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Wedding Photography Poses Checklist

Wedding Photography Poses ChecklistWedding Photographs are memories for a lifetime and you wouldn’t want to miss any special shot, would you? A checklist for wedding photo poses is a must-have for any engaged couple. Use this wedding poses checklist to ensure that your Wedding album does not miss any of the special details of your Wedding day.

Tip: With most of the formal poses get 2-4 shots taken to ensure a successful pose.

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Photos to be taken before arriving at the Ceremony Location:

 _ Mother/Maid of Honor adjusting veil
 _ Bride putting on garter with Bridesmaids looking on
 _ Bride in her dressing room with mirror
 _ Corsage being pinned on Mother
 _ Boutonniere being pinned on Father
 _ Mother and Bride
 _ Father and Bride
 _ Brothers and sisters and bride
 _ Group Shot of Bride and Bridesmaids
 _ Individual shots of Bride with each Bridesmaid
 _ Bride leaving house with Parents and Bridesmaids
 _ Father helping bride into car

Photos during the Ceremony (Pre-approved by officiator)

 _ Bride’s Mother on usher’s arm
 _ Groom’s Mother on usher’s arm
 _ Grandparents accompanied down the aisle
 _ Other people accompanied down aisle
 _ Bridal party coming down the aisle
 _ Bridesmaids, flower girls, and ring bearer coming down the aisle
 _ Bride being taken down aisle by father
 _ Father giving away bride
 _ Special Decorations at the Ceremony Venue

After the Ceremony at the Location

 _ Bride and groom coming down the aisle
 _ Receiving line right after ceremony
 _ Best man signing certificate with bride and groom looking on
 _ Matron of honor signing certificate with bride and groom looking on

Bride’s Group Shots: Traditional and Romantic

 _ Bride solo with 2 or 3 lighting configurations
 _ Bride with Bridemaids flowers around her
 _ Bride and Groomsmen
 _ Bride and bridemaids on the steps of the church or other picturesque location
 _ Group shots back inside church  (Use church altar/steps, etc. as a studio)
 _ Bride with her parents
 _ Bride with her mother
 _ Bride with her father
 _ Bride and Matron of Honor
 _ Bride kissing Father on the cheek (vice versa)
 _ Bride and Mother with Father looking on
 _ Bride and Bridesmaids group pose in vestibule or dressing room
 _ Mood shots in and around the church/grounds and/or  on the way to the weddings reception site.

Groom’s Group Shots: Traditional and Romantic

 _ Groom solo with 2 or 3 lighting configurations
 _ Groom with Bridemaids
 _ Groom and Groomsmen
 _ Groom and bridemaids on the steps of the church or other picturesque location
 _ Group shots back inside church  (Use church altar/steps, etc. as a studio)
 _ Groom with his Parents
 _ Groom with his Mother
 _ Groom with his Father
 _ Best Man adjusting Groom’s tie
 _ Groom and Best Man handshaking, etc.
 _ Stylish shots in and around the church/grounds and/or  on the way to the weddings reception site.

Bride and Groom Shots (Indoors): Traditional and Romantic

 _ Groom kissing Bride at the altar full length
 _ Groom kissing Bride at the altar 3/4 pose
 _ Groom kissing Bride at the altar tight head shot pose
 _ Groom putting ring on Bride’s finger
 _ Bride putting ring on Groom’s finger
 _ Bride and Groom lighting candles, full length
 _ Bride and Groom lighting candles, 3/4 pose
 _ Bride and Groom’s hands with rings and flowers
 _ Bride and Groom with officiator
 _ Bride and Groom and bridal party with officiator
 _ Bride and groom at church door (or stained glass window) in silhouette
 _ Bride and groom on the steps of church
 _ Bride and groom with bridal party standing
 _ Bride and groom with bridal party sitting
 _ Bride and groom with bridal party  (alternating male and female)
 _ Bride and groom with all of the Brides family
 _ Bride and groom with brides immediate family
 _ Bride and groom with bride’s parents
 _ Bride and groom with all of the groom’s family
 _ Bride and groom with groom’s immediate family
 _ Bride and groom with groom’s parents
 _ Bride and groom with both sets of parents
 _ Bride and/or groom with special family members  (e.g. favorite uncle, best friend, generations photograph, etc)
 _ Bride and groom leaving inside of church
 _ Getting into car or limo
 _ Shot through the sun roof of the limo
 _ Shot while seated in limo
 _ Wide shot of church/ceremony site and limo
 _ Mood shots in and around the church/grounds and/or  on the way to the weddings reception site.

Group Shots (Outdoors): Traditional and Romantic

 _ Outdoor shots of bride and groom (around special outdoor decorations like arches, gazebos or other themed decorations)
 _ Outdoor shots of wedding party
 _ Shots of groom and best man
 _ Shots of groom and groomsmen
 _ Shots of bride and maid of honor
 _ Shots of bride and bridesmaids
 _ Other Group shots

At the Reception

 _ Receiving line (If not taken earlier)
 _ Wedding cake (prior to being cut)
 _ Guest book
 _ Guests signing book
 _ Wedding Favors
 _ Gift table
 _ Introduction of the wedding party
 _ Wedding party toasting bride and groom
 _ Close up of bride and groom toasting
 _ Close up of bride and groom at head table kissing
 _ Group shots of guests at their table during the meal
 _ First dance
 _ Parent dance
 _ Bride and father dance
 _ Groom and mother dance
 _ Parents dancing
 _ Bridal party dancing
 _ Guest dancing
 _ Bride showing rings to bridesmaids
 _ General dancing shots (wide and close up)
 _ Flower girl and ring bearer together
 _ Candids of guests and bridal party as conditions permit
 _ Bride and groom posed in front of the cake
 _ Cutting the cake
 _ Bride and groom feeding cake to one another
 _ Bride faking the bouquet toss
 _ Bride throwing the bouquet
 _ The catch of the bouquet
 _ Groom taking off garter
 _ Groom and garter
 _ Groom throwing the garter
 _ The catch of the garter
 _ Group shot of bride and groom with the recipients of the  bouquet and garter
 _ Guest leaving
 _ Posed departure shot of bride and groom (kissing, waving, etc.)
 _ Getaway car
 _ Bride and groom leaving reception area (birdseed, rose pedals)
 _ Bride and groom in car as it goes in to the distance.

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