One of my top rules for brides is to trust your photographer. Please please please don't browse through Pinterest and screenshot every photo you want them to take because 1) they aren't going to look as good as the one you saw (I promise) and 2) you chose your photographer and their style for a reason. They are the professionals and the have done weddings hundreds and hundreds of times. They have a shot list to ensure that not a single details is forgotten and not a single photo is missed. So while it is up to you to do your research and find a professional photographer who has this all in order, there are some shots that are sometimes missed not due to their negligence, but because you need to let your photographer know some details that are must-have's for you.
So here are 10 photos that are often forgotten that we think every bride needs:
A mix of posed and "in the moment" shots.
"From my own wedding photos, I am extremely disappointed that I don't have any photos of just me (both close ups and full body) posing and real life in the moment shots." (Desiree Spice, The Bride List Vendor Desiree Spice) Depending on the photographer you choose, some prefer one over the other but we love when there is a good combination of both. While posed shots are great, our favorites are always those moments captured without you even knowing it.
Solo bridal party photos.
...because every member of your bridal party could definitely use a new Facebook profile pic, and a professional one at that!
The "other" first looks.
Of course your photographer would never miss the first look with you and your soon-to-be hubby, but what about the other reactions that are just priceless? Your mom, your dad, your grandparents and bridal party seeing you all dressed up for the first time are always cherished shots that we just love! So if you want these shots, make sure you let your photographer know so they can plan accordingly.
Letters + Gifts
If you are exchanging gifts or letters before the wedding, make sure your photographer knows about these exchanges. They aren't mind readers!
Welcome bags left for each of your guests at their hotel rooms upon arrival are such a fun way to start the wedding weekend off right. And with all of the thought and work you put into them, you surely want a memory of them, right? Make an extra and bring it along with you on the wedding day so your photographer can snap some shots!
The Save-the-Date + Wedding Invitation
These are two items that are completely up to you to remember. Typically you wouldn't bring them with you on your wedding day but they are a huge part of your wedding. So add them to your "to bring" list so you don't forget them, and let your photographer know that you will be bringing them along with you.
Bride + Groom Detail Shots
Okay, of course your photographer knows to shoot your jewelry, your shoes and all of the typical bride and groom details but is there an heirloom you'll be wearing? A "something borrowed" watch your groom will be wearing? A vintage piece of lace from your grandma's dress you'll be carrying? If there is anything special you are wearing or will have with you on the wedding day, make sure you let your photographer know beforehand so they can add it to their shot list. Because if you don't tell them about it, there is no way they will know to shoot it.
The Empty Reception Space
...but with a twist. "Have a photo taken of the bride and groom in the reception space before guests enter! I love photos of them on the dance floor with no one else in sight and all of their details perfectly placed." (Kimberly Martir, The Bride List Vendor My Fair Nanny)
One of my absolute favorite shots from my wedding day was from my boudoir mini shoot (which I am not going to show here). I had my photographer snap some shots and I sent my favorite to my soon-to-be hubby that morning...without my face showing, of course.
Bride + Groom Reactions
Whether you are doing a first look or seeing each other for the first time at your ceremony, "A photo of the groom's face when the bride turns the corner to walk down the aisle is must." (Jess Zaura, The Bride List Vendor Black Label Decor). And of course, you want to make sure there is a shot of the bride's reaction when she sees him too! So while every photographer knows that this is a must-have shot, they cannot be in two places at once. So it is up to you to make sure you've hired two photographers in order to capture both of your faces!