Creating a new church website or updating your old one? We have created a list of photos that we think are great to include on your site and some tips on how you can get all of these shots.

Photo Checklist:

  •  Head shots of every staff member to include on bio pages
  •  Worship
    •  Pastor preaching (we suggest you take a few posed close-up shots of them speaking)
    •  Worship band/musician playing (we suggest you take them during practice so they can pose)
    •  Congregation members engaged in worship (singing, praying, etc)
    •  Congregation members in community events (examples include service projects, a potluck, etc)
  •  Photos that help first-time guests know what they can expect when they visit your church
    •  Nursery/child-care facilities (parents like to know where their kids will be before they come)
    •  Coffee or welcome area
    •  Sanctuary features
    •  Worship elements (communion, prayer, singing, etc)
    •  Gifts for first-time guests
  •  Action and close-up shots of people for every ministry you include on your website & every life stage
    •  Infants
    •  Toddlers
    •  Elementary kids
    •  Junior high/middle school
    •  High school
    •  College
    •  Single adults
    •  Young couples
    •  Families
    •  Empty nesters
    •  Retirees
  •  Church building
    •  Main entrance  (visual reminder for first-time visitors)
    •  View from road (visual reminder for first-time visitors)
    •  Any interesting aspects of your building
  • Interesting landmarks or scenes from your city or geographic area (these make great background images for your site)

How do I get all these photos?

Professional photographer: Hire a professional to come take photos during a worship service or church night. Give them a list of all the photos you need.  You would be surprised how many photos they can get if you plan it right.  It might be money well spent.

Volunteer photographer: Every church has one or two people who love to take photos and have a good eye too.  Give them the list of photos you need and let them use these gifts to serve your church!

Ask the congregation for their personal photos: Create a bulletin announcement or a Facebook post asking the congregation to submit their best photos.  If you really want to have fun, make it a contest and give a prize to the winner.

Other Photo Tips:

Take shots before and during a worship service:  I know that everyone likes to get great live worship shots.  Sometimes this can be obtrusive to a worship service.  Why not have the photographer come and take photos while the worship team is practicing before a service?  Have the pastor show up a few minutes early and do a 5-minute rendition of their sermon beforehand too.  This gives the photographer full access and allows them to get the close-up shots your website needs.  Doing this also gives the photos a live feel.  The photographer can stick around and take live shots of the service too.  Doing this gives you more options to choose from.

Don’t forget the photo release forms:  I know that it is a lot of work to get the photo release forms, but it is important to get them.

Other helpful photo resources:

ChurchWP Church Website Audit Guide

How to find great church website photos

Sample church photo release form

Brad
Brad

Brad started ChurchWP.net in 2013 to help churches get online with WordPress. He is a pastor and also operates a web design agency called Frugal Fox Design.