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posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Just a forewarning, there have been several of these threads and they usually dissovle (not so nicely) into photogs vs brides bickering over whether or not a shot list impedes on artistic liscense, the fact that having a list means you do not trust your photographer, and that brides do not have the right to boss their photographers around. If I were you I would just search for a similar thread.

That being said, just stick to the formals and make a list of the members of your family so your photographer knows that they need to have someone go and grab your great aunt you really want a photo with because chances are you will be so busy you will forget. Don’t make specific requests like “candid shot of the bride and groom looking at eachother” because they will spend the entire night looking for that one shot and miss a million others. You might also make sure to tell them that you would like them to try and get photos of the guests, if that’s what you want. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We did not request any special poses and we’re incredibly happy with how our photos turned out.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Befote my wedding, I scoped out some locations around my church and reception venue that would be perfect for the style pictures that I wanted. I then sent my photographer an email with pictures of these locations. I also made a pinterest board of some “styled” pictures that I loved and my photog used her creativeness from there.

My photographer was excited to have some of her leg work done before arriving at each location.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Personally, I agree with @chouette: . As it relates to spending 2k on the photographer, I picked my photographer because of how talented he was and THAT is what I am paying for. If I wanted to dictate a bunch of photos I probably wouldn’t spend the money I am spending for a great photographer. Also, with pinterest running rampant with clever shots of brides and grooms, it takes away from other great shots and your photos look like everyone else. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having specific locations that you would like photographs taken. Our photographer is going to walk the grounds with us so he knows the lay out and what time to shoot where. 

 

To each their own but personally I find that if I am going to pay someone a significant amount of money for a service;  I would be making sure to pick someone who has  the skills, keen eye, and talent that I expect. When I find that person, I would then have full confidence in their ability to produce amazing phtographs of my wedding. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MissMudge:  while I agree with the other posts, I’m still going to put in my two cents. I definitely want pictures with my parents, both individually and collectively (me and them), me and my siblings, again both individually and collectively, pictures with my grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins (1 pic per family), and then with each one of my bridesmaids before I leave for the church. After that, the photographer can use his creativity to get other amazing shots. 

After suffering the loss of an uncle last month, and my almost losing my grandfather, these required family pictures become that much more important, as it isn’t everyday that we see each other and take pictures.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MissMudge:  i had my engagement photoshoot last weekend.

we wanted the dog in some of our shots, so we brought my mom with us to hold the dog when he was not in photos.  the week before my mom kept asking me what props i was bringing to the shoot.  during the drive to our shoot, she couldn’t believe we didn’t have any props.

besides the 2 locations and different outfit for each location, i put the entire shoot in the hands of the photog.

i plan to do the same thing with the wedding.

but as far as must haves.  i do want him to capture our first look, wedding party, immediate family, extended family, pre-ceremony, ceremony, and reception. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Just a quick note for folks picking very specific areas you want your photographer to use. Always choose a location based on lighting and not a backdrop. Lighting can change dramatically from one day to another and time of day. What might look pretty to your eye might make you look horrid in a photo. If you’ve hired a good photog and they advise you the light is unflattering, don’t be stuck on a location. A great photo is about the people in it, not the stuff behind them. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@MissMudge:  don’t worry. Any good photographer is going to want a list of the family/ people combos you want shot. The lists that we as photographers don’t want to see are the five page lists that contain things like ” grandpa wiping a tear as I come down the aisle”. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Jbbee:  +1

Any decent photographer is happy to know which family shots are vital. It’s not a criticism of our creativity to be given a list of those pictures. Instead, it is really helpful.

What rarely goes down well, however, is a series of links to other photographer’s websites accompanied by the instruction “please take photographs like this”. Because we don’t. We take pictures in our style and you need to know and be happy about our style before booking us. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MissMudge:  my extremely talented (and expensive) award winning photographer REQUESTED a list of must have pictures because he wants to be clear on what I want.  Here is my list:

The Ceremony

 

Exterior and interior shots of the site before guests arrive

 

Close-up of groom’s expression while waiting for the bride

 

Bridal party walking down the aisle

 

Bride and her escort waiting to walk down the aisle

 

Close-up of bride just before she makes her entrance

 

Bride and her escort walking down the aisle

 

Groom reacting to bride walking down the aisle

 

Bride’s escort giving her away

 

Bride and groom at the altar

 

Both sets of parents watching the ceremony

 

Close-up of the bride and groom as they recite their vows

 

Close-up of the bride and groom’s hands as they exchange rings

 

The kiss!

 

Close-up of the newlyweds immediately after the ceremony

 

Bride and groom hugging family and friends

 

People Pictures

 

Bride and groom together, close up and full length portraits, a posed picture of us kissing, us kissing underneath my veil

 

Bride with her mother

 

Bride with her father

 

Bride with both parents

 

Bride with her entire immediate family

 

Groom with his mother

 

Groom with his father

 

Groom with both parents

 

Groom with his entire immediate family

 

Bride and groom with bride’s family

 

Bride and groom with groom’s family

 

Bride and groom with both sets of parents

 

Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides

 

Bride and groom with bridesmaids

 

Bride and groom with groomsmen

 

Bride with all bridesmaids, bride with each bridesmaid, bride with groomsmen, bride with each groomsman

 

Groom with all bridesmaids, groom with groomsmen, groom with each groomsman

 

Bride and groom with entire wedding party

 

Bride and groom with brides grandma

 

The Reception

 

Exterior and interior shots of the site before the guests arrive

 

Still-life shots of place cards, menus, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors, and Champagne glasses

 

The cake

 

Hors d’oeuvres

 

Guests arriving and signing the guest book

 

Bride and groom arriving

 

Close-ups of friends and family making toasts

 

Bride and groom sipping Champagne at their table

 

Bride and groom speaking with guests

 

Bride and groom’s first dance

 

Bride dancing with her father

 

Groom dancing with his mother

 

Parents and grandparents dancing

 

Wedding party dancing

 

Guests dancing

 

Bride and groom dancing with the bridal party

 

Bride and groom cutting the cake

 

Bride and groom leaving the reception

Post # 15
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Helper bee

@Mrs.babycat:  and honestly except for the family shots in the middle that’s all stuff any competent photographer would shoot anyway. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@Jbbee:  +1.  Award winning, expensive, and needs to be told to photograph the kiss?

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