Wedding Photography Shot List

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Wedding Photography Shot List

Author: Dave Bousfield

Wedding Photography shot list.

Congratulations on your forthcoming Wedding or Civil Partnership. You may well have lists coming out of your ears, so what is the point of another one? Well, simply put, if it gets written down the chances are it will get done. Also you are less likely to forget important people if you give it some thought before the day. I\’m not saying that if the picture is not on the list it won\’t be taken, far from it. Most of the best candid moments are totally unplanned, the children\’s kiss, the thumbs up and the laugh at the best man\’s speech.

However if you want everyone to be in the pictures it\’s best to write your list, and importantly who you want to be pictured with whom. For example, the Bride with her brothers, the brothers on their own (Christmas present for mum) or Mum and Dad with their brothers and sisters.

A good tip is to write the list when you do the seating plan, that way you\’ll have a method to help you do both and it will reduce duplication. Don\’t for a moment think that if you forget someone they won\’t be in the picture, just have a quiet word with your photographer on the day and I\’m sure they\’ll accommodate you.

Most photographers will grab the Best Man or one of the Bridesmaids to help organise people, this way it is much quicker and less intimidating for the guests. The Best Man and Bridesmaids tend to know the important people like elderly uncles and aunts so they are best placed to track them down. They also tend to know where these people may be found, having a crafty smoke or being first at the bar.

Every wedding photographer will develop his or her own shot list over time. If the photographer is a good one, the list will evolve and improve as the photographer matures. Here\’s a good starting list of wedding shots that most Brides will expect to see.

Before the Ceremony

  • Bride Putting On Garter With Bridesmaids Looking On
  • Bride In Dressing Room With Mirror
  • Bride Pinning Corsage On Mother
  • Bride Pinning Flower On Father
  • Flower Girl Handing Bouquet To Bride
  • Mother Adjusting Veil
  • Portrait Of Mother and Bride …. Father and Bride
  • Brothers and Sisters and Bride
  • Bride Leaving House
  • Father Helping Bride Into Car
  • Groom tying tie
  • Groom looking into mirror

At The Church

  • Guests Arriving
  • Groom And Groomsmen
  • Groom With Best Man
  • Best Man Adjusting Groom\’s Tie
  • Groom And Best Man Checking Their Watches
  • Groom With Best Man And Minister
  • Groom And Best Man Looking At Wedding Rings
  • Signing Marriage Certificate
  • Bride And Bridesmaids In Vestibule
  • Bride\’s Mother On Usher\’s Arm
  • Other People Being Accompanied Down Aisle

During The Ceremony

  • Bride Being Taken Down Aisle By Father
  • Father Giving Away Bride

After The Ceremony At Church

  • Bride And Groom Coming Down The Aisle
  • Groom Kissing Bride At The Altar (Set Up)
  • Groom Putting Ring On Bride\’s Finger (Set Up)
  • Receiving The Ring After Ceremony
  • Bride And Groom On The Steps Of Church
  • Getting Into Car
  • Shot while seated in the car

Mood Shots In And Around The Church Or Wedding Area Grounds

  • Bridal Party
  • Bridal Party With Brides Parents
  • Bridal Party With Grooms Parents
  • Bridal Party Grandparents
  • Bridal Party Brothers And Sisters
  • Bridal Party Uncles And Aunties
  • Bridal Party With Friends
  • Bridal Party With All Brides Family
  • Bridal Party With All Of Grooms Family

Between The Ceremony And The Reception

  • Outdoor Shots Of Bride And Groom
  • Outdoor Shots Of Wedding Party
  • Shots Of Groom And Best Man
  • Shots Of Bride And Maid Of Honour

At The Reception

  • Receiving Line
  • Wedding Cake (Prior To Being Cut)
  • Guests Signing Book
  • Introduction Of The Wedding Party
  • Wedding Party Toasting Bride And Groom
  • Bride and Groom Toasting Each Other


  • Bride And Father
  • Groom And Mother
  • Bride And Groom First Dance
  • Bride Showing Rings To Bridesmaids
  • General Dancing Shots

Candid\’s Of Wedding Party

  • Flower Girl And Ring Bearer Together
  • Group Family Portraits
  • Bride Throwing Bouquet
  • Groom And Garter
  • Cutting The Cake
  • Bride And Groom Feeding Cake To Each Other
  • Bride And Groom\’s Hands With Rings On

Special Requests and list of people the photographer shouldn\’t miss

Make a list of the people who are absolute musts and you want to have in the picture

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About the Author

David Bousfield is a qualified photographer with over seven years experience in photographing Weddings and Civil Partnerships all over Europe and the UK, but mainly in the North East of England. A friendly and warm rapport he has a style that suits most ceremonies and captures the true essence of your day.

September 11, 2014 |

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