Professional or Amateur should have some guidelines about what they want shot. It’s easy to lose sight of the must have shots when there is a lot going on.
Her is a typical wedding shotlist for anyone that would like to have a look.
This is the kind of shot list a photographer will carry round at a wedding. It’s a good idea to have a look and see if you would like to add some particular photos or video shots. Also any additional information the photographer might need is always helpful.
Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony
___ Wedding dress lying over a chair ___ Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress ___ Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace ___ The bride’s garter ___ The bride’s veil ___ A close up of the bride’s shoes peeking out from under the dress ___ Bride looking into a mirror ___ Bride looking out window ___ Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup ___ Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father ___ Bride hugging parents ___ Bride touching up ___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony ___ Groom tying tie ___ Groom looking into mirror ___ Bride looking out window ___ Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father ___ Groom hugging parents ___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
Wedding Photography Shots At the Ceremony
___ Outside of ceremony site___ Guests walking into ceremony site ___ Bride and father entering ceremony site ___ Parents being seated ___ Grandparents being seated ___ Maid of honor walking down the aisle ___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle ___ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle ___ Groom waiting for bride ___ Ceremony musicians ___ Officiate ___ Altar or canopy during ceremony ___ Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance ___ Bride and father walking down aisle ___ Groom seeing bride for first time ___ The back of bride and father walking down the aisle – with the groom waiting in the distance ___ Bride’s father and Bride hugging at end of aisle ___ Shot of the audience from the bride and groom’s point of view ___ The unity ceremony ___ Close up of bride and groom saying the vows ___ Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows ___ Exchanging the rings ___ Close up of hands ___ The kiss ___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle ___ Receiving line ___ Bride & Groom outside on steps ___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed
___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations ___ Bride & Groom getting in car ___ Bride & Groom in back seat
Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception (These can also be taken before the ceremony)
___ Bride alone (full length) ___ Bride with Maid of Honor ___ Bride with bridesmaids ___ Groom with bridesmaids ___ Bride with parents
___ Bride & Groom together ___ Bride & Groom with parents ___ Bride & Groom with families ___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party ___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ring bearer ___ Groom with parents ___ Groom with best man ___ Groom with groomsmen ___ Bride with groomsmen
During the Reception (to help your photographer, you may wish to list these shots in the order they will happen at your reception)
___ Outside of reception site ___ Bride & Groom arriving ___ Bride & Groom greeting guests ___ Table centerpieces
___ Table setting ___ Bride & Groom’s table (head table) ___ Musicians or DJ ___ Guest book ___ Place card table ___ Close-up of bride and groom’s place card ___ Wedding cake ___ Groom’s cake ___ Gift table ___ Decorations (specify which _________________________) ___ A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table ___ Bride with college alums ___ Groom with college alums ___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving
___ Bride & Groom’s first dance ___ Bride & Father dancing ___ Groom & Mother dancing ___ Guests dancing
___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake ___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake ___ Toasts (specify who is giving them: ____________________) ___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne ___ Signing the marriage license ___ Bride throwing bouquet ___ Groom retrieving garter ___ Groom tossing garter ___ Garter/Bouquet dance ___ The getaway car ___ Bride & Groom leaving party ___ Bride & Groom driving away
Guests the photographer shouldn’t miss: (provide your photographer with a seating chart so that he can easily identify them).