The Shot List

September 8, 2023

And I’m not just talking about the alcohol selection, although that is equally important if not more so depending on your type of celebrations.

What I am talking about is the must have photos that you want to capture from the day. I often get asked if you need to provide a list of poses or have a Pinterest inspiration board for the day  and my answer is usually ‘no’ and this is why …


Each wedding day and every couple is so unique that it is impossible to replicate a photo taken from someone else’s wedding day and have it feel authentic and meaningful to you.

Creating a Mood

So what I do recommend is to create your Pinterest board of images you love, but use it as a mood board rather than an inspiration board.  When you look at these images ask yourself … 

  • How do the photos make you feel?
  • What sort of landscapes are used?
  • Are they sharp or is there movement?
  • Are they more staged or more natural?

By concentrating on the emotions rather than replicating a pose, you’ll find your images are much more unique and totally sum up who you are as a couple.

I love to see my couples mood boards, so once you are done feel free to send me a link so I can add it to your file ready for the day.

The Moments

The other thing I recommend is that you take a moment to think about the moments that are special to you.  The most popular one is the many ‘first looks’ that happen early on in the celebrations from parents, grandparents, bridal party and, of course, you’re soon to be husband or wife.  But there are many more special and heartfelt moments that happen during the celebrations.  

So in the lead up, as plans as coming together, take some time to put a list of your most special moments together, no matter how typical or unique they might be, so I know what moments mean the most to you.

Group Portraits

Or, as I like to call it, herding cats.

This can be one of the most stressful parts of the day, I won’t lie, but it can be made a little bit easier by following these tips:

  • Have a list!  And keep it simple, try not to over complicate things if you can.
  • Have a guest designated to assist in coordinating the masses, someone that knows those listed and is known for their assertiveness.
  • Tell the people on the list that they are required for family photos, so they don’t run away straight after the ceremony (Dad’s are usually the first to go walkabout).

Here are my recommended groupings:

  • Big Group Photo with all guests.

Newlyweds with:

  • Parents
  • Parents and Siblings
  • Parents with Siblings and Partners plus any children
  • Siblings
  • Siblings with Partners plus any children 
  • Grandparents
  • Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, Partners and any children
  • Aunts and Uncles
  • Cousins
  • Close Friends Group

Do this for each side of the family and you should have everyone covered.