A-Z Wedding Photography Checklist

A detailed wedding photography checklist is more important than you might think, whether the person taking the photo's is an amateur or a professional wedding photographer. On the wedding day, things can get a little crazy and its easy to forget things - like taking a shot of someone very important like your mother. I'm not joking! It could happen and explaining would be awful.

Whoever does the photography must know the important people that are on the wedding photo checklist and get those shots taken. As with most things, it's better to keep a simple order, so remember to keep the photo shoot checklist precise and to the point. A wedding photographer checklist is like a production line and knowing what is next means the photographers can position themselves strategically to ensure a smooth photoshoot.

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This is especially important if the photographers follow you through the day in journalistic fashion. There must be a flow and they need to go with that as the day unfolds.

four tier pink and white wedding cake
bride and groom kissing
Photo of Pink and White Wedding Cake
Photo of Bride and Groom

Timing Is Everything

The other consideration is time. For every photo you add to the photo shoot checklist, add a minute or two to organise the shot. A disorganised list can screw up a timetable. Too many unplanned photos mean rushed shots ruined with an untimely sneeze or droopy eyes. Of course, these days a professional photo-retoucher can fix a droopy eyed bride but take a good image first. In short, the wedding photograph checklist can help you or hamper the entire day.

Make sure all the VIP's are on the wedding photo checklist and the person with the camera is familiar with the wedding party members. That may be easier if a friend or family member takes the shots and provided they stay sober.... oh but I digress! The photographer checklist is crucial on the wedding day and most professional photographers insist on having one, just keep it manageable and keep the snapper off the sauce!

Wedding Photo Shoot Checklist

The checklist for the wedding photographer I have placed below is quite an extensive one. After consulting with your photographer, you may add or delete certain shots. After all, it is only a guide and no two weddings are the same.

Photo Checkist of Bride Before the Ceremony
close up of bride getting ready – hair, makeup etc
artistic shot of bridal gown on hanger
bridesmaids helping the bride with gloves, garter, shoes, veil & tiara etc
close-up shot of bride completely dressed and ready to leave
full length shot of bride
bride with mother
bride with father
bride with both parents
bride with sister/s
bride with brother/s
bride with brother/s and sister/s
bride and her whole family
bride with maid of honour, bridesmaids and flowergirl
bride leaving the house
bride getting into the wedding car
Photo Checkist of Groom Before the Ceremony
groom getting ready – adjusting tie, attaching boutonniere/buttonhole
groom completely dressed, full length shot
three quarter length shot or close-up
groom with mother
groom with father
groom with both parents
groom with sister/s
groom with brother/s
groom with brother/s and sister/s
groom and his whole family
groom with best man and groomsmen – fun & serious shots, in and outdoors
groom helping pageboy, trainbearer, ringbearer
groomsmen pinning boutonnieres/buttonholes
Photo Checklist During the Wedding Ceremony
ushers greeting and seating the immediate family
the arrival of the bride in her limosine
bride stepping out of her car
bridal party getting out of car
bride entering church
bride walking down the aisle with her father
groom and groomsmen waiting at the alter
bridesmaids coming down aisle
flowergirl and page boy
father giving away bride
whole wedding party at the alter
bride and groom during ceremony
bride and groom with priest or marriage celebrant exchanging vows
bride and groom exchanging vows
exchanging of rings
bride and groom kiss
signing of the register/marriage license
bride and groom with wedding certificate
Photo Checklist After the Wedding Ceremony
bride and groom coming down aisle
bride and groom at the church steps
group shot of wedding party at the church steps with bride and groom
bestman with maid of honour
bridesmaids with groomsmen
candid shots of bride and groom with wedding guests
bride and groom getting into wedding car
Photo Checklist at Scenic Location
creative shot of bride and groom at scenic location
formal shot of bride and groom
bride and groom with wedding party
bride and groom with their families
individual or candid shot of flowergirl/s
individual or candid shot of pageboy, trainbearer, ringbearer
junior bridal attendants together
bride and groom in front of limosine
wedding party in front of limosine
Photo Checklist Before the Wedding Reception
bride and groom
bride and groom's hands with wedding rings
bride and groom with both parents
bride and groom with both families
bride and groom with bridal party
bride and groom with any special guests
photo's with special guests from interstate or overseas guests
Photo Checklist at the Wedding Reception
bride and groom arriving at the reception
receiving line & talking with guests
bridal party at the bridal table
bride and groom photographed with their guests at the guests table
bouquets and floral arrangements
wedding decor, table settings and decorations
photo's of speech makers
food and dessert
speech makers
bride and groom's Champagne toast
wedding cake before the cutting
cutting of the cake
both bride and grooms wedding and engagement rings
bride and groom's first bite of their wedding cake
bride and groom's first dance
bridal party dancing
spontaneous shots of bride, groom and guests dancing and having fun
bride throwing wedding bouquet
groom removing the brides garter
groom throwing the garter
musician and/or disc jockey


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