Picture Perfect – Wedding Photography Tips

02/05/2013 | 0

Wedding Photography


If I could give one piece of advice to other brides, it would be to invest in your photography. Along with your memories (which do get a bit hazy over time), your photographs are the only way to look back at all of the small details and special moments. They really are priceless.


Real bride reviews:

Recommendations can be extremely valuable when choosing your wedding photographer. Check out our Real Bride Reviews for photographers that fellow brides have approved. Wedding fairs, your wedding planner or your venue should also be able to help you to find a good selection of reputable photographers.


Wedding Day Photos


Meet and greet: 

Make sure you take a look at a range of a photographers previous work. Take a look on their website or on their blog and ask to see a portfolio to ensure their style is what you are looking for.

If you can, meet up with your photographer before the big day. You will be spending a lot of time together on this important day so it is good to feel at ease in their company and feel confident that they will engage with the wedding party.

It’s a good idea to find out if they have photographed weddings at your venue before too. If they have, they’ll know all the best places for getting some magical couple shots for you.


Wedding Photographs


Shot list:

A good photographer will not require a shot list for the day. They have done their job many times before and so they should be able to guide you through the day getting the best shots along the way. They may require a running order of the day from you or your wedding planner so that they know exactly what is happening and when.




Group shots:

It is advisable to write a list of family and group shots that you would like the photographer to take. Once it’s ready send it to your photographer so that you can agree the length of your list.

If you’re getting married abroad somewhere warm you will want the group photos to run smoothly and quickly as it is likely that you will be standing in the direct sunlight, which is not great for your hair and make-up and if the men are in suits they will be wilting rather quickly.

Make sure you give a copy of the group shot list to an usher or to a guest who knows who everyone is, to help bring the guests over for the photos. It can be a little like herding sheep! Everyone has had a glass or two of champers by this point and one minute you need your Great Auntie Aggy in a photo, next one she’s out, next one she’s back in! Someone firm with a loud voice might be helpful!


Wedding Photos


Group shot list:

Below is a basic group shot list. As a guide, these photos took about 30 minutes to get and it was definitely more than enough time standing in the heat. Remember that you and the groom are in every photo, so you don’t get to have any shade during this time.

Try and create the list so that it flows for the guests who are in the shots, to ensure you’re not calling people back over lots of different times.



  • Couple with her parents
  • Couple with his parents
  • Couple with both sets of parents
  • Couple with her immediate family
  • Couple with his immediate family
  • Couple with both of their immediate families all together
  • Couple with bridesmaids
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Couple with the best men/ushers and bridesmaids
  • Couple with the best men/ushers
  • Groom with the best men/ushers
  • Couple with the bridal party (bridesmaids/best men/ushers and both sets of parents)
  • Couple with page boy / flower girls
  • Bride with ‘the girls’
  • Groom with ‘the guys’
  • Group shot of all at the wedding




Do have a think about any extra pictures that you would like to get. After our group photos, my dad asked our photographer if she could take a picture of my mum and I. I’m so pleased that he did. I didn’t think about the fact that I had quite a lot of photos taken with my dad on the wedding morning and that one hadn’t been taken of just me with my mum.


Wedding Guests


Online sharing:

Set up a photo sharing website. It’s lovely to see all of the photos that your guests took themselves on your wedding day. If you’re getting married abroad, your guests might have days’ worth of photos that you would love to see. Set up a sharing site like a Photobox account, then you can ask everyone to upload their photos to your account so that you can order prints directly from the site and have them delivered straight to your door!


Picture Perfect

 Images: Gypsy Westwood via You Mean The World To Me


Looking back:

Our wedding photographer was brilliant (read the review here). We were so happy with who we booked. My only regret? I wish we had ordered one of her wedding albums.

At the time of us booking, we, like most couples getting married, were looking at ways to keep our budget under control and so we didn’t order a wedding album. However, we still haven’t gotten around to creating the digitally printed book that we said we would do ourselves and the hard-backed, glossy albums our photographer created were really beautiful. In the grand scheme of things, thinking about the total cost of the wedding, we should have just gone that little extra mile at the time and ordered one. Maybe the hubby and I should order one as our Christmas present to each other this year!



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