Wedding photography poses checklist

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Wedding photography poses checklist
Choose wedding poses to capture your unique style. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Wedding photographers capture your happy memories so they can physically last a lifetime. Before the wedding day, discuss wedding poses you would like the photographer to capture. Show him photos of the ceremony, reception or photography sites you plan to use. Together create a list of poses and locations for the photographer to follow on the wedding day. Give a copy to the maid of honour, so you can refer to it as needed.

Ceremony Location

Plan to have photos taken before, during and after the ceremony at the ceremony location. Before the ceremony poses can include: dressing, pinning corsages and boutonnières, family of the bride group poses, family of the groom group poses, individual poses with bride and each bridesmaid and groom with each groomsman.

During the ceremony, photos of family members being accompanied down the aisle, decorations and father giving away the bride are traditional poses. After the ceremony poses can include bride and groom walking down the aisle together, exiting location, receiving line and signatures on the marriage license.

Bride Poses

Bride poses can occur either before or after the ceremony. Poses can include solo portraits with different lighting settings, against a window, on church steps or in the dressing room. Group poses of the bride with the groomsmen, bridesmaids, parents, mother, father and maid of honour are also traditional.

Artistic poses can include surrounding the bride with the bridesmaid bouquets, bride holding her bouquet and ring close-ups. Other poses can include the father of the bride kissing her cheek, bride with the ring bearer and flower girl and other mood shots.

Groom Poses

Groom poses are similar to the bride's separate poses and can also be shot before or after the wedding ceremony. The amount of groom centred poses should be equal to the bride centred poses, in both quantity and style of poses. Poses can include groom with his parents, his mother, his father, groom with bridesmaids and groomsmen. Other poses that do not exactly match the brides can include: groom shaking hands with best man, father of the bride and groom's father, and best man adjusting the groom's tie.

Couple and Group Poses

Most couples will have the majority of their wedding poses taken as a couple or group. Couple poses include kissing at the alter at several zoom lengths, ring exchange, candle ceremony, hands with rings and flowers, couple with officiant, couple on ceremony steps, couple with groom's parents and family, couple with bride's parents and family. Poses can be taken sitting and standing in a variety of locations. Other poses can include leaving the church, entering the limo, seated in the limo and reception party shots.


Know what type of poses you like and want before you complete the list. Ask to see examples if you are unfamiliar with what the pose would look like. Also if you are getting help from other family members for the cost of the wedding photographer,you should ask for their input in poses they want.

Photographers may also have a limit on the number of poses and photographs they will take; make sure to ask the photographer before you book and pay a deposit for their services. Include the list of poses in the photography contract to ensure the photographer will capture the images you want.

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