(Closed) Wedding ‘Shot’ List

posted 13 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2021 - Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers

KateC: I found this one on The Knot. Pretty comprehensive!

<h4>Getting Ready</h4>
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  • Bride’s clothes hanging on the wardrobe, on the bedpost, or over a chair
  • Bridesmaids doing bride’s hair and makeup
  • Bride and bridesmaids getting dressed, applying makeup
  • Mom helping bride with one last detail, such as veil
  • Full-length shot of bride in gown checking herself out in mirror
  • Detail of clothing, shoes, garter, something borrowed, something blue
  • Touching shot of bride with parent/s and/or stepparent/s
  • Touching shot of bride with sibling/s
  • Bride hugging honor attendant
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Bride with all the women
  • Groom getting ready with Dad and pals (tying the tie is a classic)
  • Touching shot of groom with parent/s and/or stepparent/s
  • Touching shot of groom with sibling/s
  • Groom with his arm affectionately around best man
  • Groom with all the groomsmen
  • Groomsmen putting on boutonnieres or bowties
  • Intimate shots of bride and groom chatting with/crying with/hugging parents and siblings preceremony
  • Dad whispering last-minute advice to groom
  • Groom ready to go
  • Bride ready to go
  • Bride and groom separately making their way to the ceremony (in a limo backseat, hailing a cab, walking down the street/hall/stairs)

    <h4>The Ceremony</h4>

  • Guests streaming into the site
  • Ushers escorting guests to their seats
  • Ushers escorting moms to their seats (Christian wedding)
  • Close-up of groom’s adorably nervous mug waiting for his other half
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle
  • Flower girl and/or ring bearer entering
  • Honor attendant walking down the aisle
  • Grandparents walking down the aisle (Jewish wedding)
  • Wedding party waiting at the altar
  • Groom walking down the aisle
  • Bride and Dad/escort/parents (Jewish wedding) walking down the aisle
  • Close-up of bride just before she makes her entrance
  • Bride and groom at the altar
  • Altar or canopy from the back during ceremony
  • Wide shot of audience during ceremony, from bride and groom’s point of view
  • Faces of bride and groom as they exchange vows
  • Close-up of bride’s and groom’s hands as they exchange rings
  • The kiss
  • Bride and groom proceeding up the aisle, guests’ smiling faces at their sides
  • Bride and groom outside ceremony site
  • Congrats shots: bride and groom hugging, laughing, and crying with good friends and family
  • Bride and groom leaving ceremony site
  • Bride and groom in limo backseat

    <h4>Before the Reception (During the Cocktail Hour)</h4>
    Note: You can also take these before the ceremony.

  • Bride and groom together
  • Bride with her happy, proud parents and/or stepparents
  • Bride with her entire immediate family
  • Groom with his happy, proud parents and/or stepparents
  • Groom with his entire immediate family
  • Bride and groom with all parents
  • Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides
  • Bride and groom with groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom with whole wedding party

    <h4>The Reception</h4>

  • Shot from outside reception site (to set the tone)
  • Reception details such as place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors table, and champagne glasses
  • Bride and groom arriving (make it dramatic — their faces through the dark limo windows, the two lovebirds atop a staircase or pushing through a curtain)
  • Receiving line moments
  • Bride and groom at head table
  • Parents’ table
  • Guests’ tables
  • Close-up of friends and family making toasts
  • Bride and groom sipping champagne
  • Bride’s and groom’s parents whispering to each other during dinner
  • Bride and groom chatting up the guests
  • Bride and groom’s first dance (maybe with a slow shutter speed so the movement blurs the image a little)
  • Parents dancing
  • Bride and Dad dancing
  • Groom and Mom dancing
  • Wedding party dancing
  • Grandparents dancing
  • Kids playing or dancing
  • Musicians or DJ doing their thing
  • Guests going nuts on the dance floor (again, slow shutter speed could be effective)
  • Bride laughing with bridesmaids
  • Cake table
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other cake
  • Dessert table
  • Bouquet toss (perhaps a vertical shot from in front of the bride)
  • Tossing and catching of the garter
  • Bride and groom leaving, waving from getaway car’s backseat
  • Rear of car departing

    Post # 5
    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @canary: I’m going off this list and add and subtracting based on what I want.  And I didn’t think it was a no-no to have a shot list.  My photographer actually asked me to consider making one so she doesn’t miss anything.

    Post # 6
    2001 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I would think most of the Knot shot list is considered pretty standard stuff by any professional photographer.  The only “shot list” I would give would include things that were unique to my wedding, that the photographer otherwise wouldn’t know were important to capture (i.e., lace from Grandma’s wedding gown wrapped around your bouquet).

    Post # 7
    163 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Although some of these things seem like common sense for a photographer, the more I read wedding re-cap posts, the more it seems like the #1 thing people regret at their wedding is not giving their photographer a shot list.  So this is something I definitely plan on doing. Probably not as detailed as the Knot list, but something similar.

    Post # 8
    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    My photographer actually asked for a shot list to guarantee she captures all of the things that are important to me. Such as the arrangements for family photos, the invitations I designed myself etc. I’ve read a few posts about brides who regret not getting certain pictures after the wedding.

    Post # 9
    587 posts
    Busy bee

    I think it comes down to what I said in the other post.  Work with a seasoned professional.  These lists are unnecessary with the exception of a  handful of preference shots and most importantly who to include and not include in the group portrait session.  I’d be kind of suspicious if my photographer asked me for such a comprehensive list.

    Post # 10
    520 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @KateC:I know that wedding shot lists are kind of a ‘no-no’, but I am really adoment on getting certain pictures and really want those ‘photojournalist’ pictures.”

    That’s like an Oxymoron right there. If you give your photographer a long list of must-have shots like this, you sacrifice the photojournalistic pictures. It’s a trade off, you can’t have both. Your photographer is either looking down at your list, checking things off, or he or she is looking around the room, keeping an eye out for candid moments to capture. It’s your choice to make, but if you hired a PJ photographer, giving them a list like this is the worst thing you can do to sabatoge your wedding photos. Just my .02

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