As your big day drew nearer, you may start picturing the moments of your wedding more and more. You may have been planning some “must-have” photo of your ceremony or location photos. Regardless of two years or two days left to your wedding, it still can be hard to cover everything. A wedding photo checklist can be an essential tool to help you have a smooth wedding photography experience.
There are many wedding photography checklists available from social media, wedding blog, wedding venues or married friends. However, they often only complicate your information source rather than indeed simplify and extract the most important piece of information.
Who am I and my position to create this list for you? As a wedding photographer myself, who have been in the wedding industry close to ten years shooting weddings over four hundred venues in Australia and overseas, my advice to you is to sit down and listen to your heart. No one out there is in the right position to tell you what you need. Only you do. With a little help from my list that helps to draft your picture, you can start sketching with your colour pens.
Today I will make this photo checklist from bridal getting ready, ceremony, location photo and reception which will be your photo bible on the special day!
List of Contents
We start at groom’s getting ready for most wedding. This is because the boys only need few minutes to do their makeup then getting changed, while their girl counterparts often take at least one hour. And photographers do not necessarily need to capture from the start of bridals’ getting ready. All we want to capture is the glowing bride in their most comfortable appearance, and in their readiness to start the day. Also, side note for the boys, less time bride spends waiting before ceremony, less risks your girls would change their mind last minute.
Many people assume that groom’s getting ready can be skipped since that’s not a very manly thing to do. However, that’s the biggest misunderstanding. On the biggest day of a man’s life, they are spruced up to every single detail and genuinely thrilled from deep of their hearts, who wants to miss the photo helping reminiscing the happy moments and their handsomeness afterwards. Most notably, it is the day a boy truly grows to a man.
Besides the photo of girls carefully choosing accessories and doing their hair and makeup, there are many touched moments during bride’s getting ready in every wedding. When bride firstly step in the white gown, have the veil put on by mum, first look from the dad when she is ready. I have always been a part of the wedding by giving little but necessary directions to help the bride capture their long-expected day smoothly.
No one doubt that the wedding ceremony serves as the heartbeat of the special day. Tears and smiles on everyone’s face when groom first saw his most beautiful bride walking to him, exchanging the vows and rings, first kiss as a married couple, signing the wedding certificate. There is nothing like these moments filled with all emotions. Every moment is too treasure to forget, what could be more priceless when all these moments captured by wedding photographer and looking at the photo many years after.
After Ceremony and family photo, it is time to have some fun with bridal party and have the location photo taken. Melbourne has its fill of historical landmarks, remarkable gardens, colourful lifestyles and vineyards and beaches. It is the best city to photograph a bridal party as it has all type of scenic location.
There are so many types of light during the day, but “golden hour” – the last hour before sunset is definitely best light for wedding photography. What else can beat the romance atmosphere brought by golden light falling on the bride and groom.
The ring is on, the commitment has made. What else? A party! Wedding reception is the first event newlyweds celebrate their marriage with all important people in their life. It is a great opportunity to gather two family. Laughter, tears, drinks and dance, a big party the end the wedding day will leave you and your guests a unforgettable wedding experience.
You might have had a long day of excitement and impulsiveness. For some brides and grooms, they may experience tiredness. Don’t you want to have a short break during the reception of spending some time by only two of you. Enjoy the breeze and fresh air outdoor, bring some sparkler, light them up and wave into the air, draw some word from the bottom of your heart or kiss each other with the spark around you.
Every bride wish they can find the best wedding photographer to have their wedding covered. This checklist and tips can be the starting point to planning your special day. Of course, you may add extra lines or pick the wanted one to your own list.
From a Melbourne wedding photographer point of view, the most important tips for smooth wedding experience to bride and groom is enjoy your wedding! There is always something unexpected like weather and time. Relax! It is you big day! A bright photo can only be reflected by a happy couple.
If you found this list helpful or have some ideas of planning your wedding. Please feel free to contact me.