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From pre-ceremony shots to the final exit, all the wedding photographs collectively build the narrative of your client’s big day and are essential for their memory book, be it in photo albums or prints. And some of the photos they will cherish the most are the wedding party pictures. Plus, when it comes to wedding party poses, there’s so much you can do! You can go classic or fun or creative or aim for unique wedding party photos or try out all of them (depending on how much time you’ve got). Since these photos are a must-have on the shot list, this blog offers not only photo ideas that you could try with the wedding party but also some tips to make group photos simple and easy. 

What Is Wedding Party Photography?

an image of the groomsmen tossing the groom
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

Wedding party photography is nothing but the time you take out to take pictures of the couple with their wedding party or just photos of the bridesmaids and groomsmen on their own. These people are, without a doubt, some of the VIPs of the wedding day, making wedding party pictures a crucial element on your wedding day TDL. 

The best part is that whether it’s a small or a large crew, there are wedding party picture ideas you can use for both. From wedding party pictures with flower girl, super glamorous bridal party photos, or perfectly-posed wedding party pictures with parents – wedding party photography truly encapsulates some of the most treasured memories of a wedding day. 

Wedding Party Photo Ideas: Inspiration From ShootDotEdit Customers

From gorgeous bridal party photo ideas to creative groomsmen photos, use these stunning shots from ShootDotEdit customers to get inspired for your next wedding photography gig.

1. Erin Morrison Photography

the bridesmaids cheering off the bride in her wedding dress
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @erinm_photography

2. Breonna Wells Photography

the bride and the bridesmaids posing with bouquets
Image Courtesy: ShootDotEdit Customer @breonnawellsphotography 

3. Looyenga Photography

a grand wedding exit where everyone is blowing bubbles
Image Courtesy: ShootDotEdit Customer @looyengaphoto

4. June Lion

a wedding couple slowly running with their bridesmaids and groomsmen
Image Courtesy: ShootDotEdit Customer @kellyiswilde

5. Infinite Loop Photography

a wedding couple having an indoor moment with friends and family
Image Courtesy: ShootDotEdit Customer @infiniteloopphoto

Wedding Party Photography Tips For Wedding Photographers

1. Document The Relationship

an image of the bridesmaids fixing the bride's wedding dress
Image Courtesy: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

Besides stunning photos, wedding party photography is also about showcasing the relationship your couple shares with the wedding party. To get the best shots, try to capture the natural interaction between your couple and their wedding party. Of course, you can always go for heavily and creatively-posed photos, but it’s shooting those candid photos that could give way to photos that showcase their authentic relationship. Plus, you can do this at any time during the wedding timeline. Whether it’s the exciting and emotional getting ready moments or when the entire wedding party is partying it up on the dance floor – try to photograph moments as they unfold to truly document the bond your clients share with their closest people. Focus on the tight hugs, knowing glances, and joyful laughs shared between them. 

2. Capture Posed + Candid Shots

the groom standing with the groomsmen holding his pet dogs
Image Courtesy: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

One of the main wedding photography tips for any wedding is to follow a shot list that gets you both posed and candid photos. The same rule applies to pictures of the wedding party. Since wedding group poses are not the easiest part of wedding photography, we’d recommend keeping a list of poses, so you don’t have to scramble for ideas as you’re shooting. Wedding party photos can be fun and creative as well. Think of wedding party photo ideas that include pets, blowing bubbles, ribbon wands, champagne showers, etc. 

You could also try including wedding celebration vibes in your wedding party pictures, and to get the most authentic version of that, we’d highly suggest shooting candids. These could be during the wedding, the wedding reception party, or even the laughter that erupts when things are all over the place when trying to pose a large wedding party (you don’t even need to say “say cheese” when this happens!). Another thing you could try is giving action cues like asking the entire wedding party to run towards you! That’s not just candid, it’s also going to be a really fun photo and memory.

Suggested Read: 7 Photography Tips To Posing The Wedding Party

3. Get Experimental

the grooms and the groomsmen posing in their wedding attire
Image Courtesy: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

To execute different wedding party photography ideas, start with getting creative with angles, explore stunning landscapes and find unique backgrounds for the perfect shot. 

  • Choosing a great location can also add creativity to your photography. Whether you’re shooting on top of a hill or taking pictures on the beach with a bright blue sky as your backdrop, try using different photography angles and techniques that incorporate the landscape and get you 10/10 wedding party pictures.

  • Lighting and composition can make or break your wedding photos. The same applies to photos of the wedding party. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, try to make sure you’re using the right lighting for the types of shots you need.  

  • Don’t just stay at eye level; you can use aerial shots or even shoot from below for more dramatic wedding party pictures.

  • You can also utilize props such as balloons, streamers, and umbrellas for additional playful and fun wedding party photo ideas.

Further Read: 4 Photography Lighting Techniques For The Wedding Party Portraits

Photographing special moments between the wedding party and the couple helps to strengthen your wedding day story. When doing so, ensure to capture love, laughter, bear hugs, and maybe even some happy tears. From fun wedding party photos to group hugs during wedding dance photos – try to include beautifully framed shots of each moment of celebration in your wedding shot list. To avoid wasting any time, we’d recommend planning out all the wedding party pictures in advance. But like we said before, don’t be afraid to go beyond the shot list. You never know what candid moments make it to the wedding album.

At ShootDotEdit, we strive to help wedding photographers reach their true potential as creative professionals and business owners. Part of how we do that is by taking photo editing off your plate with our professional editing services. To learn more about how we can help, take a look at our pricing plans.

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