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Top tips for creating the perfect wedding pictures

Your wedding photographs are the lasting images of your special day and are likely to be the most looked‐at pictures of your life. So what should be your first considerations when thinking about your photos?

What to photograph

Although you can capture just about anything you want on camera, there are certain wedding day events you will definitely want recorded. Traditional choices include:

  • groom and best man outside the ceremony venue
  • the bride’s arrival at the ceremony venue
  • bride and father walking down the aisle/ bride entering the ceremony venue
  • bride and groom at the altar/desk
  • exchange of rings
  • signing of the register/documentation
  • procession out of the church/ceremony venue
  • group shots outside the church/venue
  • cutting the cake
  • arriving at the reception


Choosing your style

Today’s wedding photographs don’t have to consist solely of the classic bride‐and‐groom‐outside‐the‐church shots. One of the first things to think about is what style you want your pictures to be in.


Traditional or reportage?

There are lots of ways for your photographer to record your wedding, from the traditional posed group shots in colour to more candid reportage‐style shots, such as the bride in her curlers. Most couples go for a combination of styles and film.

If you want a complete formal record of the whole wedding, it’s best to go for traditional photographs. Couples seeking a more relaxed, unposed album, on the other hand, should choose reportage style.


Black and white or colour?

You’ll need to decide whether to go for black and white or colour photographs. Couples who have carefully colour co‐ordinated their day will want photos that record their creation. Black and white, however, creates a more timeless image. Some photographers will agree to do a combination.

When you have decided on the style, or combination of styles you want, you’ll need to check that your chosen photographer can do them.


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