Our Simple Shot by Shot Checklist for Wedding Photography
We asked www.stevebootlephotography.co.uk for his failsafe list for great wedding photography.
“It’s great to have a list of the shots you want on the day. Meeting with your couple before the day will allow you to make a note to include any special or unusual shots they want such as special groups, family pets or pictures at a special location.”
In addition to these, make sure you cover…
• Getting ready
• Arriving at the church
• The ceremony
• Details throughout the day
• Bride by herself
• Bride and groom together
• Families of the bride and groom
• Big group shot and bridal party
• Cutting the cake and first dance
Let’s break it down a bit;
Start the day at the bride’s house. Shoot detail pictures of her dress, jewellery, shoes, bouquet and follow her to hair and make-up appointments. This is also a good time to get more formal shots of the bridesmaids and bride as well as her father.
Get to the church half hour before the ceremony and get candids of guests arriving as well as the groom with his best man. Detail shots of the church help set the scene.
Arrival of the bride as she is helped out of the car and bridesmaids fussing. Longer lens shots and close ups work well here.
Now it’s time to be a reportage photographer; bride walking down the aisle, grooms first view of the bride, exchange of vows, rings, first kiss. Make sure you know whether you can move around the church during the ceremony. Signing the register is a traditional shot which is usually a re-stage. Next is the walk out down the aisle. Remember as soon as they exit the church they will be swamped by well-wishers so grab a shot in the doorway!
This is a great time for lots of candids of laughter and emotion or even tears. Keep shooting.
Moving on to the reception is a great time to do some of the more formal shots, while guests are offered champagne and canapés. A great tip for a large group shot is to use a ladder and get everyone’s attention with a whistle! Keep shooting after the first shot as everyone relaxes. Make it look spontaneous and fun not stiff and staged. Maybe get the couple grabbing a kiss at the centre. Don’t forget all the other formal groups the couple have requested, using the best man to round everyone up for you.
Plenty of candids through the speeches and reception and finally the dancing – avoid lots of flash photography and go for creative blurry light effects. A perfect end to a long day!
Above all remain calm and make sure your clients are happy with the end results!