Consider This List Of Must Take Photos For Your Wedding

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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:05 am | Updated: 11:35 am, Tue Feb 25, 2014.

Wedding photography, for most couples, is a high priority. After all, your wedding day will pass so quickly that you'll spend hours looking at the photos trying to burn into memory every moment you possibly can. And one day you'll celebrate your 50th anniversary and you'll whip out your wedding album to reflect on that very special day.

The trend in wedding photography these days leans toward photojournalism, which is a style of photography that aims to capture subjects as natural as possible while telling a story. This is different from the style of photography many of our parents had, which involved staged and formally structured portraits. You know the kind where the bride and groom stand with their family members strategically placed around them.

Personally, I love the new trend. It allows for more artistic photographs and better captures the personalities of the newlywed couple. But because most of this style of photography is not staged, photographers will often ask couples to make a list of their important photographs to capture. Some of those "must have" photos are standard: the first kiss, the father/daughter dance, the cake smash. Here are some other stunning photo opportunities to put on your list. Remember, the key to great photojournalistic photos is to forget the camera is there. Go about your business as usual and let your photographer do the work to capture the perfect moment.

Capture the cake smash and the clean-up. My partner and I got a perfect set of pictures from cutting the cake to my epic reflexes when I smashed the piece into my partner's face. But the picture that melted my heart (and ended up on a canvas) wasn't taken by my photographers. My aunt caught the perfect moment on a disposable camera: my new husband and I helping each other clean off the buttercream. The photo captured our sense of humor, but more importantly my aunt captured a special moment between my partner and I that poetically summed up how we would need to lean on each other for the rest of our lives.

Take a bird's eye view of the dance floor (when people are actually dancing). Have the DJ pump up a favorite jam and demand everyone out on the dance floor for a good time. And then have your photographer get on a chair and start taking pictures. Bird's eye views are the best way to get a picture of all the people who love you. If possible, get a bird's eye photo during your wedding ceremony as well. It'll be awesome to look back in your album and just see the amount of people who were there that day to support you and your partner.

Don't throw out the mishaps. Sometimes we get so mixed up in being perfect on the big day that we become obsessed with not taking a "bad" picture. Well, from experience, sometimes the "bad" pictures are the best. The look on a groomsman's face when he drops grape jelly on his white tux shirt, or the sheer moment of panic when a bridesmaid trips trying to put on her shoes are great photos that help you remember all the funny and real moments of your wedding day. Let's face it, not everything that day will be picture-perfect. But I guarantee those "bloopers" will be perfect pictures. I still carry around the picture of my partner brushing his teeth the morning of the wedding. His face is priceless and more "him" than any of the staged photos ever could be.

Trust the photographer's instincts. The best advice I can give you for your photography wish list is to trust your photographer's intuition. If your photographer grabs you and tells you to do something, do it. I promise you, most of the time you won't regret it. My photographer pulled me behind the DJ booth and told me to play with the headphones. I thought she was nuts. But sure enough, a few weeks later, I got the pictures and the shot she took ended up being my Facebook profile photo for months. Your photographer is a professional and more importantly, an artist. If you hired them, chances are you looked at their portfolio and loved it. Trust their craft.

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