Photo Shot list

Speak with your photographer (and videographer) to ensure they know of any and all important photos/video to capture! 

We recommend a shot list for every wedding for various reasons: 

  • To ensure all of the special moments and details are captured, for example, your reception shoes you had made, the shot of you in the getaway waving goodbye, your grandma’s charm that you tied around your bouquet. 
  • To avoid any unique family dynamics. Write out each person’s first name, so the photographer can call out the next photo on the list and there isn’t any confusion.
  • To get to the party! By having an organized list it helps to know who is next and there isn’t any confusion.

NOTE: If you are working with a professional they know the typical photos to capture, the more detailed or


Getting Ready

  • Keepsakes (dress, bouquet, ring, shoes, jewelry, garter, bridesmaids dresses, bouquets, cufflinks, his shoes, boutonniere, gifts)
  • Hair styling and Makeup
  • Parent of Bride/Groom and Best Person helping put on dress/attire
  • Group photos with champagne, praying, pajamas, etc. with wedding party
  • Bride/Groom alone

First Looks with others

  • First looks with parent(s)
  • With wedding party
  • Siblings
  • Etc.

 THE First Look 

  • Couple seeing one other for the first time

PRO TIP: The first look is optional! Some couples opt to see one another coming down the aisle, but if you do choose do to a first look, then all photos can be captured before the ceremony and you can get right to the reception after the ceremony!

Before Ceremony Formals 

  • Bride/Groom with parent(s) – together and individually
  • Bride/Groom with family / VIPs
  • Bride/Groom with grandparents
  • Bride/Groom with entire wedding party members
  • Bride/Groom with individual wedding party members


  • Wide angle of venue
  • Florals at seat in front row
  • Guests arriving
  • Crowd shots from below and above
  • Officiant at altar
  • Family entering
  • Wedding Party entering (together or individually)
  • Ring bearers/flower girl’s entering
  • Bride/Groom and parent getting ready to walk
  • Bride/Groom and parent aisle from multiple angles
  • Parent giving bride/groom away
  • Groom’s face when bride enters
  • Vows and rings
  • The kiss at end of ceremony
  • Walking out
  • Kiss at end of aisle

After Ceremony Formals

  • Couple with officiant
  • Couple with parents/VIPs
  • Brid/Groom with individual wedding party individuals
  • Couple with entire wedding party
  • Entire wedding party
  • Photo of both parents 

Couple alone shots

  • Around venue
  • Around hotel/getting ready location
  • Sunset


  • Group photos (from childhood, extended family, cousins from college, from work, etc.)
  • Wedding cake
  • Champagne glasses
  • Guest book
  • Centerpieces
  • Room layout
  • Gift table
  • Party favors/table seating
  • Grand entrances
  • Cutting the cake
  • Toasts
  • First dances
  • Bouquet and garter toss
  • Guests dancing
  • Couple on dance floor
  • Outfit change
  • Final Dance 
  • Grand Exit