What Photos do you want?

Here's a list of photographs that your photographer can take at your wedding. You can just print out the page, check off the pictures that you want and then give the list to your photographer. Also, be sure to highlight any particular pictures that you absolutely don't want your photographer to miss!

HINT: Full-length pictures capture all the beauty and magnificence of the wedding dress, wedding attire and beautiful scenery or backdrops. Close-up or half length (above the waist) photographs better capture facial expressions and reveal more emotion.

The Bride

___ Bride dressing for wedding
___ Mother helping bride put on veil
___ Bride looking in mirror
___ Bride putting on garter
___ Bride-Full Length
___ Bride-Half Length
___ Bride-Close Up

___ Bride with mother-Full Length
___ Bride with mother-Close Up
___ Bride with father-Full Length
___ Bride with father-Close Up
___ Bride pinning on father's boutonniere
___ Bride with Both Parents-Full Length
___ Bride with Parents-Close Up
___ Bride with Grandparents-Full Length
___ Bride with Grandparents-Close Up

___ Bride with sisters-Full Length
___ Bride with sisters-Close Up
___ Bride with brothers-Full Length
___ Bride with brothers-Close Up
___ Bride with immediate family
___ Bride with Maid of Honor-Full Length
___ Bride with Maid of Honor-Close Up
___ Bride with her attendants-Full Length
___ Bride with her attendants-Close Up
___ Bride & flower girl/ring bearer
___ Father helping bride out of limo

The Groom

___ Groom-Full Length
___ Groom-Half Length
___ Groom-Close Up
___ Groom putting on bow tie
___ Groom with mother-Full Length
___ Groom with mother-Close Up
___ Groom with father-Full Length
___ Groom with father-Close Up
___ Groom with Parents-Full Length
___ Groom with Parents-Close Up
___ Groom with Grandparents-Full Length
___ Groom with Grandparents-Close Up

___ Groom with sisters-Full Length
___ Groom with sisters-Close Up
___ Groom with brothers-Full Length
___ Groom with brothers-Close Up
___ Groom with Immediate Family

___ Groom & Best Man-Full Length
___ Groom with Best Man-Close Up
___ Groom & Best Man shaking hands
___ Groom & Groomsmen-Full Length
___ Groom & groomsmen-Close Up



___ Grandparents being seated
___ Groom's parents being seated
___ Bride's parents being seated
___ Flower girl walking down aisle
___ Ring Bearer walking down aisle
___ Bridesmaids walking down aisle
___ Maid of Honor walking down aisle
___ Father walking Bride down aisle
___ Father giving bride away
___ Bride & Groom at alter
___ Bride & Groom exchanging vows
___ Bride & Groom exchanging rings
___ Bride & Groom lighting candle
___ Bride & Groom-the kiss
___ Bride & Groom walking down aisle

___ Pictures of receiving line
___ Bride & Groom exiting church
___ Bride & Groom getting into limo
___ Bride & Groom's first toast in limo

Formal Pictures

___ Bride & Groom Kissing
___ Bride & Groom-Full Length
___ Bride & Groom-Half Length
___ Bride & Groom-Close Up
___ Bride & Groom "gazing" at each other
___ Bride & Groom looking out window
___ Bride & Groom holding hands
___ Close-up of rings
___ Bride & Groom with Bride's parents
___ Bride & Groom with Groom's parents
___ Bride & Groom w/Bride's extended family
___ Bride & Groom w/Groom's extended family


___ Parents being announced
___ Wedding Party being announced
___ Bride & Groom being announced
___ Bride & Groom's first dance
___ Wedding party dancing
___ Bride's dance with father
___ Groom's dance with mother
___ Best Man toasting Bride & Groom
___ Bride & Groom with Champagne glasses
___ Bride & Groom's kiss after the toast

___ Wedding Cake
___ Bride & Groom cutting cake
___ Bride feeding Groom
___ Groom feeding Bride
___ Kiss after cutting cake
___ Bride tossing bouquet
___ Groom taking off garter
___ Guests dancing
___ Bride & Groom's last dance


___ Close up of invitation
___ Bride or Groom with special friends
___ Bride or Groom with special relatives
___ Picture of band or DJ
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  1. Assign your own “photographer’s assistant” 

    This person’s allegiance will be to you, not the photographer.  Choose someone close to you who will know your family and friends and be able to point them out to the photographer.  Give your photo assistant his or her own copy of your “list of must-have shots” to check off as each one is taken.  This way the pressure is off you to stay on top of your photographer. 

    Make sure your loved ones look fantastic in all your shots by having your photo assistant check smiles and fix hair, dresses, flowers, etc.  A little preventative care can help ensure everyone (and everything) is preserved in your photo album looking his or her best.
  2. Inform photographer of special events

    Throwing a surprise or two into your wedding or reception helps to keep a magical, spontaneous atmosphere.  For example, some brides like to slip out of the reception to change dresses and return with a grand entrance to dance the night away.  Be sure to let your photographer in on the secret!  Otherwise, you may miss what can be the best candid photos of special moments in your wedding or reception.

    Mix it up 

    Have your photographer take different kinds of shots.  Unusual angles or fuzzy focus can add interest to traditional photographs.  Zoom in so close on the wedding cake you can see the texture, or photograph the bride and grooms hands as they talk at the reception table. 

    In addition, guests at the reception tables often take candid photos.  These provide a delightful complement to the more formal compositions of a professional photographer. 

    When it comes time to place your photos in a wedding album, arrange them so their varying size and style will add visual interest to each page.
  1. To color or not to color?

    Many of today’s brides are having their photographer snap both color and black and white photos. 

    Black and white images provide a classic, timeless look.  This traditional approach focuses in on your faces and expressions of love without the flashy distractions of color. 

    Color adds a liveliness and reality to photos and can preserve a more accurate record of how your day really appeared.  After all, you don’t want to have spent all that time anguishing over your wedding colors for nothing!  Get the best of both worlds by combining the two approaches.
  2. You (usually) get what you pay for

“PAY MORE FOR BETTER PICTURES, you'll kick yourself later if you don't.  We paid more, but they turned out great!”                     

This does not mean you cannot save money on your photography budget, just remember not to cut corners on the quality of images.  Once your wedding day is over, you will be left with your memories and your photographs.  Make sure you have the best. With JMichael Photography you will have only the best film with professional devolping printed on Kodak Gold paper.


Click here for information on how to look your best.

Most people opt for the formal photography session after the wedding ceremony but here I've found a compelling agrument that you should consider about taking your photographs before the wedding ceremony.
Click here to read the case for before the ceremony photography sessions.

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