Make Sure Your Photographer Gets These Shots at Your Wedding

Your wedding day is one you will want to remember forever! Having beautiful photos from your special day will create tangible memories that you’ll have for years to come. 

Before you book a photographer, look through their portfolio to make sure you choose someone who shoots and edits in a style that you like. Your photographer will already have a list of what photos to take; however, it’s still a good idea to sit down with them before the wedding to make sure they know what shots are important for to you. 

Here are some key shots to make sure your photographer doesn’t miss. 

The Rings

Detail pictures of the rings before they are on you and your partner’s hands forever is a special and symbolic shot to capture. It’s also nice to get a shot of your engagement ring before the wedding band accompanies it forever. 

If you are considering getting a custom ring made, this will definitely be a priority picture to plan. After all, with custom rings, planning is key. According to custom ring designer Alexis Gallery, if you’re planning to custom design your wedding ring, you’ll want to start the process at least 12 weeks before your wedding day to allow time for design, crafting and resizing if necessary. 


Some of your accessories may not be easily visible in all your photos, so taking close-up, detailed photos of them is an excellent way of having a record of everything you picked out for your special day. 

Make sure your photographer gets a shot of:

  • The shoes
  • The vail 
  • Any necklaces, bracelets and earrings 
  • Your something old, new, borrowed, and blue
  • The bride’s bouquet

Getting Ready

In the moments just before the wedding starts, there can be a lot of nerves, excitement, and emotions. Shots of the bridal party seeing the bride in her dress for the first time, close-up “getting ready” shots of hair and makeup, and the groomsmen helping the groom with his tie will all make for great memories down the line. 

The First Look

Whether you do a first look before the ceremony starts or you wait until the bride is walking down the aisle, make sure your photographer catches the look on both you and your partner’s face when you see each other for the first time. 

Most wedding photographers will bring a second shooter to your event so don’t worry about them only being able to capture one of you. 

The Kiss

The “just married” kiss is going to be one of the most memorable shots from your big day. To ensure you get the perfect shot of this moment, make sure your photographer has a good place to stand that doesn’t block any of the guests’ views but allows them to get the shot from the perfect angle. 

If possible, try to have your officiant step to the side for this shot or have your photographer stand at an angle where they won’t be in view. 


The first dance and father-daughter dance are must-have shots, and you’ll also want your photographer to capture your guests having the time of their lives on the dance floor. 

Let your photographer wander through the dance floor and capture all the candid love, laughter and magic taking place.

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