Wedding Photography Shots List

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The secret behind the amazing wedding photography is planning. The proper photography shots list is very important for Wedding Photography. You have plenty of options during the wedding, from candids to family portraits. Please check the below list and share your photography shots list in comments section.

Note: This article was inspired from the book of Digital Wedding Photographer’s Planner. You can purchase this book for full details.

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Engagement Shoot

Engagement Shoot

Location Ideas

  • Wedding ceremony site
  • Reception site
  • Fancy hotel
  • Local park
  • Engagement site
  • First date site
  • First meeting place
  • The beach
  • The lake
  • Their home
  • Downtown
  • Scenic neighborhood
  • Industrial area
  • Local store (e.g. record store for music lovers)
  • Vineyard
  • Local landmark
  • School campus
  • Museum grounds

Pose Suggestions

  • Looking at each other
  • Holding hands
  • On bended knee
  • Stagger the couple
  • Couple really laughing
  • Back to back
  • Sitting with bride-to-be in front of groom-to-be
  • Kissing

Before Wedding

Before Wedding

Locations to Scout

  • Bride dressing area
  • Groom dressing area
  • Relaxed pre ceremony portrait location
  • Ceremony site
  • Relaxed pre reception portrait location
  • Reception area
  • License signing area
  • Toast location
  • Cake cutting area
  • Dance floor

Bride getting ready

  • Bride getting her makeup and hair done
  • Wedding dress
  • Wedding dress detail (lace, buttons, bows, etc.)
  • Dress shoes
  • Something Old
  • Something New
  • Something Borrowed
  • Something Blue
  • Any special jewelry
  • The bouquet
  • Bridesmaid dresses
  • Bridesmaid flowers
  • Candid shots of bride getting ready
  • Candid shots of bridesmaids getting ready
  • Flower girls getting ready
  • Mother helping the bride get ready
  • Mother helping with one last detail (veil)
  • Maid of honor helping bride get ready
  • Bride with bridesmaids around her
  • Bride with each member of her entourage
  • Full length shot of bride in dress
  • 3/4 Length shot of bride in dress
  • Bride and bridesmaids toasting
  • Bride and her family

Groom getting ready

  • Putting on the tux or suit jacket
  • Help with the tie
  • Help with the boutonnière
  • Help with the cufflinks
  • Straightening the jacket
  • Dusting imaginary lint off the shoulder
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom with siblings
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom’s mother helping with the boutonnière
  • Groomsmen putting on their boutonnières
  • Groom and groomsmen straightening their ties
  • Groom relaxed waiting
  • Groom with ring bearer
  • The rings
  • Tux or suit details
  • Groom with his entourage
  • Groom ready to get married
  • Groom and groomsmen waiting for the ceremony to start

The Bride and Groom with

  • Whole family
  • Parents, grandparents, siblings, Nephews, nieces, children
  • Parents, grandparents, siblings, nephews, nieces, children plus groom
  • Grandmother, mother and daughter (Female side of family)
  • Grandparents and parents
  • Grandparents and parents plus groom
  • Grandparents
  • Parents, siblings and children
  • Parents and children
  • Parents and children plus groom
  • Parents
  • Both sets of the parents plus the groom
  • Parents plus groom
  • Children
  • Children plus groom
  • Special relative

Wedding party

  • Bride and groom with whole wedding party
  • Bride and the groomsmen
  • Groom and bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom with flower girls and ring bearer
  • Bride and groom with maid of honor and best man

During the Wedding Ceremony

During the Wedding Ceremony

  • The exterior of the venue
  • The interior of the venue without any people
  • Guests walking into the ceremony
  • Any musicians playing during the processional and wedding
  • Guests being seated
  • Officiate waiting
  • Groom walking down the aisle with mother/parents
  • Groomsmen walking family down the aisle
  • Parents being seated
  • Grandparents being seated
  • Groom waiting for bride
  • Important family members being seated
  • Bridal party walking down aisle
  • Maid/Matron of Honor walking down the aisle
  • Ring bearer walking the aisle
  • Flower girl walking down the aisle
  • Bride with her escort
  • Bride walking down aisle
  • Bride’s expression as she sees groom
  • Groom’s expression when he sees bride (2nd shooter?)
  • Father of the bride giving her away
  • Bride and groom at alter/Chupah
  • Parents watching the ceremony
  • View of ceremony from guest’s point of view
  • Close ups of the bride’s and groom’s faces
  • Wedding party close ups during the ceremony
  • Exchange of vows close up and wide angle
  • Ring exchange both close up and wide angle
  • The kiss
  • Any blessings
  • Any readings
  • Any special moments like candle lighting or glass breaking
  • Bride and groom walking down the aisle after ceremony
  • Hugs and congratulations
  • Receiving line

After the Wedding Ceremony

After the Wedding Ceremony

  • Whole family (both bride’s and groom’s families)
  • Groom’s parents, grandparents, siblings, nephews, nieces, children
  • Bride’s parents, grandparents, siblings, nephews, nieces, children
  • Groom’s grandparents and parents
  • Bride’s grandparents and parents
  • Groom’s grandparents
  • Bride’s grandparents
  • All grandparents
  • Groom’s parents, siblings and children
  • Bride’s parents, siblings and children
  • Groom’s parents and children
  • Bride’s parents and children
  • All parents and children
  • Groom’s parents
  • Bride’s parents
  • All parents
  • Children
  • Special relative
  • Officiate and witness for signing of the marriage certificate

During the Reception

During the Reception

  • Place setting
  • Flowers
  • Cake
  • Cake table
  • Cake details
  • Guest book
  • Seating cards
  • Seating plan
  • Room details
  • Toast glasses
  • Wedding favors
  • DJ or Band
  • Decorations
  • Table settings
  • Building details
  • Bride and groom arriving
  • First dance
  • Mother/Son dance
  • Father/Daughter dance
  • Garter toss
  • Bouquet toss
  • Toasts
  • Cake cutting
  • Dancing
  • Leaving the party
  • Special food or drinks
  • Guest arriving
  • Guest signing the guest book
  • Parents, grandparents, family dancing
  • Musicians/DJ
  • Couple leaving

Note: This article was inspired from the book of Digital Wedding Photographer’s Planner. You can purchase this book for full details.

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  1. Christina says:

    Very good article.

  2. Arjun says:

    Great List Dude. How about Indian wedding??

  3. Muhammad Usman says:

    Great article. You have covered all areas to be shot. I really needed a list as my TODO list of shots. This is the one. Thx :)
    Muhammad Usman is a photographer, blogger and attached with IT industry. Major areas of interest are: wedding photography and portrait photography

  4. wedding tips says:

    The most important thing that you have to establish with everyone involved in the
    shoot is the concept. There is really no scope for errors, especially with the photography because your wedding pictures
    freezxe the most memorable moments of your life forever.
    When photographing a group of three, it often works well tto have your
    subject in the middle square to the camera, and the persdon on each end angled iin slightly.

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