Wedding Photography

Strike a Pose!

07th November 2010 | Julia Braime

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One task that many couples find difficult in the run up to their big day is compiling the checklist for their photographer. 

 

 

Photograph by J.Crew via The Cinderella Project

 

 

I definitely find it daunting. I don’t want the photograph session to take over the reception entirely (I would like some time to chat to our guests and enjoy some pink champagne with my new hubby!), but it is important to me to have photographs with all our nearest and dearest, and I am worried about forgetting someone! Luckily we are working with David Lawson of David Lawson Studio, Sunderland, who is a true professional, but I still need some guidance as to what shots to include in the initial list.

 

I found a really useful checklist that you can print off and tick against via About.com: Weddings, and share it below.  The wording is by Nina Callaway, About.com Guide, who advises “Check off your essentials below, and add any of your own creative ones. But don’t check off too many – you’ll want the photographer to have some time for creative license.”

 

Wise words indeed.  Now, are you ready for your close up?

 

 

Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony

 

___ Wedding dress lying over a chair
___ Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress
___ Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace
___ The bride’s garter
___ The bride’s veil
___ A close up of the bride’s shoes peeking out from under the dress
___ Bride looking into a mirror
___ Bride looking out window
___ Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup
___ Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
___ Bride hugging parents
___ Bride touching up
___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
___ Groom tying tie
___ Groom looking into mirror
___ Bride looking out window
___ Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
___ Groom hugging parents
___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

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Wedding Photography Shots At the Ceremony

 

___ Outside of ceremony site
___ Guests walking into ceremony site
___ Bride and father entering ceremony site
___ Parents being seated
___ Grandparents being seated
___ Maid of honour walking down the aisle
___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
___ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle
___ Groom waiting for bride
___ Ceremony musicians
___ Officiant/ Vicar 
___ Altar or canopy during ceremony
___ Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance
___ Bride and father walking down aisle
___ Groom seeing bride for first time
___ The back of bride and father walking down the aisle – with the groom waiting in the distance
___ Bride’s father and Bride hugging at end of aisle
___ Shot of the audience from the bride and groom’s point of view
___ The unity ceremony (if applicable)
___ Close up of bride and groom saying the vows
___ Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows
___ Exchanging the rings
___ Close up of hands
___ The kiss
___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle
___ Receiving line
___ Bride & Groom outside on steps
___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed
___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations
___ Bride & Groom getting in car
___ Bride & Groom in back seat

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Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception

 

___ Bride alone (full length)
___ Bride with Maid of Honour
___ Bride with bridesmaids
___ Groom with bridesmaids
___ Bride with parents
___ Bride & Groom together
___ Bride & Groom with parents
___ Bride & Groom with families
___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party
___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ringbearer
___ Groom with parents
___ Groom with best man
___ Groom with groomsmen
___ Bride with groomsmen

 

 

During the Reception (to help your photographer, you may wish to list these shots in the order they will happen at your reception)

 

___ Outside of reception site
___ Bride & Groom arriving
___ Bride & Groom greeting guests
___ Table centerpieces
___ Table setting
___ Bride & Groom’s table (head table)
___ Musicians or DJ
___ Guest book
___ Place card table
___ Close up of bride and groom’s place card
___ Wedding cake
___ Groom’s cake
___ Gift table
___ Decorations (specify which _________________________)
___ A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table
___ Bride with college alums
___ Groom with college alums
___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving
___ Bride & Groom’s first dance
___ Bride & Father dancing
___ Groom & Mother dancing
___ Guests dancing
___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake
___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake
___ Toasts (specify who is giving them: ____________________)
___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne
___ Signing the marriage license
___ Bride throwing bouquet
___ Groom retrieving garter
___ Groom tossing garter
___ Garter/Bouquet dance
___ The getaway car
___ Bride & Groom leaving party
___ Bride & Groom driving away

Plus add a list of guests the photographer shouldn’t miss: (provide your photographer with a seating chart so that he can easily identify them). 

 

 

Photograph by J.Crew via The Cinderella Project

 

Say cheese!

 

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  • March 29, 2014 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for the list. Need to work on the reception, officiant and photography.

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