Post # 1
I am currently working on our ‘must have’ photo list for the day of, and I was wondering how you formatted/are formatting your list(s)? We are having 2 photographers….one to go with barker and one to stay with me up until the ceremony. I am drawing a complete blank on the best way to make my list(s).
Do I have a separate list for each event of the day (i.e. groom getting ready, bride getting ready, ceremony, recept etc.) or do I just make one list in chronological order (since some photos can’t be done until after the ceremony, such as both rings on bouquet etc). Or do I do soemthing I haven’t even thought of (new suggestion). I just don’t know what the best way to make these lists so they aren’t a burden to all involved.
I have read many posts since I joined the Bee, of brides who didn’t get the shots they wanted to get, and I am doing my best to avoid this (I know it is still may happen even with all of my planning) and I am also worried about having an abundance of lists for the photographers and us to keep track of. I am not brave enough to wing it and miss some of my must-have shots.
So I am hoping some of you analytical, organizational and just plain smarter bees, can suggest some simple ways to do this. Thanks!
Post # 2
I made one list and put everything in chronological order.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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.