How To Create Your Shot List

Good afternoon lovely brides and grooms! Today for Wedding Wednesday I want to help you with one of the hardest things you have to think of for your wedding day and that is your shot list! It is important that you and your photographer discuss in detail about your shot list before your wedding day to make sure that you get every shot that you want on your big day! Many of you might be thinking Maggie what is a shot list? Well, a shot list is a list of all of the photos you want to be captured on your day broken up into different categories. Bride and groom getting ready, details, ceremony, bride with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, groom with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the whole bridal party with the bride and groom, family formals, bridal portraits, reception and your exit. Each of the section has a very detailed description of each shot you want so that I can make sure that no photo gets missed.  

I am going to give you an example of the standard shot list that I use as a base for all of my brides. 

BRIDE/BRIDESMAIDS GETTING READY:

Getting Hair and Makeup done.

All the girls in their tank tops.

Bride admiring her dress.

Her putting on her dress with mom helping her into it.

Her mom putting on her vail.

Bridesmaids putting on their dresses.

Her smelling her bouquet in her robe.

Picture of mom and bride nose to nose.

Candid photos of bridesmaids and mother of the bride.  

 

GROOM/GROOMSMEN GETTING READY:

Groomsmen getting dressed.

Groomsmen goofing off.

Groom buttoning his shirt and putting on his jacket.

Groom fixing cufflinks.

Dad helping Groom into his tie.

 

BRIDE’S DETAILS:

Brides shoes.

Brides Rings.

Bride's veil, Shoes, bouquet, and ring.

Brides jewelry. (different pics of all of them)

Brides dress hanging on the wall.

Bridesmaids dresses hanging on the wall with brides dress.

Mother of the Bride lacing up corset/zipper.

The Invitations.

Engagement ring and wedding bands on the bible.

 

GROOM’S DETAILS:

Grooms shoes.

Grooms tie.

Grooms ring.

 

BEFORE THE CEREMONY BRIDE:

First look with mother and father of the Bride.

Bride with bouquet looking down facing the camera under her veil.

Bride facing away from me looking to the left smiling with bouquet behind her veil.

Full body shot of the bride with bouquet in right hand looking down and to the left, then looking at the camera, then close up.

Bride sitting down facing the side in her dress holding her bouquet with her veil draped over her.

Picture of the mother of bride hugging bride.

Bride facing the window with veil on, looking down at flower’s straight face.

Bride holding ring hand up facing out under veil.

Bride making silly faces with the flower girl, both under her veil.

 

BEFORE THE CEREMONY GROOM ONLY:

Groom looking at the camera.

Groom walking toward the camera, smiling then serious.

Close up the Groom smiling then serious.

Groom looking at camera smiling with teeth showing.

Groom leaning against a tree smiling, then serious.

 

CEREMONY:

Family walking down the aisle.

Each Bridesmaid individually walking down the aisle.

Flower Girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle.

Bride with father walking down the aisle.

Grooms reaction.

Father giving Bride away.

Bride and Groom at the altar.

Groom looking at bride side shot.

Bride looking at Groom side shot.

The vows.

The Rings.

The Kiss.

Shot of the Best Man.

Shot of the Maid of Honor.  

Shot of bride and groom walking away

Shot of all bridesmaids.

Shot of all groomsmen.

 

BRIDE WITH BRIDESMAIDS POSED:

Bride with each bridesmaid.

Bride with the maid of honor smiling, laughing and candid.

Bridesmaids split equally on either side of the bride with bouquets smiling.

Bridesmaids looking at Bride, Bride looking at the camera.

Bride and bridesmaids laughing at each other.

Making silly faces.

Doing the girliest pose.

Bridesmaids making an arch with their arms for the Bride to walk through.

From behind Bride looking back.

From behind bouquets held down behind them.

Bride a few steps forward from bridesmaids smiling, serious.

 

BRIDE WITH GROOMSMEN POSED:

Bride with the best man.

Bride and groomsmen doing the girliest pose ever.

Bride and groomsmen laughing.

Bride a few steps in front of groomsmen smiling, then silly.

