Photography 101 — What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

February 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Every moment of your wedding day is precious and selecting the right photographer is important for preserving those memories for eternity.

Couples begin your search for a wedding photographer by creating a budget and looking for a photographer that offers services within your price range. Next, make a list of photographers you are considering for your wedding. Consider local photographers in your area by using the Internet and /or ask your friends and family for recommendations. Be sure to review the photographer’s portfolio on their website or make an appointment to review their albums. Visit a bridal show like the Great Bridal Expo where motivated photographers showcase their work and take time to answer your questions.

While looking at a photographer’s work, get ideas about what you would like in a photographer and answer questions such as: Do I want someone who takes traditional shots, uses artistic angles and lighting, incorporates nature and the landscape, focuses on architectural or environmental elements, concentrates on details or looks for humor? There are many possibilities to choose from and the key is to select a photographer that you feel comfortable with and offers a style that will best represent you and your groom.

When meeting with a photographer be sure to get specific pricing information in advance regarding prints and albums. Ask the photographer what is the exact process in selecting and ordering photographs after your wedding. Always review any wedding photography contract before signing.

Sometime between the first meetings but before the wedding day provide the photographer a list of moments that you would like to capture on your big day. Generally, wedding photographs cover four areas: preparing for the wedding, the ceremony, before and after the reception. The picture possibilities are unlimited; to help get you started, pick and choose ideas from the sample checklist below:

Wedding Photographs Checklist

Before the Wedding

1. Picture of the wedding dress on a hangar, draped on a chair or spread upon a bed.
2. Close-up of the bouquet.
3. Close-up of your shoes.
4. Bride applying her make-up.
5. Bride putting on her garter.
6. Close-up of details from the wedding dress.
7. Bride looking out a window or door.
8. Mother of Bride and Bridesmaids helping bride dress.
9. Reflective moment of bride looking out a window or praying.
10. Groom adjusting his tie.
11. Groom and father hugging or whispering advice.
12. Groom checking a clock or his watch for the time.


1. Wide shot featuring the church or wedding venue.
2. Guests arriving.
3. Bride arriving.
4. Ushers assisting guests to seats.
5. Flower girl and ring bearer as they walk down the aisle.
6. Groom waiting at the altar.
7. Bride walking down the aisle.
8. Father giving away the bride.
9. Bride and Groom holding hands.
10. Officiant with Bride and Groom standing before altar.
11. Bride and Groom kissing.
12. Bride and Groom leaving church.

Before and After Reception

1. Bride with parents.
2. Groom with parents.
3. Bride with bridesmaids.
4. Groom with groomsmen.
5. Bride with groomsmen.
6. Group shot of the wedding party.
7. Bride and Groom first dance.
8. Father and Bride dance.
9. Groom removing garter.
10. Best man making a toast.
11. Shots of guests laughing and dancing.
12. Bride and Groom cutting wedding cake.
13. Bride and Groom handing out favors.
14. Bride and Groom driving away.

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