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Wedding Photographer Checklist

10th December 2013 |By | 1 Comment

For a professional photographer it’s good to be reminded of everything that needs to be photographed on a wedding day. For amateur photographers hoping to cover a whole wedding, a checklist is an invaluable guide to ensuring you miss nothing out. These of course are just the minimum requirements. A good photographer will explore the alternatives, capture the details, bring their own ideas and capture informal and relaxed reportage photography. Confetti presents a simple checklist for covering your wedding.

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Early Photos at the Bride’s home

  • Bride putting garter on as bridesmaids watch
  • Bride in bedroom mirror getting ready
  • Mother /Bestwoman / Chiefbridesmaid adjusting veil
  • Corsage being pinned on mother
  • Corsage being pinned on father
  • Portraits of mother and bride
  • Portraits of father and bride
  • Portraits of siblings with bride
  • Group shot of party
  • Bride with individual bridesmaids
  • Father helping bride into car (or carriage etc)
  • Shot of bride in back of car from the front seat looking back
  • Shot of bride through car window

Photos at the wedding venue before ceremonies begin

  • The venue and its surroundings
  • The ushers
  • Guests arriving at the venue
  • Groom and best man waiting at the door of the venue
  • Groom and best man handshake
  • Groom having his tie adjusted
  • Groom, best man and page boys
  • Groom, best man and close friends
  • Groom with father
  • Groom with mother
  • Groom waiting at the altar
  • Priest or registrar
  • Details of interior of venue, particularly wedding decor
  • Bride arriving
  • Bride stepping from transport with father’s assistance
  • Bride kissing father on cheek
  • Bride with a proud mother and father looking on
  • Bride and bridesmaid group shot in venue gardens

During the wedding ceremony

  • Bride and father of the bride coming down the aisle
  • Bridesmaids, flower girls coming down the aisle
  • Pageboys, ringbearers approaching the altar
  • Flower girls  spreading rose petals
  • Father giving bride away
  • Shots of ceremony
  • Looking down the aisle at the couple
  • Ring ceremony
  • Vows
  • First kiss
  • Guests
  • Readers

After the ceremony inside the wedding venue

  • Married couple signing the register
  • Best man, witnesses signing the register
  • Maid of honour signing the register
  • Married couple leaving the wedding venue

After the ceremony outside the wedding venue

  • Throwing of confetti
  • Married couple kissing (close up)
  • Married couple kissing (2/3 length)
  • Married couple kissing (full length)
  • Bride and groom looking at ring
  • Bride and groom’s hands with rings and flowers
  • Bride and groom with vicar/registrar
  • Bride and groom with Priest or registrar
  • Bride, groom and wedding party
  • Bride and groom in wedding door
  • Bride and groom leaving the wedding venue grounds by transport
  • Group shots of families
  • Bride with her mother
  • Bride with her father
  • Bride and groom with bride’s parents
  • Bride and groom with groom’s parents
  • Bride with both parents
  • Bride with bridesmaid and bouquets
  • Bridesmaids with flowers
  • Pageboys
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom with mother
  • Groom with father
  • Bride and groom with both sets of parents
  • Bride and groom with close friends or family

Site specific shots

  • Couple sitting with dress spread out
  • Couple by tree
  • Couple walking on beach
  • Couple walking in woods
  • Couple in ruins of old building
  • Couple on bridge or looking over waters

The Reception

  • Receiving line
  • Couple greeting guests
  • Wedding cake
  • Guests seated
  • Guests signing wedding book
  • Gifts
  • Toasts
  • Close up of bride and groom on top table / toasting
  • Assorted shots of guests during meal and speeches
  • Bride’s father’s speech
  • Groom’s speech
  • Best man’s speech
  • Other speeches
  • First dance
  • Bride and father dancing
  • Groom and mother dancing
  • Family and guests dancing
  • Fun and games at the reception
  • Cutting the cake
  • Bride throwing the bouquet
  • Bride and groom leaving
  • Shot of decorated car or transport

Additional Photographs

(add your own below)

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One Reply to “Wedding Photographer Checklist”

  1. Sophie Edwards

    Another fab article – I’ve often wondered if wedding photographers had structure to their shots.

    It sounds quite funny if you read all of them to yourself haha “Couple in ruins of old building”…

    Reply· Dec 11, 2013 2:47pm

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