Candid photos.


GROOM WITH GROOMSMEN:

Groom with best man.

Guys fixing cufflinks, jackets etc. serious.

Groomsmen split equally on either side of Groom.

Groomsmen making a V behind Groom smiling then serious.

Groomsmen and Groom looking at each other laughing.

Groom a few steps forward from Groomsmen smiling, serious.

Guys acting thug.

Guys fawning over the Grooms ring.

Groom force choking the groomsmen as they all jump in the air at once.

 

GROOM WITH BRIDESMAIDS POSED:

Groom doing a girly pose with the bridesmaids.

Groom with the Maid of honor.

Girls fawning over his ring.

Girls doing a thug pose with the guys.

Candid photos.

 

BRIDE AND GROOM WITH WHOLE BRIDAL PARTY:

Bride on left groom on right, guys on right, girls on left smiling then serious.

Girls doing a girly pose on one side, guys doing a thug pose on the other side.

Everyone laughing.

Bride and Groom kissing groomsmen and bridesmaids all around them cheering, then grossed out.

Bridal party praying over the Bride and Groom.

Bride and Groom kissing, then looking at me smiling while the bridal party is jumping in the back.

Guy girl guy girl walking toward the camera looking at each other smiling and laughing.

 

BRIDE WITH FAMILY:

Bride with mom.

Bride with dad.

Bride with both parents.

Bride with Grandparents.

Bride with Aunts and Uncles.

Bride with the whole family.

Bride with mom kissing the cheek.

Bride with dad and groom kissing her cheeks.

 

GROOM WITH FAMILY:

Groom with mom.

Groom with dad.

Groom with siblings.

Groom with grandparents.

Groom with aunts and uncles.

Groom with his whole family.

Mother of the Groom kissing his cheek.

Mother of the Groom and Bride kissing his cheeks.


BRIDE AND GROOM WITH FAMILIES:

Bride and Groom with Bride’s parents.

Bride and Groom with Groom’s parents.

Bride and Groom with both parents.

Bride and Groom kissing with both parents kissing on either side of them.

Bride and Groom with Bride’s grandparents.

Bride and Groom with Groom’s grandparents.

Bride and Groom with Bride’s siblings.

Bride and Groom with Groom’s siblings.

Bride and Groom with both siblings.

Bride and Groom with all of Bride's family.

Bride and Groom with all of Groom's family.

Bride and Groom with both families.


BRIDE AND GROOM:

Brides back to the camera hand on Grooms' shoulders, Groom hands around her waist making a heart.

Groom hugging Bride from behind kissing her on the cheek.

Groom twirling the Bride.

Bride and Groom back to me holding hands, Groom looks over his right shoulder, Bride looks over her left.

Groom lifts the Bride up in her dress.

Groom dipping Bride and kissing.

Bride and Groom chest to chest bouquet in front of them, nose to nose eyes closed.

Groom facing the camera smiling, brides back to the camera looking at the groom.

Full Body Shot of Bride and Groom holding each other's hands out to the side bodies and noses touching.

Groom facing the camera hugging bride with her back to the camera head on his chest.

Bride and Groom walking hand in hand toward the camera, then away from the camera and looking back.

Full body shot of the groom kissing the bride on the forehead.

Bride and Groom’s ring hands on a bible.

Photo of rings together on in a pinky swear.

Brides back to me groom holding her looking at the camera smiling.

Sunset Photos.

 

RECEPTION DETAILS:

The sweetheart table.

The centerpieces.

The decorations.

The Wedding Cake.

The guestbook table

 

RECEPTION:

Bridal party entering.

Bride and Groom entering.  

Bride and Groom at the sweetheart table.

The toasts & Bride and Groom’s reactions.

Bouquet toss.  

First dance.

Father-daughter dance.

Mother son dance.

Candid shots throughout the night.

I hope this basic shot list is helpful to you as you are planning your wedding day! This is the most important part because you want to remember this day forever and your wedding photos are the perfect way to do that. They will be treasures to pass down to your family for years to come. I hope you all have an amazing day and happy wedding planning!

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