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Your wedding photography is a record of your big day that you will keep forever and be able to pass on to your children and grandchildren.
In order to have your wedding told your way, it is important to think ahead about which moments you want captured and which shots you simply don't want missed. The increasingly popular photojournalistic method of photography (which is what Bella uses) ensures that the most meaningful candid moments will not be missed. However, there might be certain shots on your list that you'll want to let your photographer know beforehand so that they can plan.
The following is a list of just a few shots that many couples want to ensure they get:
With all the work you put into selecting flowers, table settings, candles, favors and other details that your guests will get to enjoy, wouldn't you like a record? There's also a good chance that you won't even get to see your gorgeously set tables before the reception, so make sure that your photographer gets a few shots of the beautiful fruits of your labor.
Your bridal gown is likely to be the most beautiful garment you'll ever wear, and it is a piece of art in and of itself. Before you put it on, have your photographer get a few shots of the dress hanging on a door or over a chair, highlighting its simple beauty and artistry.
Once you put the dress on, you'll be taking dozens of photographs, but make sure that your photographer gets some shots of your back. While you'll hardly even be aware of your own back, you'll want to see and remember the dress's detail and beautiful lines.
Your photographer will take plenty of pictures of the ceremony and reception, but often the emotional behind-the-scenes shots of the bride's preparations are overlooked. Whether you're getting dressed with just your mother or sister or with all of your bridesmaids, you'll probably need assistance with the veil and jewelry and all those buttons. These small details make for beautiful photographs. If you love your shoes, get a nice shot of them, and don't forget the veil.
When she's walking down the aisle, all eyes tend to be on the bride — including the groom's. You're not going to really see him up close until the end of your approach, but the emotion on his face is something you'll want to capture and remember. Make sure your photographer gets a few shots of the groom as you're walking towards him.
The party doesn't really begin until you get there, and you're going to be excited to arrive at the reception. Have your photographer ready to capture your faces when the two of you enter the reception to celebrate your new union with your family and friends.
The first dance and the two of you dancing with your parents are no-brainers, but you'll want plenty of evidence of your guests having a great time. Make a list of the people who you must have pictures with. Be sure your photographer gets lots of shots of the revelry — grandparents, coworkers, college friends, your aunt and uncle doing the dip — This is the stuff you're going to want to remember!
This is just a start, and there will be numerous elements to and special moments of your wedding day that are unique to you. So, think ahead and ensure that every last detail is captured just the way you'd like it to be.
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