Photographer Shot List

 

Before couple sees each other

  • Alone

  • With their father and mother

  • With their father

  • With their mother

  • With their sister(s)

  • With their brother(s)

  • With their, mother, father, siblings(s)

  • With their, mother, father, siblings(s), grandparents

  • With their grandparents

  • Bride and bridesmaid(s)

  • Groom and groomsmen

  • Bride and flower girl(s)

  • Groom and ring bearer(s)

 

After they see each other:

  • Bride, groom, groom’s extended family

  • Bride, groom, bride’s extended family

  • Bride, groom, groom’s immediate family

  • Bride, groom, bride’s immediate family

  • Bride, groom, each set of grandparents

  • Bride, groom, both parents

  • Bride, groom, bride’s parents

  • Bride, groom, groom’s parents

  • Bride, groom, wedding party

  • Bride and groom

 

Unmissable Moments

  • Room shots at ceremony and reception

  • Ketubah signing (Jewish)

  • Signing of marriage certificate

  • Bride walking down the aisle

  • Groom’s face as he sees her

  • The vows

  • First kiss

  • Processional/Recessional

  • First dance

  • Father/bride dance

  • Mother/groom dance

  • Speeches

  • Cake Cutting

  • Bouquet and garter toss

  • Departure

  • Bride and bridesmaids getting ready

  • Groom and groomsmen getting ready

  • Parents of the bride dancing

  • Parents of the groom dancing

SAMPLE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

  • Bridal Details: 2:30-3:15pm

  • Bridal Prep: 3:15-3:45pm

  • First Look: 4:00pm

  • Portraits: 4:15-4:45pm

  • Wedding Party Portraits: 4:50-5:20pm

  • Relaxing before the ceremony: 5:30-6:00pm

  • Reception Details: 5:30-5:50pm

  • Ceremony: 6:00-6:30pm

  • Family Portraits: 6:40-7:10pm

  • Bride and Groom Portraits: 7:15-7:30pm

  • Reception begins: 7:30pm

  • The Exit: 10:30pm

 

APPROXIMATE TIMES

  • Details & Prep: 40 minutes

  • First Look / Wedding Party / Bride & Groom Portraits: 1.5 hours

  • Family Formals: 25 minutes

 

PORTRAIT & TIMING TIPS BY SEASON

WINTER (November-March)

Winter weddings are gorgeous! However, they do take some additional planning simply because of the sunset time. The hard part about a winter timeline is the fact that the sun sets around 4pm. This means that all of your portraits have to be done before then. This isn’t a problem if you’re having a late afternoon wedding. However, if you are planning on having a late evening wedding, you may have a bit of down time from 4pm until the start of the ceremony. You will also need more coverage time as well. 

SPRING (April-May)

Spring weddings are wonderful because it’s the perfect temperature. However, be sure you have some allergy medicine on hand just in case your allergies start to flare up during portrait time. Spring weddings normally mean the potential for some blooms though!

SUMMER (June-August)

Summer weddings are amazing! I love that there is so much daylight. In some months, the light will last until 8:30pm. So, if you are having a summer wedding, you’ll need to plan on having a few minutes to slip out of the reception for your sunset portraits. You will NOT regret this! This is the absolute best light of the day and you’re going to want to have portraits during this time. Usually these portraits happen during dinner or open dancing, so no one will even notice you and your fiance have stepped away. 

FALL (September-October)

Fall weddings are incredible as well because of the temperature and fall colors. Your portrait time will vary depending on your wedding date. 

TIPS AND TRICKS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

 

Items to bring for the detail shots

  • Dress / Veil / Hair pieces

  • Rings (engagement and both bands)

  • Shoes, Jewelry & Perfume

  • Bouquet & Boutonniere

  • Vow Books

  • Any heirloom items

  • Invitation Suite

  • Marriage License

  • Borrowed & Blue

 

Getting Ready

  • Do you want a “first look” with your groom? What about your dad or any other person that plays a huge role in your life?

  • Will you and your groom exchange gifts during this time? If so, who will be delivering those (typically best man and maid of honor).

  • Are there certain women in your life who would appreciate seeing you get into your gown?

  • Refrain from putting your jewelry on until after you’ve slipped into your dress, you will want those detail shots.

  • Bring a wooden/nice hanger for your gown, ditch the plastic one at home.

 

Veil

  • If you are having a first look, opt out of the veil during this time, for 3 reasons:

    • This is something new for your groom to see when you walk down the aisle

    • Most times, the groom accidentally pulls it out of your hair when he sees you and gives you a big hug

    • This ensures we get “Just Married” portraits, since every bride needs a picture of her veil blowing in the wind

 

First Look

  • You will receive 40% more bride & groom portraits because you start shooting earlier.

  • Enjoy the surprise freely. You actually get to have an intimate moment with your groom. Once you walk down the aisle and get that “reaction” he can’t embrace you, kiss you or tell you how gorgeous you look for another 30 minutes, and by that time the reaction isn’t the same as the initial first glance.

  • Extends your day by about 3 hours. Normally weddings start when the bride walks down the aisle, instead, mark a ton of photos off your list before the ceremony so you can move into dinner quicker and get to the good stuff!

  • Diminishes nerves. The groom will be excited to see you walk down the aisle regardless if he sees you before the ceremony or not, he might even be more in tune with his emotions since he will be more comfortable. Most grooms that don’t have a first look admit later that they wish they would’ve because they were so nervous that they can’t remember that exact moment of seeing his bride walk down the aisle. For those that have had a first look, said they got the nerves out of the way and were able to enjoy the ceremony and remember every detail about their beautiful bride.

 

Lighting

  • If you are getting married outdoors, you should plan for the ceremony to take place 2.5 hours before sunset if you are having a first look. If you are not having a first look, then plan to have your ceremony 3 hours before sunset.

 

Exits

  • Does your coverage end before your exit? This is something you will definitely want your photographer to capture, so make sure you are booking enough hours with them. 

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