(Closed) Wedding day photography

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
558 posts
Busy bee

I’m not married yet, but the number one shot that I want my photographer to get is the grooms face when I start going down the aisle, my dad’s face, and my mom’s. Those three people are most important and I want the photographer to get allll of that in the short span I’ll be walkin’ down to say “I do” lol

Post # 3
7070 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

misunderstandingbee:  The best thing you can do is start researching photographers in your area. Pour through portfolios to get an idea of the style of photography you like. From there, reach out to the photographer(s) you like the most for pricing and info. Ask to see a full wedding from them. Speaking as a wedding photographer myself, most don’t accept shot lists – so while it’s nice your looking at shots you like most photographers have a certain style and workflow to how they shoot. It’s the main reason we tend to not take shot lists because we want to tell the story of your day, not someone else’s.

By that I mean….telling your photographer you want a shot of the first kiss or you with your parents because that’s a no-brainer….or giving them a Pintrest board of “must take” photos. A ok request is “Our venue has an amazing wooden bridge and we want to make sure we use it for photo”. 

Post # 4
6673 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think it’s a really nice consideration to get the little families in your wedding party together for a shot of their own.  I know the photographer isn’t a portrait studio, but I still appreciated that my bridesmaid had a photo with her two children and husband.  I also offered individual shots for all the bridal party, though only my sister took me up on it – and she changed out of her dress before the photographer got the chance!  That’s her problem though, haha.  

One I’m sad about missing is there isn’t one of my husband and his parents with no one else – which was on my request list.  The one of me and my parents is a fantastic picture and it makes me blue that we don’t have a counterpart for it.  Also I really love walking away shots, but our photographer just didn’t catch it like I imagined and I don’t care for any of those that she took.  Such is life.

Make sure you get as many of your planned pics out of the way as soon as you can – you never know who is going to change clothes, how the weather will turn, if shooting in the dark/low light isn’t a great skill for your photographer, etc.  In our case, our photographer took a bunch of the ‘his family’ shots after our ceremony, so it was already about 9:00.  I had pulled off my 4 inch wedges after hiking around in them for hours and my headpiece blew out on the ride back and I never stuck it back in. I look like a little girl in a little white dress in all those photos.  My sister has jeans and a lime green sweatshirt! (she had chosen to wear a corset due to bust size, plus high heels and was hurting like me) It’s a shame but we’ll live.  Just bear it in mind yourself.  At the time I didn’t really think it would matter, but it sure did later when I saw our pics. 

Also bear in mind your little quirks (and husbands).  I slouch.  He puts his hands in his pockets (and had no idea until he saw his pics).  We both could have looked a little more ‘together’ than we did as such.  It’s hard to remember at the time, even if you intend to, so having a relative/wedding party member on the sidelines reminding you might help.

Post # 5
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Darling Husband and I didn’t want to see each other at all the day of the wedding so the photographer got his reaction when he saw me, which was amazing!! We just got married on the 12th so I haven’t seen all my pictures yet but he showed me a few as he took them. We had 2 photographers and 2 videographers. They worked amazing together its like they fed off each others creativity. They got some pictures of me and our horses which wasn’t planned Copper just came up and I was loving on him. I wanted one of Darling Husband kissing me on the forehead, one with my dad, one with our kids and the rest I really just wanted to be super natural. Here is the only finished picture I’ve seen so far. He caught us as we were goofing off in between shots.

Post # 7
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Here is a list I put together.. It is long so don’t mind.. hope this helps!


Girls- Getting ready at hotel

Bride & bridesmaids standing up in their robes
Bride getting makeup or hair done
Dress with personalized hangers
Girls in the limo
Back of brides dress
Guys- Getting ready at his parents house

Groom with parent pictures before the wedding
Groom with each of the groomsman
Groom and guys in front of limo with sunglass on

Picture of just brides boquet
Grooms boutineer
Groom when he sees Bride
Bride & grooms in front of the church doors
Bride and groom exiting the church
Ceremony pulled back
Bride and groom with officant
Family Photos

Bride & Groom with brides mom
Bride & Groom with brides grandma & papa
Bride and Groom with bride Oma
A couple photos Bride with Grandma
A couple photos Bride with Papa
A couple photos Bride with Grandma and Papa
Bride with sister Courtney
Bride with step sister Kaitlyn
Bride with Courtney and Kaitlyn
Bride and groom with brides mom, grandma & papa and sisster
A couple photos of Bride and Groom with grooms Mom and Dad
Bride & Groom with grooms sister and brother
Groom with sister and brother
Groom with sister
Groom with brother
Bride & Groom with grooms Grandma and Grandpa
Bride & Groom with grooms Grandma Tilly
Bride & Groom with all parents
Bride & Groom with all with all parents and grandparents
Bride and groom with all parents, grandparents and siblings

Bride and Groom

Bride and groom in limo
A sweet subtle heart, grooms with hands on brides lower back forming a heart
Showing off their shoes
Pinky swear-showing rings
Jumping for joy
A back shot
Holding up thank you sign
A dramatic pose
Bride and groom kissing, guy tipping bride back
Bride and groom showing up dress and suit, with heads cut off

Wedding party photos

Bride with each bridesmaid
Groom with each groomsman
Bride with groomsman
Photos Wedding party all together
Bride and bridal party showing off dress and flowers with heads cut off


Guest book
Candy bar before anyone gets to it ( will be set up after dinner)
Jam jars on table
Bride and groom posed in front of the cake




Post # 8
1326 posts
Bumble bee

If you can, get 2 cameras for the ceremony and have one photographing “his POV” and one “Your POV”.

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