List of poses for your wedding day
Hair /Makeup Shots, including brushes, the makeup artist in action, close ups of things like eyelashes, lips, smiling bride, mimosas, etc.
Bridesmaids “getting ready” laughing together
Bridesmaid and bride in special robes, shirts etc.
All of bride’s necessities before she puts them on: shoes, lacy dainties (if appropriate or unique), dress, veil, jewelry etc.
Bride’s dress with bridesmaid dresses in unique situations.
Any special bride items like monogrammed, handkercheif, family bible, etc.
Bride getting dressed (we usually had the bridesmaids in their dresses prior to this.
Maid of honor or mother zipping / lacing the dress.
Mother of the Bride placing the veil, kissing bride.
All bridesmaids admiring bride.
Groom and groomsmen having fun, goofing off before getting ready (if they golf, play cards, etc, capture the anticipation.
Groom’s important items: suit hanging, tie or bow tie, shoes, cuff links, any monogrammed items like tie tac or flask.
Groom shaving and completing hair preparation.
Groom getting dressed
Groom shining shoes
Groom and groomsmen putting on vests, ties and tying for each other.
Groom with father tying tie or bow tie
Groom with groomsmen hanging out in hotel room
Bride with Bridesmaids, each individually (usually only done quickly one after another and in both 3/4 and full length, a “smile pose” and a “fun” pose like sorority symbol etc)
Bride with Bridesmaids – groups
Bride /Bridesmaids closeups of dresses, perspective of shoes, and bouquets
Bride with flower girls.
Bride with any other attendants like guestbook etc.
Bride with First Look with Parents / Dad.
Mom and Dad embracing daughter
Bride with Parents:
Bride with mom, smiling and her kissing mom
Bride with Dad, smiling and him kissing bride on cheek
Bride with both parents
Bride with siblings (individually, with their significant others in a family group, and together.)
Bride with parents and siblings.
Bride with parents, siblings, children and married ins. (we avoided any “boyfriend, girlfriend” in this photo unless specifically requested.)
Bride with Grandparents (if any)
Bride with Grandparent and their respective child (3 generations)
Bride closeup of face /hair/ veil (add an artistic pics of bride with flowers, eyes only, looking down are her, her staring up at you.
Bride waist up – shows of the details of her dress, from front and behind with light shining through
Bride 3/4 – we usually did this with her staring in to flowers or artistically off into light… makes her look like the little angel her mother remembers! Front and back.
Bride full length front, side and back.
Groom with Groomsmen, each individually (usually only done quickly one after another and in both 3/4 and full length, a “smile pose” and a “fun” pose like sunglasses, frat symbol etc)
Groom with Groomsmen & Ushers – groups
Groom /Groomsmen closeups of tuxes or suits, ties, cuff links, perspective of shoes, and boutonnieres
Groom with ring bearers.
Groom with any other attendants or ushers
Groom with Parents:
Groom with mom, traditional smiling and her kissing him on cheek
Groom with Dad, shaking dad’s hand and smiling at camera
Groom with both parents
Groom with siblings (individually, with their significant others in a family group, and together.)
Groom with parents and siblings.
Groom with parents, siblings, children and married ins. (we avoided any “boyfriend, girlfriend” in this photo unless specifically requested.)
Groom with Grandparents (if any)
Groom with Grandparent and their respective child (3 generations)
Groom ALONE: (This is important! A few shots of the groom on his own. Mom will thank you for it!)
Groom closeup of face both smiling and serious
Groom waist up
Groom 3/4 – often crouched in the “senior squat”
Groom full length front, side and back.
Both sides heading to church or ceremony in limo or respective transportation.
Bride looking out window
Final prep for wedding ceremony, fixing bride’s hair, veil, makeup, prayers.
Groomsmen in huddle
Groomsmen with minister in minutes before
Grooms party enters
Bridal party down the aisle
Flower girls and ring bearers
Bride down the aisle
Groom’s reaction to bride (this has become a HUGE ordeal in the past years)
Standard Ceremony items: readings, prayers, unity candle/sand, rings, vows
Pronouncement of Marriage
Recessional ( We always made sure to get many sheer joy photos of the bride and groom receeding!)
Exit from the ceremony (bubbles, rice, antique car, carriage, etc.)
Full Family groupings with bride and groom combined
Extended Family groupings with bride and groom combined
Girls and Guys respectively in traditional formation at the ceremony location or church
Combined Wedding Party at Church (3-5 shots of this is fine)
Wedding Party combined in FUN ways and pictures they actually will use in their book!
List of Couple poses
Floral designs on tables etc.
Candles and any personalized decor
Cake & Groom’s cake
Tables and Decor- Many crops and angles of plating, napkins, name cards, etc.
Shot of the room well lit before people mess up tables (if possible)
Announcement of Bridal Party
Prayer over dinner
Parents of Bride and Groom with THEIR friends (we always offered this to the parents and they LOVED it)
Any large family or friend groupings like sorority, fraternity
Any special friend groupings (We always asked the bride and groom as they rotated around the room to flag us down if they needed us to take a pic of their college roommates, childhood friends, work colleagues, etc.)
Dinner details, plating, buffet prior to serving
Bar and tenders and any personal details there
Bride and Groom First Dance
Father Daughter Dance
Mother Son Dance
Exit from Reception