Post # 1
So the first thing on my to do list is to talk with our photographer for our wedding (which is a year from now) and give her a must have photos list. Needless to say taking 18hrs of college courses DOES NOT give you the opportunity to write down a photo list. So, What are some must have photos that you all are going to have or have already taken?
Post # 3
There are lots of lists for these online (here’s one: http://weddings.ivillage.com/etiquette/ceremony/0,,q5hb,00.html) google “must have wedding photos list” and you’ll get a bunch of hits.
But chances are your photographer already knows the classics. What’s more important is that you let him know WHO is a must have for you (pictures ahead of time of those people are helpful)–ie, your photographer doesn’t know who Great Aunty Betsy is and how important she is to you, so make sure to tell him to get her in the shots. Same goes for any family tensions or people you DON’T want in photos (or at least a lot of photos of)–your photographer may not know that say, that the groom’s biological parents are divorced and try to get them to pose together (which did happen a friend’s wedding…it was awkward).
Also what I think is imporant is you communicate the tone and style of the photographs you want (provided that’s within their “ouevre”–don’t ask a photojournalist to take exclusively static posed pictures). Do you like spoteneity? Do you mind if a few pics are blurry to show motion? Do you like it when things are almost graphically, formally composed? Do you like fisheye? Are you cool with artistic still lives? Those sorts of things. The other thing to this end is to explain if there are any pics you do NOT want. Some people love the pic of their dress hanging up; to others it reminds them of death.
Post # 4
The two photos I wish I had were: picture of the dress hanging up before the wedding and a picture of me getting into my dress. Your photographer will know the basic pictures that everyone wants if they have worked weddings before.
PS – You can handle it, I was working over 60 hours leading up to my wedding and I did it!
Post # 5
I’m not a fan of giving photographers a long list of things to do…In my experience, I think the best photos are taken between those on the list. I would try to explain to your photographer the mood you want to capture, who you need to have pictures on, the schedule of events that you would like to capture and any places you would like to have your photos taken (I’m sure you photog could help with ideas for that too!)
Honestly, this would be one of the items thats pretty far down on my list if I were you. You will probably need to alter whatever list you create closer to the day of if not on the day of! Don’t waste too much time trying to create a detailed list if they aren’t demanding it right away and you’ll know it’s something that will be revisited!!
Post # 6
I just want to thank everyone for their opinion! My photographer is great and she has taken some gorgeous pictures featured in alot of magazines and best of all shes doing my pre wedding, wedding, and reception for $150 as a gift to me! I appreciate the response about the divorced parents taking a picture —didnt think of that thanks for the heads up! Thanks also for the website list! She is a professional but she just wanted a list of anything that mightve been strange or we both would forget and because shes so experienced I know my pictures are going to be great!!! Thanks again!
Post # 7
I have divorced parents, and there were a few interesting combinations of people I didn’t want to forget, so I made a list of that. And quirky things – like the groomsmens socks, or my fabulous garter or us cutting pie. But shéll know most of what to get.
Post # 8
The ones the top of my list are photos with family since it would be a while before everyone will get together again.
Post # 9
i already have a list of ‘must haves’ which i give to the B&G, but i also always say to them that if there are any on the list that you dont want, then please draw a line through it and likewise if there are special ones you want that are not on the list, then feel free to write them down.
i will do appox 10-15 add ons, what i wont do is 3 A4 sheets of requests. this would take too much time.