(Closed) Show me your Photographer list of pictures to take…

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Photo Shot List




 ___ Bride

___ Groom

___ both sets of parents being seated

___ Groom walking down the aisle

___ Bride and Groom

___ Bride, with detail of back of dress

___ Bride with maid-of-honor

___ Bride with bridesmaids

___ Bride with all of her attendants

___ Bride with her parents

___ Groom with best man

___ Groom with groomsmen

___ Groom with all of his attendants

___ Groom with his parents

___ Ring bearer with flower girl

___ Entire bridal party

___ Bride with her mom

___ Bride with the person who gave her away  

___ Bride with both moms

___ Bride and Groom with bride’s parents

___ Bride and Groom with groom’s parents

___ Bride and Groom with bride’s family

___ Bride and Groom with groom’s family

___ Bride with her siblings

___ Groom with his siblings

___ Bride and Groom with both sets of parents

___ Bride and Groom with grandparents

___ Groom with his mom

___ Groom with his dad

___ Bride and Groom walking away from the camera

___ Group shot of the Bride and Groom with all of their guests





___ Wedding gown hanging before Bride gets dressed

___ Bride and attendants getting ready

___ Groom and groomsmen getting ready

___ Mother and maid-of-honor helping bride get ready

___ Reception area being set up

___ Groom leaving for the ceremony

___ Groom seeing bride for the first time – if not at ceremony

___ Bride and Groom signing marriage contract

___ Bride leaving for ceremony

___ Bride and her dad getting into car





___ Guests arriving at ceremony site

___ Bride and her uncle (Give-away-father) getting out of their car

___ Ushers escorting special guests to their seats

___ Both sets of parents entering


___ Each member of the bridal party walking down the aisle

___ Child attendants walking down the aisle

___ Bridal Party awaiting Bride at altar

___ Bride walking down the aisle

___ Special guests watching the ceremony

___ Special reading or songs during ceremony

___ Bride and Groom exchanging rings

___ Bride and Groom reciting their vows

___ Bride and Groom lighting unity candle

___ Bride and Groom’s first kiss

___ Bride and Groom leading recessional

____Bride’s and Groom’s hands with wedding rings

___ Bride and Groom in front of ceremony site after the ceremony

___ Bride and Groom getting in get away car





 ___ Relatives and friends signing guest book

___ Bride and Groom arriving at reception site

___ Bride and Groom greeting guests/receiving line

___ Reception site set

___ Centerpieces

___ Place settings

___ Cake table

___ Bride and Groom’s formal entrance

___ Point-of-view of the Bride and Groom as they enter the reception site

___ Father of the Bride’s toast

___ Best Man’s toast

___ Maid-of-Honor’s toast

___ Bride and Groom making their toast/speech

___ Group picture of guests at each table

___ Bride and Groom’s first dance – up close

___ Bride and Groom’s first dance from a distance

___ Bride dancing with her dad

___ Groom dancing with his mom

___ Guests dancing

___ Traditional dances

___ Bride and Groom speaking with their guests

___ Wedding cake

___ Cake cutting

___ Bride and Groom feeding each other cake

___ Wedding favors

___ Bride tossing bouquet

___ Bride and Groom departing

___ Back of getaway car


Post # 4
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ashron:  lovely list….:)

Post # 5
3454 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just keep in mind that your photographers ought to KNOW a lot of these already — I started making a list that included things like “bouquet toss” but then I was like wait, what the hell would they be doing during the bouquet toss OTHER than photographing it?!?! So what’s more important is to track the things that are important to you personally that may not be on everyone’s obvious to-do list.

Example: if you did a lot of DIY, make sure your photographers know to take pictures of the things that you made. Maybe it doesn’t occur to them to take a close-up picture of all your escort cards or your aisle flowers or something, but if you made them yourself, you’re going to want that!

Or, if there are interesting angles on shots that you want during the ceremony or something, make sure you list those out with examples. To put together my list, I just looked through a billion WB recaps and realized there weren’t all that many must-have shots that weren’t obvious, so I was glad to have that list and examples!

Post # 6
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@iarebridezilla:  This 😀

I figured most wedding photographers have an idea of what to take. So I just made a list that I wanted to make sure he wouldn’t miss out like my DIY flowers, my cake… and also shots of couples at the wedding. Rather than, best friends from school, colleagues, etc type group shots.

Post # 7
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… if you’ve hired a photographer that needs a list beyond combinations of people for family photos then you’ve hired someone that doesn’t have enough experience to shoot weddings.  Or you’re not trusting your photographer and/or trying to control the experience too much which puts unnecessary pressure on the whole process.  The bottom line is that do you want your photographer with a camera in their hand at the ready or a list on a clipboard?

Post # 8
424 posts
Helper bee

@ashron No offence, but this list is ridiculous and unless you are not hiring a pro totally pointless. A REAL pro will know to get all of these things except for the table shots which most will not do any more. Unless you have less then 50 guests then it is a waste of time. It’s usually done right at  the beginning of dinner and guest are annoyed they have to get up for the photo. Half the time is spent chasing down a guest at the bar/bathroom just to get “everyone”. This is the only time your photog gets to eat and regroup themselves for the rest of the night. You also miss out of them capturing genuine moments. Out of the couples who insist doing this no one has EVER ordered one or put it in their album. If you want to try and get shots of everyone. Get a photobooth and encourage guests to use it.

THIS is what I tell my clients to send me for their important photos.

  1. Besides the couple, immediate family and wedding party who are most important people to you. If you give us a detailed description of each person all the better.
  2. What are unique details you would like me to highlight? {DIY, heirlooms, etc.}
  3. Please give me a detailed list of group photos you would like. In order to get creative wedding party and B+G portraits please keep the groupings to less than 10. Remember to notify each person that they will be in the photos at the set time/location. Please let us know of any divorces or unique family dynamics.
    • {ex.} B+G and Immediate Families together
    • {ex.} B+G and Immediate Families individually
    • {ex.} B+G and Siblings

  4. Is there anything/anyone you want me avoid?
  5. Do you have a Pinetrest or Inspiration board you would like to share? We will NEVER EVER copy another photographers image, but we will take note of different things and create our own.
  6. Anything else I should know to capture your vision?

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