(Closed) "Must-Have Photos" List

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Post # 3
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983 posts
Busy bee

As a professional photographer, here is my opinion and what I tell my clients….

 

Q:  Should I provide a Shot List?

A:  I have been given everything from fifteen-page shot lists to ” I trust you, do whatever you want.”  For most photographers the list doesn’t really matter, unless of course, you plan on checking off every item on the list and holding him or her to it.  But, that’s a big mistake and let me tell you why…

If a photographer is sticking to a shot list and knows that you are monitoring it he or she will be so set on getting that list for you that they will miss all the wonderful moments going on at your wedding that are probably far more valuable to you than a shot list you found in a wedding planning guide.  If you have interviewed properly and have heard positive feedback about your photographer then you have to trust that the photographer will do a good job for you as well.

 Every photographer is different.  I know plenty who despise shot lists and say that it stifles their creativity and that they refuse to work with them.  I know others who love them and are happy to deliver everything on the list.  I personally don’t mind a shot list and it gives me a great idea of what is important to you.  The reality is that if you paid for a good photographer, he/she will give you everything you want without you having to ask for it.

If you have any doubts, ask the photographer to walk you through a typical day of shooting and some of the things that they cover.  Also ask to see a few galleries of full weddings and see if they normally cover the things on your list.  If they have, be confident and move on.  If not, politely suggest a small shot list.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Ah, gotcha.   Suggestion, if there are grandparents, get them out of the way first.  Most are older, have walkers, stand with assistance…etc.  Then you can send them away to the reception.  Then go onto anyting that involves photos with children.  They have short attention spans, get antsy…then you can send them on their way πŸ™‚ 

Then start with the brides family:

Mom/Dad with B/G  then add in siblings

then go onto Grooms family

Mom/Dad with B/G then add in any siblings

Get one with all parents with B/G

then wedding party formals….

I’d avoid getting pictures with distant family members..aunts, uncle’s, cousins because MOST churches only leave you with a VERY SHORT window of availability after the cermony to take pictures before evening mass starts.  This happens to me at almost EVERY wedding, or sometimes, they have another wedding booked.  I get people in and out of there.  We are usually limited to 20 minutes for shooting time. Make it short and simple and keep the important  people there.  

Keep 1 person in charge of keeping EVERYONE there that is supposed to be in the pictures.  People like to wonder off after the ceremony and this is time consuming to find people outside.  πŸ™‚ 

 ETA:  Too many people for formals ends up being a circus.  Ask  your photographer to capture some nice candids with you and your groom with distant family members at the reception. 

Post # 6
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476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Our photographer actually asked us for a shot list simply to help them with the family groupings– they wanted a list of the photos we wanted to make sure we get (us with my parents, his parents, etc. ) which they would already do BUT with the people’s names so they can call for them. That way instead of saying “Brides Dad, Grandma” they can say, “Mike, Nana”.  Also, they wanted to know if we have anything special we want to make sure they get shots of– I have a couple of surprises for my groom, and let them know about that, and I’m carrying the sorority badge of my “big sister”/best friend since middle school who passed away in February from cystic fibrosis– her parents and I want to make sure we get a photo of that. Most photographers know what shots to get, but this is to help them get them faster so we can get to our party πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

i forgot to specifiy that iw ould like photos of my guests! I dont have very many! Also, photos of the food and a shot of the entire reception space.

I did however remember to list all my DIY decor items which im really happy I remembered to list!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know we should trust the photographer but there needs to be a real conversation happening with them. That doesn’t always happen. We have wonderful photos and I am happy with them but there are a couple that were missed and I am guessing I didn’t clarify myself enough. We only have two silly photos of the Bridal party as a whole, this was a disappointment to me. When I asked for pictures of the “Groomspeople” getting ready, I had really wanted the one typical photo of the Dad helping my “groomette” put on her boutonierre… there are none of Dad helping groomette get ready, instead there was awkward moments of getting dressed. I asked for a full photo of the back of my gown, which is typical and was told yes this is standard for me.. yet it’s not there? I was pretty invested in what photos I had wanted so I may be over analyzing it a bit. However this is my one and only wedding, so invest in a great photographer if that is what you value and make sure you have a sit down real conversation with specific examples of outcomes, if you have them. 

Post # 9
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3141 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know we should trust the photographer but there needs to be a real conversation happening with them. That doesn’t always happen. We have wonderful photos and I am happy with them but there are a couple that were missed and I am guessing I didn’t clarify myself enough. We only have two silly photos of the Bridal party as a whole, this was a disappointment to me. When I asked for pictures of the “Groomspeople” getting ready, I had really wanted the one typical photo of the Dad helping my “groomette” put on her boutonierre… there are none of Dad helping groomette get ready, instead there was awkward moments of getting dressed. I asked for a full photo of the back of my gown, which is typical and was told yes this is standard for me.. yet it’s not there? I was pretty invested in what photos I had wanted so I may be over analyzing it a bit. However this is my one and only wedding, so invest in a great photographer if that is what you value and make sure you have a sit down real conversation with specific examples of outcomes, if you have them. As well as specific details of DIY items to be captured

Post # 10
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Part of it will be who you hire and their style.

Im personally a PJ style shooter and Im a total detail whore. I’ll get every nook and cranny of your DIY, venue, etc. Im a DIY geek, always have been so Im all over that stuff. Some of us are detail oriented and some are not so you do need to tell them.. If you want details and “candids” along with your formals hire a photographer that shoots that way. I think detail shots make great art pieces for the home.

Just let me know who to shoot for formals. πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

My photographer has asked for a list of must haves like “bride and cousin, groom and uncle” etc since she obviously doesn’t know our family. But otherwise she takes the kind of photos I like so I don’t think I’ll have to provide a list of poses or anything. 

Post # 12
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4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

In addition to the family listed by PPs above, we made sure to each get photos with our siblings. I also knew I wanted one with my two nephews.

We told both sets of parents to tell family that we’d be doing photos right after the ceremony outside. Despite the heads up, not everyone was there on the aunts/cousins level, so we took photos without- we weren’t waiting for anyone. And as a result, I didn’t have any closeup photos of one of my aunts, so you may also want to get family photos later in the night- one friend also did family photos on the dance floor during her reception- a much easier way to herd everyone.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

As a professional photographer, I’d say do without the shot list (except for important family portraits). Don’t go in with a list of poses you want copied as it creates an ethical artistic dilemma for the photographer and it sometimes looks awkward. Trust the professional you hired and let them guide you πŸ™‚ 

I’d just give them a shot list for formal portraits and that’s it. That’s what my clients do. 

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