Wedding photographer shot list

Before the ceremony


Bride photos:

Bride looking into a mirror

Bride looking out window

Bride touching up makeup


Wedding dress:

The back of the dress, usually of someone buttoning or zipping it

The dress in the dress bag hanging, or lying over a chair


Accessories: veil, necklace, garter, shoes

Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace

The bride’s garter, off and on

The bride’s veil, off and on

Her shoes peeking out from under the dress


Bride with others:

Bride with her bridesmaids putting on makeup

Bride giving or pinning corsage/boutonniere on her mother and father

Bride hugging parents

Bride and parents leaving for ceremony


Groom photos:

Groom tying tie

Groom looking into mirror



Photo of cuff links, tie pin, etc.


Groom with others:

Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on his mother and father

Groom hugging parents

Groom and parents leaving for ceremony


At ceremony


Outside of the ceremony site

Guests entering ceremony site

Valet’s helping guests

Bride entering the ceremony site with her parents

Parents being seated

Grandparents being seated


During ceremony if photography is allowed


Maid of honor walking down the aisle

Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle

Groom waiting for bride

Ceremony musicians or organist


Bride and father walking down aisle, from front and back

Groom seeing bride for first time

Bride’s father and Bride hugging at end of aisle

Altar or canopy during ceremony

Shot of the audience

The unity ceremony

The rings, ring exchange

Close up and wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows

Close up of hands joined

The kiss over the altar

Bride and Groom walking up the aisle

Signing the marriage license

Receiving line

Bride and Groom leaving ceremony site

Guests celebrating the union

Bride and Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations

Bride and Groom getting in car

Bride and Groom in back seat


Posed Wedding Photography


Bride alone

Groom alone

Bride with maid of honor

Bride with bridesmaids

Bride with groomsmen

Groom with best man

Groom with groomsmen

Groom with bridesmaids

Bride with parents

Groom with parents

Bride and Groom together

Bride and Groom with both parents

Bride and Groom with groom parents

Bride and Groom with bride parents

Bride and Groom with family

Bride and Groom with wedding party

Bride and Groom flower girl

Bride and Groom with ring bearer





Outside of reception site

Bride and Groom arriving

Receiving line, greeting guests

The tables, centerpieces, décor

The head table

The entertainment

The guestbook (open)

The table setting, place cards, seating chart

Wedding cake, before it is cut, after it is cut

Cutting the cake

Feeding each other the cake

Groom’s cake

Gift table

A shot of bride and groom with guests at each table

Bride with college friends

Groom with college friends

The food, whether a buffet, or of servers

Bride and Groom’s first dance

Bride and Father dancing

Groom and Mother dancing

Guests dancing


Bride and Groom drinking after a toast

Bride throwing bouquet

Someone catching the bouquet

Groom retrieving garter

Groom tossing garter

Someone catching the garter

Garter/Bouquet dance

The car they leave in (decorated)

Bride and Groom leaving party

Rice, roses, etc. being thrown as bride and groom leave

Bride and Groom driving away

A list of guests the photographer shouldn’t miss

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