(Closed) If I give my photographer a “must have” list…

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

Our photographer has a photojournalistic style and I gave him a shot list. I included all the posed photos, but noted we wanted a bunch of action shots of us, the wedding party, family and guests.

Post # 4
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Wow, I could have written this post!  I feel the EXACT same way.  My photog sent me a picture survey of the photos I want and I’m afraid to fill it out and have pics of us standing next to each other orr all lined up, which is NOT what we want.  I have tried to make it very clear that I want “creatively staged” photos along with the candid, photojournalistic pics.  I sent my photog pics of the venue that I want our photos taken in and examples of what I’m looking for.  I really hope with the examples they’ll get what we want.

Post # 5
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Our photog is photojournalistic too and she LOVED that we gave her a shot list. A shot list is not necessarily the posed pictures, it’s just your must-haves of pictures. For instance, I told her I wanted lots of detail shots. I specifically said in my shot list that I wanted a minimum amount of posed pictures.

Post # 6
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

One picture of “bride and mom” is not going to hinder your photographer’s journalistic style. A list of more than 10 pictures will most likely do that. If the photographer is off looking for your third cousin, who is on the must-have shot list, when a memorable event from your day occurs, you are probably going to miss that shot. You just have to decide what’s important to you, and realize with each shot you put on that list its a moment away from capturing whatever fluid events are happening at the time your photog is capturing the “musts.”

Post # 7
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a list of formals and we had time set aside where we just stood there and people jumped in with us.  There was no risk of missing any other important moments, since it was the only thing going on.  I had a family member from each side that would recognize my “third cousins twice removed” do the round ups with my list.
It was really important to my husband’s family that we get a photo with each family.


Post # 8
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had a very short list of formals (literally 5 shots), and I just gave our photographer an idea of the static details that were important (since I did all the design work for our wedding myself). Other than that, she did an excellent job capturing everyone. We had a smaller wedding (70 people) so that could have something to do with it, but we really had all great candid shots we wanted from her. Maybe just have an honest discussion with your photographer and see what she says? Tell her that there are a few shots outside of formals that are important to you, and ask her how she operates best to get the candid shots – does she prefer a list, or is she fine without it? Sometimes all you need is some communication.

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