What are the main shots we need to get at our wedding?

Can you advise a common shot list for our wedding? I want to make sure nothing is missed. First kiss, first dance, etc. What are some of the shots you don't even think about? Thank you!


Question Asked: 26/07/2022 Wedding Date: 10/02/2024

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Florin Lane Photography

Based in Scenic Rim QLD - Available everywhere

(4) Posted: 31/07/2022

One thing that stands out for us is to be your beautiful, glorious and unapologetic selves.  Your wedding isnt about the photography, the photography is about the wedding. XX 

CJ Eklund Fine Art Photography

Central Coast, Gosford and Surrounds

(3) Posted: 29/07/2022

Great question!

In addition to what you've already mentioned, if you're having an all day package then you simply must not miss shots like your partner's reaction when they first see you on the day, photos of the both of you getting ready. Photos of the reactions of your parents during the Ceremony, detail photos (like photos of bouquet, button hole, shoes, rings), and photos of you together during the dinner. There are other photos that an experienced and observant photographer will also capture without you realising so that you don't have to think about it yourself. These include photos such as how you and your partner look at each other, how guests interact, and table dressings to funny moments that happen behind the scenes. So, choosing a photographer with these types of images in their portfolio is a plus!

Lost in a Daze Photo Co.

Penrith / Blue Mountains / Camden / Southern Highlands

(8) Posted: 27/07/2022

Hey Hayley,

I normally explain to my couples that there is realisticlly 10-15 photos you'll always use and everything else is storytelling.

Your main photos imo would be..

- Wide shot of the ceremony

- The couple during the ceremony

- First kiss

- Family photos (I don't feel like we put as much value in these anymore but i always get them because they will never not be special)

- At least 3-5 from your portraits (Let's face it these are the money shots we all want)

- Key family members or friends (i find this out before the wedding day an put a little extra focus on them)

- First dance

Everything else should be aimed at storytelling so when you look back through your gallery you're brought right back to the day. I generally get asked to get as many candid of everyone as possible so more often than not thats my focus.

Blue Ginger Photography

Southern Highlands, Canberra, Wollongong & South Coast

(7) Posted: 27/07/2022


You put an incredible amount of work into planning your wedding and want it captured in the best way. You can trust us to capture the best images possible but it's always a great idea to map out the shots you want.  I encourage my couples to create a shot list to make sure nobody wakes up the next day realising that the shot of Aunt Mary wasn’t taken. 

I use these shots as a general outline and then and build on it during the day including the must have shots that my couples want!


Invitation, program, special signs, wedding rings, wedding dresses/suits, outfit accessories - shoes, cuff links and jewellery, bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.


Bride and bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done, wedding party having fun, mother and bride/groom portraits, father and bride/groom portraits, family shots.


Couple alone for your first look, bride(s) and bridesmaids/flower girls, groom(s) and groomsmen/ring bearer.


Venue shots including ceremony site, flowers, interior, and exterior details, groom and groomsmen waiting inside the venue, guests, bridal party entrance, bride(s) walking down the aisle, groom's reaction, father/mother giving the bride away, exchanging of vows and rings, first kiss as a married couple and the moment after, signing the marriage certificate, couple walking back up the aisle, petal toss.


Couple with bridesmaids/groomsmen, couple with the entire wedding party, bride(s) with bridesmaids, groom(s) and groomsmen/best man, couple with any children, couple with each set of parents, couple with both sets of parents, couple with siblings and couple with close family members.


Details of the room, table settings, place cards, centerpieces, wedding cake detail, grand entrance, toasts and speeches, cake cutting, the first dance, bride(s) dancing with father/groom(s) dancing with mother, couple mingling with guests, guests dancing and the exit.  



Blue Ginger Photography



(11) Posted: 27/07/2022

Hello Hayley! thanks so much for asking a very helpful question for so many! 

As each wedding is unique, you and your partner should definitely discuss what's your most important moments of the day. 

That said, here's some gotta catch those moments and memories you'll want to look back on, and that we regularly catch for our couples:

  • getting ready / before (details of wedding outfits and accessories)
  • portraits before the ceremony with and without any wedding party / family friends 
  • wedding decor
  • atmosphere(if it's raining windy sunny etc)
  • after discussing the details of the ceremony, all major happenings and crowd reactions 
  • after ceremony vibes/atmosphere (attendees conversing laughing hugging, you two exiting or greeting guests)
  • Formal portraits w family and friends of importance 
  • portraits at the ceremony venue and possibly another location if desired
  • wedding party portraits
  • reception venue decor and entrance of wedding party
  • any happenings like first dance cake cutting ++

Reach out if your interested in chatting in further detail  

hope that helps

Heather info@ heweddings.com

The Clique Online - Photo & Video

Melbourne & Surrounding Areas

(1) Posted: 27/07/2022

It is hard to say what shots will become the favourite of the Bride and Groom, the truth is a good photographer will be ready to capture the standard set shots and all the spontaneous fun shots.


There are plenty of lists around the internet with the set shots required in a wedding. Most of these are recorded and ensured to be in the final album - whether digital or printouts. But there are also the special moments, a family member coming from overseas that you want to ensure you get photos with the family, the unusual gift or the specially arranged cultural dance. All these things you didn't think of before the wedding.


Our advice is to get to know us before the wedding, tell us your story and we will ensure you get the result you are after to have the experience you want with the photographer being the 'fly on the wall' or 'up close and personal' throughout the day.


Once the wedding is over, you want the memories of the day to be something you are proud to show off. From Bride and Groom prep, through the ceremony the photoshoot and till the last dance and farewell at the reception. Find a photographer you can trust, and they will do this job for you.


Edward Hore

The Clique online

A.C. Photography

Sydney and surrounding regions

(9) Posted: 27/07/2022

There are lots of common shots throughout the wedding day you can have us as wedding photographers capture for you. From before preparations to preparations photo-shoot, getting to the ceremony/ church, ceremony candid shots, ceremony group photos, after ceremony candid guest photos, location photo-shoot, you name it.

The important thing to do is to find a high-quality professional photographer, that suits your style, trust them for the wedding day and enjoy the day. Most of the time we will capture everything in between the whole day from preparations to receptions, with some extra details you don't even notice, such as the bride and father crying in the first father/daughter dance. It's ultimately your big day, and you should enjoy the day and leave the important task to us :)


A.C. Photography

(12) Posted: 27/07/2022

First kiss, first dance, signing the certificate, cutting the cake etc are all traditional must-have shots. But there are many other beautiful moments that a modern wedding photographer can capture such as the first look between bride and her parents when she walks out with the dress on,  the look on the grooms face watching the bride coming down the isle etc. You shouldn't need to give a general shot list to a good experienced photographer - they will endeavour to capture all the special candid moments throughout the day as well as the traditional moments. What you should give them is a list of all the family group combinations you require, so you don't miss anyone important on the day. Make the list in consultation with your parents, so that everyone is on the same page, and let everyone on the list know that they need to stay close by after the ceremony so they don't disappear! You can also let your photographer know about any special objects they may not be aware of, (for example, a special heirloom that might be hiding under your bouquet), or any unique family/cultural custom they may need a heads up on. 

Ben Kopilow
Fusion Photography

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