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Digital Wedding Photographer's Planner by Kenny Kim

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Chapter 8. Images before the ceremony

Images before the ceremony

There is a popular trend right now in wedding photography in which couples want non-posed candid photos instead of the traditional posed shots of the family members and the wedding party. Although these candids are valued and make up about 85 percent of what I photograph during the wedding day, the more traditional posed shots of the bride and groom, their family, and the wedding party continue to be an important part of the services that a wedding photographer provides. Statistically, you will find many guests, family members and friends still order these photos more than any other photos you capture that day. So it is essential to do a great job capturing these posed photos.

There are two times during the wedding day ideal for taking posed shots. The first is before the ceremony, but after the bride and groom are done getting ready. The second is after the ceremony, but before the reception. There are pros and cons to both approaches, but in the end, it is up to the couple to decide when they prefer to capture these traditional shots.

BRIDE AND GROOM FIRST LOOK

The big question that determines when the photographs can be taken is whether the bride and groom want to see each other before the ceremony or whether they prefer to wait until after the bride walks down the aisle. When talking to the couple during the early planning stages, present the ...

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