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May 12, 2009

My first gig?

Ok, so we all know i have big aspirations but little time to develop them. For Christmas, the beloved FH purchased me one of these:

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A great body and so much potential ... but alas, I've had very few outings with her. (I've yet to name my camera... anybody got any ideas?) I had fun taking Cherry Blossom Photos, Inauguration Photos, and others but haven't been able to really stretch our legs together...
Well this Thursday, FH and I are headed off to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for Ms. BBQ's wedding... remember her? And low and behold, she just found out that the resort photog charges a lot more for the photos she wants... so here comes me and "to be named" Canon 50d to the rescue (I hope!). 
I am hoping to capture some basic images ... even if not as delicately captured as my own beloved photog, Jordana @Hazelnut Photography. Maybe I can still get a few good ones?
So i ask you...dear readers, What are the basic shots I want to make sure I do not miss?
Here is my list so far!
  1. Ring Shots
  2. Dress Shot
  3. Shoe shot
  4. First look/glance shot
Any other Essentials? Let me know!!! :) Also, any photographers out there have advice for particular settings for a sunset beach wedding, let me know... i really want to make sure i get her a couple of usable photos for her collection !!!

UPDATE: Thank you Louise @Thirty Something Bride for the list via Ivillage!

Bride's dress on the hanger or over a chair
Close-up of bride's shoes
Close-up of bride's bouquet
Bride in curlers or having makeup applied
Bridesmaids applying their makeup
Bride putting on garter
Mom and/or bridesmaids helping the bride arrange her dress, bustle the train, etc.
Close-up of dress details
Bride together with bridesmaids
Bride hugging mom
Flower girl(s) ready to go
Mom or bridesmaids putting finishing touches on bride, adding the veil, etc.
Bride spending moment alone, thinking quietly, praying or looking out the window
Full-length shot of bride all dressed and ready to go
Groom putting on tie
Groom with groomsmen
Ring bearer ready to go
Groom with dad, hugging or whispering advice
Bride and groom separately getting in the car, limo or cab

Groom looking out the window, waiting for the bride to arrive
Car arriving with bride
Bride stepping out of the car
Wide shot of ceremony space from the back
Guests arriving (especially if they're using special transportation like a shuttle bus, boat or even escalator)
Ushers helping grandparents and special guests to their seats
Front and back shots of flower girl/ring bearer walking down the aisle
Close up of details (guest book, pew decorations, etc.)
Groom and groomsmen waiting nervously for bride to walk down aisle
Guests sitting down, waiting for ceremony to start
Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
Wedding party standing at the altar
Bride just before walking down the aisle
Back shot of bride (and escort) beginning to walk down the aisle
Full-frontal shot of bride (and escort) walking down the aisle
Close-up of groom's face when he sees bride for the first time (this can be done earlier, if photos are done before the ceremony)
Back shot of bride and groom together at the altar with officiant between them
Shot focusing on bridesmaids' bouquets, lined up as they hold them at the altar
Close-up of each hand as the rings are exchanged
Close-up of bride's face, as seen over the groom's shoulder
Close-up of groom's face, as seen over the bride's shoulder
Shot of both sets of parents' faces as they witness ceremony
The kiss
Happy couple walking back down the aisle together, as married couple
Guests getting ready to shower the couple with well wishes (and bubbles, birdseed, etc.) as they leave
Bride and groom walking out of ceremony space, hand-in-hand

BEFORE THE RECEPTION During the cocktail hour (These can be taken before the ceremony)
Full shot of bride and groom together, smiling
Full shot of bride and groom hugging
Full shot of bride and groom kissing
Bride being lifted or carried by groom or sitting on groom's lap
Close-up of couples' faces as bride is lifted, carried or sitting on groom's lap
Bride with her parents
Groom with his parents
Bride with groom's parents
Groom with bride's parents
Bride with bridesmaids
Groom with groomsmen
Bride with groomsmen
Group shot of bride, groom, family and wedding party
Groom leaning up against a wall with bride in front of him, kissing
Bride and groom walking toward the camera, holding hands
Bride and groom walking away from camera, holding hands
Bride and groom looking off in the same direction together

