30 photos every wedding photographer should take

It’s the big day and you’re excited to look your best – and to ensure your perfect memories are captured forever, have enlisted the professional skills of a wedding photographer. However, with several photo opportunities to choose from, it can be tempting to go overboard and take countless images that might look impressive at the time but upon reflection, could end up being relegated to the wedding photo rejection pile.

Film costs money, and naturally the more film used for your photo album then the more money you’ll be spending. So save money – and time – by reading these 30 must-have wedding photos:

  1. A candid shot of the bride having her hair styled and makeup applied while she gets ready
  2. The wedding invitation highlighting the time and date of the occasion
  3. Detailed photos of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets
  4. Groomsmen wearing their boutonnieres or ties
  5. Father hugging/whispering advice to the groom
  6. A full-length photo of the bride in her gown
  7. Bridal party putting finishing touches such as adjusting bride’s veil
  8. Ring bearer
  9. External and internal pictures of the site of the ceremony before the guests arrive
  10. Guests sat down waiting for the ceremony to begin
  11. Groom waiting at the altar
  12. Bride and her escort walking down the aisle
  13. A close-up of the groom’s reaction as his bride walks down the aisle
  14. Close-up of the bride and groom’s hands wearing their wedding rings
  15. The kiss!
  16. Bride and groom exiting the ceremony site, hand-in-hand
  17. A wide shot of the guests (taken from the couple’s perspective)
  18. Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides
  19. Photos of wedding memorabilia such as menus, invitations, table settings etc
  20. Pictures of family and friends making toasts
  21. Best man and maid of honour making their speeches
  22. Guestbook signatures
  23. Bride and groom mingling with guests
  24. Bride and groom’s first dance
  25. Musicians/entertainers performing
  26. Small children dancing with the newlyweds
  27. Bride and groom cutting the cake
  28. Throwing the bouquet
  29. Bride and groom’s ‘just married’ transport
  30. Newlyweds’ exit from reception

Every wedding will result in its own unique experience, and while there’s nothing stopping you from adding your own photographic ideas to the mix, financially you may want to limit your photography funds – as this money could go to other worthwhile areas of the event; or even contribute to your honeymoon. You can also ask for guests to take their own photos, which not only adds a certain sentimental value but is also much cheaper.

Whilst every pair of newlyweds will have their own different expectations of their wedding day, it’s best to leave their imaginations in the hands of a qualified expert. Ensure that you compile a list of your top wedding photo ideas, but give them room to add their own artistic flair – that way you can guarantee professional work along with that essential personal touch.