Wedding Photography Poses

There are an infinite number of possible wedding photography poses. When you interview photographers you are going to want to ask if they have a certain photo list, photographs they generally take at every wedding. You should find out if the list is set in stone or if items can be taken off or added on. 


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Find out how many photographs will be taken, how many of these are formal or posed and how many are candid shots. Will every shot be on the list or will your photography or his or her assistant take additional shots as they see them happening. All weddings are different and you want to make sure that you have interesting photos taken which may not be on a predetermined list. 

Even though most wedding photographers already have a list to work from it is a good idea to know what type of pictures you want taken. Here is a list of possible wedding photography poses. Talk it over with your fiancé and photographer and see if there are any additional shots on this list that is not on the photographer’s that you want added. 

Ceremony Shots

  • Parents and other family members being seated 
  • Groom, Groomsmen and Minister waiting at Alter 
  • Bridesmaids during their processional 
  • Flower Girl and Ring Bearer during their Processional 
  • Entrance of bride and father 
  • Father giving away the bride 
  • Shot of bride and groom facing minister 
  • Shot of Bride and groom facing each other 
  • Lighting of the Unity Candle 
  • Shots taking during Vows 
  • Shot of exchange of Rings 
  • Shot of the Kiss 
  • The Announcement of Husband and Wife 
  • Photographs of the recessional 

After The Ceremony

  • Bride Alone 
  • Groom Alone 
  • Bride and Groom 
  • Bride, Groom and Minister 
  • Bride with Maid of Honor 
  • Bride with Bridesmaids 
  • Groom with Best Man 
  • Groom with Groomsmen 
  • Bride and Groom and entire Wedding Party 
  • Bride with Flower Girl 
  • Groom with Ring Bear 
  • Bride and Groom with Flower Girl and Ring Bearer 
  • Bride with her parents 
  • Groom with his parents 
  • Bride and Groom with Brides Parents 
  • Bride and Groom with Grooms Parents 
  • Bride and Groom with both sets of parents 
  • Bride with extended family 
  • Groom with extended family

Reception Shots

  • Bride and Groom’s Entrance 
  • Bride and Groom at Wedding Party Table 
  • Shot of entire Wedding party table 
  • The Cake 
  • Bride and Groom Cutting Cake 
  • Bride and Groom Feeding Each Other Cake 
  • First Dance 
  • Father/Daughter Dance 
  • Mother/Son Dance 
  • BouquetToss 
  • Garter Removal 
  • Bride and Groom’s Rings 
  • Several Candid shots of Bride, Groom, Family and other Guests

There are so many more pictures that can be taken, but these were some of our favorite wedding photography poses. There may be some we have not mentioned that you want to take as well, add them to your list! Remember it is your day and you should take the pictures that you want, not just the ones the photographer suggests. These wedding photography poses are only a list to help you get started, ask your photographer for all shots you want in your wedding album! 

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