After a perfect wedding day, who doesn't want perfect wedding photos to remember every single detail? You probably spent hours researching expert photographers and drafting a list of must-have shots to secure those album-ready pics. But now that the vows have been read, the cake has been cut, and your photographer has snapped that last shot of your sparkler exit, you can put all that recently acquired photography knowledge behind you, right? Well, not so fast. Your honeymoon is fast-approaching and destination photo ops await. And just like your wedding, there are a few must-have honeymoon photos every couple should take.
Of course, every couple's honeymoon is different, but there are several standard shots to keep in mind. Our honeymoon photography experts from Flytographer, a collective of photographers focused on honeymoons that are based in 250 cities across six continents, weighed in on the shots you absolutely have to take to be sure you have a collection of honeymoon photos you'll want to cherish forever. Keep this list and your passport handy as you jet off to celebrate officially being married.
The Location Shot
A photo that showcases your chosen destination, of course, tops the must-take list. "Your number one must-have honeymoon shot should show off you as a couple, as well as the location you have chosen," says Flytographer's Kelly. "If you two are adventurists, then go on a beautiful hike at sunset and get the last glow of the day. If your location has a colorful downtown scene with beautiful architecture, then grab your heels and the hand of your new husband and dance in the streets."
Gloria agrees, pointing out, "This has to be a photo you can only take at your honeymoon location and only at the time of year you travel there."
To get the best location shot, photographer Roberta suggests staking out a locale before the tourist crowds descend. "Try to explore the city where you are traveling at times when you can avoid the crowd. Sunrise could be an option. It is not really easy waking up early in the morning, but it's worth it!"
A Stunning Sunset Photo
Yes, your Instagram feed is probably flooded with sunset photos—but they're popular for a reason! "I think one of the most romantic photos are those shots just before the sunset," says Flytographer's Tania. "Golden light, a tender glow, those last rays of sunshine lingering on the skin...that dense, warm light creates a very special romantic atmosphere," she says.
Her best tips for snagging the perfect sunset shot? "It's important to start the shoot 30 to 60 minutes before the sun sets down. The best photos are those made 20 minutes before the sunset and 10 minutes after."
A Hand in Hand Shot
A hand in hand walking shot is another one of those classic must-have shots. "My number one photo is a walking shot with you and your loved one with the encompassing scenery around you," says Lyndsay. "It’s a quick moment of the two of you walking through your journey of life together," she explains.
To get the perfect shot, Lyndsay says, "Walk slowly, hand in hand, making sure to catch each other’s eyes and laughing at the ground a few times." As silly as it may feel to laugh at the ground, trust the expert—it's worth it!
A Smooching Shot
Of course, a shot of a sweet kiss shared between you and your spouse is a total must! Couple your honeymoon kiss with a gorgeous backdrop—like this couple did in the Bali rice terraces.
"When the couple kisses, you can see the love in them," explains photographer Jimie. For this particular shot, he suggests getting a little distance between yourself and the lens if possible. (It cuts down on any camera shyness!)
The Cozy Shot
Don't forget to cuddle up! Flytographer's Dana says, "I think all couples, regardless of where they decide to spend their honeymoon, should have a super cozy, cuddly honeymoon photo or two."
"My best tip for getting that perfect shot? Relax, breathe, look into each other’s eyes, and savor the moment," she urges. "Don't worry about how you think you should look in the moment. Just be."
A Black and White Photo
Of course, you'll want to capture the blues of the ocean and rainbow hues of Cinque Terre, Italy, but you won't want to leave without capturing at least one black and white photo. "It's perfect to print big in your home, and it’ll be timeless!" says Kimon, who captured this artsy shot in Santorini, Greece.
A Playful Pose
Sure, honeymoons are said to be all about romance, but don't forget to get a little silly. "My favorite shot is to capture the couple having a playful moment," says photographer Krystal of Paris. "I usually tell the man to pick her up and spin which creates a genuine expression of bliss and laughter on her face."
Just the Two of You
If you're jetting off to a popular location, it might be hard to keep hordes of tourists from photobombing your pics. But with the perfect angle, you can get an intimate photo of just you and your spouse. "A must-have photo is one where it seems like you're the only people in the whole area," says Nathalie. "Obviously, many areas that you may go to on your honeymoon may have other tourists there, so sometimes you just have to find the right angles to give the look that you are the only ones there. These photos give a feel as if you are the only ones that exist in that moment and that you're so focused on one another during this special time of your life!"
The wedding is over—time to relax! Be sure to capture some of that vacation relaxation on camera. According to photography duo Barbara and Claudio, a "nice and relaxed, 'real you' shot" is an absolute must. "Since it's your honeymoon and you probably had official wedding photos taken, it's time for you to relax and do something less formal," they explain.
Photographers Kristy and Vic in Miami seem to agree. "Our number one must-have honeymoon photo is a photo of the couple just being together. By this, we mean snuggling or being playful with each other, as naturally as possible. More than anything you want to remember the emotions in the photo and how you both felt being newlyweds."
A Shot That Starts a Tradition
A unique photo idea you won't regret? Snapping a shot that you can replicate for years to come. "The honeymoon usually means the end of the wedding. I think it is an excellent opportunity for the beginning of a new life," explains Fernanda of Cabo San Lucas. "Begin your own tradition—a silly pose, piggyback, running or jumping. Something that you can repeat in each place you visit on your next vacation."