Wedding Photography

What your wedding photographer should capture


Every wedding needs a professional wedding photographer on hand to capture those special moments. The images will last forever and will be brought out time and time again as the couple reminisces about their wedding day.

When you come to book a photographer, it’s important to talk to him to see what moments he considers special on the big day, to explain what you want captured and to look at an extensive portfolio. Some photographers like to use a lot of special effects and editing, whereas others provide a more simple service. Consider what you want from your wedding photos and what sort of photographer would be appropriate.

The photographer should fade into the background on your wedding day, so he can snap away unnoticed to get great, natural looking shots. Every wedding album should include touching images of the bride getting ready with her mother and bridesmaids, to remind her of the excitement of her big day. There should also be shots of the nervous groom adjusting his tie with his best man ahead of the ceremony.

It is always heartwarming to have a photograph of the father-daughter moment that takes place before the service begins, and if you have special transport, it’s nice to get images of that arriving and of you exiting it with your father.

The photographer should snap away during the ceremony to get candid shots of the bride and groom saying those all-important vows, as well as the much anticipated first kiss. The shot of the couple, flanked by witnesses, at the register is a classic image that should be included in any wedding photo album.

Images of the couple leaving the church or wedding venue hand in hand are important to remember those thrilling first few minutes as husband and wife, before the fact has really sunk in. The obligatory family shots and photos of the whole wedding party should be taken as everyone is still sober and present. Whilst the guests have welcome drinks and canapés, the photographer should take a number of shots of the bride and groom together as newlyweds, capturing the romance and excitement.

You may want your photographer to take photos of the speeches. If so, it’s a good idea for him to see a copy of them first, so he knows what to expect and what will cause the biggest reaction, so he’s able to snap it as it happens.

The wedding reception should provide some great photo opportunities as people start drinking, dancing and generally enjoying themselves. The photographer can get great snaps of the couple having their first dance, as well as other members of the wedding party dancing together. The photographer should take a considerable number of photos during the reception, as it’s likely the bride and groom will be busy greeting and talking to guests, so they may miss many of the photo opportunities. It’s nice to then have images to look back on, to see what they may have missed.

A good photographer should also know to snap the tossing of the bouquet and cutting of the cake, as well as the bride and groom’s exit at the end of the night.


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