SHOT LIST

It is very important to recognize that every wedding is unique. The weather, time of day, moving from venue to venue, the size of your families & bridal party, one versus two photographers, etc., all very much dictate how your day will progress. Because of this, I obsess over the timeline of your wedding day to ensure that we have maximized our time together, & along the way, I’ll give you plenty of pointers for how to stay ahead of schedule. But, even after all of that, weddings still have a mind of their own & we can’t always plan for when disaster may strike, like the cake falling over.

For the record, I’ve never had a cake fall over.

But, I have had a train break down close to the venue causing the limo to get stuck on the other side & we were forced to do the send off in a suburban that just circled the parking lot.

Things happen, & you have to go with the flow. 

But, that doesn’t mean I won’t try my hardest to make sure you get as many action & detail photos as possible.

Below is my standard mental checklist of photos
that I aim to get at every wedding. 

Note the word “mental.” I do not have this list below printed out, nor do I walk around with a pencil checking things off. Earrings? Check. Moving on to…let’s see…the bracelet… That’s just silly & takes time. Rest assured, I have done this enough times to I know what to look for, what to ask for if something seems missing, what is special, & what needs documenting. Which is everything.

The only physical list I carry with me is the Formal Family Photo List complete with names & a specific order.

If there is something that is not on this list that is unique to you & your wedding, please please please let me know. If your future husband’s grandmother is flying in from Mexico & he isn’t going to find out until she walks down the aisle at the ceremony, please tell me so I don’t miss that reaction. 

 
 

BRIDE'S GETTING READY ROOM

BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES

  • earrings
  • bracelet
  • necklace
  • wedding rings
  • garters
  • shoes
  • veil
  • wedding dress

OTHER DETAIL ITEMS

  • wedding invitation suite
  • bridesmaids’ dresses
  • flower girl dresses
  • flower girl baskets or other items
  • bride’s bouquet
  • bridesmaids’ bouquets

ACTION

  • bride’s hair styling 
  • bride’s makeup application
  • bride’s getting dressed (buttoned, zipped, laced, shoed, etc)
  • bride’s & bridesmaids hanging out
 

groom's getting ready room

GROOM’S ACCESSORIES

  • shoes
  • bowtie/necktie
  • suspenders
  • pocket square
  • belt
  • wedding rings

OTHER DETAILS

  • matching socks, pocket squares, cufflinks, etc.
  • ring bearer pillows or other items
  • boutonnieres

ACTION

  • groom tying tie, putting on jacket, etc.
  • groom & groomsmen hanging out
 

CEREMONY

DETAILS

  • ceremony space as a whole
  • aisle markers/flowers
  • altar arch, cross, etc.
  • altar flowers
  • unity candle/sand
  • Lord’s supper/Communion items
  • programs
  • guest sign-in table

ACTIONS

  • guests arriving
  • crowd shots of guests
  • ushers/groomsmen seating guests
  • honored guests passing out programs
  • parents, grandparents, & honored guests being seated
  • parents lighting unity candle
  • bridal party entering (groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, pastor)
  • bride walking down the aisle (front view, back view)
  • groom’s reaction to bride
  • giving away of the bride
  • close ups of bride, groom, officiant, other special ceremony participants*
  • exchanging vows
  • exchanging rings
  • lighting the unity candle, pouring sand, etc.
  • the kiss
  • bride & groom walking up aisle
  • bridal party exiting ceremony (family, bridal party, etc)

* Check with your venue for any ceremony restrictions. Some churches do not allow the photographers to go up past a certain pew, to use the middle aisle at all, or are restricted to the balcony only. 

 

BRIDE & GROOM PORTRAITS

BRIDE & GROOM

  • individuals
  • first look (before ceremony)
  • together (before &/or after ceremony)

BRIDAL PARTY

  • bride & all bridesmaids
  • bride with each bridesmaid
  • bride with flower girl(s)
  • groom & all groomsmen
  • groom with each groomsmen
  • groom with ring bearer(s)
  • bride & groom with flower girl(s) & ring bearer(s)
  • bride & groom with all bridesmaids, all groomsmen, all flower girl(s), & all ring bearer(s)
 

FORMAL FAMILY PORTRAITS

Please note that this is NOT the order I go in. You & I will work together to come up the specific names of those you want included in these photos. I will then take that list & order it in the most efficient way possible. If the parents of the bride &/or groom are divorced &/or remarried, we will be sure to include combinations with step parents & step siblings.

BRIDE’S FAMILY

  • bride, mother
  • bride, father
  • bride, parents
  • bride, siblings
  • bride, parents, siblings
  • bride & groom, parents
  • bride & groom, siblings
  • bride & groom, grandparents
  • bride & groom, parents, siblings
  • bride & groom, parents, siblings, siblings’ families
  • bride & groom, parents, siblings, siblings’ families, grandparents
  • bride & groom with extended & immediate family (maternal)
  • bride & groom with extended & immediate family (paternal)

GROOM’S FAMILY

  • groom, mother
  • groom, father
  • groom, parents
  • groom, siblings
  • groom, parents, siblings
  • bride & groom, parents
  • bride & groom, siblings
  • bride & groom, grandparents
  • bride & groom, parents, siblings
  • bride & groom, parents, siblings, siblings’ families
  • bride & groom, parents, siblings, siblings’ families, grandparents
  • bride & groom with extended & immediate family (maternal)
  • bride & groom with extended & immediate family (paternal)

BOTH FAMILIES

  • bride & groom with all parents
  • bride & groom with all siblings
  • bride & groom with all parents & all siblings
 

RECEPTION

DETAILS

  • reception space as a whole
  • table decor & table-scapes
  • centerpieces
  • place settings
  • namecards
  • cake table
  • cake
  • cake topper
  • serving utensils 
  • champagne glasses
  • drink station
  • family wedding photos & heirlooms
  • guest book & sign-in table
  • gift table
  • favors
  • send off items (sparklers, bubbles, etc)
  • getaway vehicle 

ACTIONS

  • cocktail hour/guests mingling
  • bridal party entrance
  • bride & groom entrance
  • special dances
    • bride & groom
    • father & daughter
    • mother & groom
  • toasts
  • cake cutting
  • bouquet & garter toss
  • guests mingling with each other
  • bride & groom mingling with guests
  • dance floor
  • send off