Day-of Photos Must Have List(s) – Easiest Way to Compile?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I made one list and put everything in chronological order.

Post # 3
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Do you want your photographer looking at a clipboard going around on some photographic scavenger hunt, or documenting your wedding as it happens?

Post # 4
390 posts
Helper bee

If you hired an experienced professional they should be well versed in the standard “must-have” shots and most definitely not need a list. Personal must have shots should only include specific shots that that are personal to your wedding. Such as: a special keepsake item, a specific aunt or godparent or old friend that you want a photo with, a special gift to or from you, stuff like that. The only other list you should be giving your photographer is for the posed family formal portraits, and that should generally just be a list of the people you are wanting included. <br /><br />I would definitely talk with your photographer about all of this. You should have confidence in the photographer you hired to capture these moments. If you don’t have that sense of confidence in their abilities, you may have chosen the wrong photographer for you.


Post # 5
26 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

I agree wtih ‘atomic’…if you have a seasoned photographer, he/she should know which shots are must-haves. I’m just going to emphasize with my photographer that I want some candid shots of my nephew and niece, whom I’m very close with. Things like that, that your photographer would not know, I would inform him/her about.

Post # 6
19 posts

Your photographer, as a professional, should know which shots are the “must-haves.” However, something that you should definitely tell your photographer is who are your most important VIPs. This way they’ll be sure to get a few more photos of these people instead of a general mix of everyone who was there.

Post # 7
4739 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Soon2bBarker:  You need to discuss expectations with your photographer. I personally don’t accept or work off of a list. If you hired an experienced professional they should be more than well versed in the flow of a wedding day and will capture everything accordingly. By all means, if you have a special trinket you want captured let them know…but I personally don’t need to be reminded to photograph the dress hanging, flowers, first kiss, father/daughter dance, or anything else listed on those really annoying “must have lists” floating around the internet. Let your photographer capture your day as it unfolds. If you hand them a list they’ll spend the entire time checking things off and missing the real moments because they’re too busy taking photos of staged moments. It’s the reason photographers hate pintrest! 😉 The only list I accept (and ask for) is a family formals list so that we make sure not to miss anyone.

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