March 22, 2024

Wedding Photography Shot List to Show Your Cameraman

Are you ready to capture the most important moments of your special day? Your photographer plays a crucial role in preserving the memories of your wedding. You’ll want to look at these pictures for years to relive your emotions—so don’t leave it all up to chance! Use this comprehensive wedding photography shot list to guide your photographer and ensure you don’t miss a single moment!

Getting the Perfect Photography Shots for Your Big Day

Photographer reviewing photographs on digital camera at park

Everyone dreams of those perfect wedding shots that capture every smile and emotion with style. Knowing what you want in advance ensures you get a variety of poses that truly reflect your special day and the gorgeous venue you chose.

The best way to get those perfect shots is by showing your cameraman a wedding photography shot list of poses you like before the wedding—trust us, it will make a big difference!

Shot List to Show Your Cameraman

To help you get started, here are some key shots to consider including in your wedding photography shot list:


closeup of bride and groom wedding rings

Your wedding is so much more than just you and your partner. Ask for shots of all the little details that make your day unique!

  • Invitation and program(s)
  • Wedding rings
  • Shoes
  • Wedding dress hanging up or on a chair
  • Bowties and/or neckties
  • Jewelry laid out
  • Something borrowed, something blue, and something new
  • Bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages

Getting Ready

make up artist helping bride get ready for wedding ceremony

The hours leading up to the wedding ceremony are full of anticipation and excitement. Don’t forget to get some shots of these special moments!

  • The bride’s hair and makeup getting done
  • Bridesmaids getting ready together
  • Wedding dress reveal to bridesmaids
  • Bridesmaids helping the bride get ready
  • Groomsmen putting on boutonnieres and ties
  • Groomsmen and groom having fun
  • Champagne pop
  • Parents helping the bride/groom get ready
  • Special moments between family members (hugs, emotional shots)
  • Mirror shot of bride/groom fully dressed


Close up of bride and groom holding hands at a wedding ceremony

The ceremony is the most important part of your wedding—a time to celebrate your love and commitment. Make sure these moments are captured perfectly and included in your wedding photography shot list!

  • Venue decor and details
  • The wedding arch or chuppah
  • Guests arriving and being seated
  • Different family members at the front of the venue
  • Musicians performing
  • Wedding party’s entrance
  • Flower girl and/or ring boy coming down the aisle
  • The groom’s first look at the bride
  • The bride’s walk down the aisle
  • Audience reactions to the bride
  • Father/mother giving the bride away
  • Wedding party at the altar
  • Couple admiring each other at the altar
  • Exchanging of vows
  • Ring exchange (close-up of hands)
  • First kiss as a married couple
  • Maid of Honor handing bouquet to the bride
  • Couple walking down the aisle together
  • Family and friend’s cheering and emotions

Family Photos

bride and groom with guests taking selfie at wedding reception outside

Don’t forget to capture some family photos during your special day! They’re just as excited to celebrate with you.

  • Bride/groom with each set of parents
  • Bride/groom with both sets of parents
  • Bride/groom with siblings (if any)
  • Bride/groom with each set of grandparents
  • Bride/groom with both sets of grandparents
  • Couple with all children in the family
  • Whole family photo (bride, groom, and their immediate families)

Wedding Party

wedding couple and groomsmen standing with bouquet of flowers in garden

Your wedding party is made up of your closest friends and family. Make sure to get some fun and memorable shots with them!

  • Bride with bridesmaids individually
  • Bride with all bridesmaids
  • Groom with groomsmen individually
  • Groom with all groomsmen
  • Wedding party funny shots
  • The entire wedding party together smiling
  • The wedding party cheering


bride portrait with bouquet of roses

Your wedding day is also a perfect opportunity to get some extra bridal photos! Take advantage of your beautiful attire and stunning venue in your wedding photography shot list.

  • Bride by herself
  • Full body shot of the bride’s dress
  • Close-up of the bride’s bouquet
  • Bride with her veil over her face
  • The bride and groom together in a romantic pose


Marinaj Royal Ballroom

The reception is all about celebrating your new life together. This party will definitely be worth remembering!

  • The venue entrance
  • Centerpieces
  • Wedding cake
  • Close-up of cake topper
  • Toasts/speeches by best man and/or maid of honor
  • Cake cutting
  • Couple feeding each other
  • Bouquet toss
  • Couple’s first dance
  • Father/daughter dance
  • Mother/son dance
  • Dancing shots (guests, family, and wedding party)
  • Musicians/DJ
  • Couple’s grand exit (sparklers, confetti, etc.)
  • Couple waving from getaway car
  • The back of the car as the couple leaves

Get the Perfect Backdrop at the Perfect Venue with Marinaj Banquets & Events

couple in Marinaj veranda venue

For the perfect venue to capture those pictures in your wedding photography shot list, look no further than Marinaj Banquets & Events. Our event spaces offer stunning backdrops, exceptional service, and customizable packages to make your wedding an unforgettable experience. Book with us today for a picture-perfect wedding!