The wedding photographer has the important role of capturing a huge day in the lives of two people. The album will give the bride and groom something to look back on and savour the details.


To capture it all, the photographer must be no acquaintance to these 5 photographic shots and how to get creative with them. Use these to keep up with changing shooting conditions. You may be in a church one moment and outside the next.


Basic portrait

This is the mid to full body shot of the couple. It’s important to do justice to facial expressions. To do this, make sure the subject is behind the sun or otherwise outside of harsh direct light. A soft, even glow will be most flattering.


Don’t be afraid to take charge and direct poses you know they’ll love, perhaps looking at the camera or into each other’s eyes. Be sure to spread the dress out so the bride can show off the details.


Close up portrait

To photograph more intimate moments, use shorter focal lengths to capture valuable facial expressions. You can ask the couple to touch foreheads. Or experiment with endearing gazes, hands and bouquet placements. Encourage natural laughter in some. Even try holding the veil around the lens to get creative with the frame.


Close up detail shots

Zoom in close to details like rings, dress details, shoes, flowers, neck tie pins, watches, the wedding cake, kisses, and more. Talk to the couple and see what they don’t want you to miss and get hold of a macro lens to best do this.


Wide angle

Wide angle lenses come in handy when you want to photograph groups and include more of the scenery. You can play around with framing effects on the subject too. Closing in can render the frame. Just don’t cross the line between artistic blur and distortion.


Narrow depth of field

You can easily switch between wide angles and a narrower field of view with a telephoto lens. This can zoom into angles that isolate the subject, and counteract busy background features that may be a distraction in the photo. This can be used for portraits, macro and action shots.


With these five points of view, you’ll be equipped to capture the wedding. There will be a lot going on but you now have some basic insights to catching it all.