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This Wedding Photography Shot List Will Help You Capture All The Right Moments

You don't want to miss any of the important moments during your wedding day. From pre-wedding prep and post-ceremony dancing, you'll need a photographer who can cover all these bases so that every detail is captured for posterity--and hopefully many future generations! This post includes basic pictures such as engagement portraits or family photos along with anything else specific about style preferences conducted before hiring a photographer; number agreements on sessions duration depending upon if hired per hour/day etc. and much more.

You can't get everything you want at your wedding, but it's important to communicate with the photographer about what is really special. For example, if someone in attendance has an especially meaningful connection or relationship then they should be included in photos that capture this moment for future generations!

To ensure everyone's wishes were met I had my now husband take care of communicating exactly how much footage we needed so there would no chance whatsoever missing anything significant during the process - because life doesn’t wait around until after marriage ceremonies finish happening before deciding which pictures are needed.

Getting Ready/Pre Wedding

Take pictures with your wedding party (bridesmaids, groomsmen and any other loved ones) to remember this special moment. The pre-ceremony is a time of great anticipation - capture it now before you forget!

Bride shots:

  • Wedding day outfit or wedding dress hanging on the wardrobe, on the bedpost or over a chair

  • Wedding party and guest of honor getting dressed and applying makeup (if you're going to be wearing makeup)

  • Parent or other guardian helping to-be-wed with one last detail, such as veil, shoes or zipping up outfit

  • Full-length shot of to-be-wed in outfit looking in mirror

  • Detail shot of clothing, shoes, accessories, and any other special items (something borrowed, something blue, etc)

  • Emotional shot of to-be-wed with parent/s and/or stepparent/s

  • Touching shot of to-be-wed with sibling/s

  • To-be-wed hugging honor attendant or close friend

  • To-be-wed with wedding party

Groom Shots:

  • To-be-wed getting ready with parent and pals (Psst: tying the tie is a classic)

  • Emotional shot of to-be-wed with parent/s and/or stepparent/s

  • Touching shot of to-be-wed with sibling/s

  • To-be-wed with arm around honor attendant (for example, the best man)

  • To-be-wed with wedding party

  • Wedding party putting final touches on outfit (boutonnieres or bowties, for example)

Both Bride & Groom:

  • Emotional shots of each to-be-wed talking to/hugging parents and siblings before the ceremony

  • Bride ready to go

  • Groom ready to go

  • Each to-be-wed separately making their way to the ceremony (in a limo backseat, hailing a cab, walking down the street/hall/stairs)

  • First look (if the couple is going to do one)

Ceremony Photo Inspiration:

Let's face it, you should be center stage at your wedding. But what about all those other details? You don't want to miss any of the fun or emotion behind-the-scenes so make sure that they get captured by having an excellent photographer who will capture everything from arrivals in formal wear right down closeups showing off ring bands! We've got recommendations for both types below:

  • Guests entering the site

  • Ushers escorting guests to their seats

  • Ushers escorting parents to their seats (if applicable)

  • Close-up of groom waiting for partner

  • Wedding party coming down the aisle

  • Flower girl and/or ring bearer coming down the aisle

  • Honor attendants coming down the aisle

  • Grandparents walking down the aisle (if applicable)

  • Wedding party waiting at the altar

  • Groom coming down the aisle (with or without parents)

  • Bride and Dad/escort/parents (if applicable) walking down the aisle

  • Close-up of groom just before making entrance

  • Couple at the front (including the officiant)

  • Arch, altar or canopy from the back during ceremony

  • Wide shot of audience during ceremony, from couple's point of view

  • Faces of the couple as they exchange vows

  • Close-up of the couple's hands as they exchange wedding rings

  • The first kiss as a married couple

  • The couple's recessional

  • Couple outside ceremony site

  • Congrats shots: couple hugging, laughing, and crying with friends and family

  • Couple leaving ceremony site

  • Couple in limo backseat

Wedding Party & Family

What a day, you did it! The time has come for some pictures with your wedding parties and loved ones, so take these while everyone's still here too - before the ceremony starts if that suits you better.

  • Couple together for portrait

  • Couple looking at each other

  • Couple hugging or kissing

  • Bride with parents and/or stepparents

  • Bride with entire immediate family

  • Groom with parents and/or stepparents

  • Groom with entire immediate family

  • Couple with all parents

  • Couple with immediate family members from both sides

  • Couple with wedding party of groom

  • Couple with wedding party of bride

  • Couple with whole wedding party

Reception/Wedding Party

The post-wedding party is one of the most important events in any couple's life, so it’s essential to make sure your photographer captures all those details. From how you decorated and what food was served at dinner time on down to cake cutting, and your exit - these are things that will be worth remembering years from now!

  • Shot from outside reception venue

  • Reception details such as place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors table, and champagne glasses

  • Stationery flat lay

  • Couple arriving to reception

  • Receiving line moments

  • Couple at head table

  • Parents' table

  • Guests' tables

  • Close-up of friends and family making toasts

  • Couple sipping champagne

  • Couple's parents talking to each other during dinner

  • Couple chatting up the guests

  • Detail shot of food

  • Couple's first dance

  • Parents dancing

  • Groom and parent dancing (such as father-daughter dance)

  • Bride and parent dancing (such as mother-son dance)

  • Wedding party dancing

  • Grandparents dancing

  • Kids playing or dancing (if applicable)

  • Musicians or DJ doing their thing

  • Guests going nuts on the dance floor

  • Couple laughing with guests on dance floor

  • Wedding cake (or dessert) table

  • Cake cutting moment

  • Couple feeding each other cake

  • Couple leaving reception

  • Couple waving from vehicle

  • Rear of vehicle departing

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