The day that you receive those wedding photos in your inbox from your photographer is one of the most exciting times of your life, a part from the wedding day itself. You get to relive that special day! Which is why we highly recommend thinking about all of those cherished moments you want coverage for ahead of time. The pros (your photographer) will likely prompt you and ask which photos are most important to you in advance, but if you have a certain vision of various shots or have unique elements you would like to be captured that day, be sure to communicate this with your photographer. We have included 5 types of pictures below for you to consider that you will be sure to love having from the big day. So read on below and take notes!

All of the First Looks
Notice how we say “first looks”, as in plural? You will of course want your photographer to capture the moment you and your groom (or bride) see each other for the first time, but you may also want to consider a first look with your parents, siblings, or bridal party. These moments bring a lot of emotion and are wonderful to capture. And, bonus—these photos will make great gifts for family members and bridal party in the future!

The Groom Starting His Day
The groom often gets overlooked, but make sure to schedule some time for your photographer to shoot any of the groom’s pre-wedding activities with his groomsmen, or at the very least his details! Pre-wedding activities can include anything from getting a hot shave at a barber shop, to playing pool, or scheduling an early tee time for a short round of golf with the guys. The photographer can also simply capture the groom’s details as he is getting ready (shoes, cufflinks, cologne, jacket, and tie). Moments of his parents or groomsmen tying his tie or helping him put on his jacket are important shots to capture as well.

The Groom’s Reaction as You Walk Down the Aisle
This may be an obvious one, but with photos like these, it needs to be reiterated.

Moments with Your Furry Friend
If you have a beloved pet who is a big part of your lives, be sure to try and include them for photos on your wedding day! If not during the ceremony, then for snuggle time during your getting ready photos.

Fun & Playful Moments
Your romantic photos with your groom or bride don’t have to be all posed or serious—feel free to let loose, have fun and be playful! Your photographer will be able to better capture the spirit of the day and your relationship much more than with posed portraits. Same goes for your bridal party.

Sweet Moments in Your Getaway Car The end of the night can often be a blur, but if you are doing a getaway car, be sure to soak in some sweet and romantic moments with your honey in the car for your photographer to capture. You will be very happy you did!

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