Must Have Photos


Some typical photos we take at weddings for must-haves include:

Before Wedding - Bride/Groom with mom, Bride/Groom with dad, Bride/Groom with both parents, Bride/Groom with all bridesmaids/groomsmen, Bride with groomsmen, Groom with bridesmaids, Bride/Groom with MOH/BM, Bride/Groom alone; 

After Wedding - Bride & Groom and ALL family members, B&G with immediate family, B&G with both sets of parents and grand parents, B&G with both sets of parents, B&G with Brides parents, B&G with Grooms parents, B&G with all attendants, B&G with Bridesmaids, B&G with groomsmen, B&G with honor attendants, B&G alone

Hope this helps withyour picture must-haves

if you want to be specific, I would just start out with a list of:

- "formal" shots you want - you and your parents, you guys and his, etc.  to make sure you don't miss anyone

- Then go through the day in your head and think of the little details and things you'll be doing (i.e.: ceremony: his first look, you coming down, your wedding party, blah, blah).

-special shots (i.e. ring finger shot, jumping shot, anything special you want)

We printed some of the must haves to show our photographer.

This article should help you out!  :)

Here a few samples...,,q5hb,00.html


Hope these help!

This is the article i gave my photog and no shots were missed.  I adjusted the list to what we wanted.  Good luck!

TheChicBride posted this a while back that really helps:

Getting Ready


  • Bride's clothes hanging on the wardrobe, on the bedpost, or over a chair

  • Bridesmaids doing bride's hair and makeup

  • Bride and bridesmaids getting dressed, applying makeup

  • Mom helping bride with one last detail, such as veil

  • Full-length shot of bride in gown checking herself out in mirror

  • Detail of clothing, shoes, garter, something borrowed, something blue

  • Touching shot of bride with parent/s and/or stepparent/s

  • Touching shot of bride with sibling/s

  • Bride hugging honor attendant

  • Bride with bridesmaids

  • Bride with all the women

  • Groom getting ready with Dad and pals (tying the tie is a classic)

  • Touching shot of groom with parent/s and/or stepparent/s

  • Touching shot of groom with sibling/s

  • Groom with his arm affectionately around best man

  • Groom with all the groomsmen

  • Groomsmen putting on boutonnieres or bowties

  • Intimate shots of bride and groom chatting with/crying with/hugging parents and siblings preceremony

  • Dad whispering last-minute advice to groom

  • Groom ready to go

  • Bride ready to go

  • Bride and groom separately making their way to the ceremony (in a limo backseat, hailing a cab, walking down the street/hall/stairs)



The Ceremony


  • Guests streaming into the site

  • Ushers escorting guests to their seats

  • Ushers escorting moms to their seats (Christian wedding)

  • Close-up of groom's adorably nervous mug waiting for his other half

  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle

  • Flower girl and/or ring bearer entering

  • Honor attendant walking down the aisle

  • Grandparents walking down the aisle (Jewish wedding)

  • Wedding party waiting at the altar

  • Groom walking down the aisle

  • Bride and Dad/escort/parents (Jewish wedding) walking down the aisle

  • Close-up of bride just before she makes her entrance

  • Bride and groom at the altar

  • Altar or canopy from the back during ceremony

  • Wide shot of audience during ceremony, from bride and groom's point of view

  • Faces of bride and groom as they exchange vows

  • Close-up of bride's and groom's hands as they exchange rings

  • The kiss

  • Bride and groom proceeding up the aisle, guests' smiling faces at their sides

  • Bride and groom outside ceremony site

  • Congrats shots: bride and groom hugging, laughing, and crying with good friends and family

  • Bride and groom leaving ceremony site

  • Bride and groom in limo backseat



Before the Reception (During the Cocktail Hour)

Note: You can also take these before the ceremony.

  • Bride and groom together

  • Bride with her happy, proud parents and/or stepparents

  • Bride with her entire immediate family

  • Groom with his happy, proud parents and/or stepparents

  • Groom with his entire immediate family

  • Bride and groom with all parents

  • Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides

  • Bride and groom with groomsmen

  • Bride and groom with bridesmaids

  • Bride and groom with whole wedding party


The Reception


  • Shot from outside reception site (to set the tone)

  • Reception details such as place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors table, and champagne glasses

  • Bride and groom arriving (make it dramatic -- their faces through the dark limo windows, the two lovebirds atop a staircase or pushing through a curtain)

  • Receiving line moments

  • Bride and groom at head table

  • Parents' table

  • Guests' tables

  • Close-up of friends and family making toasts

  • Bride and groom sipping champagne

  • Bride's and groom's parents whispering to each other during dinner

  • Bride and groom chatting up the guests

  • Bride and groom's first dance (maybe with a slow shutter speed so the movement blurs the image a little)

  • Parents dancing

  • Bride and Dad dancing

  • Groom and Mom dancing

  • Wedding party dancing

  • Grandparents dancing

  • Kids playing or dancing

  • Musicians or DJ doing their thing

  • Guests going nuts on the dance floor (again, slow shutter speed could be effective)

  • Bride laughing with bridesmaids

  • Cake table

  • Bride and groom cutting the cake

  • Bride and groom feeding each other cake

  • Dessert table

  • Bouquet toss (perhaps a vertical shot from in front of the bride)

  • Tossing and catching of the garter

  • Bride and groom leaving, waving from getaway car's backseat

Rear of car departing


I really, really want a super "winter-y" one!!! Among the obvious.

Last Updated: July 16, 2009 at 11:21 am
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