When it comes to wedding photos, the little things truly do make the biggest difference. It’s not that you don’t want all the big moments captured—you absolutely do—but just that they won’t tell the whole story of your and your partner’s big day.
That’s where all those little details come into play, as they’ll add the kind of depth and personality to your photos that will help them go from simple documentations of the day to a full and rich story that speaks to the true experience of it all.
Now, as longtime NY / NJ wedding photographers, we know that getting those little details captured isn’t always so easy nor simple, and for some tips, check out this post, 4 Wedding Photography Tips for Capturing All the Little Details, but today’s post isn’t about the how, but the what…or the whats, to be more precise.
We’ve met with plenty of couples in our time in wedding photography in NY and NJ who don’t fully grasp just how important the prep period of the wedding day can be. While you may save some money by going with a package that doesn’t include it, trust us, you will lose something in the process.
Capturing the prep portion of the day will only add more depth and help to build suspense in your photo album, so the only question you should be asking yourself is what, exactly, you should have captured during your prep period.
For some general tips, check out this post, 5 Wedding Photography Tips for Capturing the Best ‘Getting Ready’ Moments, but again, while you’ll want all the big actions, whether it’s your mother zipping up your gown or your best man giving you one last look before you head out to your ceremony, the devil is truly in the details.
The groom’s suit or attire, bouquets, watches, bracelets, necklaces, cufflinks, shoes, ties, perhaps the bridesmaids’ or groomsmens’ attire laid out or hanging up, and anything else attire-related should all be considered. The bride’s dress should, of course, be captured, and for some ideas on how to do it, check out this post, Wedding Photo Ideas for Creatively Capturing Your Dress.
You don’t just want the details themselves captured either but them being picked up and/or put on as well, and then there are the location details to consider. If you’re getting ready in your home, for instance, there may be some family pictures in the room you’re in, or maybe there’s a beautiful fountain at the hotel you’re at, which brings us to the next point.
Whether it’s the location at which you’re getting ready, your ceremony location, a quick photo session pitstop, or your reception venue, there will always be details inherent to the setting you’re at that you’ll want captured.
Theses kinds of detail shots will be key to setting the scene and recreating the atmosphere of the location(s) pictured. They’ll help to draw people in and give them a feel for the true experience of your wedding day.
So, which details should you capture? Well, that completely depends on the choices you make in the planning process, which is why you should definitely visit your future wedding location(s) well before your big day, no matter which kind of setting(s) you choose.
It’s also a good idea to speak with your wedding photographers about your celebration’s location(s) so that they can do the same. You may even find out that they have some experience with the venue and know of some of the details you’ll definitely want in your photo album.
It could be some of the colorful flowers in a gorgeous outdoor garden, a beautiful chandelier or staircase, amazing windows or ceilings in a ballroom, your table cards or reception sign-in book, tablescapes or centerpieces, wine glasses, elements that tie in with your wedding’s theme, etc.
The point is, while you’ll absolutely want pictures that capture the whole scope of your wedding’s setting(s), you’ll also want plenty of detail shots to add depth to your photos, and you don’t want to forget to have any of the stand-out elements of the location(s) captured.
Food & Drink Details
You cannot underestimate the power of your food & drink choices, both at your celebration itself and in the pictures and video(s) you have captured of it.
Yes, people will likely remember the eye-popping elements of the venue and the type of band at the reception, but they’ll definitely remember good food and clever cocktails.
That’s why it’s so important to ensure that plenty of those kinds of details make their way into your pictures. Speak with your photographers about it and look for evidence of those kinds of shots in their photo galleries.
Whether it’s the variety of snacks served during your cocktail hour, the unique cocktails that tie in with your celebration’s theme, your dinner menu, or your dessert station, again, you’ll want plenty of shots of the individual details.
All the unique and DIY details.
From there, you’ll obviously want any details which are customized to your celebration or that you took the DIY approach to captured. It could be your party favor goodie bag, homemade signs directing guests to your celebration, some family pictures you brought to your reception space from home, etc.
There are plenty more details as well. Your rings, for instance, should obviously have their moment to shine in your album, and for more on that, check out this post Wedding Photo Ideas for Capturing Your Rings in All Their Glory.
The bottom line is, when it comes to your wedding celebration and the photos you get of it, the little details will be key. They’ll help to set the scene and to tell the whole story of your and your partner’s big day, so you need to do everything you can to ensure they all make it into your photo album.
About Us: Live Picture Studios is composed of a team of experienced NY / NJ wedding photographers, videographers, and editors who’ve been making memories magical in the NY, NJ, PA, and CT area for years with dazzling wedding photos and videos. Check out our photo gallery and video gallery for some examples.