21 Picture Ideas for Wedding Photographers

You’ve just been booked to shoot your first wedding, but beyond the usual 4 or 5 formal wedding poses you are asking yourself – “What do I take photos of?”. Well here are 21 picture ideas for Wedding Photographers. These ideas should keep your trigger finger and your clients happy.

There are 3 main parts to a wedding – before, during and after. These 21 picture ideas are broken down to cover each of these sections with 7 ideas in each.

Before The Wedding

  1. The bride getting ready – having her hair done, putting her make-up on – you get the general idea. This is something to agree with the bride beforehand and can make a nice memento of the day.
  2. Portrait of the groom relaxing at home before he leaves.
  3. The bride with her family relaxing at home or at the hotel before they leave for the ceremony.
  4. The bride with her father together in the car.
  5. The groom chatting outside with the best man at the venue before going in.
  6. The bride stepping out of the car.
  7. A shot of the bride with her father outside the venue before they go in and he gives her away.

During the Wedding

  1. The groom standing nervously inside, perhaps glancing up the aisle waiting for his bride.
  2. The bride coming down the aisle with the bridesmaids holding the train.
  3. Close up on the hands as the ring goes on. Of course try not to intrude, get a good vantage point and make use of your telephoto lens.
  4. The bride and groom kissing after the vows have been said.
  5. Bridesmaids, page boys, other children holding hands with the bride and groom in the background, slightly out of focus.
  6. Tight shot on the bride and grooms tightly clasped hands to show off the rings.
  7. A wide shot of the guests during the ceremony.

After the Wedding

  1. The bride and groom coming out of the venue and getting covered in confetti or rice.
  2. Shots of the guests expressions – Be on the lookout for candid’s, especially ones charged with emotion. These can make good black and white shots.
  3. A photo of the decorated wedding car driving away.
  4. The bride and groom looking into each other’s eyes – again a good black and white picture.
  5. Close-up of the children’s faces – they are often much more expressive than adults. You may even find one pulling a funny face.
  6. Informal candid’s of the bride and groom either together or individually chatting to others or just trying to take it all in.
  7. Any other details that will add to the memory of the day. For example the flowers, the cake, that oversized bottle of champagne, dress details. You get the general idea.

With digital just remember you can always delete a shot later. It is better to take more that you need. You will be surprised at how often that perfect shot is the one you almost didn’t take. Things will look different once you start editing them and there is a bit of distance between you and the nervousness that you inevitably feel on the day. The more weddings you shoot the more idea you will have of what works and what does not.

A good tip for you when you are first starting out is to have an assistant. This could be a friend that is interested in photography too. The friend can go around taking the candid shots, while you concentrate on the more formal portraits and group shots. This way you will end up with a good range of pictures.

Hopefully this article has given you some ideas on what photos to take at weddings and sparked a few more ideas in you.