You've featured non-sucky, offbeat, original suggestions for shoes, wedding rings, etc., but I couldn't find a thorough compendium of fun, non-sucky wedding pictures/poses. More specifically, I was looking for inspiration for nice, fun wedding party pictures.
I like the "everyone jumping!" and "everyone running!" poses I've seen all over the web, but I wonder if there is anything even better. You know, like this one with the brides going down the slide. -Aline
FIRST: Hi, Aline! I'm Stephanie. I'm a wedding photographer (and Offbeat Mama's Managing Editor), and I thank you for this question SO HARD. Wedding party photos can be all over the place: some couples reserve a ton of time for this part of the day, and others either can't or don't think about it until it's too late. If they're shot before the ceremony everyone's a little nervous, and if they're shot after everyone's ready to party, so there's a delicate song and dance that must be done before the people getting married, their parties, and the photographer(s) are happy.
HAVING SAID THAT… awesome and fun wedding party photos are totally possible! Here are a few things to keep in mind and the photos to go with:
The best part about this was that it wasn't planned — the words "someone pick up Anna!" just kind of flew out of my mouth, and this is what happened:
This one is another that looks totally spontaneous to me — I feel like the photographer was all "We're finished!" so everyone relaxed, and then this moment was captured by W Scott Chester Photography:
Know your friends
Are your friends going to be comfortable doing off the wall stuff like piling up in a heap… or would they really rather just stand in a line, grin, and get it over with? If the former is the case, I give you this shot from The Weaver House:
Couldn't you use a BIG HUG on your wedding day? You might remember this photo from this Monday Montage.
Play on the traditional
So maybe you guys DO end up all in a line… it doesn't mean your photos have to be boring if this shot from Kate Noelle Photography is any indication:
I also recommend booking a photographer you feel will listen to the ideas YOU have — it's your wedding, and an awesome photographer will be interested in what you want your photos to look like. This party shot is awesome — it's a traditional "stand in a line and look at me" snap, but it's oh-so-cool:
Or you could stand in a line with a little twist:
Walk and Talk
Never underestimate the potential coolness of the "walk and talk" shot. You can do this with your wedding party, family, or just the two of you:
AH I LOVE THIS:
You can also bring PROPS, like Karen and Ian did.
Include inside jokes
I LOVE IT when families and friends want to take a photo or two based on an inside joke they have:
PS: If you want even more inspiration, check out our post on Funny groomsman photos to make you spit some drink on your monitor.
What tips do you have for taking awesome wedding party photos — and where are the links to photos to back them up?