(Closed) Must have photog shots for the day of…ready…go….

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Post # 3
647 posts
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
850 posts
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
140 posts
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
1257 posts
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
1164 posts
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
8694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • 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
406 posts
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
406 posts
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
2481 posts
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
1071 posts
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
406 posts
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
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

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

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