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Photography Points to Ponder

• Although this list is very precise it is impossible to have a complete list because these days any type of family is possible. You may use the list below as a guide to help you figure out what photo combinations you are looking for. Be sure to speak with your photographer about the list you compile and make them aware of any relevant situations within the family, such as divorced parents. At a wedding years ago when Wendy was videotaping, she didn’t know until later in the day that the ring bearer was the son of the bride and groom. She had to drop everything and rush to get extra video of him.

 

• The trend of photojournalistic or freelance style wedding photography is on the rise, however, you may not want to hang those photos on your wall. There is still something to be said for traditional poses with family and friends. Maybe you can find a happy medium between both.

 

• Remember to have photos with and without spouses of family members, whether married or new to the relationship, just in case these couples are no longer together in the future.

 

• In the following lists, change Bride/Groom accordingly for same-sex couples.

 

• Repeat parent poses for multiple sets of parents and step-parents.

 

• Always be aware of what is in your background for your photos. Look out for fences, cars, electrical wires and houses when outdoors. Indoors be mindful of dart boards, doors, light switches and fire extinguishers. This is especially important during your wedding ceremony and photo shoot.

 

 

Checklist of Photo Combinations

 

Both Families

• Both families together complete - Bride and Groom, their children, parents, grandparents, siblings and spouses, nieces and nephews

• Both families together - Bride and Groom, their children, parents, grandparents, siblings

• Both families together - Bride and Groom, their children, parents, grandparents

• Both families together - Bride and Groom, parents, grandparents

• All sets of Parents with Bride and Groom

• All sets of Grandparents with Bride and Groom

 

Bride’s Family

• Bride’s Family with Bride and Groom

• Bride’s Family with Bride

• Bride’s Parents with Bride and Groom

• Bride’s Parents with Bride

• Bride’s Parents Together

• Bride’s Mother with Bride and Groom

• Bride’s Mother with Bride

• Bride’s Mother Alone

• Bride’s Father with Bride and Groom

• Bride’s Father with Bride

• Bride’s Father Alone

• All of Bride’s Grandparents with Bride and Groom

• All of Bride’s Grandparents with Bride

• Each set of Bride’s Grandparents with Bride and Groom

• Each set of Bride’s Grandparents with Bride

• Each set of Bride’s Grandparents Alone

• All of Bride’s Grandmothers with Bride

• Each of Bride’s Grandmothers with Bride

• Each of Bride’s Grandmothers Alone

• All of Bride’s Grandfathers with Bride

• Each of Bride’s Grandfathers with Bride

• Each of Bride’s Grandfathers Alone

• Multiple Generation: Grandmother, Mother, Bride and Daughter

• Bride’s Siblings with Bride and Groom

• Bride’s Siblings with Bride

• Bride’s Brothers with Bride

• Bride’s Sisters with Bride

• Each Sibling Alone

• Bride’s Nieces and Nephews with Bride and Groom

• Bride’s Nieces and Nephews with Bride

• Bride’s Nieces with Bride

• Bride’s Nephews with Bride

• Each of Bride’s Nieces and Nephews Alone

• Other special friends, extended family, etc. Make your own customized list.

 

Groom’s Family

• Groom’s Family with Bride and Groom

• Groom’s Family with Groom

• Groom’s Parents with Bride and Groom

• Groom’s Parents with Groom

• Groom’s Parents Together

• Groom’s Mother with Bride and Groom

• Groom’s Mother with Groom

• Groom’s Mother Alone

• Groom’s Father with Bride and Groom

• Groom’s Father with Groom

• Groom’s Father Alone

• All of Groom’s Grandparents with Bride and Groom

• All of Groom’s Grandparents with Groom

• Each set of Groom’s Grandparents with Bride and Groom

• Each set of Groom’s Grandparents with Groom

• Each set of Groom’s Grandparents Alone

• All of Groom’s Grandmothers with Groom

• Each of Groom’s Grandmothers with Groom

• Each of Groom’s Grandmothers Alone

• All of Groom’s Grandfathers with Groom

• Each of Groom’s Grandfathers with Groom

• Each of Groom’s Grandfathers Alone

• Multiple Generation: Grandfather, Father, Groom and Son

• Groom’s Siblings with Bride and Groom

• Groom’s Siblings with Groom

• Groom’s Brothers with Groom

• Groom’s Sisters with Groom

• Each Sibling Alone

• Groom’s Nieces and Nephews with Bride and Groom

• Groom’s Nieces and Nephews with Groom

• Groom’s Nieces with Groom

• Groom’s Nephews with Groom

• Each of Bride’s Nieces and Nephews Alone

• Other special friends, extended family, etc. Make your own customized list.

 

Bride and Groom

• Bride Alone (several different poses for each)

• Full length

• Medium shot (waist up)

• Close shot (chest up)

• Face shot (shoulders/neck up)

• Groom Alone (several different poses for each)

• Full length

• Medium shot (waist up)

• Close shot (chest up)

• Face shot (shoulders/neck up)

• Bride and Groom Together (several different poses for each)

• Full length

• Medium shot (waist up)

• Close shot (chest up)

• Face shot (shoulders/neck up)

• Bride and Groom with their child(ren)

• Bride with their child(ren)

• Bride with Each Child

• Groom with their Child(ren)

• Groom with Each Child

• Children Together

• Each Child Alone

 

Wedding Party

• Entire Wedding Party with Bride and Groom, with Children

• Entire Wedding Party with Bride and Groom, without Children

• Bride’s Attendants with Bride and Groom

• Bride’s Attendants with Bride

• Bride’s Attendants with Groom

• Bride with Maid/Matron of Honour

• Bride with Flower Girl and/or Ring Bearer

• Groom’s Attendants with Bride and Groom

• Groom’s Attendants with Groom

• Groom’s Attendants with Bride

• Groom with Best Man

• Groom with Ring Bearer and/or Flower Girl

• Bride and Groom with Maid/matron of Honour and Best Man

• Couple with MC

 

Ceremony Photos

• Rings Alone

• Each Person in Procession

• Bride and Escort (Mom, Dad, Brother, Uncle) Walking Down Aisle

• Groom Looking at Time (watch/cell phone) Before Ceremony

• Groom Looking at Bride Walking Down aisle

• Readers

• Singers/Musicians

• Exchange of Vows

• Exchange of Rings

• First Kiss

• Other Rituals Such as, Sand Ceremony or Candle Lighting

• Register Signing

• Couple Walking Out/Recession

• Couple with Officiant

• Officiant Alone

 

Reception and Dance Photos

• Walking into Reception

• Kissing During Meal

• Each Person Giving Speeches

• MC Alone

• Couple with MC

• Cake Cutting

• First Dance

• Other Formal Dances

• Bouquet/Garter Toss

• Last Dance

• Getting into Car to Leave Reception

• Driving Away

 

Did You Know...

Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it  was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.

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