11 Wedding Photos and Videos That Are Essential to Capture

When commemorating your special day, it’s important to have a picture (and video clip!) captured of each essential moment of your wedding. Preparing an extensive shot list prior to your wedding will guarantee that your photography and videography teams will try to capture the footage you want, but by specifically highlighting the most important shots for you and your fiancé, they will focus on those images before moving on to the extra footage. Below are the top 11 shots you should ask your photographer and videographer to capture throughout your special day for an in-depth photo album and wedding video.

1) Ring shot

This is the time to let the diamond truly shine. Coordinate with your wedding planner to decide the best way to help show the ring off. Whether it’s having the rings sit on an embroidered pillow or resting on your manicured finger, the ring shot is one of the most important images to have captured.

2) Details

From your ivory-colored heels to the floral arrangements on the table settings, the details of your wedding day are crucial to help you remember it in its entirety. When giving your shot list to your photographer and videographer, make a point to include the details you would like them to capture. While they will already try to capture the intricate aspects of the wedding outfits and decorations, giving them this specific shot list will guarantee beautiful images of the details you want to show off the most.

3) Groom, Bride, and Wedding Party prep

Have you purchased matching robes for you and your wedding party? This is the time to show them off! Take advantage of these adorable outfits by getting pictures of you and your wedding party getting ready, or even just hanging out before the ceremony. These special moments of spending time with your best friends before you say “I do” make for memorable and heartfelt pictures. For a more creative take on these pictures, ask your videographer to capture footage highlighting your special relationships with each of your bridal party members. Make it fun, make it sentimental, but most importantly, make it all yours!

4) Make-up prep

The moment your makeup artist puts on the finishing touches of your wedding day makeup is full of a mixture of nervous energy and complete happiness. This moment always makes for sweet and intimate photographs, and your excitement will surely come across on camera. Your videographers and photographers will likely already be interested in capturing this moment, but by putting it on your shot list, you’ll emphasize the importance of getting this moment on camera.

5) Dress

Show off your gorgeous gown by letting it glamorously hang from the window overlooking your ceremony. Or, show it off next to your bridesmaid’s color-coordinated gowns. However you choose to have your dress captured in all its beauty, let your photographer and videographer know ahead of time so that they can photograph it with plenty of time for you to get ready. If there are certain details of your dress you particularly love, like lace sleeves or a beaded train, highlight these intricate details to your two teams.

6) The first look

This special moment will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come. Whether it’s your fiancé’s tears of joy or his dropped jaw, there is little that compares to this emotionally-fueled interaction. Make a point to emphasize the importance of this photo to your photography team, as this moment can flash by in a second. Hiring an experienced and talented photographer will help ensure this quick moment is forever remembered through photographs.

7) The arch

Now is the time to show off your rustic archway with the grandiose floral embellishments. Ask your photographer and videographer to get a picture/video of the arch prior to the ceremony, while also capturing the moment you and your partner say your “I do’s.” The wedding arch symbolizes the future home you and your fiancé will start your family in, and your mother and grandmother will thank you for asking the photographer to capture these images.

8) The kiss

After exchanging vows, kissing for the first time as spouses is the pinnacle moment of every wedding. Help out your photographer and videographer by kissing your partner for longer than just one kick peck. A quick kiss can escape even the fastest shutter speeds and most prepared photographers, so to avoid missing this important moment, kiss your partner like you mean it! We’re positive they won’t object, and your photography and videography teams will thank you for it.

9) Centerpieces

The table centerpieces are arguably the most important part of wedding decor. From their beautiful floral arrangements, intricate wedding favors, and customized place settings, the centerpieces are the perfect combination of thought-out design and personalization that your guests will love. Ask your photography and videography teams to capture the entire centerpieces together, but also focus on the small details listed above.

10) First dance

If all three are important to you, specify that you want sufficient coverage of you and your partner’s first-dance, the father-daughter dance, and if applicable, the mother-son dance. These moments last long enough for the photography and videography teams to get proper photos and video footage and ensure a final image that you’ll love.

11) The cake

Possibly everyone’s favorite part of the night, the cake is an essential look to have your photographer and videographer capture. Ask for a before shot, a cake-cutting shot, and a shot of you and your fiancé feeding each other. This will be an eventful ending to your perfect day, and it’s important to have it photographed in multiple mediums!

While there are many details of your wedding that will make for beautiful pictures and video clips, these 11 moments are sure to create a stunning wedding video or wedding album that will help you remember the most important moments of the day you say “I do.” For help choosing the best videographer for your special day, read our previous blog post, “5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Wedding Videographer.” And for more information about our experienced team of wedding videographers, give us a call today!

