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Valerie A. Niblack

Wedding Photography

Help! I am shooting my first wedding in a month and I need some help. any advice or suggestions would be great. I really need a list of must have shots. Any help anyone could provide would be much appricated. Thanks! Valerie

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11/23/2006 4:14:18 PM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  This is hardly an end all list, but it is what I used when I did shoot weddings up to about 5 years ago.
To me, they were "must haves" to do a good job.

All the best,


The bride alone
The bride and groom
The bride with her parents
The groom with his parents
The bride with her mother
The bride with her father
The groom with his mother
The groom with his father
The bride with her attendants
The bride with her honored attendant
The groom with groomsmen and ushers
The groom with his best man
The bride with the groomsmen
The groom with the bridal attendants
The bride with the children in the wedding
The groom with the children in the wedding
The bride and groom with entire wedding party
The bride and groom with bride's family
The bride and groom with the groom's family
The bride with her grandparents
The groom with his grandparents
The bride and her father walking up the aisle
The bride and groom kneeling in prayer
The bride and groom lighting the unity candle
The bride and groom exchanging vows
The bride and groom kissing
The bride and groom walking down the aisle
The bride and groom cutting the cake
The bride and groom feeding each other cake
The bride and groom toasting each other
Close up of the couple's hand showing their wedding rings
The bride and groom mothers as they are ushered down the aisle

The bride's mother or/and MOM helping with veil
The bride dressing
The bride and her father (At home or ceremony site)
If snowing, the bride with a snowman
A shot of the bride and groom's empty shoes side by side
Shots with friends and family
The bride and groom as they are announced at the reception
Close-ups of the cake table, buffet table, special decorations?
Reception shots
The bestman as he toast the couple
The bride and groom's first dance
The bride and groom dancing with others
The bride tossing her bouquet
The groom tossing the bride's garter
The bride and groom telling their parents good-bye at the reception
The guest as the shower the couple with birdseeds, rice, confetti, bubbles
The bride and groom in the limo (which may be after the reception or wedding)

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11/23/2006 6:37:28 PM

W.    Excellent basic list, Pete.

However, imo you did miss a couple important ones, though:

The groom arriving at the bride's house - and seeing her in her wedding dress for the first time - to collect her to go to church (in cultures where the father doesn't "give away" the bride at the altar)
The ringbearer
The exchange of the rings

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11/24/2006 9:33:07 AM

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