Wedding pictures provide a permanent record of your day that you can look back on with fondness forever. In this article, we review wedding photo ideas and what your shot list template should comprise of.
Your shot list day planner
Take the time to create a day planner when you want your wedding photos captured. You may want to take wedding shots:
- Ceremony (indoors)
- Ceremony (outdoors)
- Afternoon Reception (indoors)
- Afternoon Reception (outdoors)
- Evening Reception (indoors)
- Evening Reception (outdoors)
Any particular place you have picked to take wedding photos such as the beach, on a canyon, or any other such place of outstanding beauty that will lend itself to a dramatic and stunning image.
Your shot list should also include a mixture of different people and situations:
- Wedding party
Make sure that you have spoken to your photographer to ensure that your entire shot list is taken care of on the day. It might be that your photographer has a dummy run before the actual day to make sure everything goes exactly according to the plan regardless of the weather.
There are several iconic images of the day you will want to capture, but here is a shot list example to help you make a start:
- The rings
- The bride walking down the aisle with her escort
- Bride and groom at the altar
- The kiss
- Bride and groom signing the register
- Bride and groom with both sets of parents
- Bride and groom with best man and maid of honor
- Bride and bride’s family
- Groom and groom’s family
- The cake
- The bride and groom at the wedding reception table
- The first dance at the reception
Choosing the best photographer for your wedding photos
The first thing to take into consideration if you want the wedding pictures of your dreams is to pay as much as you can afford. You may be able to skimp on other aspects of the day, but it’s never wise to try to get inexpensive photographs.
Your uncle may claim to be able to do the job perfectly for you for nothing. But he can’t. It takes more than borrowing a decent camera to produce beautiful wedding photos.
A wedding photographer is an expert in their field. Your photographer can help you choose the perfect style for different images you want to capture on your shot list. He or she can also perfectly capture confetti being thrown, deal with weak or strong lighting, and edit wedding pictures to perfection using specialized software.
How much do wedding pictures cost
Before you hire a photographer, take the opportunity to browse their portfolio. That way, there will be no surprises and no bitter disappointments later. Expect to pay around $2500 – $3500 for your wedding photos package. A package typically includes two photographers, 8-10 hours of photography, and a wedding album with an option to purchase more prints for relatives and friends.
Digital photography has given rise to more photographs, so you can expect to receive around 400 shots to choose for your album. Your wedding pictures should capture you, and your day, professionally yet romantically.
A wedding photographer provides all their equipment, either digital or film cameras, and light and shade equipment. If you are ordering film photographs, your wedding photographer will also take care of processing and producing wedding photos in the laboratory. They can help you choose different styles and help you compile your shot list. A wedding photographer also directs the photography to get better shots.
Planning the style of your wedding photos
It used to be that a wedding shot list was limited to the ceremony with many formal photographs of people outside the church or another venue. However, there is more to your big day than just the service.
Most photographers will now start the day early by meeting up with you while you’re still in your dressing gown with rollers in your hair. The mix of styles that photographers use means they can capture not just the classic formal shots but also intimate moments. These wedding pictures can include a shared joke or a kiss and when you’re getting ready for the ceremony with intricate photos and details of your gown.
A significant decision is whether you want digital or film wedding images or a mixture. Film photos have a softer quality, whereas digital cameras can capture lower lighting and can be used more experimentally.
Wedding picture ideas
Before discussing your shot list, you’ll need to consider different styles with your photographer which include:
- Classic (formal) – Single, couple, and group posed for wedding pictures in classic surroundings.
- Artistic – Allow your photographer to experiment with ideas. The key to this type of wedding picture is to relax and have fun.
- Lifestyle – Photography with a contemporary style with edgier backgrounds are becoming popular.
- Documentary – Taking snaps along the day rather than posed for shots is also a beautiful and memorable way to record your day.
- Dramatic – An expert photographer can create spectacular shots using lighting and backdrops.
Making your wedding album
After the big day, your photographer will pore through the images and pick around 300-400 photos to edit and deliver to you. It’s a question of personal taste, but wedding albums typically contain anything from 40 – 180 photos. Choose an album with lots of wedding pictures capturing the day chronologically. Alternatively, choose a smaller number of larger wedding photos.
You can produce a shorter collection with lots of white space and bound in an album of ten pages. A sophisticated yet stylish reminder of your perfect day.