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Must-have wedding photos: Part 1

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As you prepare for your big day, one of the many things you'll need to consider are the photographs you can't live without. Use this list as a guideline for the "can't miss" shots you want your photographer to catch on your wedding day.

*all photos from Flickr are used with the Creative Commons Attribution License

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Getting ready: 1 Papillon Wedding Studio/Flickr (Attribution License)

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Photos of the bride having her hair styled and her make-up applied.  If the bridesmaids are with her and they are doing this together, these can make for some cute pictures!

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Getting ready: 2 Katsu Nojiri/Flickr (Attribution LIcense)

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Close-up photos of all the key elements of the bride's trousseau, including her shoes and her veil, any important pieces of jewelry, and sentimental pieces like something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

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Getting ready: 3 Vesic Photography

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Include a shot of the dress before the bride puts it on, either hanging on a padded hanger or draped on furniture.  It typically is an incredibly striking shot.

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Getting ready: 4 Lori Photography/Flickr (Attribution LIcense)

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Get close-up photographs of the bride's bouquet, as well as the bridesmaids' bouquets.  Flowers are typically a big part of a wedding budget, so be sure to preserve them in your photos!

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Getting ready: 5 Teresa Qin/Flickr (Attribution License)

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Be sure to get candid shots of both the bride and the bridesmaids getting dressed.  This can include shots of the gowns.  Particularly beautiful are shots from the back of the bride as she is getting laced or buttoned into her dress.

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Getting ready: 6 Katsu Nojiri/Flickr (Attribution LIcense)

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Two more types of shots you want include: the bride looking at herself in the mirror (preferably a full-length one), and everyone reacting to the bride in her dress (bridesmaids and family).

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Getting ready: 7 Katsu Nojiri/Flickr (Attribution LIcense)

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Another getting ready photo to make sure and get is one of those last-minute things: the bride as the veil is put over her head and the finishing touches are being put on.

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