A photographer can be one of the most important components of your wedding day. When friends or relatives volunteer to take your wedding pictures, think long and hard about it. A professional will thoroughly understand lighting techniques and will be experienced in capturing the joyous occasion. Interview photographers early, at least 6 – 12 months in advance. Visit their studios, review their portfolios, and talk about the pictures you envision of your wedding. Be sure to enquire about special effect photography and decide if you want it included in your wedding portfolio. Determine your budget clearly at this meeting. Be sure you understand exactly the quantity and size of prints you will be buying, when proofs will be available and if you get to keep them, the type of proofs provided, when the finished work will be ready, and how long the negatives will be kept in the photographer’s filing system (if they’re not given to you). Remember, price is not the most important item – look for quality and creativity. Also make sure that they will respect the sacredness of the ceremony and not turn it into a “show” (i.e. some photographers disregard this and take flash pictures during the ceremony or walk up and down the aisle just so they can get the best pictures). Be sure to confirm the name of the photographer who will actually be at your wedding – some places send assistants instead of themselves. Ask for references. Finally, be sure you feel comfortable with the photographer.

You will have one dilemma regarding photographs – when should the formal portraits be taken. Ask yourself, “Do I want to see my fiance prior to the ceremony?” Some couples want to minimize the time between the ceremony and reception so they don’t keep the guests waiting too long. If you’re in this category, there are two options. One choice is to take all the formal portraits prior to the ceremony. The second choice is to take only the formal portraits that don’t involve both the bride and groom together so that the moment the bride enters the sanctuary is a big moment for both her and the groom. These pictures might be of the bride and her bridesmaids, the bride and her parents, the groom and the groomsmen, etc. So consider your wedding day schedule and the size of the wedding party when you, your fiance, and the photographer decide.

During the formal portraits, you might want to have your mistress of ceremonies assist by making sure all essential family groupings are taken.

Finally, if there are any sensitive situations in your respective families, such as recently deceased grandparents or divorced parents, stepparents, etc., you should inform your photographer.Here’s a list of over 150 wedding poses which may work for you. A list is great to let the photographer know the pictures you want the MOST. Try to find a photographer who will also look for pictures throughout the day that will tell the story better than any posed set-up shot. This type of photographer is usually associated with the ‘photojournalistic’ style and will make sure your photos will tell the story of YOUR day, and not look like everyone else’s!

BEFORE the WEDDING

__ Bride arriving at church
__ Groom and Best Man arriving at church
__ Bride alone in mirror
__ Mother adjusting Bride’s veil
__ Bride pinning boutonniere on Dads lapel
__ Bride pinning corsage on Mother
__ Bride alone looking out window
__ Groom alone (full length)
__ Groom alone (3/4 length)
__ Groom alone (head & shoulders)
__ Groom profile
__ Groom profile with hand to chin
__ Bride looking at Groom’s ring
__ Groom looking at Bride’s ring
__ Bride and Mother
__ Bride in foreground with Father (or Father & Mother) looking at her from background.
__ Groom and Mother
__ Groom in foreground with Mother (or Mother & Father) looking at him from background.
__ Father kissing Bride on forehead (or cheek)
__ Father dropping penny in Bride’s shoe
__ Bride and Father
__ Groom and Father
__ Groom pinning boutonniere on Dads lapel
__ Groom pinning corsage on Mother
__ Mother pinning boutonniere on Groom
__ Bride, Mother and Father
__ Groom, Mother and Father
__ Bride and Flower girl (looking at each other)
__ Bride and Flower girl (looking at camera)
__ Flower girl admiring Bride’s gown
__ Groom and Ring bearer
__ Bride giving bouquets to Bridesmaids
__ Bride and Maid (or Matron) of Honor full length
__ Bride and Maid (or Matron) of Honor head & shoulders
__ Groom and Best Man
__ Best Man showing Groom watch
__ Best Man wiping Groom’s forehead with handkerchief
__ Bride and Bridesmaids
__ Groom and Groomsmen
__ Groomsmen dragging Groom into church
__ Bride and Groomsmen
__ Groom and Bridesmaids
__ Individual portrait of each Bridesmaid
__ Individual portrait of each Groomsman
__ Mother putting Garter on Bride
__ Maid of Honor putting Garter on Bride
__ Guest book & Attendant
__ Guest signing guest book

