the silly artistic ones.  We are doing one photo of the entire families (mine plus his), us plus his parents/my parents separately, and the rest just us.  No grandparent photos, no sibling photos, no getting ready photos, no goofy photos, no bridal shoes photos, etc.  We only have 4 hours with our photographer, so I wanted to maximize our time with her and I wanted a bit of candid shots from the reception.  I don’t care to look at the 10 photos of your bridal bouquet (in color, sepia, black and white) or you putting on your lipstick – that was directed at all the brides’ photo albums I’ve seen in the past.  🙂  Be honest with your photographer and blunt about exactly what you want.  It’ll help maximize your 2 hours and not dilly dallying trying to decide on poses.  Make a list (if your photographer doesn’t have one) of what you want specifically. 

Post # 6
550 posts
Busy bee

My top 3

1. One great ceremony photo — reading vows, exchanging rings, or first kiss, or all 3.

2. One great couple portrait — posed, pretty, might take 10 shots and pick 1 or 2 you love.

3. One pic of the couple and their closest family members, or 2 if you want one of “yours” and one of “his.”

The only ones we have framed and on our wall are our top two couple portraits, but the others are my most important ones from the (small!) wedding album.

Our photog, an uncle, was only around for about 2 hours and managed to get 250 photos, of which I ordered 4x6s of about 40 shots, some just because I wanted to share them with our guests. We also got prints of a couple of guest photos that just happened to be great. Total cost was under $200 plus the cost of professional framing of one shot + our ceremony reading ($120 with a 55% off coupon! Framing ain’t cheap.), so clearly it wasn’t a financial priority.

Post # 7
3128 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

My favorite of our wedding photos:

Photo with my dad as we are getting ready to walk down the aisle

Photo of my face as I see DH

Photo of DH face as he sees me

The kiss

One picture of everyone who was at our ceremony (somewhere around 100 people)

One picture of us with our grandparents

One picture of us with our parents

One picture of us with my immediate family (we are super close and spend a lot of time with them, plus it is fairly large- around 20 people)

One picture of my friends having fun on the dancefloor

One picture of my guests slow dancing


Those would be my ten. Honestly we got all the detail shots but I don’t care much about those despite everything being DIY. I love the pictures of us/us with family because that was what the day was about. I spent the entire time on the dance floor with my friends/DH/family so it was great to see those pictures. We also did not have a bridal party or anything like that but I really value the pictures we took with individual family groups and they didn’t take long to get at all (DH with his parents, Us with his parents, Me with my parents and sisters, Us with my nieces and nephews, Me with my parents, Us with my parents, etc). 

Post # 11
85 posts
Worker bee

@sablemuse:  +1 to this entire post! Personally, I’d just want one really good picture of FI and me as a married couple. That’s the one that gets framed…the one that your kids/grandkids will focus on. 


I’ll want more photos to document the wedding, but those can just be pics taken by guests!

ETA: That being said, I LOVE seeing other people’s wedding photos and I always enjoy clicking through the pic heavy posts on here! I just know myself and my FI — if we have a bunch of photos, they’ll just kind of end up in a pile somewhere. 🙂

Post # 12
3128 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@sablemuse:  All of my siblings have requested the shot of DH & I with our nieces and nephews in a frame but no others so I think that is a safe bet 😉

Post # 15
3128 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@sablemuse:  Nope! There are pics on FB of course. Their kids are definitely the way to their heart, though. It is worth pointing out that I am not extremely close to my sisters due to a significant age gap but my nephews love DH and my niece is one of my best friends. Also, it is a fairly AWESOME picture of us that the photographer got at exactly the right moment (all of us have our arms around each other, we are laughing like loons, it is super cute) whereas some of the family pics (me + my sisters) are a little more stiff since we aren’t used to being in close physical proximity to one another.

Post # 16
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I do care about pics but I only have a few requests:

  1. No cliche shots (no jumping, no dipping, no “look at my ring” and act all surprised… in other words, no overly done staged shots.  On the other hand, some cute moments like holding a “Thank You” sign can be done.
  2. Get amazinng shots at the ceremony.  If you can get close ups of us during the vows/ring exchange/kiss/intimate moments that’s a major plus!
  3. Be as candid as possible.  I want it to flow naturally throughout the day.  Even the silly moments would be great.

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