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Photography: Wedding Shot List


Looking at your wedding photos is such a fun way to relive your wedding. The photographer has such an important role in the way a bride and groom look back at the day. This is why sometimes the couple tells the photographer prior to the wedding what to focus on. There are so many different types of shots a photographer can capture. Here are a couple of photography ideas to add to your wedding shot list!

Photography: Wedding Shot List

Couple Shots

A couple of photos are always going to be unique to the couple. Each couple brings something unique and special to the table. I will let these photos speak for themselves.

List of Family Shots:

  • The whole family on both sides
  • Brides side of the entire family
  • Grooms side of the entire family
  • Brides grandparents
  • Grooms Grandparents
  • Siblings on both sides of the couple

When gathering people for a picture, try to get the large pictures done ahead of time. This way, no one is anxiously waiting for the large family photo, and you can dwindle your way through the shot list. This not only makes it easy for the parties involved but helps create a sense of organization on the day of your wedding.

Wedding Parents:

The parents also play a huge role in the wedding. Make sure to save time for a couple of precious moments like the mother of the bride zipping up the wedding dress, or the father seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. These are moments that you and your family never want to forget!

Wedding Shot List for Bridal Party Shots:

These shots can be taken before and after the ceremony. Make sure to schedule up to an hour for these bridal party shots. The photographer tends to have the most flexibility with creativity when working with the bridal party. Here is examples for your wedding shot list for the bridal party.

  • Symmetrical shot: Bridesmaids to the right of the couple and the groomsmen to the left.
  • Mixed Bridal Party Shot: Everyone surrounding the beautiful couple.
  • Transportation: Photographer follows bridal party on a party bus or while they are in transit for on-the-go photos.
  • “The Walk”: Bridal party walks towards the photographer.
  • Grand Exit: The photographer captures a couple walking out after the ceremony.
  • Head Table: Capturing cheers at the head table.

Wedding Shot List: The Details

A bride spends months even years planning her special day. Each detail of the wedding is so important, from the flowers to the jewelry she wears. A bride will sometimes ask the photographer to focus on these details. He will capture pictures of the reception venue before anyone’s arrival, the ceremony venue, pictures of the cake and desserts, pictures of her dress, shoes, jewelry, and veil. The photographer may also capture details such as place cards, table settings, centerpieces, invitations, rings, and more. All these pictures of the decor and details will help the bride and groom remember all their hard work and how that transformed into a beautiful wedding day and atmosphere.

Reception Shots: 

Some of the best photos come from the reception. All the guests are surrounded by family and friends having a blast! When guests are on the dance floor it makes the photographer’s job easy. Photographers are able to capture emotions, facial expressions, and crazy cool dance moves.

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