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Your Wedding Photographer's Shot List: How to Get the Shots You Want!

Your wedding photographer's shot list is an important document that can help make sure you get the shots you want on your big day. It's important to work with your photographer to create a sample shot list that outlines the specific shots you would like them to capture.

This can include family portraits, photos of the bridal party, and shots of the reception venue. In this blog post, we will provide a sample shot list for wedding photographers that you can use as a guide!

The sample shot list below is a great starting point for your wedding photographer. It includes a mix of traditional and candid shots that will help capture your special day.

Bride and Groom Getting Ready

A good wedding photographer will have time outlined to take individual photos of the brides or grooms getting ready. This often includes shots of the bride getting her makeup applied, the mother of the bride helping her put her dress on, and shots of the wedding party together.

For grooms, this can be the wedding party helping him put his jacket on, a father putting on a boutonniere, or his groomsmen giving a toast.

First Look

A first look is a moment before the ceremony when the bride and groom see each other for the first time. This is a great opportunity to capture some truly candid and emotional moments.

Months or even years of preparation have led to this beautiful moment of seeing your soon-to-be spouse! If you're planning on having a first look, be sure to let your photographer know so they can plan accordingly.

Walking Down the Aisle

One of the most important moments of the day is when the bride walks down the aisle. This can be an emotional short walk to the altar for many families. Capturing the faces of both the bride and groom is important as their reactions to each other can be priceless. This is a shot the couple will look back to for years to come.


There are a lot of important moments during the ceremony that your photographer will want to capture.

This includes the walk down the aisle, exchanging of vows, the first kiss, and finally being pronounced husband and wife! The looks of joy and love after being pronounced married are priceless!


Your photographer will also want to capture all the action during the reception. This can include the first dance, cutting of the cake, speeches, bouquet toss, and garter removal.

These are all great moments to capture and your photographer will make sure to get a mix of posed and candid shots.

Family Photos

One of the most requested shots is of the families together. Gathering before or after the ceremony can be tricky but working with the wedding coordinator will help you get organized. Having a list of important people to include is helpful - that way both the photographer and couple don't miss anyone.

Your wedding photographer will likely have their own ideas for shots that they think are important, so be sure to discuss your vision with them before the big day. With a little planning and communication, you can be confident that you'll get the wedding photos you've always dreamed of!

Do you have any tips for getting great wedding photos? Share them with us in the comments below!

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