The “Must Have” Shot List

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Capturing the moments from a wedding takes time. Every “must have” shot takes away from your day happening naturally and you enjoying each moment. As your photographer, my goal is to tell the story of your wedding day, not to choreograph it.

When meeting with your photographer before your wedding, consider carefully which photos NEED to be done, and WHEN. It makes a much nicer picture when you are interacting with your friends at the reception than trying to hunt them down for a grumpy formal photo during cocktail hour. Also, depending on the time of your ceremony, the lighting might be better as the day goes on. Let your photographer guide you in these decisions, and trust her!

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That being said, here is a list of common “must have” wedding photos:

  • Bride getting ready – hair, makeup, putting on the dress
  • Wedding details – jewelry, bouquets, shoes, etc. (See full list here)
  • Groom getting ready – hanging with the groomsmen, tying his tie, boutonnieres
  • First look from Bride & Groom – either before or at the ceremony
  • Exchanging rings
  • Leaving the ceremony excitement
  • Bride & Groom with parents
  • Bridal party
  • Bride & Groom portraits
  • Reception details – place cards, centerpieces, table settings
  • First dance
  • Toasts
  • Parent/Bride & Parent/Groom dances
  • Cake cutting
  • Candid guest photos
  • Dancing!

As professional wedding photographers, we don’t need to be told to get these photos, so don’t worry! We keep this mental list in our heads, as this is all part of documenting your day.

The important thing is to tell your photographer if there is something with extra meaning, such as DIY items or heirlooms. Maybe you have relatives coming from out of town, or all your sorority sisters will be in attendance, that you need a picture with. We know what the traditional shots are, so tell us instead what is special to YOU about your wedding.

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