The Must Have Detail Shots You Need if You Want Your Wedding Published
If getting your wedding published in a magazine or wedding blog is on your priority list, you'll need to plan ahead. From having our work published over 40 times, we know that most publications look for shots of specific detail shots and photos that capture the story of your wedding day!
Don't Forget to Capture These on Your Wedding Day
While there will be plenty of shots of you in your wedding dress, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to have a beautiful shot of your dress hanging in the morning sunlight before you put it on.
Publications look for shots of the details of your special day and this shot is an essential. You’ll want your photographer to use their creative skills to take beautiful images of your invitation suite. They can style the invitations with florals, ribbon, your rings, jewelry, your perfume, and any other special mementos that you would like to include!
Your shoes may not get as much attention as they deserve on your wedding day, but they really bring your whole look together. You’ll want to have the details of your shoes captured as well. We've styled shots using the bride's veil, jewelry, bouquet. There are so many opportunities here!
4. Getting Ready
From getting your hair done and makeup done to getting into your dress and putting on your shoes, the getting ready shots are some of the most fun shots of your wedding day, but don't forget about the groom here! Publications love to see getting ready shots of both brides and grooms!
5. Notes and Gifts
If you plan to exchange letters or gifts the morning of the wedding, you'll want this special moment captured as you read the sweet notes from each other!
6. Bridal Portraits
Once your hair and makeup is perfectly done and you are dressed and ready for your walk down the aisle, you’ll want to take a few moments to get some of those high fashion styled shots of just you. Don't forget to include some shots with your veil and bouquet!
7. First Look
There is nothing quite like the expression your soon-to-be spouse gives when they see you for the first time all done up in your wedding attire. While in the past this was left for the big moment when the bride walks down the aisle, a first look can really enhance this moment. The first look allows you to see each other for the first time without having to keep your composure in front of all your guests. It allows you to get a genuine and natural reaction to seeing each other and can result in incredibly beautiful moments you won't want to miss. Not all couples choose to do a first look and we respect that! If you opt out of a first look, I would highly suggest working with a photographer who can provide a second shooter. This is a great way to ensure your photographer will be able to capture your fiance's face when he first sees you as well as you walking down the aisle.
8. Ceremony & Reception Details
You'll want to allow your photographer to get into the ceremony and reception spaces prior to your guests arriving so they can capture a full shot of the ceremony set up and and reception space. This is the perfect opportunity for the photographer to capture details of your florals, table settings, escort cards, favors and any other fun elements you've included in your day untouched.
Detailed shots of the cake itself usually make it into publications so don't forget those! Having shots of the two of you cutting the cake and toasting are a plus!
10. Anything Other Fun or Unique Elements
Publications really love seeing fun and unique elements! If you planned something really fun for favors or your planner has designed a very unique element such as a monogrammed wedding logo be sure to express that you would like shots of that to your photographer!
We always recommend that you express your intent to submit your wedding to your photographer and planner. They will need to work together to ensure there is adequate time throughout the day to get the detail shots that you'll need and may be able to recommend a publication (if you don't already have one in mind) and may be able to help you submit! If your photographer's work has been published before, they may already know what to expect when it comes to the type of detail shots publications look for. Communicating with your photographer that you plan to submit your wedding beforehand is key since you will need to get the following specific shots if you want your wedding published!
Our team is the perfect fit if you are planning to submit your wedding for publication! We live for detail shots and we can assist with styling the details of your wedding day. We even bring our own styling kit with us on wedding days that includes many beautiful details such as many different colored ring boxes from The Mrs. Box, wax seals, pretty ribbons, and so much more! Our work has been featured in many renowned wedding magazines and blogs and we have the insight to assist you with the submission process! If you want to learn more about submitting your wedding to a publication, reach out and chat with our team of award-winning wedding planners here!