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Wedding Videographer

We believe that your special day should be as perfect as you are. So when you’re planning your wedding, it’s important to take every detail into consideration. With high-quality wedding videos becoming more and more popular by the day, hiring a wedding videographer can be a great addition to your vendor list. Before you finish planning your wedding, make sure to ask yourself these 5 questions to determine if hiring a wedding videographer is the right decision for you.

 

  • What is my budget?

 

Videographer’s rates often vary based on the equipment they use and the services they provide. Lower priced packages typically offer minimal, basic equipment and event coverage, while the higher-end packages will include high-end cameras, lenses, lighting, sound engineering, and extensive editing, as well as extra features (like pre-ceremony prep, bride/ groom interviews, and wedding trailer). Some even offer Save-the-Date videos and a Slow Mo booth. Both options can create a wedding video you’ll cherish for years to come, but adding just a little more to your video budget could provide you a beautiful and compelling wedding video that blows you away!

TIP: Staying in continuous communication with a videographer is key. Happen to find one you really love, but they don’t offer a specific service? Communicate and see if you can create a custom videography package for your wedding. Many videographers will be happy to assist and customize your perfect wedding film.

 

  • How do videographers differ?

 

When it comes to videographers, each has a unique style of filmmaking that can take your wedding film in a different direction. Some like to create accurate, journalistic depictions of your wedding, while others like to create beautiful, cinematic films. While neither option is right or wrong, it depends on your preference and ultimately what you want to get out of having your wedding recorded. When choosing a wedding videographer, look through portfolio and imagine yourself in the video — is it a style of wedding film that fits your and bride/groom-to-be’s personalities? If not, it may be necessary to keep looking for that perfect wedding videographer that suits YOU.

TIP: Another BIG difference is whether the videographer works solo or with a team. Only having one cinematographer filming on the day of your wedding may mean that some event coverage is sacrificed since one person cannot be everywhere at once.  Also, a production team has in-depth knowledge of lighting and sound. While a one-man videography studio will capture one angle per shot, a team can film multiple angles throughout every moment of your wedding, while paying attention to poor lighting and background noise that could later impact the quality of your wedding film. For the highest quality of wedding, you may want to consider looking into a wedding videography team, as opposed to a solo videographer.

 

  • I already have a photographer — is a wedding videographer necessary?

 

Contrary to popular belief, the work of photographers and videographers differs greatly. Much of the time, photographers have difficulty capturing moments on video, and vice versa. While photographers are great resources for capturing still shots of your special day, wedding videographers can offer something photographers cannot – motion and sound!  When you rewatch your wedding video, you’ll be able to listen to your vows, the music played and laughter at your reception, and the hilarious speech given by the best man. While photographs are great at portraying certain moments of your event, videos capture every moment, from the quivering lips, to the rolling tears, to the crackling of laughter.

TIP: It is essential for your photographer and wedding videography team to work together to ensure your wedding is fully captured and you receive high-quality images and video.

 

  • Why do I want a recording of my wedding?

 

Thanks to more recent technological advances in creating compact cameras, videographers can now create beautiful, fluid shots from anywhere. Before deciding on a videographer, do your research!  Look up your local wedding videography team and watch their work to see the kinds of shots they’re filming, the quality of the videos they’re producing, and the special moments they capture. Wedding days are long and can be stressful at times, and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget important details. Hiring a wedding videographer can help you look back and remember the special moments you may have forgotten or missed.

TIP: If you have friends that have used a wedding videographer in the past, ask for their advice! Let them share how they went about hiring the right person, what qualities to look for in a videographer, and how they felt about the finished product. Hearing real world experience from people you trust can help you decide if hiring a wedding videographer is right for you.

 

  • How do I know I’ll be happy with the finished product?

 

While there can’t be any definitive guarantees, doing your research will help you feel confident about making a decision. If you find a videography team that continuously delivers wedding filmography that you love, it’s extremely likely that you will be grateful you hired them. Always look for consistency and quality and you can’t go wrong.  Secondly, it is extremely necessary to be open and communicative with you potential videographers. They will only be able to capture the shots you want if you communicate what you’re looking for. This also builds rapport and you can get a good feel for how it will be communicating with them the day of your wedding!

TIP: Remember, if you don’t have a good experience with the videographer BEFORE your wedding, it’s unlikely things will improve the day of your wedding and you’ll be happy with your video.  Ensure you feel like the videographer understands you both as a couple so that they will capture all of those special moments of your special day to create that perfect wedding video for you.

While videographers do bring an added expense to your wedding, ultimately, they offer a finished product that is full of love, happiness, fond memories, and lasts a lifetime. Gone are the days of dinky wedding videos full of poor lighting, shaky shots, and amateur camera work. Wedding videography teams are extremely skilled in capturing the big moments, small moments, and everything in between to help you look back on your special day and smile. For more information about how we can bring your wedding day to life, even after it’s over, visit our About page here. And take a look at our gallery to see some of our previously captured wedding films!