Wedding Photography Checklist Template: Must-Take Photos for Couples (Printable)

Every bride (and groom) dreams of having a glamorous wedding photo album to show others after the wedding. Do you know that how you pose for your wedding photos play a big role in how your photos turn out. Every week, many couples are disappointed by the photos after their weddings – most complain of how their poses ruined the pictures. Planning to give your photographer a list of your must-take wedding poses/ posing styles will ensure that they don’t disappoint, especially if you won’t be hiring the top but very expensive professionals. With our downloadable and printable photography checklist of best wedding poses below, you can get any good street-side photographer to deliver you photos that look like what you see on ovation magazine and bella naija. Read on for how to take charge of your wedding day memories – and see the photo shot-list below.

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Photo Credit: Dotun Ayodeji, Nigerian Wedding Photographer, USA
 

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Whether or not your photographer asks you for ideas of your must-take photos, simply print out this wedding photography check-list of shots and give it to him/ her a photos posing/ shot-list, at least 1 week before your wedding. See the standard wedding photography poses checklist template below.

GETTING READY PORTRAIT PHOTO LIST

  • Bride’s gown on hanger
  • Bride’s Shoes
  • Groom’s shoes
  • Bride fixing hair & applying makeup
  • Bride dressing up, with her mom or chief bridesmaid or helping her out
  • Back view of bride in wedding gown
  • Bride, photo shoot of her dress’ back detail
  • Groom dressing up, bestman helping
  • Bride leaving home/hotel for the joining (solemnization) ceremony, and getting inside the car
  • Groom leaving home/hotel for the for ceremony, and getting inside the car
  • Wedding car
  • Reception site being set up

BEFORE THE WEDDING PHOTO SHOTS

  • Bride alone (in wedding gown)
  • Groom alone (in suit/ tuxedo)
  • Groom with bestman
  • Bride with Chief Bridesmaid/ maid of honor
  • Bride with all bridesmaids
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Ring bearer and flower girl
  • Bride with her mother
  • Bride with her father
  • Bride with her parents
  • Groom with his parents
  • Bride and groom with bride’s parents
  • Bride and groom with groom’s parents
  • Bride and groom with both all parents (his & hers)

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DURING THE SOLEMNIZATION CEREMONY AT THE CHURCH

  • Church/ wedding ceremony location (with guests arriving)
  • Ushers escorting guests to their seats
  • Parents entering (bride’s, groom’s)
  • Bride’s mother getting seated or being ushered down the aisle
  • Groom’s parents getting seated or being ushered down the aisle
  • Flower girl, ring bearer walking down the aisle
  • Groom walking down the aisle
  • Groom and groomsmen at the altar (waiting for the bride)
  • Bridesmaids waiting for bride
  • Bridesmaids walking down aisle
  • Bride and her father walking down the aisle
  • The wedding party (all groomsmen, all bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer) at the altar
  • Special guests watching ceremony
  • Photo of the altar, during ceremony
  • Bride & groom exchanging rings
  • Bride & groom exchanging vows
  • Couple kissing
  • Signing the wedding register/ certificate
  • Close-up shot of wedding rings in bride’s and groom’s hands
  • Bride and groom leaving the church/ worship house / court
  • Bride and groom entering the car
  • Bride and groom inside car

 

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BEFORE THE RECEPTION – LIST OF POSING STYLES

  • Bride and groom’s hands
  • Bridesmaids looking at bride’s ring
  • Bride alone
  • Groom alone
  • Bride and groom
  • Bride and her father
  • Bride and her mother
  • Groom and his mother
  • Groom and his father
  • Bride and both her parents
  • Groom and both his parents
  • Bride and groom with bride’s parents
  • Bride and groom with groom’s parents
  • Bride and groom with all parents (his, hers)
  • Bride with all bridesmaids
  • Groom with all groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with bestman and chief bridesmaid/ maid of honour
  • Bride and groom with entire wedding party (i.e. bridesmaids + groomsmen + flower girl + ring bearer)
  • Group picture with siblings, with extended family (aunties, uncles etc.)
  • Group picture with friends
  • Group picture with special guests

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AT THE RECEPTION (LIST OF SHOTS)

  • Reception venue, the decorations
  • Table settings
  • The Wedding cake
  • Parents (bride’s & groom’s) seated
  • Couple arriving the reception venue
  • Couple seated
  • Couple’s first dance
  • Couple cutting the cake
  • Couple feeding each other cake
  • Bride, groom toasting
  • Bride throwing the bouquet
  • Couple dancing
  • Couple leaving the reception

 

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How to Get the Wedding Photo Poses You Want

Most brides, after their wedding, tell of how fast everything went and how they didn’t “see” some ‘expected’ photos of their wedding day events. And, sometimes, brides were disappointed that their wedding photographer did not capture “that” vital shot.

