As a wedding planner, my job is multi-faceted and FULL of fun on the day of a wedding (!!!!), but one of my most important tasks is to make sure that the beauty and splendor of the wedding is caught on film by the photographer and videographer. Professional wedding photographers know what to do, and the do it well – but when it comes to curating a shot list, if you’re picky about what you want captured, it makes sense to put some thought into personalizing your list. You get to help decide what details or images will be captured, so make sure you speak up, and communicate directly with your photographer.
Maybe you’re a ‘big picture’ bride – you want images that reflect the overall beauty of your day, and vistas of your venue. Or perhaps you’re a ‘friends & family’ focused groom, and want most of your images to be action shots of your guests on the dance floor. No matter what your focus is, the easiest way to communicate your unique expectations to your photo and video vendors is through a desired shot list that you can run through before the day of your wedding as a group. Our team always asks brides to provide a shot list (if they have one) to us, so we can help pull family members for photos and keep the photography flowing (“Aunt June and Uncle Marty? You’re needed for family photos in the ceremony area!”). Typically, a shot list is broken into photography segments (Getting ready photos, groom photos, wedding party photos, first look photos, ceremony photos, group shots post-ceremony, styling details photos, and reception photos) – personalized as needed. From there, you want to elaborate on the specific shots you want in a given photo grouping – for instance ‘getting ready photos’. You might list out the shots you want: ‘Bride in robe, hair shot from the mirror, bridesmaids helping bride into dress, etc’. You can also make a more generic list of the items/styling details you want to be sure your photographer has time to capture: ‘dress, hair+makeup, bridesmaids in robes, bride’s shoes, rings, etc’.
We’ve pulled together our ten favorite details and styled images that would definitely make our perfect shot list – and it was hard to narrow it down! Feel free to use these as a starting point for your own shot-list, and don’t forget to smile!
1. The ‘Getting ready with my girls’ shot; bed jumping: optional (but encouraged)
2. The ‘Gift from the groom’ shot – tears are to be expected here!
3. The ‘perfectly styled ring’ shot
4. The ‘look at my wedding shoes’ shot
5. The ‘bridal bouquets mash-up’ shot
6. The ‘chic dress and suit’ shot
7. The ‘cutest puppy’ shot
8. The ‘we’re so excited, let’s kiss’ shot
9. The ‘bride in his arms’ shot – extra points for the dress fluttering!
10. The ‘perfect wedding scene’ shot, vista in the background