Most brides consider their wedding photos to be among their most treasured possessions. Long after the big day is over, the photographs taken that day are looked at over and over again. They are a formal record of a momentous day that joined two families and created a new branch. Quite apart from what those photos represent, who doesn’t want a photographic record of a day in which she looked fabulous!
For those reasons, most brides choose not to skimp on wedding photos and hire a professional photographer to capture wonderful still moments, and some a videographer to film the entire ceremony and portions of the reception for posterity.
Some areas you may wish to consider for your wedding day photography checklist are:
- A formal bridal portrait. In some areas of the country, they have never not been part of the wedding plans. Usually taken either in the photographer’s studio or in some elegant setting. You may choose to have it be of you alone or have a formal portrait of you and your groom. These are scheduled prior to the wedding if possible. Planning to do them the day of can add too much stress to an already packed day.
- Style of photos to be taken. Work with your photographer to outline – IN ADVANCE – the key shots you want taken. Review the traditional bridal party shots, processional and recessional pix and standards at the reception. If your taste runs to traditional coverage, make sure that you and the photographer agree on the shots. If your taste is for more creative shots that require special lighting or lenses, be sure to discuss these well in advance.
- Family members to include. Be sure that the photographer (or his/her assistant) has a complete list of family members you wish to include in photographs. You’d hate to have an album full of photos but not one picture of you with your favorite aunt or godmother or Uncle Ralph.
- The role of digital. Decide early on whether your wedding is to be “plugged in” or not. If you don’t want guests shooting photos of you getting dressed or other “candid” moments, and posting them as they are taken, you need to insist on have the ceremony be “unplugged”. You can have signage posted in the back of the church and/or printed in the programs that asks guests to refrain from taking photos before or during the ceremony. Some couples have created a secure spot and assigned friends to collect iPhones prior to the ceremony. Reception guidelines are far more relaxed. In fact, many couples provide a plugged in station somewhere in the reception area recognizing that photos will be taken whether they want them or not. Have the bridal party spread the word on your behalf.