Did you give your photographer a shot list?

posted 3 years ago in October 2013
  • poll: Did you give your photographer a shot list
    Yes, I gave them detailed shot list : (12 votes)
    31 %
    No, I trusted them to get all the right shots : (13 votes)
    33 %
    I gave them a general idea of what I wanted : (14 votes)
    36 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @kittylove13:  My photographer asked for a must have shot list for family/bridal couple photos after the ceremony.

    Post # 4
    2102 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @kittylove13:  I totally meant to give them a shot list and had a pinterest board of photos I wanted but ran out of time in the weeks leading up to the wedding. 

    I wish I would have because I wanted some goofy funny ones and individuals with my maids but we *again* ran out of time and now I can’t get that time back…

    We still got some fabulous shots but I wish I would have been more organized… You can do it months and months in advance and just email or hand it over to them on the day of. 

    Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda… lol

    Post # 5
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @kittylove13:  I figure a good photograper would already know (and I sure wouldn’t hire a bad one). One thing I did mention was that for our first look I want a picture of his face, not mine. I don’t understand why I would want a picture of my own face when it’s supposed to be his first look at me. I’ve seen many that focus on the bride though with the back of the groom’s head – no thanks. I’ve already seen FI in a suit – I’m not about to have a heart attack over it., He has seen me in a wedding gown though. 

    Otherwise, I trust my photog and I feel that a detailed list would be kind of insulting.

    Post # 6
    32 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My photographer has an oline form with questions like “anything out of the ordinary at the ceremony (like your kiss being in the middle or something/any surprises)?”, and then a general shots you would like with your family and bridal party. She also inculded things like “Is there a divorce/family complication?” so that she knows that the grooms parents aren’t comfortable being in the same picture together. I didn’t even know she had a form until the other night and our wedding in coming up shortly (I think this is mostly so that it’s fresh in her mind). She also specifically said she does not work on shot lists, becuase it would probably have a million shots on the list and she didn’t want to miss anything becuase she’s trying to check things off on a list, which to me, makes perfect sense. I trust her.

    It really depends on how experienced your photographer is as well.

    I sure your photographer won’t toss away a short list of any must have or unique photos you’d like.

    Hope this helps 🙂



    Post # 7
    873 posts
    Busy bee

    If people did give photo lists, I would be curious to know what was added other than the basic pairings of family and bridal party.

    Post # 8
    2630 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    She asked us, but we said the basic list of individual/couple portraits, bridal party, and family portraits was what we had in mind. I made an ampersand to use as a prop and asked for a reverse kiss shot (photographer behind us as we kiss and have the guests in the background). I forgot about the ampersand until the very end, and she managed to get some great shots right before leaving! The reverse kiss ended up not happening due to our choice, which in hindsight wasn’t necessary to scrap but oh well. 

    Post # 9
    2174 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My photographer asked for a list of people we wanted shot together for formal photos, and went over her normal shots for everything else. Turned out perfectly!

    Post # 10
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    No I didn’t want to stifle her creativity Which she appreciated.

    Post # 11
    1696 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m going to have a few key shots that aren’t traditional (like the grooms all acting like women and swooning over the ring) and a few different settings, but I’ve seen my photographers’ work and it is amazing. They know what they are doing so I’m not going to make a list that says “bride and mom. Bride and dad. Bride and MoH” That’s just insulting IMO.

    Post # 12
    1287 posts
    Bumble bee

    Ugh. As a photographer, I wish brides would stay off Pinterest!  It’s REALLY insulting to show photographers images from Pinterest and asking them to copy another photographers work.  Fine, look at them yourself and incorporate them into your pictures by saying “I have a pose idea that I”d like to try” to your photographer, just PLEASE stop showing your photogrpaher Pinterest photos! PLEASE!! 

    I take shot lists, for formals after the ceremony but that’s it. I meet with the bride and groom prior to the weddings and talk to them and see what is important to them. I will not go by a list. I do not stop during a wedding to pull out a list and check off what a bride wants. There just isn’t enough time to do that. Weddings happen so quickly and the day goes fast. I don’t want to miss other photo ops that are going on around me by looking at a list and checking things off.  


    Post # 13
    5935 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m not giving her a shot list but she did have me fill out a schedule that included the family shots to be taken. For example, we aren’t having a flower girl so I removed that one, my FI doesn’t have grandparents on his mom’s side so I removed that one, etc. That way she knows not to ask for them and take up time looking for them. However, this was something she provided to me to fill out.

    I did send her a few pictures that had a very specific lighting technique to ask if she was able to reporduce them, but that’s about it. I figured the day of, FI and I would just do the shots we want. Like, if we want a picture of us standing a certain way, we’ll just get into that position. Or if I want a picture with the photographer under my veil, I’ll just turn around and ask her. No biggie.

    Post # 14
    739 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My photographer wanted a list of peoples names and relations (my brother Matt, FIs brother Anthony, etc.) and a list of shots we defintely want. I think FI and I got carried away and got too detailed. But whatever. I’m confident that if we didn’t get detailed with our list, we’ll get just about everything we want. 

    Post # 15
    23 posts
    • Wedding: October 2013

    OK, so I gave my photographer a shot list. Do we need to give the videographer any direction?


    Post # 16
    1952 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I gave my photographer a list of shots I wanted. Broken down family shots, basically. He was really grateful, and he’s pretty easygoing. I am not a Pinterest girl. Tried it once, wasn’t for me. I think he’s thankful for that lol.

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