Photos Planning

25 “Must Have” Wedding Photography Shots

Some photographers (not all) request a list of photo’s you would like on your wedding day. It’s also a good idea to make the list for yourself, including traditional and non-traditional. This way you know, more or less, how many photos it will be – allowing you to choose the right package from the photographer.


From the photography talents at Digital Photography School, here is an edited and shortened list of their 50 ‘Must Have’ Wedding photos. See their full list here.

  1. The Dress – Hanging or Draped
  2. Bride walking down stairs
  3. Maid of Honor & Brides Mom – Zipping Dress
  4. Bride Applying Make Up
  5. Groom Checking the Time
  6. Groom waiting at altar
  7. Bride walking down aisle ( Side Profile & Front )
  8. Father giving away bride
  9. Groom over the shoulder shot of bride ( & Vis Versa)
  10. Holding hands – Bride and Groom
  11. Bride & Groom Kiss
  12. Bride & Groom Leaving Church ( Receiving Line)
  13. Bride and Groom Portraits
  14. Bride & Groom with Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
  15. Bride and Groom Hand & Ring Portraits
  16. First Dance
  17. Bouquet & Garter Toss
  18. Cake Cutting, Bride and Groom Feeding each other
  19. Misc. Guests Dancing
  20. Best Man & Maid of Honor Toast/Speeches
  21. Guestbook Signatures
  22. Small Children Dancing
  23. Bride & Groom giving away wedding favors
  24. Groom Giving Coat to Bride
  25. Bride & Groom “Just Married” Vehicle – Driving Away

I prefer the spontaneous shots instead of the old posed photo’s. Here are a few of my favourite shots:

  1. Groom’s reaction to seeing bride for 1st time
  2. Bride and bridesmaids jumping for joy (either on a bed or outside)
  3. Bride & Groom reactions during speeches

What ‘must have’ shots would you like on your wedding day? Add your comment below.


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