Photographing Wedding Guests


Believe it or not, but the wedding guests can also be used as props to showcase how stylish a wedding is – or they can help tell a story!  You need to think of the details and perhaps ask a guest if they will hold the cup with the cute straw, or the invitation.

Keep in mind you are looking for a perfect background, compliment, texture, pedestal.  A guest is not off the hook in terms of how they should look – they need to compliment, not distract from the item they will hold.

The right guests to photograph

  • Consider if you need youthful hands – child, young adult or older hands depending on your storytelling
  • Nice collarbone
  • Clothing color – muted or bright, which do you prefer?
  • Looks like they really tried with their outfit, they would LOVE to get their photo taken, trust me
  • Manicured nails – no chippy polish!
  • Great skin and hair
  • Great statement necklace

I won’t know who I want to photograph yet until I get up to the group and survey.

Don’t over think your selection, you’re looking for a specific “easel,” if you will. If you realize you shot someone who didn’t work, just move on and grab another guest.

For these shots, we wanted to focus on the signature drinks.  In this instance, you want to stay close to the bar and shoot a freshly poured drink.


Happy shooting!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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