A Wedding Poses Photo Checklist for New Photographers

Russ and Jess Wedding, 2011

Russ and Jess Wedding, 2011

In 2011, I was asked to take photos of a wedding for a friend of mine.  I started searching for a list of poses.  I wanted ideas on shots to take and didn’t want to miss any.  Unfortunately, at that time, I couldn’t find any decent lists.  This resulted in a google image search for wedding photos and building my own list.  Comprehensive, no, but if you are starting out and need ideas, this list got me through.  Enjoy.

Portrait Poses

Bride (before the wedding)
1. Bride Full Length
2. Bride, Head and Shoulders (Profile with Flowers)
3. Bride Looking into Mirror
4. Bride Fixing her Lipstick
5. Bride Full Length (Back of Dress)

Bride with Attendants
1. Bride with Each Girl (Full Length)
2. Bride with all Bridesmaids in Grouping
3. Bride Sitting with Bridesmaids Around Her

Bride with Mom
1. Bride with Mom (Full Length)
2. Bride with Mom (Looking at Each Other)
3. Bride Giving Mom a Kiss

Bride with Dad
1. Bride with Dad (Full Length)
2. Bride with Dad (Looking at Each Other)
3. Bride Fixing Dad’s Tie (Turned Profile Towards One Another)
4. Bride Giving Dad a Kiss (Dad Looks At Camera)

Bride with Family
1. Bride with Mom, and Grandmother[s]
2. Bride with Dad and Brother[s]
3. Bride with Mom and Dad
4. Bride with Mom, Dad, and Brother[s]
5. Bride with Mom, Dad, Brother[s], Grandparent[s]
6. Bride with Grandparent[s]
7. Bride with Brother[s]

Groom (before wedding)
1. Groom Full Length
2. Groom Full Length Profile
3. Groom Fixing his Tie in Mirror
4. Groom Leaving for Wedding

Groom with Groomsmen
1. Groom with Each Groomsmen (Full Length)
2. Groom with Entire Party of Groomsmen

Groom with Mom
1. Groom with Mom (Full Length)
2. Groom with Mom (Fixing Flower – Profile)
3. Groom Giving Mom a Kiss on Cheek

Groom with Family
1. Groom with Mom, and Grandmother[s]
2. Groom with Mom, and Brother[s]
3. Groom with Mom, Brother[s], and Grandparent[s]
4. Groom with Grandparent[s]
5. Groom with Brother[s]

Before the Ceremony
1. Friends Signing Guest Book
2. Guests Arriving

Ceremony Poses

1. Ushers Escorting Special Guests
2. Parents Coming Down the Aisle
3. Parents Lighting Candle
4. Groom Entering with Minister
5. Each Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Entering
6. Flower Girl
7. Ring Bearer
8. Bride and Dad Before Walking Down Aisle 9. Bride Coming Down Aisle
10. Bride Kissing Dad At Alter
11. Special Guests Watching Wedding
12. Full Length From Back of Church
13. Front from 3⁄4 Distance Back
14. Bride and Groom Lighting Candles
15. Bride and Groom Kissing
16. Bride and Groom Returning Down Aisle

Return to the Alter (after the Ceremony)
1. Bride and Groom on Either Side of Minister (Full Length)
2. Bride Placing Ring on Groom
3. Groom Placing Ring on Bride
4. Bride and Groom Kissing
5. Signing the Wedding Certificate

Bride and Groom
1. Bride and Groom’s Hands Displaying Rings
2. Bride and Groom (Full Length)
3. Bride and Groom with All Parents
4. Bride and Groom with Bride’s Parents
5. Bride and Groom with Bride’s Immediate Family
6. Bride and Groom with Bride’s Immediate Family and Grandparents
7. Bride and Groom with Groom’s Parents
8. Bride and Groom with Groom’s Immediate Family
9. Bride and Groom with Groom’s Immediate Family and Grandparents
10. Extended Family

Bridal Party
1. Ring Bearer and Flower Girl
2. Bride and Groom with Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Paired Up

Reception Poses

1. Dining Area
2. Table Setup with Flowers
3. Centerpieces and Place Settings
4. Wedding Cake
5. Wedding Party as the Arrive
6. Table Shots (3 to 4 Sitting, Rest Standing Behind) 7. Candid of Guests and Events
8. Candid of Bride and Groom Greeting Guests
9. Parents
10. Grandparents
11. Bridal Party Couples
12. The Cake Cutting
13. Bride and Groom Feeding Each Other
14. Bride and Groom, “Cake Kissing”
15. Bride Removing Garter
16. Groom about to Toss Garter
17. Bachelors Trying to Catch Garter
18. Bride Tossing Bouquet
19. Bachelorettes Trying to Catch Bouquet
20. Bride and Groom Departing


Exits Shots
1. Leaving the Church
2. Guests and Bubbles
3. Bride and Groom Entering the Vehicle

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