We’re about to teach you some of the most creative wedding photo ideas that will help you become a better wedding photographer!
Years ago it used to be enough for a photographer to just capture certain moments: the first dance, bridal part, relatives, altar, etc. If you delivered these standard shots to the bride and groom everyone was happy. But, that’s not true anymore. The business of wedding photography has changed and people expect more these days.
Things have changed in wedding photography because dslr cameras have become so inexpensive that many new photographers have entered into the business: which has spurred a lot of new creative wedding photo ideas. Today, it’s not enough to just capture the standard photos during a wedding. You have to offer something unique in a way of style to get and keep clients in today’s market.
In this post, we’re going to give you a ton of unique and creative photo ideas for weddings that you can instantly start using to impress brides and grooms. Just follow these tips outlined below.
Now, Onto the Wedding Photo Ideas
Spice it up! Capture Something Fun
Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that wedding photo ideas consist of only the intimate moments and tearful ones. One of the most missed opportunities at a wedding is capturing the fun moments. A great photographer always looks for people that are having a good time before, during and after the wedding. Every bride and groom wants to look back at the photos of their wedding day remember how much fun people were having. It’s a very joyous time for couple and they’ll thank you immensely for capturing the moments these moments for them.
As the wedding photographer you have a lot of influence over the bride and groom. Don’t hesitate to stage a shot like the one below. Simply share your idea for a wedding photo with them and they’ll be sure to cooperate!
Photo by smoothdude
Asking the bridal party to form a circle and capturing their faces from below is a fun idea and easy to set up. It’s also a great way to bring out the personalities in your clients and helps to get the ball rolling for other creative wedding photo ideas.
Photo by lunahzon
Try to find a common theme among the bridal party and use it to your advantage. In the photo below you’ll see how the photographer highlighted the fact that the bride and bridesmaids were all wearing sunglasses. A novice photographer would have just taken a candid photo showcasing this detail but this photographer played it up by having the girls make a fun face for the camera.
Photo by Silvershot77
Want to spice up your photos? Try this wedding photo idea. Capture a couple photos with people jumping in the shot. Freezing motion like this creates a sense of energy in a photo and instantly makes it more dynamic. Try it with the bride and groom as well as the whole bridal party!
Photo by Marcin Mazurkiewicz FotoBlog
Photo by Dan Skrobak
Look for clusters of people having a good time and impromptu groups formed at a wedding. They’re sure to offer plenty of opportunities for great shots!
Photo by Fay Lim (Fly)
Create a Double Take! Use Reflections
Here’s another trick that made it to the top of our list of creative wedding photo ideas – use reflections. By nature, photographs are a way for people to reflect on past moments in time. By adding a mirror or reflective surface within the frame can add a whole other dimension to the photo.
Before the ceremony is a great time to take advantage of the reflection technique. Brides are always surrounded by mirrors while they are getting ready for their big day. Find creative ways to include a mirror or other reflective surface within the shot.
Photo by smoothdude
Photo by .darkchamber.
Look for other reflective surfaces within a scene like water or shiny surfaces. The photographer below positioned the bride and groom so that their reflection was displayed within a puddle on the ground. A shiny table can also serve as a great source for capturing reflections in wedding photos.
Capture Intimate Moments in a Unique Way!
Intimate moments between a bride and groom don’t always happen at the altar. They happen throughout the whole wedding day. Make sure you are always on the lookout for moments of intimacy shared between a bride and groom. Often these moments are subtle and happen very quickly. So always be prepared!
Photo by ntuvn
As we mentioned in our first wedding photo idea you’re in control as the wedding photographer. Don’t hesitate to stage an intimate moment between the couple. Look for interesting settings that you can use as a backdrop to help dress up the photo like the photographers did in the images below.
Photo by fotura
Photo by Eythor
Photo by dmitiri.yakimov
Showcase The Details!
One of the most fun things for a bride and groom leading up to a wedding is planning all the little details for the big day. A lot of effort goes into deciding things like the wedding dress, tuxedo, flowers, decor for the ceremony, wedding rings, etc. Make sure you capture these details to remind the bride groom of all the hard work they put into their big day. But, to really stand out as a wedding photographer you need to capture creative shots!
You may not know this but many brides spend a lot of time looking for that perfect pair of shoes to wear on their wedding day. This is a very important detail that you need to photograph. So do it in a unique way to help your photography stand out.
Photo by jonathanpenney11
Look for other small details during a wedding that other photographers miss. A simple shot of the bride and groom holding hands, a close up of a unique perfume bottle and even the garter are great shots for you to get. Use a wide aperture and zoom in close to create a shallow depth of field for these important detail photographs.
Photos by Daniel Jafari
Photo by Andrea Cittadini Photography
Photo by FrancescoMalpensi
Always, always, always get a creative shot of the wedding dress by itself. Placing the dress in front of a window and using the back lighting will create a nice glowing effect for the dress. This is one of the most important wedding photo ideas on our list. Make sure you remember it!
Photo by devotionphoto
As you photograph more and more weddings you will notice that certain details keep popping up. Examples of this are the wedding cake, guest book, toasting glasses and more. Be sure to capture these items in a creative way. A simple close up shot with a shallow depth of field works wonders for these objects.
Photos by asofterimage
Capture One of a Kind Shots!
Do you really want to set yourself apart from other wedding photographers? Then you need to capture one of a kind shots that no one else is photographing. If there was only one lesson you took from this post on wedding photo ideas then this is the trick you need to take. Nothing impresses a bride and groom more than taking a few photographs that are so unique and unexpected it blows them away. Below are some great examples of this technique. Use selective coloring, silhouettes, creative angles, special set ups with the rings and more.
Photo by Daniel Jafari
Photo by rogue demon hunter
Photo by handsome.miguel
Capture A Variety of Emotions!
Weddings are a very emotional time for people. And, it’s these emotions that a bride and groom love to look back on as they browse through their wedding photos. Weddings provide a roller coaster ride of emotions for everyone including happiness, sadness, joy, laughter and fun! Be sure to capture photos that showcase a variety of emotions that occur throughout the day. Doing so will set your photos apart from other wedding photographers.
Photo by studioephoto
Photo by Andrea Cittadini Photography
Photo by studioephoto
Photo by DogEnd
Photo by Herman Au
We hope you enjoyed this extensive list of wedding photo ideas and found a lot of tips that you can use to capture better wedding photographs. Please leave a comment below telling us which tip was your favorite and/or share additional tips for others to learn.