Your wedding photographer has a big role to play on your big day—capturing the images that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. And there are indeed a LOT of important moments to capture. A wedding photography checklist, like the one we’re sharing below, will give you an idea of the types of wedding photos you can expect (though, because of time constraints—each photo takes several minutes to take—you probably won’t receive every single image on this wedding photo list).
Note that this wedding photography checklist is mostly for your own reference. If you’ve hired an experienced wedding photographer (and if not, find one in your area on WeddingWire!), they’ll most likely have their own shot list that they refer to. You can feel free to talk to your photographer about the types of images they’ll be taking on your wedding day and mention any photo setups that are particularly important to you (a shot with your favorite uncle, for example). But there’s probably no need to give this wedding photo checklist to your photog. Trust their talent—they’ll make sure you’ll have plenty of gorgeous images for your wedding album!
The pre-wedding prep is one of the most celebratory parts of the big day—make sure your photographer is there to capture the action!
- Wedding attire displayed on a clothes hanger
- To-be-wed getting hair and makeup done with wedding party members (bride with bridal party and/or groom with groomsmen, for example)
- Posed photos of to-be-wed and wedding party members in their getting-ready attire
- Candid moments of to-be-wed and wedding party members getting dressed together
- Mom and/or Dad helping to-be-wed get ready (Mom pinning veil onto bride, Dad helping groom pin on boutonniere, etc.)
- To-be-weds with honor attendants (bride with maid of honor and groom with best man, for example)
- Emotional moments of to-be-wed with parents (a “first look” with Mom and/or Dad, for example)
- Emotional moments of to-be-wed with siblings
- To-be-weds traveling to the ceremony
- To-be-weds talking to (or crying with!) their parents and siblings right before the ceremony
- Each to-be-wed right before walking down the aisle
Written by: Kim Forrest (Wedding Wire)