Here’s what to do instead – once you’ve chosen a wedding photographer, sit down to discuss the type of photographs you’d like him/ her to take on your big day, as well as the photo types too. Professional photographers are happy to incorporate your ideas into their standard photo list of shots, and expect you to tell them. In fact, some will even ask you.

Take Charge to Preserve Your Wedding Day Memories

The celebrity wedding picture you see on glossy magazines were pre-planned – download and print the above photography checklist template and give to your photographer. Your wedding photos will last a lifetime. Your wedding day will come and go but the photos will stay with you, and so you owe it to yourself to ensure that you will have the very best photography.

After your wedding, the pictures are the only things you’ll have to “relive” your wedding day. Don’t give in to chances and assumptions that your photographer knows what is most important to you. Most expert photographers use a photo-shot list but you’ll be safer to have yours, just in case. And if your photographer is from down your street, it’s not an excuse for you not to get your wedding captured like celebrity weddings you always see on magazines. So go ahead and download and print this wedding photography checklist template.

So, tell me in the comments below – what are your two best wedding day photo poses that you see on the magazine covers or websites and must have on your big day?

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Comments

  1. foyinsolami says:

    I am a bride to be and I need help pls…….I need help on a 2month wedding planning

    • Hi Foyinsolami, congratulations on your upcoming wedding. My answer would depend on whether you want to plan/ organize the wedding yourself OR would be hiring a wedding/ event planner. ALSO, is it white wedding only OR white plus traditional wedding?
      In any case, given that time is very short, IF you can afford it, hire a wedding planner and pass all the legwork and headaches to them.
      BUT, IF YOU WANT TO PLAN IT YOURSELF, below are some helpful tips to still organize a nice wedding in just two months:
      -Decide how much you guys want to spend on your wedding
      -Break down that amount to assign cost to different wedding areas – we have a typical wedding expenses list here (click). *Use our percentage guide to breakdown your wedding budget (click).
      -First thing first: Find and book a venue as fast as you can (you may need to pay part or full in advance, to avoid disappointment)
      -Start looking for and booking vendors right away (some may need some upfront payment) – photographer(s), video coverage vendor(s), caterers/ cake baker, makeup artist, venue decorator, DJ/ live band etc.
      -Buy/ rent your wedding gown. If you’ll be sewing, quickly buy fabrics and send to your tailor. Target to have him/ her sew them within the next 2 weeks.
      **You don’t have much time to do a detailed planning, and I think that it’s not really necessary to plan with the traditional wedding checklist (as that may overwhelm you). JUST KEEP YOUR PLANNING SIMPLE, no clutter, no drama, and YOUR WEDDING WOULD STILL TURN OUT FABULOUS.
      **To help quickly find vendors near your wedding venue, ask the venue people or your church or worship house or the first set of vendors you hire – they usually know.
      *Finally, be relaxed, do not stress, do not fret – your wedding will be fine.
      All the best.

  2. kehinde bamidele says:

    I am really enthralled by this website and the much details on it. But as an intending bride who needs much of this information, I am not happy that I can’t print details from this website.
    For instance when I tried printing, all the pages were blank.
    Please why is this so? It is not in the best interest of those of us who do not have ulterior but good motives.
    Thank you.

    • Welcome to NaijaGlamWedding blog, Kehinde. Thanks for your cool feedback. I am so sorry about that. Don’t worry, you can get the printable version of our wedding photography checklist by clicking here (it’s number 6). On that page, you will also find loads of our other FREE wedding planning templates that you can download and print for your own use – we provided them all to make planning a wedding easier for NaijaGlamWedding brides and grooms.

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