THE CEREMONY

__ Ushers seating Groom’s Grandparents
__ Ushers seating Bride’s Grandparents
__ Usher seating Mother of Bride
__ Usher seating Mother and Father of Groom
__ Soloist and musician(s)
__ Bride, Father, and attendants lined up ready to enter Sanctuary
__ Groom and Family (Mom, Dad, Bro., Sis.)
__ Bride and Family (Mom, Dad, Bro., Sis.)
__ Groom with Brothers & Sisters
__ Flower girl & Ring bearer coming down aisle
__ Individual Bridesmaids coming down aisle
__ Bride with Brothers & Sisters
__ Bride & Father coming down aisle (front view)
__ Bride & Father coming down aisle (back view showing full train)
__ Time exposure from back of church during ceremony
__ Bride & Groom lighting unity candle
__ First Kiss as Husband and Wife!
__ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ring bearer
__ Bride & Groom taking Communion
__ Bride and Groom returning from Altar
__ Reception (receiving) line (with
__ Exterior view of Church

FORMAL POSES

__ Bride posed alone (front view-full length)
__ Bride posed alone (back view-full length)
__ Bride posed alone (front view-3/4 length)
__ Bride posed alone (back view-3/4 length)
__ Bride posed alone (head & shoulders)
__ Bridal profile
__ Bride with Grandparents
__ Bride and Groom together looking at camera (full length)
__ Bride and Groom together looking off camera (full length)
__ Bride and Groom facing each other, holding hands (full length)
__ Bride and Groom together (3/4 length)
__ Bride and Groom together looking at camera (head & shoulders)
__ Bride and Groom together looking off camera (head & shoulders)
__ Bride (w/back to camera) facing Groom (both looking off camera – head & shoulders)
__ Groom with Grandparents
__ Bride and Groom with Bride’s Parents
__ Bride and Groom with Bride’s Grandparents
__ Bride’s Grandparents (together)
__ Bride’s Grandmother
__ Bride’s Grandfather
__ Bride and Groom with Groom’s Parents
__ Bride and Groom with Groom’s Grandparents
__ Groom’s Grandparents (together)
__ Groom’s Grandmother
__ Groom’s Grandfather
__ Bride and Groom silhouetted against stained glass window
__ Bride and Groom with preacher
__ Candid of Clergymen congratulating couple
__ Bride with attendants looking at ring
__ Time exposure of Bride and Groom looking at rings with candles in foreground
__ Time exposure of Bride and Groom kissing with candles in foreground
__ Bride and Groom kissing with wedding party peeking from background
__ Bride and Groom with wedding party
__ Bride and Groom leaving church (running through rice, etc.)

RECEPTION & OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS

__ Bride’s Cake alone
__ Bride and Groom cutting Bride’s cake
__ Photograph(s) of Bridal table setting
__ Bride feeding Bride’s cake to Groom
__ Groom feeding Bride’s cake to Bride
__ Groom’s Cake alone
__ Bride and Groom posed on front steps of Church
__ Entire wedding party posed on front steps of Church
__ Bride and Groom cutting Groom’s cake
__ Bride feeding Groom’s cake to Groom
__ Witnesses (Best man, Maid of Honor) signing Marriage license.
__ Groom feeding Groom’s cake to Bride
__ Bride and Groom at dinner table
__ Wedding party at dinner table
__ Punch and cake servers
__ Bride and Father dancing
__ Bride and Groom with wine glasses
__ Best man toasting Bride and Groom
__ Close-up of hands, rings
__ Close-up of hands, rings, napkin
__ Close-up of hands, rings, flowers
__ Gift table alone
__ Gift table with couple
__ Bride and Groom opening gifts
__ Groom removing garter
__ Groom throwing garter (posed, looking at camera)
__ Groomsmen & other men catching garter
__ Bride throwing bouquet (posed, looking at camera)
__ Girls catching bouquet
__ Spotlight of the invitation and bouquet
__ Bride and Groom dancing together
__ Groom dancing with his Mother
__ Groom dancing with Brides Mother
__ Bride dancing with her Father
__ Bride dancing with Grooms Father
__ Photograph of the Disk Jockey or Band
__ Candid photos of any special friends of Bride & Groom
__ Candid photos of certain (or all) tables at reception
__ Outdoor, romantic poses of Bride and Groom (full length, close-up, etc.)
__ Wedding Party/Friends Decorating Bride & Grooms Car
__ Decorated car ready to leave
__ Bride with Groom looking on from background
__ Groom with Bride looking on from background
__ Candid of soloist
__ Candid of organist
__ Bride with friends
__ Groom with friends
__ Parents hugging/kissing couple good-bye
__ Bride and Groom with car decorated (exterior view)
__ Groom carrying Bride in arms (with decorated car in background)
__ Groom holding car door open for Bride
__ Bride and Groom in car ready to leave
__ Bride and Groom in car leaving Church or Reception
__ Bride and Groom looking out rear window of car
__ Any Large Family Groups
__ Bride’s Father with pockets turned inside out

This was list of 150 photoes was taken from a post by Dave Kesier (midmodave@aol.com) of Keiser Photography on alt.wedding.

(Source: http://www.weddingsgalore.com/photos.html)

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