Close-up of details (place settings, name cards, etc.)
Close-up of centerpieces
Wide shot of entire room before everyone arrives, even better if taken from above
Any special moments during the receiving line process
Bride and groom's first dance
Groom dipping bride
Bride dancing with her dad -- close-up of her face as seen over his shoulder
Groom dancing with his mom
Close-up of cake
Bride showing her new ring to the guests
Bride and groom hugging guests, close-ups of faces
Best man (or other guests) making a toast to the couple
Bride and groom's faces as they listen to the toast(s)
Guests smiling and clapping
Guests dancing and cutting loose on the dance floor. (Tip: Ask for a slow shutter speed to get a blurry/focused effect)
Wide shot of entire room after guests arrive, even better if taken from above
Close-ups of guests' faces, laughing and having a great time -- lots of these
Groups of friends sitting together at their table or dancing
Bride and groom whispering to each other
Parents (or even better, grandparents) dancing
Kids dancing or playing around
Close-up of band or DJ
Bride and groom cutting the cake
Bride and groom feeding each other
Bride and groom in back seat of getaway car
Back of car as it drives away


  1. my favorites are the B&G in the ceremony seating once everyone's left! GL!

  2. First dance, father/daughter dance, when she first appears down the aisle! Oh, and group tequila shot! ;)

  3. Hey AmyJean,
    I posted in your honor. Check out the list 88 must haves on my blog. All for you, darlin.

  4. awww so sweet. My FH bought me one for my birthday :-) Great List! Good luck!!

  5. wow this list of shots will be useful someday.

  6. Oooh, I'll be the photog at my sister's wedding. We should swap notes.
    Good luck!

  7. I'm not sure if it's been mentioned, but pictures of the bride's shoes, or a shot of the bride and groom standing next to each other from the knees down, so so cute!

  8. Wow - what a fun challenge! Looks like you have a great list going there! I'll have to save these ideas for when we chat with our photographer!

  9. Ok what I will tell you is probably going to make people scream but don't work from a list for shots all day. Seriously. Don't do it! You'll stress yourself out and be list-watching more than picture taking. Most of these are going to be 'duh' moments that you'll know you need to do anyways. You should be there in the moments so capture what's going on and you should be golden. When you have 'downtime' that's when I shoot the details. The gown doesn't always get shot... sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't. It all depends on the dress. Saturday's dress wasd 50 lbs with a 12 foot train. That sucker wasn't hanging up anywhere. LOL. So I got detail shots of it instead. Sometimes it just doesn't work - and if it was a list thing you'd be freaking out. :) So, just shoot the moment and most things are common sense.

    If you're going to do a list - do a list of the formal poses you don't want to forget. The rest are moments that happen that you will be there for and should be clicking for. My first few weddings what I would forget would be just mom & bride and stuff like that (although I'd have PJ shots of them and shots of the whole family that was one shot I missed doing a formal pose of once and caused lots of drama). So... here's what I'd do for your list.

    Bride - full length, back, close up
    Bride and Groom - full length, close up, 3/4 and not looking at camera
    Groom - full length, close up
    Bride + Bridesmaids, together and seperate
    Groom + Groomsman, together and seperate
    Bride + Bride's Family
    Bride + Mom
    Bride + Dad
    Bride + siblings
    Bride + Grandparents
    Groom + Groom's Family
    Groom + Mom
    Groom + Dad
    Groom + siblings
    Groom + Grandparents
    Bride + Groom + Bride's Parents
    Bride + Groom + Groom's Parents
    Bride + Groom + Bride's Grandparents
    Bride + Groom + Groom's Grandparents
    Bridal Party + Bride and Groom
    Grrom + Bridesmaids
    Bride + Groomsman
    All guests (up to B+G)

    My BIGGEST recommendation is to email the bride and ask her who she wants in the formal shots. That way you can plan (2-3 minutes per group, 5-10 minutes per group over 10) and also know who you need to make sure that sticks around after the ceremony. Then you also make the bride make your list ;) The day of the bride will go "ohhhh I don't know" and someone is always forgotten and you don't want that to happen!

    Hope that helps!

    For settings... what do you typically use?? What time of day is it?? I typically always shoot on the lowest aperature for my lens unless I'm doing group shots. I bounce between aperature and manual setting. You'll probably want a low ISO if it's on the beach but a higher aperature if you want to get the sky and so forth in w/o blowing it out. Play around the day before if you can the time of day they are getting married to see what you're sweet spot will be for settings :)

  10. wow great list- think my photographer would flip if I sent that list to her- I bet she would feel so much pressure to get each shot! Oh but what a awesome list it is.

  11. Jordana took my boudoir pics...i love her!


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