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About two weeks before the wedding I sent this (large) document to Dino - our photographer - as an example of the types of photos that we were looking for. I also sent a shot list with the specific names of who we needed pictures with, but I was really more concerned with the style of photo we were going for.


I noticed that Dino specifically set up two pictures that I had included that were a bit more unusual than the others (most notably the one with the mariachi surrounding the bride and group as they walk after the ceremony) so he definitely used this.


Feel free to use it too. Oh - and sorry in advance to those of you whose shots I stole without prior written notice (Tammy!).

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Hey Natasha, where did you get that table runner for your tables? I want a olive green on for our ceremony and dinner table and I can't find them online. Would Maye be able to get them do you think?

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I came across this list of shots to give to your photographer (today seems to be a list day!) - and thought I'd share. Some may not apply all that well for a DW - but it gets you thinking anyway.



Bride's dress on the hanger or over a chair

Close-up of bride's shoes

Close-up of bride's bouquet

Bride in curlers or having makeup applied

Bridesmaids applying their makeup

Bride putting on garter

Mom and/or bridesmaids helping the bride arrange her dress, bustle the train, etc.

Close-up of dress details

Bride together with bridesmaids

Bride hugging mom

Flower girl(s) ready to go

Mom or bridesmaids putting finishing touches on bride, adding the veil, etc.

Bride spending moment alone, thinking quietly, praying or looking out the window

Full-length shot of bride all dressed and ready to go

Groom putting on tie

Groom with groomsmen

Ring bearer ready to go

Groom with dad, hugging or whispering advice

Bride and groom separately getting in the car, limo or cab




Groom looking out the window, waiting for the bride to arrive

Car arriving with bride

Bride stepping out of the car

Wide shot of ceremony space from the back

Guests arriving (especially if they're using special transportation like a shuttle bus, boat or even escalator)

Ushers helping grandparents and special guests to their seats

Front and back shots of flower girl/ring bearer walking down the aisle

Close up of details (guest book, pew decorations, etc.)

Groom and groomsmen waiting nervously for bride to walk down aisle

Guests sitting down, waiting for ceremony to start

Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

Wedding party standing at the altar

Bride just before walking down the aisle

Back shot of bride (and escort) beginning to walk down the aisle

Full-frontal shot of bride (and escort) walking down the aisle

Close-up of groom's face when he sees bride for the first time (this can be done earlier, if photos are done before the ceremony)

Back shot of bride and groom together at the altar with officiant between them

Shot focusing on bridesmaids' bouquets, lined up as they hold them at the altar

Close-up of each hand as the rings are exchanged

Close-up of bride's face, as seen over the groom's shoulder

Close-up of groom's face, as seen over the bride's shoulder

Shot of both sets of parents' faces as they witness ceremony

The kiss

Happy couple walking back down the aisle together, as married couple

Guests getting ready to shower the couple with well wishes (and bubbles, birdseed, etc.) as they leave

Bride and groom walking out of ceremony space, hand-in-hand



BEFORE THE RECEPTION ? During the cocktail hour (These can be taken before the ceremony)

Full shot of bride and groom together, smiling

Full shot of bride and groom hugging

Full shot of bride and groom kissing

Bride being lifted or carried by groom or sitting on groom's lap

Close-up of couples' faces as bride is lifted, carried or sitting on groom's lap

Bride with her parents

Groom with his parents

Bride with groom's parents

Groom with bride's parents

Bride with bridesmaids

Groom with groomsmen

Bride with groomsmen

Group shot of bride, groom, family and wedding party

Groom leaning up against a wall with bride in front of him, kissing

Bride and groom walking toward the camera, holding hands

Bride and groom walking away from camera, holding hands

Bride and groom looking off in the same direction together




Close-up of details (place settings, name cards, etc.)

Close-up of centerpieces

Wide shot of entire room before everyone arrives, even better if taken from above

Any special moments during the receiving line process

Bride and groom's first dance

Groom dipping bride

Bride dancing with her dad -- close-up of her face as seen over his shoulder

Groom dancing with his mom

Close-up of cake

Bride showing her new ring to the guests

Bride and groom hugging guests, close-ups of faces

Best man (or other guests) making a toast to the couple

Bride and groom's faces as they listen to the toast(s)

Guests smiling and clapping

Guests dancing and cutting loose on the dance floor. (Tip: Ask for a slow shutter speed to get a blurry/focused effect)

Wide shot of entire room after guests arrive, even better if taken from above

Close-ups of guests' faces, laughing and having a great time -- lots of these

Groups of friends sitting together at their table or dancing

Bride and groom whispering to each other

Parents (or even better, grandparents) dancing

Kids dancing or playing around

Close-up of band or DJ

Bride and groom cutting the cake

Bride and groom feeding each other

Bride and groom in back seat of getaway car

Back of car as it drives away

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Ladies, this is all very good info. However, I think some of these details should be discussed with your photographer BEFORE you hire him.


When you meet with a potential photographer, you should be checking to see if you like his/her style (of course) and also if he's shooting the types of shots you want. Many of the shots that are on these lists are obvious shots that a good photographer will know to get. Most of us have been doing weddings for a while so we know the important shots to get. Of course, there is no harm in letting your photographer know that you specifically want shots of yourself with aunt Betty or Grandpa Smith. But for the most part I think these lists were developed because someone had their friend or uncle Bob shooting their wedding for free.


There are some photogrpahers (NOT saying me), who might get a little upset with the fact that their clients who are sending them photos because it shows a little lack of faith in them. You should be able to have total faith in the photographer you choose that he will deliver the shots you want, because you hired him based on his style and talents. Also, there are some (again, NOT saying me) who might take his/her client sending photos of someone else's work as "I like this style, not yours" or "my client is trying to tell me how to do my job"


Again, i'm not saying this is me, but I think I might get a little frustrated if I had a client who was excessively sending me photos or telling me shots I know I need to get.


Just a heads up and something to consider. I hope that makes sense.

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also, one more thing. Another problem I find with lists is many times it can set you up for disappointment when you get your photos back. Many times it's impossible for the photographer to get ALL of the shots on your list because of how the day flows, people are late, the flower girl is sick, etc.


You can't predict how the day will go and of go and of course, most of us do our best to get all the shots you need but just a warning, that most of the time it can't work out that way for one reason or another.

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